DIY body spray recipe using essential oils
Use this simple DIY body spray recipe to make your own unique body mist. You can store it in the fridge and use it as a DIY room freshener or cooling foot spray too!
Hi there! This is an all-natural alcohol-free body spray recipe I came up with myself, after a bit of experimentation. You can keep it chilled in the fridge to use as a refreshing body spray on hot days. Once you’ve bought the initial ingredients, this body spray recipe is cheap to make and just perfect for summer.
DIY body spray uses
The great thing about this body spray recipe is that it has so many different uses. This exact same recipe can also be used as:
- A refreshing room spray
- A cooling foot spray (try a combination of Eucalyptus and Lavender essential oils)
- You can even spray it on the hair to revive and protect the scalp! It sounds disgusting, but a mix of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lavender oils work well as a head lice repellent, and feel great on the scalp too.
Rose and Lavender essential oils combine beautifully in this DIY body spray recipe
Which essential oils to use?
I like to make my own body sprays with the following essential oils, either on their own or as combinations:
- Vanilla and Rose
- Ylang Ylang
- White Musk
- Patchouli and Rose
- Eucalyptus and Lavender (for cooling foot spray)
- Tea Tree, Eucalyptus and Lavender (for scalp protection)
When you’re choosing your scents, remember that essential oils are pure oils extracted from natural ingredients.
‘Fragrance oils’ are cheaper, artificial scents, which is why I prefer to use essential oils.
Both essential and fragrance oils can irritate the skin, so it’s a good idea to do a patch test on a small piece of skin first. One way to do a patch test is to mix your choice of fragrance or essential oil with some almond oil, then apply a little to your skin and observe over a few hours to see if there’s a reaction.
IMPORTANT: Any oils you buy MUST be ‘skin safe’. Make sure you don’t buy oils intended for oil burners and pot pourri.
Body Spray Ingredients:
Here’s what you’ll need to make the DIY spray:
- 25% mineral water (choose still not sparkling, and avoid the flavoured kind! Tap water is fine too, though)
- 5 % Essential oils (or fragrance oils if you prefer)
- 65% distilled Witch Hazel
- A few drops of glycerine (optional)
I like to use Witch Hazel instead of alcohol for my DIY body spray. It has the same effect of being a natural preservative, but there’s absolutely no smell of alcohol and I think it feels nicer on the skin too.
Sometimes I go for a Witch Hazel and Rosewater blend. With this blend, I replace the mineral water in the recipe below with Rosewater. It’s a hydrolate, which means it’s what’s left behind when the oil of the rose petals has been extracted. It smells wonderful and it’s good for the skin too!
How to make your own body spray
You’ll need a couple of things to make this body spray recipe super-simple to achieve: A 50ml spray bottle to store your spray in, and a funnel for pouring.
How do you make the DIY spray? You just combine all the ingredients and shake them well. It’s really that simple.
You can store your DIY body spray in a cool dark place, but I prefer to store mine in a fridge and it lasts for ages.
If you try this recipe yourself, you may notice that the ingredients in the spray will separate over time. Don’t worry, this is perfectly normal for DIY sprays! Simply shake before applying.
I would advise you to be careful if you spray any of it on fabric – I’ve never had any problems, but some fragrances may stain.
Good luck – you may enjoy making your own DIY body sprays so much that you’ll create your own amazing recipes and never buy a shop-bought spray again!
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