Arachnae's Metaphysics

A recipe for Solid Perfume Base

Make your own solid perfumes by mixing your favorite essential oils into this simple base:

Measure some blending oil (grapeseed, jojoba, apricot kernel) into a small glass jar. Measure out one-fifth to one-quarter that amount of beeswax beads. (Ex: for each four-five tablespoons of oil, add one tablespoon beeswax.)

Set the jar in a pan of hot water and continue heating the water until the beeswax melts. Remove from heat and allow to cool; see if you like the consistency of the result. Too 'runny'? reheat and add more beeswax. Too 'stiff'? reheat and add more oil.

When you like the feel of the base, reheat one last time. As the base begins to cool, stir in your favorite scents. Add 5-10 drops essential oils to one tablespoon of base. Some oils are very strongly scented and will overpower other scents if overused - geranium and patchouli fall into this category.

Before the mixture completely hardens, pour into containers. Find antique snuff boxes on eBay, or use old eyeshadow compacts.