Aromatic Carrier Oils and Butters (+ a perfume recipe!)

by Andrea Butje on March 13, 2017

Blending with essential oils and creating amazing scents is what often pops up first in our minds when we think of Aromatherapy.

It’s also fun to blend with aromatic carrier oils and butters, learning their properties and the ways they affect your recipes. Some carrier butters and oils have amazing aromas. Others are very mild, like jojoba—unless we add essential oils or other carrier oils! 

Some are so aromatic that I like to use them for perfumes. Here’s a recipe for a solid perfume balm made with beeswax and coffee flower infused jojoba:

Coffee Flower & Lavender Perfume Balm

  • 1 oz (28 g) Beeswax (Cera alba)
  • 2 oz (60 ml) Coffee flower infused jojoba wax (Simmondsia chinensis)
  • 25 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • 15 drops Juniper Berry essential oil (Juniperus communis)
  • 20 drops Mandarin essential oil (Citrus reticulata)


Prepare a soup pot ¼ full of water and set it to a low boil. Put your jojoba and beeswax into a Pyrex measuring cup, and then put the Pyrex in the soup pot. It will act like a double boiler and melt the beeswax gently.

Once your blend is melted, remove the Pyrex from heat and add your essential oils. Stir gently. Then pour your blend into three 1 oz (30 ml) glass jars or metal tins. Set the lids on top so the oils don’t evaporate as your perfume solidifies.

There are so many other aromatic carrier oils and butters you can play with.

I’ve written about many of them on the blog. Here is a blog post you can check out: Blending with Carrier Oils and Butters

You don’t have to add essential oils to your therapeutic blends at all! Natural, unrefined carrier oils and butters have so many benefits in and of themselves that they can bring about many different effects all on their own.

Have fun reading. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite!

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Donna March 14, 2017 at 2:02 am

I love the sound of this recipe and I am learning heaps from your blog and I have both of your books. Can you tell me when I need to add a preservative to the body butters etc. or is there a use by date for them.

thanks heaps


Andrea Butje March 14, 2017 at 11:38 am

Hi Donna!
Great question as shelf life is an important consideration – essential oils, butters and other carriers do have expiry dates. The shelf life of a blended product depends on the shelf life of the ingredients you are using. The ingredient with the shortest shelf life becomes the shelf life of the blend.

The Aromahead Approach is to make products without preservatives and simply make them fresh as needed.


Mary Beth March 13, 2017 at 8:07 am

Where can I get coffee flower jojoba? Could I make it myself out of fresh coffee grounds?


Andrea Butje March 14, 2017 at 8:31 am

Mary Beth,
The coffee flowers from the coffee tree are used in the infusion process. Here’s a blog post I wrote that explains how it is done:

Coffee flower infused jojoba can be purchased from Aromatics International:


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