How to Make Solid Perfume With Essential Oils

by Maggie Hira ; Updated September 28, 2017

Essential oils have been used in aromatherapy and perfume-making for centuries. The strong fragrance from these plant extracts makes them ideal for perfume recipes. Liquid fragrances can be messy and difficult to transport, but solid perfume won't spill or cause a mess, and you can take it with you virtually anywhere. Moreover, they're easy to make and don't require any alcohol.

Pour about 3 to 5 drops of each essential oil into a small glass bottle. Add more or less based on which essential oils you want as the top notes, middle notes and base notes in your solid perfume. The more drops you add, the stronger the scent of the essential oil in your finished perfume. Allow the oils to mellow in the bottle for 1 to 2 days. This enhances the natural fragrance of each oil, making it stronger.

Place about half a tablespoon of shea butter, half a teaspoon of cocoa butter, half a teaspoon of vitamin E (or one liquid capsule) and one tablespoon of beeswax in a heat-proof glass cup, then place the cup in a hot water bath until the butter and wax have melted. Remove the cup from the hot water bath.

Add essential oils from step 1 to the butter/wax mixture. Stir the mixture with a spatula to blend the oils and waxes thoroughly.

Pour the finished mixture into a glass or tin jar. An old, empty solid perfume container is best if you have one. Allow the solid perfume mixture to cool and harden inside the container before use.


  • The ingredients can be purchased from online beauty wholesalers. In some cases, they can also be found at local food stores. For a fruity scent, choose sweet orange, neroli and lemon essential oils. For a woodsy scent, choose sandalwood, myrrh and patchouli essential oils. Mix and match different essential oils to create a customized scent.

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Maggie Hira has been writing professionally since 2006. She has written for numerous websites and print publications, including "LA.Direct Magazine" and The Budget Fashionista. Hira holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Los Angeles.