I wanted to update the solid perfume DIY a bit and thought I'd use EOS containers, since I have a dozen of these that I normally store in a vase. If you have 5 minutes to spare you can make these! They make great gifts or just a treat for yourself.
Version #1 (no color)
- EOS container (I've tried similar versions, like REVO and they worked too)
- unscented lip balm--1 tube
- body-safe essential oil(s)
- glass bowl
- microwave or double boiler
- pot holder
- spoon or toothpick to stir
Scrape out the EOS contents. Since EOS is scented, we will use an unscented lip balm as the base for the solid perfume.
Add the lip balm to a glass bowl and melt. This takes about a minute in the microwave.
Once melted, add a couple of drops of essential oil to your melted lip balm and mix. Carefully pour the mix into the cap of the EOS. Freeze for about 5 minutes. I do around 15 just to make sure.
Version #2 (with color)
- Same ingredients as before, but you will need a colorant. You can use a bit of a tinted lip balm, eye shadow, or shavings from a non-toxic crayon*. You need just the tiniest bit because we aren't creating a tinted lip product that will tint lips, but a solid perfume, so we want no transfer of color.
Follow the same steps as in method 1. But this time, cut the solid perfume in half (pictured). Pop the grate back on (pictured) and twist it in. And then melt more lip balm and your colorant. Add essential oil(s). Mix. Pour over the grate so the product is now in the cap. Freeze 10 minutes. Carefully twist the grate away from the cap. You should now have your half color/half non-tinted solid perfume. Carefully pop the solid perfume (it should be attached to the grate) back into the bottom of the EOS.
And that's it! Apply the solid perfume to your wrists whenever you'd like a bit of fragrance. These keep for about 2 years and should not be used on lips (because they're perfume!) or on broken skin.
Let me know what scents are your favorite!
- Do I have to use lip balm? You don't have to use EOS. You can use any unscented lip balm. You can certainly make your own, but this is the easiest way I've found. If you would like directions of possible ideas to make your own lip balm base, email me.
- Can I use EOS lip balm? EOS is usually scented, so unless you are going to mix an essential that is scented like your EOS, I like using an unscented lip balm. Also, EOS was recently sued for causing a reaction to a girl's face. This case was dropped. While no single product will work for everyone, and after studying the ingredients, I feel safe using EOS.
- Can I use food coloring? No. That's water-based. It won't mix. Same for any colorant that is water-based, like cold press soap colorants. Try a powder pigment or a tinted lip balm.
- *Crayons? I heard there's lead in them! That study was from 1994 and from crayons found in other countries. I've used natural beeswax crayons I found online or shavings from a Crayola crayon.
- Because I'm
crazythorough, I conducted my own lead detection test and found none.
- I contacted a corporate Environmental Health & Safety director for more information. Via the MSDS on Crayola, it was determined they were nontoxic. Am I going to ingest these? No. Am I going to use them as body paint? No. They are art products. But since the amount I used was so small, it was considered harmless. I gave a few options in the directions for other alternatives.
- I even tried natural colorants, but in the end I the point of this diy is something cute, easy, and quick, which is my blog's motto, so customize this however you'd like.