If you have sensitive skin or just can't find any fragrance you love in stores, then why not make your own signature scent with natural ingredients? In her book Scents & Sensibilities: Creating Solid Perfumes for Well-Being  ($5), Mandy Aftel provides a recipe for creating your own solid perfume. While the talented perfume maker sells a variety of scented solids on her website , you can create these thoughtful and easy gifts for your friends and loved ones on your own. Learn how to make these customized compacts when you read more.
- In a beaker or small bowl, combine 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil with 20 drops of essential oil. Example: 7 drops of ylang ylang  and 13 drops of grapefruit (see more of Aftel's combos below). She recommends Whole Foods  or your local health food store as a go-to place for inexpensive oils.
- Melt 1/2 teaspoon of grated beeswax over heat.
- Mix oils and wax together, then pour into a small container. Aftel recommends using antique cases, small tins, or lip balm jars — basically anything that closes with a latch, is not too deep, and is rounded in shape. Your solid will set in about 10 minutes.
Other Scent Combinations to Try:
- Clary sage and rosewood
- Patchouli with either rose, ylang ylang, or frankincense
- Plain vanilla extract will work too — imitation not allowed