Perfumes used to intimidate me. Walking through any store’s fragrance aisle had me overwhelmed in minutes and after sniffing a few possibilities, I’d give up as the headache hit and they all started smelling the same. But once I discovered that I could make my own perfume, things changed. I can choose my own scent combination, adjust the intensity of the fragrance, and even experiment with the look and feel. Case in point: this sweet and airy sandalwood vanilla essential oil perfume, made to offer a little uplifting scent anytime, anywhere, no headaches necessary.
Sandalwood Vanilla Perfume: A Calming and Moisturizing Alternative
If you are sensitive or even allergic to fragrances, most perfumes are simply a no-go. But this solid perfume is lightly scented with simple ingredients that you can adjust to your level of sensitivity. As an aromatherapy duo, the sweet sandalwood and warm vanilla offer a naturally calming, anxiety-easing aroma. Just the thing to carry with you throughout the day!
Vanilla and sandalwood essential oils are typically sold pre-diluted in carrier oils, which makes it a breeze to use them for essential oil perfume because you don’t have to worry about dilution ratios. Not having to do extra math is a win in my book!
The added bonus is that it is also great for your skin. Regular perfumes often contain alcohol and other skin-aggravating ingredients, but this DIY gem relies on a touch of light almond oil and the ever-silky shea butter for it’s delivery. So instead of drying and irritating your skin, it moisturizes and soothes, all while making you smell delightful, of course.
Sandalwood Vanilla Perfume Ingredients
—1 tsp almond oil
—1 1/2 tsp shea butter
—1 tsp beeswax
—20-25 drops sandalwood essential oil
—30-35 drops vanilla essential oil
Get Your Perfume Containers Ready!
Before you start making your perfume, you’ll want to pick the perfect containers. Just about any small tin or jar would do, but I used lip balm tubes so the perfume would be easy to apply and easy to carry. Plus, there’s no reason you couldn’t apply this to your lips as well.
No matter what containers you spring for, have them nearby so you can fill them up as soon as your perfume is ready to pour. Okay, let’s do this!
Step 1 | Melt butters and oils
Begin by adding the almond oil, shea butter and beeswax to a double boiler. If you don’t have one, you can make do by filling a saucepan with several inches of water and placing a heat safe bowl inside. Try to use a bowl that has a pour spout so you can easily transfer your perfume to the containers (like a glass liquid measuring cup).
Step 2 | Add essential oils
Bring the water in the saucepan to a simmer and slowly melt your almond oil, shea butter and beeswax combination over a low heat. When they are completely melted, pull the bowl off the heat. Cool for a second then add the sandalwood and vanilla oils and stir thoroughly.
Step 2 | Pour into containers
Now it’s time pour your mixture into your small tins or lip balm sticks. Fill them up to the top with the melted perfume then allow them to harden completely. It doesn’t take long!
Once they’re finished, toss one in your purse to use on the go. These lovelies will stay good for 8-9 months and make for great gifts.
Love the scent of vanilla? Try this Vanilla Clove Body Oil Spray recipe.
DIY Sandalwood Vanilla Essential Oil Perfume
- Double boiler
- Lip balm containers
- 1 teaspoon almond oil
- 1 ½ teaspoons shea butter
- 1 teaspoon beeswax pastilles or shavings
- 20-25 drops sandalwood oil diluted in a carrier oil, or more for a stronger scent
- 30-35 drops vanilla oil diluted in a carrier, or more for a stronger scent
- Add the almond oil, shea butter and beeswax to a double boiler.
- Heat over medium, then pull the double boiler off the stovetop when the mixture is completely melted.
- Add the sandalwood and vanilla oils and mix thoroughly.
- Pour the mixture into desired containers and let cool until completely hardened.
This recipe sounds divine! I cannot wait to try it.