If you love to garden, you know how important pollinators are! Bees provide us with both delicious honey and beneficial beeswax. Beeswax is the perfect natural ingredient to add to cosmetics, healing balms, and other helpful household items. Making solid perfume with a creamy texture is very simple and easy. Solid perfume is perfect for travel. During the summer months, I'm always on the go. Liquid perfume isn't always practical to carry around. The best part about making your own perfumes, lip balms and other beauty items is that you know EXACTLY what is in it. You can also easily customize your own perfume using your favorite essential oils.
I've been making natural products using the book The Beeswax Workshop by Chris Dalziel for the past few months now. During this time, I've become more confident using beeswax and natural ingredients thanks to the step-by-step guides and how-to tutorials! You may be familiar with Chris from her blog, Joybilee Farm, where she focuses on self reliance and handmade projects. Here, I will be sharing with you a recipe I really love from her book. Continue reading to learn how to make a woodsy scented perfume using beeswax!
With citrus top notes and deep wood and resin-fragrance, this perfume has the exotic scent of sandalwood with lingering hints of smoke. In The Beeswax Workshop, Chris also shares how to make basic solid perfume and floral perfume.
Yields: 1 (1/2-ounce) tin/container
• 2 teaspoons beeswax
• 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
• 25 drops sandalwood essential oil
• 25 drops grapefruit essential oil
• 30 drops bergamot essential oil
•2 drops vetiver essential oil
• 10 drops cinnamon essential oil
1. Create a double boiler using a glass measuring cup. Simmer the beeswax and jojoba oil in the cup over medium heat just until the beeswax is melted. Remove from the heat.
2. Allow this to cool to room temperature, stirring while it cools. When it is the consistency of soft butter, add the essential oils a few drops at a time until the fragrance is pleasing.
3. Pour/scoop into a 1/2 ounce tin. Label and date.
About The Book
The Beeswax Workshop is the perfect guide to making all-natural remedies, ointments, soaps, sunscreen and so much more. In chapter 1, we learn all about beeswax, including how bees actually make it. In chapter 5, Chris teaches us all about the health and wellness aspects of beeswax. I learned how it has strong analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is the perfect ingredient in topical medicines for pain and inflammation. I've always been very curious about beeswax, and I hope to get into beekeeping sometime in the near future. This book made me excited about that dream! I can't wait to take care of an apiary one day. Harvesting your own beeswax must be such an amazing experience.
If you are looking to learn more, get creative, and have fun experimenting, then this book is definitely for you. I had no idea that you could make so many things with beeswax. I will continue to reference this book, especially during the holiday season. The options of homemade gifts you can make with this miracle ingredient are endless!
About The Author
I was first introduced to Chris through her website and blog, Joybilee Farm. She is a talented author, gardener, teacher and herbalist. I love her helpful, hands on posts like 8 Easy Ways to Get to Know One Herb at a Time. She has 30-plus years growing herbs and formulating herbal remedies. You can learn how she makes lavender infused lotion bars HERE. She has written other books that include The Beginners Book of Essential Oils and Homegrown Healing: from Seed to Apothecary. Chris lives in the mountains of British Columbia with her husband, Robin. They own a 140-acre ranch with sheep, dairy goats, llamas, and a few retired chickens. I follow along with her on Instagram, and love all the fun nature inspired shots she takes!
The joy she has for what she loves to do is contagious. I look up to her work ethic, the authenticity she shows during her presentations, and her handmade, homestead lifestyle. Definitely check out her website and follow along with her on the social media sites below. I want to thank her for allowing me to review her book, and share this fun tutorial from it!
With all the fresh ingredients you could possibly need growing in the herb garden, now is a great time to pick up a copy. There are over 100 step-by-step recipes inside this book! Just add beeswax, some creativity and get started! Have you even thought about owning and caring for a bee hive? Are you growing any herbs in your garden this summer? Tell me all about it in the comment section below. I really enjoyed making my very first solid perfume. I can't wait to make the floral perfume recipe next! I hope you are enjoying some beautiful pollinators buzzing around in your garden right now. Happy summer!