How To Make Solid Perfume
There is something so wonderfully vintage about solid perfume. It conjures up images of intricate little pendants on ladies dressing tables, or of intriguingly dark poison rings (poison rings were made popular in sixteenth century Europe – either reputedly as a means to slip poison into an enemies food, or as a means of committing suicide in the event of capture /possible torture…)
As well as being romantic and vintage, or gothic and interesting, depending on your personal inclination; poison rings have the advantage of being a fantastically portable way to carry your perfume around with you in your purse or handbag.
Furthermore, solid perfume is easier than you would expect to brew up, so it makes a great gift to give to your friends and family on special occasions. You could present them with a unique solid perfume made from their favourite flower on their birthday, or theme your perfume to suit the occasion; perhaps orange, frankincense and spice at Christmas, or spring flowers such as bluebells and primroses for Easter. The sky’s the limit!
Before you can begin making your beautiful vintage style solid perfume you will need to find something to put it in. There aren’t any solid perfume police of course, so you may put it in whatever you like. An old cleaned out lip balm tin? The shell of a pocket watch? A seashell? Well, maybe...
Ideally you are looking for a beautiful object d’art, in vintage gold, decorated with clusters of black opals and red diamonds (two of the rarest gemstones in the world, naturally...) However failing this agreeable happenstance you could get some of these reasonable little rectangular silver coloured tins from Gracefruit.com –
Or a round one, strangely akin to an empty Vaseline tin
You will also need to stock up on the following ingredients:
Solid perfume recipe:
Ratio: Mix One and a half teaspoons of Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil:
To: Three quarters of a teaspoon of grated beeswax
Essential or Fragrance Oils (pleasant and relatively inexpensive Essential Oils include: Lavender, Geranium, Citrus oils, Frankincense, Basil, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Vanilla.)
Rinse and repeat recipe if you need to fill a bigger jar – just remember to keep the ratio the same.
Choosing your Essential or Fragrance Oils:
Perhaps the hardest (and most interesting!) part of making your own solid perfume is deciding on the blend of perfume oils you will use to create your very own unique perfume!
There are myriad varieties of fragrance oils out there – pretty much any scent you can dream of is available, somewhere...However for the purposes of keeping it simple and if you are in a hurry then it’s quite a good idea to start with Essential Oils, as you can generally find these your local health shop. Also, for a vintage perfume it seems more appropriate somehow to stick with less synthetic scents, as we have a lot of lab created options available now which wouldn’t have been around in the past.
If you’ve a yen for something more exotic though, and don’t mind waiting a few days, companies such as Plush Folly (http://www.plushfolly.com) and Sensory Perfection (http://www.sensoryperfection.co.uk) are reliable, UK based, (apologies to our international visitors!), have a good selection of cosmetic grade oils, and deliver pretty quickly.
Choosing your own unique Perfume blend is something only you can do – so I won’t drone on about this - have fun! There are no right or wrong scent combinations as the only person you have to please here is yourself. Everyone else will just have to put up with it or buy a nose peg.
Now for the awesome perfume mixology!
I would like to go all learned and complicated here, revealing the mystical vintage art of solid perfume making, but I am afraid it is erm, very very simple...(Your friends don’t necessarily need to know that...)
Here it is in three easy steps:
1) Mix your Essential of fragrance oils with your Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil in a small container. (refer to the back of your bottles or cosmetic analysis certificate for info on safe concentrations etc.) If you are doing this drop by drop with potent essential oils then I would imagine about 24 drops should do it!
2) Melt your beeswax very slowly over a low heat.
3) Mix together thoroughly – then pour into your chosen solid perfume receptacle. Wait for it to cool before schmearing all over yourself gleefully like Garfield with Lasagne.
Voila! Your vintage solid perfume making quest is complete – you are now the proud owner of an awesome and totally unique perfume.
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