Perfume Primer

Isn't it exasperating when your favorite perfume fades away just half an hour after application? This is an unfortunate characteristic of natural perfumes, which are crafted from volatile plant extracts like essential oils, absolutes, and CO2 extracts. Their synthetic counterparts, however, are brimming with fixatives, binders, and lab-created heavy fragrance oils, which allow them to linger longer.

In response to this conundrum, I've designed an elegantly simple skin perfume primer, brought to life by just two natural ingredients. Picture my Perfume Primer recipe as an occlusive moisturizer that lovingly envelops your skin, forming a protective barrier that traps the aromatic molecules of the perfume, preventing them from evaporating swiftly. This is particularly beneficial if you're grappling with dry skin!

I've meticulously formulated my recipe to be devoid of any scent, ensuring it doesn't interfere with the unique aromatic profile of your beloved perfume!

I chose fractionated coconut oil (caprylic/capric triglyceride) for my carrier oil because it is colorless and odorless. It DOES NOT smell like coconut oil. It is also super light weight and does not leave your skin greasy or oily.

I also used white beeswax which has been naturally bleached by exposing it to sunlight and fresh air. This particular beeswax does not have an odor like yellow beeswax. It also makes a pure white product when mixed with the colorless fractionated coconut oil.

Finally, I chose a large 0.5 ounce lip balm container to hold my perfume primer. This container makes it super easy to swipe a thin layer of perfume primer over my wrists and neck without getting my fingers messy.  It is also portable!

Fresh-Picked Beauty's Perfume Primer
makes 1/2 ounce

2 teaspoons fractionated coconut oil
1 teaspoon white beeswax

Place the ingredients into a small glass measuring cup and place in a pot with a few inches of simmering water. Melt the wax and oil together. Carefully pour the liquid into a 1/2-ounce lip balm container. Allow to harden and place the cap on the top.

So, I decided to send my perfume primer off to my brave friends for some good old fashioned guinea pigging. I handed over tubes of my concoction to a fab five, with the simple instruction to slather it on for a week and then shoot me an email with their thoughts. Now, three of these friends are total synthetics junkies - they bathe in alcohol-based conventional perfumes - while the other two are all-natural perfume puritans. But guess what? They all came back singing praises of my primer, agreeing that it made their perfume stick around like a clingy ex. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the primer!

I keep a tube of it next to my perfume bottles, and I've also noticed my perfume now has the staying power of an overstayed guest. So, this recipe is a definite KEEPER...unless you hate smelling good all day!