Thursday, April 5, 2012

DIY All Natural Perfume (solid + liquid)

So, at the time of this writing it's Tuesday night and just shy of midnight. Generally, we go to sleep pretty early because of our rather early schedules. That being said, our neighbor below us is having a party on the lawn. On a Tuesday night. And I can hear every word, laugh and ... grossly enough... belch. 
It's completely wrecking my ability to sleep, but it is providing at least some interesting fodder to blog about (two guys keep screaming at each other to 'walk it off'??). 
Since I can't sleep, I thought I'd get a head start on today's post, even more early than general! This project has been so long in the making. I've been testing, researching and working for months on this. Generally, I'm not a huge fan of store bought perfume. The chemicals put inside of it are terrifying. But, the deal was really sealed when we got our parrotlet, Odette. She was a birthday present from my sweet husband who absolutely didn't want a puppy. She's pretty cool, but her rather ineffective respiratory system means that everything can kill her, including candles, hairspray, non-stick cookware and... perfume. 
This required a lot of testing and research, but for you lovelies at home, it will be super easy. The liquid was inspired by my old vanilla oil from The Body Shop and really didn't take much thought beyond measurements. The solid was a tad more interesting.
Let's start with the ingredients.
Liquid: dark bottle (apothecary), small. About 2 ounces is good. Jojoba + essential oils.
Solid: Beeswax, jojoba, essential oils, small container.

Let's break it down a bit more. For the beeswax container, I used old twist off mini jars from Lush and Benefit. They're glass and worked really well. Beeswax can be purchased online or in health food stores. I got a 1 oz bar for $1.99 and just cut off a little hunk. Essential oil- make sure you get therapeutic which is the best grade for cosmetic use. And don't skimp on the price, use a trusted brand such as "Now". You can get some funky scents otherwise! Also, having a little dropper attachment on the bottle is helpful.

Ready to get started? Let's begin with liquid...

(1) Prep it. Think of the scent combinations you're interested in. I like to combine fruity citrus scents with vanilla. I suggest starting with just a few (2-3) different oils, that's easier to control. As you get better at mixing your combos, you can become more complex. 

(2) Start it. Add the essential oils to your bottle. Start with 2 drops of each oil. Leave the scent to sit for a day and then smell it again, adjust as necessary. Continue until you get the right scent! 
(3) Finish it. Add your jojoba oil to seal the deal. You want 15 drops of oil per ounce of jojoba, so add jojoba according to what you put in the bottle. Be sure to keep track of how many drops you're adding!

Now for the solid...
(1) Melt it. The ratio of beeswax to jojoba is 1:1, so I think it's easier to melt the beeswax and then measure it out, adding the same amount of jojoba oil. You can either melt your beeswax over the stove in a double boiler or in a microwave, checking every 30 seconds. 
(2) Mix it. Mix in your jojoba oil with a toothpick and add your oil. Per teaspoon of jojoba/wax you'll need 15 drops of essential oil. Mix that in with a toothpick.
(3) Pour it. Pour it into your little container and allow to set til hardened!

More good scent combos?

1. Vanilla + Peppermint

2. Patchouli + Bergamot  + Lemon

3. Grapefruit + Lemon + Vanilla

4. Orange + Lemon + Grapefruit

5. Almond + ... anything.

Love the idea but don't have the time to make your own? This month we're giving away a natural perfume for free! To be automatically entered, simply join our FACEBOOK PAGE. Every month there's a new contest and every month all la vie facebook fans are auto entered.
Tomorrow is GF Friday and I can hardly wait to share with you the delicious Saturday morning-esque recipe. I hope you have an incredible day. Wishing you all the best, and as always, thanks for reading! 


  1. just found your blog through pinterest and becoming addicted! Enjoying your ideas and can't wait to try many of them! Thanks!! Tammy

    1. yeah, girl! I hope you stick around! 'like' the facebook page, I give a prize away every month there!


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