Did you know that you can easily make your own natural, cruelty-free, and vegan solid perfume? It’s easy! With just three ingredients — candelilla wax, jojoba oil, and your favorite essential oils — you’ve got your own personal scent to savor or gift to friends. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll even start your own Etsy shop!
Solid perfumes are typically a solid or cream, similar to the consistency of lip balm and come in jars or tins rather than bottles.
The base is normally a wax that melts with skin contact, releasing the scents more slowly than other types of perfumes. It’s applied by either rubbing a finger or cotton swab in it and then applying it to the skin.
This solid perfume recipe only requires 3 ingredients and is shockingly simple to make! Here’s everything you’ll need:
Don’t forget a clean tin to place your finished solid perfume into!
For long-lasting fragrance, this recipe calls for essential oils. You’re probably familiar with scents such as lavender and tea tree oil but there are many more options out there for freshening up your personal aroma.
Here are some of our favorite essential oil combinations:
Flower Power – If you’d like to evoke thoughts of wandering through a field of lilies or garden of roses as you go through your day, then floral might be just the right choice for you! Rose, geranium, ylang ylang, and lavender are just a few of the more popular types of floral essential oils.
Fresh and Fruity – If you’re hoping to smell like a basket of strawberries or a bowl of oranges, well, you certainly can! Scents like orange, strawberry, mango, and cherry are available as essential oils. Just be careful when going outside in the summer otherwise you may attract some flying friends! You can also mix floral with fruity—imagine how good rose mixed with cherry could smell!
Epically Earthy – Does the smell of fresh mud immediately calm you down, no matter how much rushing around you may have had to do that day? Well, my friend, let me introduce you to woody and earthy patchouli. A scent commonly associated with hippies and drum circles, it boasts properties of stress relief and can actually be used as an anti-fungal agent! If you find patchouli to be a bit strong, feel free to balance it out with a floral scent such as lily or perhaps even try cedar oil instead.
Step 1: Place the candelilla wax in a small metal or heatproof glass bowl. Melt it over a double boiler by pour enough water into a small saucepan to come about 1½ inches (4 cm) up the side; bring to a simmer. Place the bowl on top of the saucepan, making sure the bottom doesn’t touch the water. Heat, stirring, for 5 to 10 minutes or until wax is melted and smooth.
Step 2: Add jojoba oil and stir for 1 to 2 minutes or until well combined.
Step 3: Stir in essential oil(s) of choice until evenly distributed.
Step 4: Immediately pour into lip balm tin. Let cool until solid.
That’s it! This simple recipe takes hardly any time at all for a wonderful gift that can last all year!
In terms of wear, solid perfume will last about 4-8 hours once applied to the skin and is meant to wear off during the day. When it comes to shelf life, solid perfume can last anywhere from 1-10 years, with 3-5 years often being the average lifespan.
And while solid perfume is an excellent way to stay smelling fresh while on the go, do consider that it can become more liquid-y when left in the heat too long. If you find your perfume looking soupy, just stick it in the fridge to get it solid!
One of the best things about making DIY perfume is that you have a go-to vegan gift idea to make for your friends and loved ones, depending on what they want to smell like!
Perhaps your spouse can’t get enough patchouli or your best friend is a lavender lover—this vegan perfume is the perfect way to express your adoration. You can even make a gift bag with some of your favorite vegan goodies to give to them!
Looking for more perfume recommendations? Keep in mind that not all perfumes are created vegan! Aside from animal testing, some perfumes contain animal-derived ingredients such as musk (from deer), civet (from the African Civet), and ambergris (from sperm whales). With so many amazing plant-based fragrance options available, there is absolutely no need to use cruelly-derived animal products in perfume!
There are several vegan solid perfumes on the market that you can find find from popular brands. Also, check out our newest Vegan Perfume Guide for even more scentsational brands!
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Vegan solid perfume recipe courtesy of The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty by Sunny Subramanian & Chrystle Fiedler ©2016 RobertRose.ca Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold. Article written by Michelle Cehn and edited by Rachel Lessenden.