Small things, part 2

It occurred to me that my last blog post was kind of boring. No pictures, and it was very stream of consciousness with very little cohesive structure.

Ah, sleep deprivation. It’s a thing. Let’s try again?

So I made some one ounce solid perfumes, and I was impressed with myself because I did it while carrying the baby in the baby carrier on my chest. She was happy. I was happy.


I actually made three, one of these-the one with the most missing-is an experiment from another day.

The recipes for each are as follows:

I posted this first one on the last blog post, but here it is again:

(For each one ounce jar)
1 tbsp beeswax
1 tbsp emulsifying wax (like Ecomulse, Polywax or Emulsifying Wax NF-which is what I used)
1 tbsp lightweight carrier oil (I chose safflower)

Melt these together in a double boiler. You can improvise a double boiler for the microwave with a glass measuring cup inside a small mixing bowl, but I still advise always using a double boiler when working with beeswax as it’s melting point is so high most plastics melt before it does.


Perfume one: J’s Favorite.
3 drops vitamin E oil to help with rancidity
30 drops bergamot essential oil
3 drops clove essential oil
3 drops cardamom essential oil
20 drops patchouli essential oil
1-3 drops vetiver essential oil- start with one, swirl it in, wait, and then add the others one at a time. This is powerful stuff and it will be stronger the next day. So if you like it, leave it alone, it will be awesome later.

This smells so good. It’s really very gender neutral and has that good mix of woodsy and spicy, with some fresh citrus from the bergamot and a little mystery and smoke from the vetiver that you can control by dialing it up or down. I went for the full three drops because I love the way vetiver smells and I don’t mind a “masculine” scent on myself.

Because of the bergamot essential oil being in the citrus family, this perfume could make you photo sensitive. Either use the bergapetene-free version or be cautious if rubbing it all over you and playing in the sun. I admit I put this on pulse  points and my neck and chest, so if I were out riding my bike in a tank I could be risking a sunburn. Personally, I’ve never had an essential oil cause a sunburn but I’m not prone to sunburns…I’ve heard some stories though. So be cautious with the citrus oils.


This perfume and the next one are labdanum based, and it’s more of a gooey resin than an essential oil. When I say “drops”, I hope you understand I was dipping a chopstick in the bottle and counting every blob that fell off as two drops because they were so big. That is how I did it…labdanum and benzoin have to be measured in blobs, not neat drops.

Also, because labdanum is such a complex scent, I’m waiting a few weeks to let it mature. I keep sniffing the jars, though 😉

Labdanum Light Perfume:

Base for one ounce solid perfume
3 drops Vitamin E oil
26 “drops” (or 13 “blobs”) labdanum essential oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops grapefruit essential oil
5 drops cedarwood essential oil
10 drops fir balsam essential oil


Labdanum Dark Perfume:
Base for one ounce solid perfume
3 drops Vitamin E oil
36 drops (or 18 blobs) labdanum essential oil
24 drops michelia alba leaf essential oil
8 drops cedarwood atlas essential oil
10 drops cardamom essential oil
12 drops vanilla essential oil
12 drops palmarosa essential oil


This perfume I made a few months ago when I first got a bottle of hydacheim essential oil. It’s dry and spicy, with a hint of citrus, but otherwise very much like patchouli. I love it. At first it’s overpowering but the scent soon mellows and becomes lovely. When I made this perfume I was horrified and almost tossed the whole thing in the trash, but now I’m glad I didn’t as it has developed into a really nice little tub of (admittedly very hippie-esque) of perfume that is reminiscent of incense from my childhood. I can’t give you the recipe, because sadly I didn’t keep track of exactly what went into it. I can tell you what, just not how much exactly.

Perstephanie’s Hippie Perfume

1) Lavender (I believe it was about 60%)
2) Hydacheim (20%)
The rest in tiny amounts, like 1-3%. If I remake this perfume I will leave out most of this stuff…see the notes!

3) Patchouli-to “compliment” the Hydacheim. Gone! They are too much alike!
4) Cassia-to amp up sweet spice notes of Hydacheim.
5) Clove- to amp up spicy notes, I think I would keep cassia or clove, but probably not both. I will decide after I wear the perfume more and I decide which one comes through better and works with the mix.
6) Black pepper, woodsy and peppery. Gone. It’s a more expensive essential oil and doesn’t really shine in this perfume. I can’t justify wasting it here.
7) Juniper, for more a sweet woodsy note.
8) Frankincense, for woodsy note. I will keep either juniper or frankincense, probably juniper. I can get hints of juniper now and then and it works with the hydacheim and lavender.
9) Cedarwood, for smokey woodsy. Drop. Hydacheim is enough.
10) Litsea Cubeba for citrus top note. Probably keep, although I may use red mandarin instead because lemon isn’t quite right.

That means next time, I’m looking at:
30 drops French Lavender
10 drops Hydacheim
3 drops each cassia and/or clove
5 drops juniper
5 drops red mandarin
3 drops vitamin E oil
Base for one ounce solid perfume

The problem was that the hydacheim overpowered everything initially. So nothing I put in, no matter what, came through. Even cedar, which usually is a great smell and strong, was lost. Cassia and clove were lost. That’s why I almost tossed the whole thing. The fact that it was over half French Lavender essential oil wasn’t making a difference, it was like working with sodium hydroxide: all the scents changed and morphed on me. Of course, now that it’s mellowed and blended, it’s much nicer and I like it much more. I will be making solid bug away balms here soon, and when I do I will take a minute and remake this perfume so it has a few months to mature again.

There are some great DIY perfume ideas online, and I found a collection of them to stimulate my imagination by looking here.
However, I ultimately went off of sources I trusted and what I already knew I liked, as well as some research into good essential oil blends. In the end, your nose and what works for your body chemistry once it’s on you will be the final judges.


Author: scseery

Soap, bath and beauty, jams and jellies, and unique upcycled gifts. That's what I make and talk about here. A lot.

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