2 oz (60 ml) Jojoba oil (technically, a liquid wax) (Simmondsia chinensis)

½ oz (14 gm) Beeswax (Cera alba)

40-50 drops total essential oil

Containers and Tools

measuring spoon or kitchen scale

melting jar

Pipette for filling

5 x 0.5 ounce decorative containers

Breaking the “Rules” w/ Beautiful Balsam

20 drops Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)

4 drops Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum)

7 drops Neroli (Citrus aurantium var. amara)

14 drops Yuzu (Citrus junos)

Flirty Floral

15 drops Bergamot (Citrus aurantium var. bergamia)

20 drops Rose (Rosa damascena)

10 drops Sandalwood (Santalum album)


  1. Place a saucepan of water over medium heat.
  2. Place all ingredients except the essential oils into a small glass jar.
  3. Set the glass jar into the saucepan of water and continue to heat until the beeswax is completely melted. Occasionally swirl the ingredients to mix.
  4. Remove from heat and add any essential oils, mix well.
  5. Arrange your decorative containers on the counter, keep lids to the side.
  6. Use the pipette to fill individual containers. As these cool and solidify, they can shrink a little. If this is important, keep a small amount of mix warm and liquid to overlay any shrinkage.
  7. Cool completely then screw on the lids.

Important Notes:

Scent is one of our most powerful and informative senses. While blending for perfumes is largely personal taste, many oils can create effects that are therapeutic—or irritating—depending on the individual. This Encyclopedia of Essential Oils  is an excellent guide to more than 190 essential oils and their many medicinal uses and cautions.

The amounts listed are in ratios that I find pleasing. Experiment.

Why Beeswax: Beeswax is an emollient (moisturizer), but its most important role is to make your perfume sufficiently solid to stay in those gorgeous containers and is easily applied.

Why Jojoba oil: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed oil, wax and butters are obtained by pressing the seed kernels of an evergreen shrub native to the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of Arizona, California and Mexico. Whether being labeled “oil” because it is liquid, or “butter” to reflect having removed some of the liquid constituents to keep it in solid form, technically speaking all jojoba products are waxes: Jojoba is composed almost completely (97%) of high molecular weights (carbon chain lengths from 36 to 46) monounsaturated wax esters.

Jojoba products are more similar to the natural oily sebum your body makes to lubricate and protect your skin.

Irritating culprits you won’t find: Most perfumes today are made with cheap synthetic ingredients that are linked with asthma, migraines, and more. And while the amount you use is tiny, it doesn’t help that the long list of “inactive” ingredients adds to the toxic chemicals in all of us. Not only can you easily avoid this, you can make your own favorite and designer scents, gifts, therapeutics, more.

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