DIYdiy projects

diy project: solid perfume pocket watch locket

by Kate Pruitt

Try as I might, I cannot seem to grasp even the most basic of feminine beauty rituals. I’m constantly struggling to master rudimentary hair and makeup techniques, and my one-time foray into the “subtle” art of perfume left everyone in the room with burning nostrils.

This DIY solid perfume locket from artisanal perfumer Mandy Aftel is something I can definitely stand behind, though. Mandy only uses pure and natural ingredients to create her perfumes, and this solid scent can be easily applied with no risk of over-dousing. The old pocket watch appeals to my tomboy side, and I love its versatility; you can wear it as a necklace or pin, or simply tuck it into your pocket or purse. I can’t wait to make one and give my feminine sensibilities a little boost :) Thanks for sharing this tutorial with us, Mandy! — Kate

Read the full how-to after the jump!

Creating your own solid perfume is extremely satisfying. One of the joys of having a solid fragrance is that you can easily carry it with you, or even wear it on your body in a locket, without worrying about it spilling. I like to make perfume in small and beautiful containers that grow more precious and treasured with use. You can enjoy the experience of applying a solid perfume unobtrusively throughout the day in an earthy and sensual ritual that is quite different from dabbing on a liquid perfume. Solid perfume will scent only you, not the environment around you. — Mandy


  • 1 1/2 tsp. jojoba oil (available at whole foods and natural grocery stores)
  • 7 drops frankincense essential oil (you can get some of Mandy’s essential oils here)
  • 7 drops of ylang ylang essential oil
  • 5 drops fresh ginger essential oil
  • 6 drops wild sweet orange essential oil
  • heaping 1/2 tsp. grated beeswax (available here)
  • eyedroppers (available at drug stores)
  • small nonmetal pan for melting wax
  • shot glass or small cup
  • small compact or pillbox for finished perfume


1. Pour jojoba oil into the shot glass. Add the drops of all four essential oils to the jojoba oil and stir.

2. Melt the heaping 1/2 teaspoon of beeswax.

3. Remove from heat and stir in the jojoba/perfume blend.

4. Reheat for just 10 seconds, stirring.

5. Immediately pour the mixture into your container.

6. Let cool undisturbed for 15 minutes.

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  • Now I can do something w all the old pocket watches that I’ve inherited from my husbands family. Some are empty already, some can’t be fixed, so I can gut them. My question is. what is the melting point on this? I mean, if I do want to actually put it in my pocket? I would put a lip gloss/balm in mine….

  • it would be best not to add you essential oils (EOs) until right before you pour into locket. Heat can weaken aroma and lessen the benefits of your EOs.

  • I have “heard” but never tried, that you can use a unscented lip balm from the drug store, and melt it down (I would use a glass and the microwave or dbl boiler, then add my perfume…then you stir, stir, stir and pour it into your container..I haven’t tried this yet, but I am going to…Other wise Anne marie on Soap Queen TV has a great perfume tutorial..She also owns the store BrambleBerry and they sell every ingred, you need for making soaps, lotions, body butters, lip balm, lip stick, etc…I love them!

  • i would like to use my own fragrance ? Is this possible? I don’t want to waste my perfume if it won’t be successful. Thanks!

  • I’ve just joined Pinterest – and am so excited to see this. Will be scouring my local charity shops (thrift store in the usa) for old pocket watches…

  • Just follow the easy tutorial and you will have your own vintage looking pocket watch locket filled with wonderfully smelling perfume solid or you can make a few of these to give away as gifts. I promise you that any woman is going to love receiving this DIY gift.

  • As a “beginner” diy-er I was pleased with this. What I would say is to make sure you definitely use grated beeswax. I used beeswax pellets and tried to melt them in the microwave. It took so long that my microwave actually over-heated and stopped working! I moved onto melting it in an egg poacher too, and quadrupled the recipe, so I got four batches in one go.

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