How to Make Solid Perfume

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How to Make Solid Perfume

This post is sponsored by Plant Therapy. Thank you, Plant Therapy, for helping me get the word out about using natural ingredients, like essential oils, to create body-care products. 

Essential oil perfume is very different than commercially-produced perfume in that it’s not a strong, overbearing product. Essential oil-based perfume is subtle and appropriate.<–If you’ve ever sat next to someone rocking too much commercial perfume, you know exactly why I chose those particular adjectives.

how to make solid perfume

Natural Perfume Basics

There are three ways to make a natural perfume. The first option is to make a spray perfume by diluting an essential oil (or oils) in distilled water and alcohol. Another option is to use a roller bottle and dilute an essential oil (or oils) in a carrier oil. The third option is to use a carrier oil, beeswax, and an essential oil (or oils) to make a solid perfume.

Perfume that’s been made with essential oils isn’t as strong, or as long-lasting, as commercial perfume. This means an essential oil-based perfume needs to be applied a couple of times during the day (if you’re going for an all-day scent). Carrying a liquid oil in your purse can be quite messy, so a solid perfume is the way to go.

Before I share my solid perfume recipe, let’s talk about each of the essential ingredients used to make this perfume.

how to make solid perfume

How to Make Solid Perfume

Main Ingredient: Carrier Oil

Oil is the main ingredient used to make solid perfume. The oils used in do-it-yourself skincare recipes are typically referred to as carrier oils, although I usually call them nourishing oils.

The carrier oil used to make an essential oil-based perfume is completely up to you. Grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil are my top picks for making perfume. Virgin coconut oil may also be used, but it will impart a coconut scent on the final product.

how to make solid perfume

Main Ingredient: Beeswax

Beeswax takes the carrier oil from a liquid to a solid state. Beeswax also acts as a barrier, which helps an essential oil-based perfume last a bit longer when it’s applied to the skin.

how to make solid perfume

Main Ingredient: Essential Oil

Making your own perfume scent can be as easy or as complex as you’d like it to be. There are three ways to achieve a naturally-scented perfume.

Option 1: Single Essential Oil

To keep things simple, a single essential oil–like lavender essential oil–may be used to create a “one-and-done” perfume.

how to make solid perfume

Option 2: Pre-Blended Synergy

Another simple, “one-and-done” scent option is to use a pre-blended synergy, like: Tranquil (bergamot, patchouli, blood orange, ylang ylang, grapefruit), Love Vanilla (vanilla, ylang-ylang), Blues Buster (tangerine, geranium, grapefruit), or Spring Blossoms (neroli, sweet orange, Lime). A synergy (a blend of individual essential oils) takes all the guess work out of creating complex perfume scents.

how to make solid perfume

Option 3: Create a Custom Scent Blend 

Individual oils may be combined to create your own custom perfume scent. Essential oils are divided into three main categories, based on their unique scent profile: Base Notes, Middle Notes, and Top Notes.

Base Notes (scents are uplifting, very sharp, and slow to evaporate): cedarwood, frankincense, ginger (to Middle), jasmine (to Middle), patchouli, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, ylang ylang (to Middle).

Middle Notes (scents last a couple of hours, supportive): bay, cardamom, geranium, fir balsam, geranium, ginger (to Base), helichrysum, jasmine (to Base), lavender (to Top), lemongrass, palmarosa, orange (to Top), rosemary, ylang ylang (to Base).

Top Notes (introduce the perfume, quick to evaporate, uplifting): bergamot, clary sage (to Middle), eucalyptus, grapefruit, juniper, lemon, lime, neroli, orange (to Middle), palmarosa, peppermint, pine, tangerine, verbena.

To find your custom perfume scent, experiment with just a few essential oils (3-6 individual oils– preferably a good mix of Base, Middle, and Top Notes). Add two drops of a Base Note to a small amount of carrier oil, smell the oil and evaluate which Middle Note (from your oil choices) will best accompany the scent. Add two drops of the desired Middle Note, and then repeat the smell test. Finally, add a drop at a time of the desired Top Note, taking time to swirl the mixture and conduct a smell test before adding new drops. If you’d like to go back and add more of the Base Note or Middle Note, now is the time to experiment. Creating a custom scent is all about trial and error, so have fun with the process and take notes.

Plant Therapy also provides guidance on blending essential oils on their website. When looking up an individual oil, the aroma strength (“Strength of Aroma”), aromatic scent description (“Aromatic Scent”), and blending suggestions (“Blends Well With”) are provided on the side of an essential oil photo.

how to make solid perfume

The essential oil (or oils) used to create your perfume will depend on your scent preferences as well as the mood you want to create. Once you know which scent you’ll be using, it’s time to make your solid perfume. Below, you’ll find my basic recipe for creating a custom perfume.

How to Make Solid Perfume
4.75 from 4 votes

How to Make Solid Perfume

A naturally-scented, do-it-yourself solid perfume. 

Course DIY
Cuisine Body
Keyword Solid Perfume
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 2-ounce jar
Author Kristin Marr


  • 1 TB carrier oil * (14.5g)
  • 2 tsp beeswax pellets (6g)
  • 35-40 drops essential oil **of choice: individual oil, a blend of individual oils, or a pre-blended Synergy.

Special Equipment:


  1. Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Place the oil and beeswax in the glass bowl, and allow the beeswax to fully melt. 

  2. Carefully remove the bowl from the heat source, and stir the liquid. 

  3. Pour the liquid into a storage container. I used a 2-ounce container from Plant Therapy. In the past, I've used mint/candy tins and small glass spice jars. 

  4. Once the liquid begins to cool (just a minute or two), add the essential oil(s) of choice. Gently stir the essential oils into the oil. Place the lid on the container to keep the essential oils from evaporating. 

  5. Allow the perfume to solidify (just a few minutes) before use. Keep in mind, as the perfume matures, the scent will intensify. 

To Use:

  1. Rub a clean finger (or a Q-Tip) across the top of the solid perfume. Apply the perfume to your wrists. Repeat as needed. The perfume will keep for 6-12 months, depending on the carrier oil used (grapeseed: 6 months; sweet almond and jojoba: 12 months).  

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A Note About Plant Therapy

When I first discovered Plant Therapy (a few years ago), I was so impressed with the company as a whole: the commitment to safe essential oil education and the quality of the essential oils and affordable prices. Plant Therapy quickly became one of my go-to brands for essential oils. Since that time, they’ve grown as a company and expanded their product lines, while still keeping the same passion and commitment to quality and affordable pricing. I love that I can now source high quality carrier oils, beeswax, essential oils (as well as information on how to use the oils), and carrier (nourishing) oils from Plant Therapy.

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  1. says: Katie

    I understand fragrances on people can vary greatly, however how close does someone have to be to smell the perfume? I’m thinking this perfume is more of a scent that people catch a slight whiff of when next to you, which would be what I’m looking for. Maybe your husband could weigh in on this one?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Katie, Essential oil perfume is incredibly subtle. Dustin needs to be sitting right next to me to smell the perfume. It’s not the kind of perfume that can be detected a few seats over ;). Homemade perfume is almost more for the person wearing it versus other folks–it’s like your own personal aromatherapy in a sense. Hope that helps! You could increase the essential oil amount, if desired, and that may help with making the perfume even stronger.

  2. says: Cee Jay

    5 stars

    Great project and thank you for the tutorial. Much appreciated.

    As a vegetarian and an animal activist, is there an alternative I can use to beeswax?

    With thanks.

    Cee Jay.

      1. says: Obsidien

        There are other slightly better wax alternatives to beeswax for the vegan folks out there.

        Because candelilla wax is so dense, one unit of the vegetable wax is roughly equal to two units of beeswax. Bayberry Wax is another… and sustainably-harvested carnauba wax. Just some food for thought there.

  3. says: Lisa

    5 stars
    Love this! It’s everything I’m looking for as I’ve just started experimenting with rollerball EO perfumes! And Plant Therapy is my go-to for oils too!! Thanks! I’ll be trying as soon as I can locate some decent carrier oils (as I’m i China) or find a good compliment for coconut oil!

  4. says: Brad Jackson

    Guidelines for skin safe essential oil use dictates a maximum of 15 drops per ounce of oil/wax. This recipe is about 2.5x that, and many of the essential oils listed can cause intense photosensitivity. Any complaints about irritation?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Brad, I worked with a certified aromatherapist from Plant Therapy to make sure the dilution is accurate and safe. I also personally use this perfume, so safety is important for myself and anyone making this. For perfume, this dilution (based on my own research from top essential oil sources and guidance from the aromatherapist) is fine. This dilution wouldn’t be advised in a lotion or an application that would go on a larger surface of the body. Perfume is used very, very sparingly. Thanks for sharing your concern. You’re definitely welcome to tweak my recipe to decrease the amount of essential oil, based on your research, if desired.

  5. says: Amanda

    4 stars
    Brad, you may look at what essential oils you are using. If you are using pure, therapeutic grade oils you’ll only need 1/2 the amount suggested… if that. Know your oils. My oils would only require 2-3 drops depending on which oil I choose for the perfume… otherwise the scent would be far too strong, and you’d be wasteing a lot of your oils.

    The recipe is a good one though!

    1. says: Certified aromatherapists, actual Chemist,

      There is no such thing as therapeutic grade essential oil. What you are talking about is the strength of the expression, “therapeutic grade” is completely made-up, I think it originated from youngs living, Along with 90% of the other nonsense in the essential oil world.

  6. says: Angel

    I tried it but i dont know what went wronh because its hard not too oily so when I tried to apply on my wrist theres no oil.. Do I need to put more oil?

  7. says: Angel

    When I tried to make one I just added 10 drops of essential oil after fews hrs my solid perfume is not too oily its too hard that you cannot put it on my wrist. Is that because I just added few drops of essential oil?

  8. says: Wendy

    .thank you Kristin! Looking forward to trying this. I have lots of trips coming up, I’m TSA Pre ✔️, but will be traveling out of the country & I’d like to carry as little of 3-1-1 items that I can 😁

  9. says: Scott

    5 stars
    Help. I used to buy a solid perfume that everyone loves on me. It is Patchouli and Smoked Citrus. The company has gone out of business so I thought I would simply make my own. Any thoughts what the recipe would be? I can’t seem to come up with how to make the ‘smoked citrus’. orange is the base note but I am struggling with the ‘smoked’ access. Any help is much appreciated.

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Scott,

      I’ve never tried to get a smoky smell from an essential oil. I would recommend googling “smoky essential oils”

      LS Team.

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