Rebecca says: “Solid perfumes are an easy way to make your own fragrances that actually last on your skin.
“This is the easiest recipe and will allow you to play around with essential oils until you find the combination you love. Go ahead and be an alchemist.”
These handy little pots also make great handmade Christmas presents.
How to make perfume pots at home
Ingredients (makes 30ml)
- 1 tablespoon beeswax
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- A few drops of natural food colouring or a sprinkle of mica powder (optional, if you want to colour your perfume)
- 20-30 drops of essential oils in any combination you like. Try: orange to uplift and energise, lavender to calm and relieve stress, rose to ease emotional blockages and stress, frankincense to uplift and ground, ginger to uplift and energise and jasmine – for peace and tranquility
- Small lip gloss container or jar
- Melt the beeswax and coconut oil in a double boiler over a low heat. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water instead (making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water underneath).
- Remove from the heat and slowly add the food colouring or mica powder, if using, and the essential oils, stirring as you go.
- Pour into a small lip gloss container or jar, cover and leave to set, then voilà – perfume, handbag ready.
- Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year. To use, simply dab a little of the perfume behind your ears, on your temples or wherever you normally apply perfume.
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Taken from The Art of Natural Beauty by Rebecca Sullivan. Published by Kyle Books. Photography by Nassima Rothacker.