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DIY Solid Perfume in Vintage Compact

I found a vintage 1940s Evans compact at an estate sale. It's so fancy and ornate with rhinestones and designs etched into the gold tone metal. It has way more character than the powder compacts we have now.

diy solid perfume

I like my finds to have function so I don't feel like a hoarder. I couldn't just let the compact sit around and be beautiful forever.  It's been locked away collecting dust for over a year now. I wanted it to have purpose so I turned it into a carrier for a cute little solid perfume cake.

vintage evans makeup compact


1 tablespoon of beeswax pellets
1 tablespoon of carrier oil
40 drops of essential or fragrance oil
powder compact or metal tin

Ingredient measures are enough to fill two compacts. I found my supplies on Amazon. I bought a set of essential oils because I wanted to make a special blend of frankincense and myrrh for myself. I love the rich, spicy smell. It reminds me of the holidays. I also wanted to play around with custom blends for gift giving.

I thought I would get a jump on making Christmas gifts and bought the the pack of tins but because of my memory and concentration issues I have no idea where they are. Lost in the house somewhere. It's back to procrastination city as usual this year. Anyway, here's what you need to do.


1. Clean the interior of the compact out if you are repurposing an old container.

2. Melt the beeswax in a double boiler or a pot within a pot or use a hair dryer.

melting beeswax pellets

coconut carrier oil for diy perfume

3. Add the carrier oil and give it a stir. Use the blow dryer if you need to remelt. 

essential oils for making solid perfume

4. Add the essential oils. 

pouring diy perfume

5. Stir it together and quickly pour into container. It will start to harden pretty fast. It should be completely solid within 15 minutes.

frankincense myrrh perfume solid

This is one of those easy DIYs that would be perfect to give as gifts. It's very thoughtful especially when you make custom blends and it's also very simple. It's makes a great stocking stuffer or secret santa gift too. Bonus points if you can find vintage compacts to put them in.

What perfume blends would you make?

essential oil perfume


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