With a serious smile and a thick Puerto Rican accent, the island doctor spoke fifteen words I’ll never forget.
I have to make sure you’re not drunk, not crazy . . . . and you don’t have syphillis.”
It was my wedding day, and I had no idea what was ahead – the laughter, the difficulty, the invasion of little people who always need to potty as soon as we hop in the car (even though they juuuuust went.)
Though I love my vanilla and sandalwood recipe, I’ve been craving something lighter lately – something that reminds me of carefree days, sun-drenched shores, salty air and live music drifting through beachside tiki huts. This blend of vanilla, citrus, and woodsy undertones does the trick. I’ve named it No. 2 to avoid confusion with the first one – I hope you love it!
Wild Vanilla No. 2 Solid Perfume Recipe
Makes approximately .75 ounces. I filled three of these reusable tins with this recipe.
- 1/2 ounce beeswax, by weight. Should be about 4 teaspoons melted (where to buy beeswax)
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil (were to buy jojoba oil)
- 7 drops lime essential oil* (where to buy lime essential oil)
- 45 sweet orange essential oil (where to buy sweet orange essential oil)
- 42 drops cedarwood essential oil (where to buy cedarwood essential oil)
- 50 drops vanilla absolute diluted in jojoba oil (find it here)
- 3 drop ylang ylang essential oil (where to by ylang ylang essential oil)
* Certain oils, such as lime, can cause skin to burn more easily in the sun. The amount of lime essential oil in this recipe is 0.7%, which according to Essential Oil Safety is not enough to cause photo sensitivity.
Melt beeswax in a double boiler over low heat. Once it is fully melted stir in jojoba – remove from the stove top as soon as the wax and oil are thoroughly blended. The mixture should be just warm at this point, which is important before moving on to the next step because essential oils can be damaged by excessive heat. Stir in essential oils and pour into a silicone mold, storage tin, locket or whatever your heart desires!
Up to two years. Store in a tightly closed container in a cool place.
According to Aura Cacia, the dilution ratio of vanilla absolute in jojoba oil in their product is 3-5%. This would mean that 18 drops of vanilla oil roughly equal one drop of vanilla absolute. In calculating the overall dilution of this recipe I’ve made this adjustment and estimated that the total dilution is about 10%.
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