Scent is inextricably linked to the acts of cooking and eating. My nose tells me when the onions are getting ready to caramelize, and it warns me that if I don’t take the skillet off the heat right this second, the pecans will be beyond toasted. As a child I would rub vanilla extract behind my ears as “perfume.” In my later teenage years, I discovered Demeter fragrances. These perfumes embodied the scents of foods (Lemon Meringue Pie, etc). Recently, I decided to experiment with DIY solid perfume and capture some of my favorite food scents into wearable, easy DIY solid perfumes.
Once, when I was about 12, I saw a lip balm kit (of course, it was a Martha Stewart product). What intrigued me was the essential oils included: my favorite food scents: grapefruit, tangerine, peppermint, and vanilla essential oils. Coincidentally, these are some of my favorite kitchen scents. I begged my mother to buy it for me for Christmas. Luckily for me, she complied, and a DIYer was born.I quickly burned through the 24 included tubes and pots. I made combinations of peppermint-vanilla and tangerine-grapefruit, which I thought (at the time) was pretty ingenious.
As an adult, I’ve graduated to combinations like Madagascar-vanilla and bourbon (a classic and delicious pairing) and fig, grapefruit and rhubarb. Want to make your own? All you need is some beeswax pastilles or bars, a carrier oil like sweet almond oil, essential oils of your choice, and some tins. I ordered some cute sticker labels, as well.
To make the base, you melt the beeswax and almond oil together over a double boiler (I use a glass bowl set over a saucepan), take it off the heat, add your drops of essential oils, and pour it into the container of your choice. Before I settled on these tins, I recycled mint tins. It’s up to you! Why not get creative? I ordered some vintage lockets on eBay and poured a few teaspoons of the mixture into one. Instant wearable perfume, in more ways than one.
DIY Solid Perfume
Kitchen-inspired scents to wear anywhere and everywhere, these solid perfumes are an easy DIY with beeswax, almond oil, and essential oils.
- 1/2 ounce beeswax one half of a 1-ounce bar
- 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 50-60 drops essential oils of your choice