Wild Vanilla Solid Perfume Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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Wild Vanilla No. 2 Solid Perfume Recipe

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 Solid Perfume Recipe

Makes approximately .75 ounces. I filled three of these reusable tins with this recipe.


* 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.


To Make

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!

Shelf Life

Up to two years. Store in a tightly closed container in a cool place.

Safety Consideration

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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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding Mommypotamus.com in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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26 thoughts on “Wild Vanilla Solid Perfume Recipe”

  1. Do you suppose homemade vanilla extract from vodka would be at all similar to the vanilla/jojoba oil? Or would they work very differently?

    • Unfortunately I don’t think extract will work in this recipe. However, I do have a vanilla spray recipe coming up. 🙂

    • That is correct. There is vanilla absolute, which is thicker than an essential oil, and then there is absolute blended with a carrier oil.

      • I’m going to use vanilla oleoresin(it’s vanilla absolute with the alcohol removed) I will start with a lower amount (just to be sure) because it should be more concentrated than the one that you are using.
        I would like to ask if cedarwood oil could be substituted with pinus sylvestris, would the final scent be similar? I don’t have cedarwood at home, and I would prefer not to order it , if possible. Thanks.

        • Hi Mrs. G, I don’t have experience with pinus sylvestris so I can’t say how it would change the scent, but I do want to mention that vanilla oleoresin does not mix with oil. It is only soluble in alcohol.

          • Thanks for your reply.
            I have used the vanilla oleoresin in a lip balm and it worked pretty well. A bit of residue of oleoresin in the end because I used an electric heater that barely melts oils and beeswax (same issue with other essential oils), but that’s it. The website where I bought it suggests a solid perfume recipe using this oleoresin.

          • I find all this information so interesting. Thank you all for the fascinating questions, comments and ideas. Where may I find the blog? Thank you again.

        • Hi. Can I replace vanilla absolute diluted in jojoba with vanilla essential oil (not diluted). If yes, how many drops i need to use

  2. Is it possible to make a liquid perfume out of a carrier oil and these essential oils? Or will it not keep for as long?

  3. I’ve just made this – my first attempt at solid perfume – and I’m in love! This is so amazing – thank you for sharing.

  4. I am looking for Wild Vanilla Fragrance Oil, could you please let me know where I can buy this, I live in Thabazimbi South Africa.

  5. I usually feel that the scent of the beeswax itself overpowers the recipe. Do you ever have this problem? Do you have any suggestions for dealing with it?

  6. You can put the oil and the beeswax in a small measuring cup and float that on larger measuring cup of boiling water to melt them, then add the essential oils once the wax is melted. Then it’s easy to pour into your containers. Be sure not to let the water sneak into the mixture. BTW, fractionated coconut oil is best as it doesn’t ever go rancid or change scent. Jojoba and almond oils will change over time and give off an old oily scent.

  7. Looking forward to making the DIY recipes ! Thanks for making it possible to have the fun and creativity in doing my own stuff instead of buying store bought stuff .

    Cathy Muehl 😀