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Riesling No. 5: Wine Scents for Wine Lovers

Bergamot, rose, jasmine, spice and peach with woody notes. While this might sound like a tasting note, it actually describes Guerlain’s classic fragrance, Mitsouko. And should you find yourself sniffing black cherry, raspberry, plum and vanilla, you’ve either poured a California Cab — or doused yourself in Britney Spears’ Midnight Fantasy.

Whether you’re talking about lipstick named Merlot Red or vinifera-infused spa treatments, wine has a special place in cosmetics. But a recent Refinery29 writeup of The Kelly & Jones Wine Note Collection left me inspired. While it might all be fermented grape juice, there have been plenty of times I’ve swirled a wine — particularly Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Moschofilero or Muscat — and found those aromatics as striking as just about any perfume. So I decided to take matters into my own hands, and with a few basic natural essences, I was able to whip up a solid perfume at home evocative of Riesling. The beeswax in the base offers the honeyed aromas common in these wines, while the orange blossom, bergamot, pepper and tuberose create a sillage that’s has a floral, bright, citrusy complexity.

1/2 tsp. Unbleached Beeswax, grated
4ml Golden Jojoba Oil
8 drops Neroli Essential Oil (orange blossom)
8 drops, Bergamot Essential Oil
1 drop, Black Pepper Essential Oil
1 drop, Tuberose Absolut

Blend formula into 4 ml* of jojoba oil. Grate 1/2 teaspoon of unbleached beeswax and melt over very low heat in a ceramic ramekin held over boiling water (bain-marie). Stir jojoba mixture and immediately remove from heat and pour into compact. Let perfume set for 15 minutes.

*If you’d like to use the solid perfume to fill a locket rather than a compact, halve the recipe.

You find the fragrance ingredients from White Lotus Aromatics, and jojoba oil and beeswax from Mountain Rose Herbs.