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Solid Natural Perfume Recipe - Ylang Ylang

Updated: Mar 11, 2023

Solid Natural Perfume Recipe

The Natural Healing Guide by Fiona Morris

Aromatherapy for well-being:

Essential oils created from naturally occurring chemicals, when inhaled trigger the limbic centre of our brain, which in turn directs the nervous system. So depending on which oil is used can have a powerful triggering response.

The oils are said to aid and enhance your emotional outlook, provide support, and help balance your emotions throughout the day.

Ylang Ylang oil is said to calm and balance both the body and mind.

While traveling in Madagascar I had the opportunity to learn more about the Ylang Ylang essential oil and also to purchase a bottle. I imagined how it must have been for the early plant hunters and apothecaries. An adventure!

The lovely Fiona at Nourish and Flourish has taken me one step further on my adventure by sharing ”How to Create Solid Natural Perfume” with Ylang Ylang.


Small lockets, trinket pots, mini tins, or jars (vintage, herbalist, or charity shops are good places to find these).

Base oils of your choice (a blend or single, try cold-pressed grape seed oil or almond oil)

and beeswax.

Essential Oil of Ylang Ylang

Other essential oils of choice to create a blend if you wish, try a citrus scent like Petitgrain or Orange, with a few drops of a more woody scent, like Patchouli or Cedarwood.


1. Work out the volume of solid perfume you require in teaspoons, and then measure out 50% base oil to 50% beeswax into a heatproof glass jug. E.g. 2 tsp almond oil to 2 tsp beeswax pellets for 2 small containers.

2. Calculate the number of essential oil drops required and make a note of these, approx. 5-7 drops per teaspoon (or 1-2 per ml), fewer drops of heavier, woody scents, and more drops of lighter floral or citrus scents. I used 8 drops of Ylang Ylang, 7 drops of Petitgrain & 5 drops of Patchouli, but you can create your own with your preferred oils.

3. Add water to the saucepan to an inch high and bring to a simmer.

4. Place the jug into a saucepan and stir the oil and beeswax until it's all melted in. It takes a couple of minutes or so.

5. Turn off the heat and stir in the essential oil drops.

6. Pour into pots and allow them to cool.

7. Give as gifts or treat yourself, applying to pulse points when you need a fragrant pick-me-up.

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Thank you to Fiona at Nourish and Flourish and Go Travel Madagascar.

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