Because it’s easy to make, solid perfume opens the door to experimentation, creativity and individuality. Whether you’re looking to set yourself apart with a unique scent or you’re not so fond of the alcoholic undertones in most liquid perfumes, these instructions will show you how to create an inexpensive alternative.
Though cologne and body spray are the preferred forms of perfume in the country because of the hot weather, producers of organic personal care products are now producing solid perfume in a much lower price than the high-end brands’. Huang says the product has a lot of potential as long as it is marketed well.
Solid perfume is light, does not spill, long-wearing and not greasy. It is also alcohol-free, which makes it good for people who have sensitive skin. Plus, the sweet almond oil ingredient has health benefits. It is known as an effective emollient which improves complexion and adds glow to dull skin. Applying sweet almond oil also provides instant relief from muscle pain.
Entrepreneurs who are already into the business of personal care products or giveaways may add this to their menu. Solid perfume may be packaged as wedding, birthday, debut or anniversary giveaway.
Ingredients and Equipment:
- 1 tbsp Beeswax (available at most craft shops) or petroleum jelly
- 1 tbsp Almond oil (or jojoba oil or vitamin E – available at natural foods/health stores)
- 8-15 drops Essential oil (available from most health food stores.)
- 1 Container (preferably glass, ceramic or stone but plastic is acceptable)
- 1 Straw (or similar object)
- 1 small Glass jar or Pyrex bowl for mixing
- 1 Saucepan
- Measure out the wax and almond oil into the small glass jar or Pyrex bowl.
- Melt the wax. Put about an inch of water in a small saucepan, then put the jar or bowl (with the wax and oil in) in the water. Bring the water around it to a boil. The wax will melt gradually.
- Remove the wax from heat when the wax is 100% liquid.
- Stir in the essential oil with something long and thin. A thin stirring stick is used because the wax will start to form solid on whatever you do your stirring with — your goal should be to find something that has as little surface area as possible so you lose less of the end product, and also something disposable so you don’t have to clean it off. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour the liquid wax into your final container. In about 30 minutes, it will be cooled, solid and ready to use. Will yield about one half ounce (by volume) of solid perfume.
- The only ingredient that can be expensive is the essential oils, especially if you make a complex scent blend requiring an initial investment in many different oils. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with picking a single pleasant scent. One bottle of essential oil will make lots and lots of perfume as you use only drops of essential oil at a time.
- Most stores that sell essential oils have sampler bottles that you can use to “preview” the different scents. Open two or three at a time to get a combined whiff to find a good combination. Pick a primary scent and use more of that one, then one or two “background” scents, using less of each. Some nice essentials for background scents are:
- clary sage, a slightly smoky herbal scent to help creativity and concentration
- orange or ginger to provide a warming sensation
- ilang-ilang – a floral that isn’t too sweet or girly for guys, but is a happy smell and subtle enough for a backdrop
- cedar to repel insects
- For an on-the-go applicator, clean out a Chapstick tube and fill it with the melted liquid wax.
- For a cool gift, find an appealing container at your thrift store to make it special. For fingers to access the solid perfume inside, the container must be bowl-like, not bottle-like.
- Check out various aromatherapy sites for info on the psychological properties of various scents.
- Candle factories have scented oils that mimic brand name perfumes and work well in wax.
The 5 Easy Steps Recipe
One would roughly need P4,500 to P5,000 to buy the ingredients including the packaging.
This project could yield 15g of solid perfume or one 10g- and 5g-ring, and costs P35 including the packaging and the overhead costs. Profit margins for this type of products are usually high, around 100 to 150 percent. So a 10-g solid perfume may be sold for P60 to P150 depending on the target market. Putting premium on solid perfume will give it a high-end perception, however, the packaging must also be elegant or eye-catching.
- 6g Beeswax, 40%
- 6g Sweet Almond Oil, 40%
- 3g Fragrance Oil, 20%
- 1pc 10g Polypropylene ring container
- 1pc 5g Polypropylene ring container
- Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
- Once the beeswax is 100 percent liquified, add the sweet almond oil.
- Mix well and add fragrance. To come up with different scents, either experiment or research on good fragrance combinations. Continue stirring until well mixed.
- Remove from heat and pour in ring containers. Use either a10g-ring or 5g-ring container.
- Let it cool to solidify.
- Use a double boiler in melting the beeswax to avoid scorching. Do not melt the beeswax on direct fire.
- The melting point of beeswax is between 62°C to 64°C. Discoloration will occur if the temperature rises to above 85°C.
- Acrylic jars may be used instead of polypropylene containers, but you have to let the mixture cool off a bit before pouring it in acrylic jars.
- Make the packaging and label chic and elegant. Aside from ring-type containers, jars and other shaped containers may also be used.
For training and supplies, contact:
The Grasse Fragrance Company
Telephone: (02) 890-8269; (02) 232-4071
E-mail: [email protected]
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