Herbal Interests // Beeswax Solid Perfume
I am not a huge fan of perfume. I like to tell myself that it doesn't stick to me, just like lipstick or eyeshadow or concealer. My skin is very repellant of foreign products, which is why I was usually dowsing my clothes in Viva La Juicy in middle school. Anybody else with me? Oh, the early 2000s. It's been at least five years since I've bought myself a bottle of perfume or worn any sort of scent unless you count a scented lotion, though I usually opt for non-scented. I just don't like smelling like a Hawaiian Sunset or whatever you want to call it! Natural beauty is something that I think is well-spoken for over here, but lately I've found myself wanting to embody a scent. You know those types of people, right? They walk in a room and you don't even have to look at them to know who it is, you can smell them (that sounds super creepy). Or when you give your grandmother a hug and that familiar vanilla scent washes over you. It's comforting, and I was curious to know which scent I might embody. My deodorant wasn't one of them!
Which led me on my quest to find a natural alternative to perfume. I wanted something unique, easy, natural, and something that would stick! What scents did I love? Almond, honey, and lavender are a few that make me swoon. I love using my other herbal recipes just because of how they smell. Lo and behold - you can make perfume out of beeswax! Yes! It's true! I'd never used a solid perfume before, but it sounded intriguing. Perhaps this was something that I would fall in love with and use until the end of time.
INGREDIENTS + SUPPLIES //
- Essential oils of choice (almond, lavender, chamomile, sandalwood, etc)
- Carrier oil (jojoba, sweet almond, vitamin E, or grapeseed)
- Double boiler OR Crockpot**
- Soup Ladle**
- Wooden Spoon**
- Glass or Tin Container
** Make sure any supplies you are using to melt beeswax are old and will not be used for anything else other than working with the wax. Beeswax is very sticky and almost impossible to clean, especially off of metal things. I highly recommend using wooden utensils and a crockpot found at a resale store. And remember to put down newspaper in your work area!!
- Melt your beeswax in either a double boiler or an old crockpot. I have a special crockpot that I continually melt beeswax in - this works the best, in my opinion, because you can just let the wax harden inside when you are done and store it there until next time!
- In your glass or tin container (which I recycled from an old face mask I had purchased), make sure that you find something a bit shallow, pour your carrier oil. Your oil to beeswax ratio must be 1:1. This is important because if you have too much wax, then it will harden too much, and your perfume will not be applicable. You want the consistency to be a bit oily and malleable so that it can rub easily into your skin! I learned this the hard way!! (; I decided to do a mixture of carrier oils and added half Vitamin E oil, half Jojoba Oil. This gave it a lovely almond scent!
- Pour in your melted beeswax over the oil. It will begin to settle in layers and harden quickly. Mix the wax + oils with the end of your wooden spoon. While the wax is hardening, which will take about 10-20 minutes, drop in your essential oil(s). I chose lavender. Add around 50-60 drops of essential oil, either in a mixture or alone.
- Let your solid perfume harden, and that's it! Apply to your wrists, neck, ankles, wherever you find best.
The nice thing about this recipe is that it's somewhat like a lotion, somewhat like a skin oil... it's a solid perfume! I rubbed it into my wrists and up my arms and on the back of my neck. It was a subtle and pleasant little scent that has people who hug me saying I smell calming! I can dig that. This recipe is super easy and, as always, would make a great gift. You can't go wrong with that!