How To Make Solid Perfume

By now, you probably know that I haven’t used a store-bought perfume in years, and I have been a walking cloud of essential oils instead.

I like using essential oils as perfume because they are completely natural and they don’t come with the skin irritating, lung harming, endocrine system disrupting side effects that your department store perfume does (yeah I said it).

I love my essential oil roller bottle perfumes, and I make cute spray bottle perfumes, as well. I’m always worried that they will leak or spill in my purse when I’m out and about, though. I wondered if I could get the same level of fragrance from a solid perfume.

Think I did it?

This little tin is going to hold all the smelly goodness in a few minutes.

I guess I better tell you how to accomplish this tiny tin of heavenly aroma. All you need are THREE ingredients:

BEESWAX: this makes your perfume solid! Beeswax is gentle on your skin, keeps skin hydrated, and absorbs nicely. If you are looking for a vegan-friendly ingredient, try candelilla wax. I find candelilla wax is a bit harder than beeswax, so adding some extra coconut oil will improve the consistency for you.

FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL: one of the most popular carrier oils. If you’re an essential oil lover, you likely have this on hand. Fractionated coconut oil is clear and odorless so it won’t stain or interfere with the aromatic profile you’re going for.

ESSENTIAL OILS: The most important ingredient of a perfume! When you want to create an authentic, natural aroma – essential oils are what you turn to. Certain oils pair nicely together, I have listed some of my favourites below. I use doTERRA oils because of the chemistry analysis showing they are 100% unadulterated. This means that I need to use less drops to get the aroma I want, and they smell way better. Use my referral code to save 25% on doTERRA essential oils

Three ingredients to make solid perfume. This one I’m using a citrus floral blend (Citrus Bloom) with Sandalwood.

Perfume combinations that smell fabulous:

  • Sandalwood and Wild Orange
  • Neroli and Vanilla
  • Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Wild Orange
  • Patchouli and Wild Orange
  • Rose and Cedarwood

Supplies Needed:

1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil

2.5 teaspoons beeswax

25 drops of essential oils

1oz container or tin (makes approx 1oz of solid perfume)

What Went Down:

  1. Choose 3 or 4 essential oils for your perfume, try to use a top note, a middle note, and a base note (see below).
  2. Put the beeswax into a heat proof container and add the fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Heat gently until melted using a microwave or double boiler. 
  4. Remove from heat and let the oil/beeswax cool slightly. Then add your essential oil drops and stir. Do a sniff test – are you happy with it? Adjust if needed. NOTE: it will start to solidify very quickly so ensure you work fast.
  5. Pour the liquid into your container (you might need to heat gently before pouring if it has already started to solidify).
  6. Put your container in a quiet place and leave the mixture to harden. Once it’s cooled you can pop that lid on. I find it is best to leave your perfume for approximately two weeks before using to allow time for the essential oils to mature – I know, I know, you want to use it now!
Look at this beauty!


A perfume has three parts: a base, a middle, and a top note. A great perfume will feature all three. Let’s break them down.

Base Note:

The base note is where you start. You really want to be in love with your base note. A base note is a fixative. It takes the chemical components of all the other oils and it grabs them and it holds onto them – like a perfume anchor. These are the oils that you smell on your skin for the longest amount of time.  

Base note essential oils: Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Copaiba, Jasmine, Vanilla, Ylang Ylang.

Middle Note:

The mid note is the heart of your perfume. You might one to have more than one mid note oil, and that’s totally allowed. This is the main feature of your perfume. I like my middle notes to set the vibe for my perfume. Feeling sexy? Neroli. Calm, cool, collected? Siberian Fir. Strong feminine? Rose or Geranium.

Middle note essential oils: Black Pepper, Cardamom, Fennel, Douglas Fir, Geranium, Rosemary, Marjoram, Siberian Fir, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Rose.

Top Note:

Finish your perfume with a top note. The top note is what you will smell initially right when you put it on. Make a good first impression! The top note is the first thing you smell, but by nature, they flash off quickly (the smell fades fast). Then your middle note will shine through (why you need to love it), and the base note holds steady. Wow, this is complex, isn’t it?

Top note essential oils: Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Peppermint, Spearmint, Tangerine, Bergamot, Petitgrain, Wild Orange.

That one time when I made 50 perfume bottles in one night to gift at an event. Good times!

Maybe you just want someone to tell you what essential oils to blend together? I got you, friend, check this out:

Ok, go on and make something that smells amazing, and remember to give yourself full credit when you get compliments that you smell divine!

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