Monday, November 28, 2016

Orchids on Your Budget Series #11....Solid perfume in a locket...

These solid perfumes in a locket are the most ridiculously easy and inexpensive gifts to make. As Marjorie Hillis says in her gorgeous book, Orchids on Your Budget, 'things must be dire indeed if you cannot afford to gift SOMETHING at Christmas'.
All you need to make these is:
Beeswax pellets
Oil (Olive, Jojoba, Sweet Almond, Vegetable)
Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil in your chosen scent
Vessels for your perfume eg. lockets (vintage, chain store, heirloom) or lip balm containers, hand made clay pots or shapes like my clay leaf, or empty compacts, which make gorgeous containers if you have them.

You only need the tiniest amount of everything to make an enormous number of gifts. These two lockets and three lip balm containers of solid perfume were made with 2 dessertspoons each of beeswax pellets, jojoba oil, and a teaspoon of Chanel No 5 copycat fragrance oil.

Melt the beeswax pellets in a microwave safe jug. On High, they'll take 3-4 minutes to liquefy. Melt them in a tiny saucepan or frypan if you don't have a microwave. This is all it took to make the five gifts you see above.

Add the liquid carrier oil, and your fragrance oil. Work quickly so it doesn't solidify. Spoon or pour into your containers, compacts or lockets. I use tiny souvenir teaspoons to spoon my perfume into the lockets. They usually have a more pointed end that funnels the liquid into the tiny space.

Allow the perfume to cool and solidify, and you're done.

Gorgeous gifts, for mere scents....sorry...cents!
Five Star Frou-Frou is a neverending linkup with a featured blogging friend each time I post.
Todays featured blogger is Fiona at Saw It, Pinned It, Did It, who made some drifty, floaty dreamcatchers....
Beautifully done, Fiona!


  1. Solid perfumes are so easy and beautiful, Mimi! Reminds me to look out for some lockets... I regularly make unscented lip balm here, so have all the ingredients :)
    Since the lip balm I make is usually for a boy, I don't need beautiful containers, but I do have other nieces apart from the one getting the dreamcatcher you've very kindly featured today! Thank you!
    Love, Fiona xx

    1. Yes, the ingredients for the lip balm and the perfume, are identical, or just about, Fiona! Good thinking! Mimi xxx

  2. Mimi, I love this idea! I think I have pretty much everything on hand to make this ...except the lockets ... how cute! I'll keep my eyes open for lockets the next time I'm at a thrift store, in the mean time I have some cute little recycled jars that will do just fine! Now to decide on a scent and get busy!

    1. Dear Patsy, you can find inexpensive little lockets at many chain store accessory shops. They don't have to be the real deal. And yes, many of mine come from the thrift store too. These are such a sweet and unusual gift, and everyone adores them! Have fun with it! Mimi xxx

  3. This would be so much fun to make! My youngest would love the project :)

    I hope you can stop by:


    1. Hi Colletta. I'll head on over. Thankyou for inviting me! Mimi xxx

  4. How cute and so clever! I've never made anything like this before and would have to get the materials, so I'll probably have to save this idea for next Christmas, but what fun it will be!
    Blessings, Leigh

    1. Dear Leigh, there's a moment in time for all of these little projects I think. You'll remember this one when you need it hopefully! Mimi xxx

  5. How cute and fun! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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