Solid perfume (a tutorial)

As promised, I present the tutorial for making solid perfume! I saw this on Pinterest a while ago and pinned it to my {Crafty things I need to do} board. And finally got around to trying it out!

I searched and searched for a vintage pocket watch or locket to fill with perfume, but after a few weeks I became way too impatient and ended up picking one up for $5 from Michaels. Then I realized I had NONE of the ingredients I needed to make solid perfume. Argh. So I spent a few weeks researching and and comparing products and waiting for everything to come in the mail. Why I bought ingredients online and waited around for them to arrive escapes me. Wait, that's a lie. It's because it was much cheaper that way. Getting off topic...

Yay! If you follow me on {facebook} you're probably sick of seeing these, they are the newest addition to my shop! But they are so much fun (and addicting) to make, I thought I'd share the how-to as well!

To make solid perfume, you will need:
  • Beeswax
  • Carrier oil (I use a combo of sweet almond oil and coconut oil.)
  • Essential oils
  • Oral syringe (find it in the medicine aisle of the grocery store)
  • Locket
  • Old metal/glass bowl that you will never use for food again.
  • Plastic spoon
I didn't really follow the pinned tutorial very well. I researched several different recipes and sort of mashed them together and came up with my own. Through experimentation, I discovered that a 1:1 beeswax/carrier oil made the best perfume base. Not too solid, not too lip balmy. Since I decided to use a combo of two different carrier oils (sweet almond and coconut) it comes out to be a 2:1:1 beeswax:sweet almond:coconut oil ratio.

 For this huge locket, I did a teaspoon of beeswax...

...and a half teaspoon of the oils. It ended up being way too much. 

Bring a small amount of water to a boil in a pot small enough to NOT let metal/glass bowl fit in. We're making a double boiler here. 

Combine all three into the bowl and place it on top of the boiling pot of water. The steam will quickly melt the three together. I mean in like less than a minute. 

Stir with the plastic spoon to combine. Stir really well, otherwise you'll end up with pockets of oil in the beeswax. Not cool. 

It really does melt fast! Stir, stir, stir, then turn the heat off. 

Add your oils. For this particular locket I used a headache relief blend (since I am an almost daily sufferer...) a 50/50 peppermint/lavender. Mix really well again, but do this quickly because the perfume will harden pretty quickly. The amount of essential oils added was different everywhere I looked, so I just had to wing it. I added about 25-30 drops total. 

Fill the oral syringe with your perfume. This makes it a lot easier to fill the locket. 

....though it's not a perfect science. 

Let the perfume harden for at least 15 minutes before disturbing it. (10 BFF points if you sang that.)

Then comes the fun part, turning it into something beautiful!

To apply solid perfume, rub your fingers on the perfume and smooth it onto your pressure points. Wrists, behind the ears, etc. Since I made this amazing headache relief batch, I massage it into my temples and at the nape of my neck to work in the magic. 

Another added bonus: Your body acts like a candle warmer. The heat from your body will release the oils in the locket and you will smell gorgeous all day. I've now made three of these for myself (and another half dozen that I've sold) and the scent really sticks with you. All in all, a wonderful pin. I hope you enjoy it! 

I'm linking this up to...

The Pinterest Challenge

Because Becca inspired me to actually do one of my pins! And linking up to a few other fun {parties}


Unknown said...

wow! that looks kinda easy! i may have to try that! :)

Crystal said...

Love this!

Julie said...

I thought so!! Thanks Amie :) I mentioned I purchased the perfect little doodad for trying this out, but I have not been able to find any actual lockets anywhere. Thoughts? I have one thing, but would like to do this for some family members maybe for mother's day this year.

marissa | Rae Gun Ramblings said...

This is so cool. I would love you to add this and any of your other projects to my What We Wore and Made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW

The Loops said...

This is really cool and I do covet yours, but I will never do it. Unless you have me over and so most of the work. lol. Or maybe I will just buy one in your shop. Rest assured my lazy crafting lives on.

Unknown said...

wow! this is really cool!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Um... this.is.SO.COOL! Like so so cool. Its beautiful, smells good, and gives headache relief?? I NEED one.

Britanni said...

MOST awesome! I so want to make this for my future mother in law, she will love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

Unknown said...

uh, so cool!! You are going to link this up to my pinteresting party, right???

Very Pinteresting Party

Fowl Single File said...

What a neat idea. I've never seen this before! And kudos to you for actually checking off one of your Pins!!

Jen Lossing, Artistic Abode Designs said...

These are so beautiful! I just love them! Great job!

Hani said...

Superb job Aimee.. These are fantastic lockets with beautiful idea.. :)
Thanks for linking up! I'm following you to keep updated in future for more awesome ideas..

Love Sparkle Pretty said...

This is ADORABLE! I love this tutorial! Thank you :)
Visiting from VWB link party.
-Kayla from Love Sparkle Pretty
{Your newest follower}

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

These are very cool-pinning!

Unknown said...

Love this idea so much that I am featuring it today!
~Tonia @TheGunnySack

Sew Can Do said...

Great tutorial! I've featured this at today's Craftastic link party. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next:)

Bella @ Bella before and after said...


You go girl, I would rock one of these in a heartbeat. Now for the big question, does your body heat make it melt like, all gooey melt. I love my handmade lipbalms from FIVE SEED on ETSY, but if it gets too hot, they MELT... so just wondering if this does too ??

Either way, this is just adorable, and soooo very practical.

Thanks for the great tutorial, I've added you to my blog roll, so I can come visit you more often :)

Stop by anytime to say hello, I'm currently working on getting super organized (on a dime) and of course sharing some yummy recipes too!
Hugs, Bella :)
Bella Before and After
Euro Style Cakes.

P.S. I also pinned you girlBELLA'S PINTEREST BOARDScome check it out!!

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