Have you ever smelled a fragrance oil and wished you could turn it into a perfume?
I was pondering this recently, and I wanted to turn one of my personal favorite fragrance oils into a solid perfume. I’ll use Babassu Oil as the base because it melts so easily upon contact with skin.
It is important to know the fragrance oil’s usage rate for perfumes. You can get that information from a fragrance oil’s IFRA statement. This document has the standard usage rates recommended by the International Fragrance Association (IFRA).
You don’t want to overdo it with the fragrance oil usage rate. More is not always better! Remember, a perfume is something applied in dabs, like a dab behind the ears and on the wrists. The goal is not to smell like you bathed in the fragrance.
Alice Fragrance Oil is my pick. Here’s what our catalog says about Alice:
“Alice is super cute and flirty. She is a sparkling orange, lemon, and linen. She is delicate with violet, jasmine, and mimosa. She has a sexy amber, sheer wood, and musky side, too. If you need a fresh, flirty scent, then Alice should be a top consideration!”
The IFRA statement for Alice recommends a usage rate of 13% for perfumes. Our blog post last Thursday mentioned a guideline of 20-30% scenting oils in alcohol for perfume. Since I will be using a solid oil instead of alcohol, I’ll stick with the IFRA recommended usage rate and see how it turns out.
Alice Solid Perfume
87% Babassu Oil
16 grams Babassu Oil
Weigh the Babassu Oil and melt. Add fragrance by weight, and stir well to mix.
Pour into containers of choice and wait for the Babassu Oil to solidify again. Just like that, your solid perfume is done!
Each of the Lip Balm Slider Tins holds approximately 9 grams of liquid. I doubled that amount then subtracted the weight of the fragrance to figure how much Babassu Oil I’d need. I really didn’t want a huge test batch.
Using Babassu Oil means that there’s a much lower melt point than, say, lip balm. This is not something you’d want to keep in your pocket or even in your purse on a warm day.
I like the subtle fragrance of the solid perfume and the ease of application. What do you think about a solid perfume? Like the idea or want to stick with liquids?
What about Kokum Butter instead of Babassu? It has some incredible properties, and melts on contact with skin temperature.
Sure, you could use Kokum Butter; really, any butter that melts on contact would work. Thanks for your comment!