Two Lovely Solid Perfume Recipes To Make At Home

Here's how to make solid perfume the easy way. It will have all of the natural benefits of your chosen oils, lasts way longer, and is less oppressive for those around you.

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You may have seen that I have a liquid oil perfume recipe, but did you know that with one extra ingredient, you can turn that into a solid perfume recipe?

I love oil perfume, but if that bottle leaks, everything in your bag is ruined. Oil stains like crazy, and getting them out is so hard. 

It will also have all of the benefits of your liquid oil, roll-on perfume. It lasts way longer and is less oppressive for those around you.

I find that this perfume can be much more intimate, as if someone can smell it they are likely very close to you.

Citrus Blast Solid Perfume Recipe

Let’s start with my Citrus Blast recipe, then well move on to the Summer Bloom Perfume recipe which is the vegan option without beeswax.

If you have dry or sensitive skin and struggle to use regular perfume, don’t worry as this one doesn’t contain any alcohol at all. In fact, it’s likely to do the opposite. With the fractionated coconut oil and the beeswax, you’ll find this perfume will be intensely moisturizing and skin conditioning. 

I absolutely love this solid perfume with its uplifting and vibrant scent. It always leaves me feeling refreshed and calm, with the sweet and floral aromas of Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium essential oils. 

Unlike some solid perfume recipes, this is a mild fragrance that is subtle and gentle but is sure to lift your spirits. 

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What’s In My Citrus Blast Perfume


The beeswax is what makes the perfume solid. It also helps to trap the scent within, so you will find that every time you remove the top layer of the perfume it will release a lovely fresh aroma. 

I’m going to be using white cosmetic beeswax pellets in this recipe, mainly for a pure white finish. I also find that they are almost completely odorless which is perfect for a perfume…

If you would prefer to use a vegan friendly wax you can substitute the beeswax with candelilla wax. This will make the finished product a bit more solid so you may want to use a little less wax and a tad more fractionated coconut oil.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil is ideal for perfume making as it maintains the scents from the essential oils due to it being clear and odorless. 

It has soothing properties therefore it is less likely to irritate your skin. Which is another reason why it is a good choice for a solid perfume which you will be applying directly to your skin. Fractionated coconut oil has a very long shelf life too, which means that your perfume will keep for longer. 


We are using grapefruit for our top note, this with give the perfume its fresh and fruity aroma. Grapefruit essential oil is said to help lift the spirits by balancing out your moods and reducing anxiety.   

Ylang Ylang

This essential oil is well loved within the perfumery sector with its popular fruity, sweet aroma. It also has lots of health benefits such as helping to reduce depression, and decreasing heart rate.


This will be our middle perfumery note. Geranium essential oil is from the flower family and gives the perfume a mild undertone of rose. It is another mood-balancing essential oil that blends perfectly with the grapefruit and the Ylang Ylang.  

DIY solid perfume, pictured next to some grapefruit

How To Make Solid Perfume – Citrus Blast Recipe

This fruity scented perfume is made using delectable notes of citrus smelling Grapefruit and Orange, earthy Patchouli, and floral Ylang Ylang.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 1 OZ
Author: Angela Wills
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  • Put the beeswax into a heat proof container and add the fractionated coconut oil.
    13 grams Beeswax, 22 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
    A heatproof container with beeswax and fractionated coconut oil
  • Heat until melted using a microwave or double boiler/bain marie. Remove once wax has completely melted.
    A heatproof beaker filled with melted beeswax and fractionated coconut oil
  • Once cooled to around 40c/104f, add the essential oil drops to the oil and wax mixture. You will need to work fast here as it will solidify quickly.
    36 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil, 4 drops Geranium Essential Oil, 4 drops Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
    Essential oils being added to the heatproof container
  • Mix well using the stirrer.
    The mixture in the heatproof containers are stirred
  • Pour into a lip balm style container. If it has already started to solidify, although this is not ideal, you may need to heat gently before pouring.
    Then, set aside to harden, the perfume will need to be completely cooled before placing a lid on to avoid condensation. Leave for around two weeks before using, this will give it time for the essential oils to develop.
    After several tests and trials, this was my personal favorite blend. But it's not necessarily the right one for you. So below I created a handy guide that should help with formulating your very own blends.
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    The mixture is poured into a lip balm container
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Difficulty: Easy

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Two pots of homemade solid perfume with a rose and some rose petals around it

My Summer Bloom Solid Perfume Recipe – Vegan Option

Whenever I make this solid perfume it always reminds me of summer flowers. So decided to call this recipe ‘Summer Bloom’, as most of the floral essential oil in this blend are from flowers that bloom in the summer. 

Choosing Your Own Essential Oils

  1. As a basic rule, choose 3 or 4 essential oils using at least 1 from each note, top, middle, and base from the perfume scents Piesse Scale below.
  2. Place a few drops of your chosen oils, in the proportions that you wish to use them, onto a strip of blotting paper. leave for about 5 minutes then take a sniff to see if you have reached your desired effect, then correct if needed.
  3. Put the beeswax into a heat-proof container.
  4. Add the fractionated coconut oil.
  5. Heat until melted using a microwave or double boiler/ ban marie. 
  6. Once cooled to around 40c/104f, add the essential oil drops to the oil and wax mixture. You will need to work fast here as it will solidify quickly. You will need about 20-40 drops of essential oil in the proportions you have worked out.
  7. Mix well using the stirrer and sniff to test, correct if needed adding only one extra drop at a time until you reach your desired fragrance.
  8. Pour into a lip balm-style container. If it has already started to solidify, although this is not ideal, you may need to heat it gently before pouring. 
  9. Set aside to harden, the perfume will need to be completely cooled before placing a lid on to avoid condensation. Leave for around two weeks before using, this will give it time for the essential oils to develop. 

Perfume Scents – The Piesse Scale

For more info on essential oils and their uses: Essential Oil Use Chart

Top Notes:
Are light and fresh smelling, they are usually the first scent that you will detect in a blended perfume, and often the most volatile.
Anise, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Mandarin, Spearmint, Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain.

Middle Notes:
Form the main body of the perfume. They have a lasting fragrance that becomes noticeable after the top note.
Angelica, Bay, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Chamomile, Cypress, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Neroli, Palmarosa, Pine, Rose, Rosemary.

Base Notes:
Are rich and heavy, although they are the last to detect in a perfume they linger the longest and work as a fixative to the lighter top and middle notes, helping them to retain their aroma for longer.
Benzion, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Jasmine, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Violet, Ylang Ylang.

Final Thoughts

Making perfume is such a beautiful craft, I’m so obsessed with it at the moment that I made several recipes! The next homemade creation was my vegan option, the Summer Bloom perfume without beeswax.

But when you make absolute gems like this DIY solid perfume, how can you not become infatuated?

There’s honestly no reason why you can’t do the same. Sometimes it takes a long time to perfect your fragrance. But if you keep working at it, you’ll definitely find a scent you will adore.

Then you can apply it to any type of homemade perfume you like. You can take this recipe and run with it, turning your favorite new fragrance into a beautiful solid perfume recipe.

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The perfume is poured into a 30ml glass perfume bottle, using a funnel

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Angela Wills

I'm Angela, and I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I’m fearlessly dedicated to creating tried, tested recipes & products that will work for everyone. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3, and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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