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DIY beauty: Solid perfume

IMG_3882“Being creative is not a hobby it’s a way of life” -Unknown

The wonderful thing about crafting is that once it becomes a habit you start to look at objects differently and constantly ask yourself “how can I use this?”. A few days ago I had a serendipitous moment where the stars aligned and a few ideas that had been brewing in the back of my head came together at once.

Kia and I had discussed a few DIY beauty project ideas (we’ve been inspired by all of the DIY natural beauty guru’s and somehow wanted to contribute) but a lot of the ideas felt forced. Completely unrelated, I personally had been looking for a fragrance for summer. I’m not a big perfume wearer but I wanted something light, natural and portable. And then, as I was walking through the quaint beach gift shop in town, I spied these small handmade shell cases and thought:

Shell case + perfume need + DIY beauty idea need= Solid perfume project!

No lie, that equation probably appeared over my head in one of those comic-style thought bubbles. Eureka! I rushed to the counter with my finds and ran home to start.

Fortunately I already had everything else I needed at home (read: supply hoarder). But here are the supplies:

  • Beeswax (100%)
  • a carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond, or vitamin E oil
  • essential oils of your choice
  • a small heat-safe bowl
  • saucepan
  • disposable mixing tool (preferably thin, like a straw… I used a wooden skew)
  • sealable container for your final product

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First, place equal parts beeswax and carrier oil into a small bowl. The amount depends on the size of you final container but approximately 1 tablespoon of each is a good starting point.

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Place the bowl in a saucepan containing water and place on high heat to boil until the wax is melted.

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Remove the bowl from the hot water USING TONGS. You can’t apply solid perfume with scalded fingers, sweetheart.

While the mixture is still liquid, add 8-10 drops of essential oils of your choice and mix. I used a light Egyptian musk mixed mixed with a subtle tangerine but be creative and personal! A lot of natural food stores sell a variety of essential oils and commonly have testers that you can smell in-store. Open a few in combination in the store to see what you like before buying.

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Once mixed (and still liquid) pour into your desired container. Choose a container that’s sealable/closable and has a wide opening for easy finger access. Allow the mixture 10-30 minutes to

cool and you have a solid perfume with a unique personal scent!

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Comments

  1. Love the post. Where can I buy the shell containers? Thank you!

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