My daughter loves to play dress up. Perhaps I’m not emphasizing that enough: She LOVES to play dress up. She is forever putting on costumes, random shoes, wigs, purses, jewelry, sports equipment, other people’s clothing, household items that she turns into clothing, stickers, the dog leash, etc. When she’s dressed up, she doesn’t even really pretend she’s being someone else. She’s just herself, only fancier.
More than playing dress up at home, she ADORES playing dress up at my in-laws. My mother-in-law has the best makeup room. Ever. It is literally an entire room dedicated to tiny cut glass bottles of perfume, racks of lipsticks, walls of scarves, hats, and sparkly jewelry. To see my daughter enter the room, you’d think she was reenacting the briefcase scene in Pulp Fiction. She goes up there and then comes down 20 minutes later wearing a hat with a veil and flowers, a million necklaces, rings, and bracelets, rouge on her cheeks, and perfume. Oh, the perfume. You can smell her long before she even appears.
Then she sweeps in the room and says things like “hello dahhling” or “don’t I look spectacular?” and I don’t even know what to say. First of all, I can’t even see her because my eyes are stinging so badly from the bottle of vintage perfume she just “dabbed” on herself, that I’m literally crying. Second of all, who is this kid? She sounds like Za Za Gabor.
At home, she has her own vanity. It has a mirror and a little stool. It’s vintage and totally legit. She hangs all her necklaces and hair doo dads on the curlicue embellishments. She has her own brushes, and creams, and lip glosses. She sits there, everyday, and brushes her hair and applies her beauty supplies, while I, on the other hand, go out most days, makeup free, and only brush my hair on special occasions.
Those lip glosses and creams on her makeup table are all homemade. They sit in pretty vintage AVON jars that used to hold solid perfumes (stinky solid perfumes that took many, many trips through the dishwasher to eradicate the smell from). They make her feel fancy and beautiful and how can I deny her that?! She is crazy about perfume and since I’d rather her not spray noxious chemicals on her beautiful, pure skin, I have also been making her her own solid perfume. I keep the texture a little softer than the stuff I use, because I found when I was making it into a hard perfume, she was gouging it or getting frustrated because it wasn’t spreading nicely. I also go easy on the essential oils, basically creating a dilution of 1-3%. Little people are super sensitive to over fragrancing and essential oils are powerful business.
It is just as easy as making a standard solid perfume, but very kid friendly, so you can feel good about what is going on your little dress up lovers’ skin!
Here’s what I do:
Solid Perfume for Little Ones
1.5 Teaspoons beeswax
1 Teaspoon coconut oil
1 Teaspoon olive oil
6-12 drops of essential oil (try to keep it in the 1-3% dilution range if you can)**
Create a double boiler by submerging a mason jar or glass measuring cup in an inch or two of water in a saucepan. Bring water to boil, then turn down so it keeps to a manageable simmer. Add the ingredients to your jar and allow to melt. I use the same glass measuring cup for all my creams, perfumes, and lip balms, because they never really come super sparkling clean again: beeswax is very determined. Plus the great thing about a glass measuring cup is the spout makes it easy to pour your creation into lip balm tubes with very little mess/spillage! Once the solids have melted, remove the jar from the heat and allow to sit for a minute. Add the essential oils. Make sure the ones you use are safe for use on children. I stick to lavender for my girl, not only is it her favourite, but it’s also one of those great all-around oils, with fewer dermal concerns
This yields enough for a small container, but is easily doubled or tripled for larger needs.
Shelf life: 6 months
**disclaimer: essential oils are very powerful and potent and should not be used without consideration first. Please do a little research to find out which oils and at what dilutions are safe for your child and his/her particular situation. Always remember, little ones skin and senses are super sensitive and need to be treated with care!
And because I’d never forget about the needs of us big people too!:
Solid Perfume for Big Ones
1 Tablespoon beeswax
1 Tablespoon carrier oil (good choices are jojoba, sunflower, grapeseed, olive oil,sweet almond, but feel free to use your fave)
25-40 drops of essential oil
Follow the same instructions for the solid perfume for little ones. I love to pour my perfume into lip balm tubes–they’re great for travel and on the go touchups. Plus, you can toss them in the dishwasher when the perfume is gone, give them a wash, then use again. As with the disclaimer above regarding essential oils, make sure you do your research before using certain oils. I would go easy the first time you make it, because you can always add more, or less, scent the next time around.
Some great blends are: