This fantastic Steamer Trunk Solid Perfume conjures up memories of going through old trunks and boxes, looking for an old blanket, perhaps, or a dress your grandmother once wore. There’s a deep, rich scent of old wood and decades-old perfume from the carefully folded layers of fabric, and you catch a whiff of smoke as a yellowed letter slips out of an old pocket and flutters to the floor. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but the scent takes you back to childhood games of hide and seek in your grandparent’s basement, or perhaps a trip you once took to an old manor with wood paneled walls and canopy beds. It smells like travel and change, a century removed. I love it, and I think you will, too.
The base note is gentle blend of dark, dusty patchouli and smokey vetiver. I wouldn’t know the vetiver was there if I hadn’t added it myself, but it adds a wonderful blink-and-you’ll-miss-it hint of smoke and intrigue.
You’re likely familiar with nutmeg from holiday baking, and the essential oil smells just like the ground spice, only stronger. I find it much more appealing as a scent than as a flavour,with its sharp spiciness that blends beautifully with the rest of the blend.
Bergamot, a citrus that you’ve likely experience in Earl Grey tea, rounds like blend out as a beautiful, bright top note. It’s not distinctly citrussy, but brings a wonderful, fresh sweetness to the blend, which would otherwise be too heavy and musty.
All of these wonderful scents come together easily to make an utterly delightful perfume, and if this exercise in rather flowery creative writing hasn’t convinced you to give it a go, I don’t know what will 😉
Steamer Trunk Solid Perfume
Weigh the sunflower seed oil (USA / Canada), beeswax, and Vitamin E MT-50 (USA / Canada) out into a small heat resistant glass measuring cup and place it in a shallow pan of barely simmering water to melt.
Once the wax has melted, stir the oil mixture and remove it from the heat. Add the essential oils, stir to combine, and carefully transfer the mixture to a 5g/0.17oz tin or two 4.5g/0.16oz lip balm tubes to set up before using (it makes a bit more than 5g, but not quite 10g—I used the wee bit of leftovers in the bowl to smother myself in fantastic steamer trunk goodness straight away).
To use, apply as you’d apply any perfume—it’s great on pulse points like the wrists and behind the ears.
Don’t have some of the oils or butters called for in this recipe? Read this for information on how to make good substitutions.