Solid Perfume Made From EOS! Two Methods!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner (I still can't believe it's February), I thought a DIY was in order. And this one is super special to me--the first time I was published in a magazine was for the original version of this DIY.

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)

You'll Need:
  • 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
  • knife
  • freezer

Take the cap off your EOS. Use a knife to carefully pop the middle section (where the lip balm is) from the bottom, as pictured.

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.

Pop the middle section (I call it the grate) back into the bottom of the EOS. Take the cap out of the freezer after 5-10 minutes and carefully remove the solid perfume from the cap. It might pop out or you may have to use a knife to carefully cut around it. Place back onto the grate (middle section that looks like a pie piece) and that's it!

Version #2 (with color)
You'll Need:
  • 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 crazy thorough, 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.


  1. Girl, you are so creative and crafty! Congrats on having this published in a magazine, that's awesome. Have a great Wednesday! :)

  2. What a fun project! I would love to do this with my daughter. It would make great Valentine's gifts fro her friends!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  3. Wow, this is such a cool idea! Your DIYs never cease to amaze me!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  4. Cool idea. Never heard of a DIY idea like this before

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

  5. That is brilliant... I love little things like that that you can put in your purse & make you freshen up your smell. I get nervous about carrying perfume - I've had it spill too many times & ruin a purse

  6. This is such a cute idea! Love the one with two colors!

  7. Such a good idea! You are so creative (and thorough - I appreciate you checking into making sure this is totally safe). What a sweet gift idea!

  8. What a great idea. I love those lip balms.

  9. I've made my own lip balm and candles before but I've never thought about making solid perfume! This is such a good idea, definitely will have to try this myself! Great post x

    emily x ❤ | emilyloula

  10. These are so cute and what a fun DIY! Such a great gift idea too!

    Xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  11. This is so impressive!!! Great DIY and reusing products! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  12. What a creative idea.


  13. I love the candy heart background. It really made your pictures pop! I also had no clue you could pop an EOS balm out of the packaging. Where have I been?!

  14. These are so cute. I love how the two colored one looks and those candy hearts in the background make me so happy!!

  15. these are adorable! great photos, what a fun idea.
    xx, lauren

  16. I love how clever this DIY is!! & eco too. I'm near the end of a chemical free beauty journey myself. Just looking for a curly hair friendly eco shampoo that works for me... and deodorant... sigh... it's so difficult. I love this tutorial! XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  17. So cute! I will have to do this with my nieces! I love the conversation heats background too.

  18. What a good use for old EOS balms. Personally I think the product is so so hyped. In fact, my cats use them as toys. haha. Pretty sure there are 5 stuck under my couch right now. I do love solid perfumes though, and what an easy way to make one yourself!

  19. I love this idea! You are so creative.

  20. I love this idea. Even more, there are actually juiced like carrot, blueberry, strawberry and beetroot that have been dried into a fine powder (to use in smoothies and as food colouring), so perhaps they could work here, too. :)

  21. These are so fun! You always think of the most creative DIYs.

  22. This: "I contacted a corporate Environmental Health & Safety director for more information." You are AWESOME. Seriously.
    This looks like a fun DIY and I'm going to save the next EOS lip balm container in the hopes that I'll make this. So fun!

  23. What a fabulous idea! And I have all the ingredients needed at home! Thanks for sharing!

  24. I think my daughters would love to tackle this one1 We have a bunch of those laying around! What a great idea:)

  25. What a cute idea! Would be a cute gift to give to friends and coworkers for Valentine's day.

  26. Very very cool! You always think out of the box and I really admire that! :)

  27. This is great, well done Elle! Fun post!

    Xo Ally


  28. How creative and crafty! This is a great DIY project! Thanks for sharing!

  29. you are so fancy and smart girl! congrats on this being your first magazine published DIY, this is awesome and i totally get why it's special to you!

  30. Wow, you come up with some really amazing DIY's! This would be fun to do with my daughter!


  31. This is so cool! I can't wait to try it!


  32. This is such a fun idea, and I love the idea of using the EOS lip balms to carry the perfume around! They're already so small and portable.

  33. This is such a cool DIY. I really want to try this one. I just need to find oils that I like. That is so awesome that you did your own lead detection. I really respect that.

  34. I really love this idea! Such a fun DIY!


  35. Wow! You are so creative and crafty, Elle, and super thorough!
    xo, Lily

  36. Oooo, I love these pictures! Makes me want that NOW! hehe! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  37. Oooo, I love these pictures! Makes me want that NOW! hehe! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

  38. Such a cute idea! Love the two colored ones!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  39. This is brilliant! And, I have an almost empty EOS container :)

  40. So cool! My daughter would love to do this.

  41. You are soooo creative! Love this!

  42. Nice post ;)


    Mónica Sors



  43. This is SO cool! What a great idea! I love solid perfume (I feel like it lasts longer on me, but I don't know why). I'll have to try this out! Thanks so much for being so thorough with questions and research, too.

  44. Superb idea for recycling these ! Nicely done Elle !

  45. Such a great DIY, I have so many EOS lip balms laying around that I can use.

    <3 Nina |CurvyMod|


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