It’s time to toss out your toxin-filled body sprays and perfume. This DIY body spray with essential oils is all you need to smell amazing. And the best part is, it’s super easy to make and 100% natural!
DIY Body Spray with Essential Oils
I used to be a perfume junkie. I loved to smell good, and I didn’t care whether the scent was synthetic or natural.
That was before I knew how toxic synthetic fragrances are. Now, I’m all about making my own DIY body spray with essential oils.
And I don’t miss my old perfumes and fragrance products one bit!
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Dangers of Synthetic Fragrances
Most store-bought body sprays and perfumes on the market today deliver numerous petroleum-based synthetic toxins into our bodies.
Although many fragrances have a floral or fruity scent, you might be surprised to know many perfumes contain little to no natural products. Many of the scents are created in a lab.
Pyridine, benzophenone, methyl eugenol, and styrene are just a few of the toxic chemicals that are in many perfumes and synthetic fragrances.
These chemicals are known to disrupt hormones, cause reproductive and fertility problems, cause neurological degeneration, and so much more!
And that is just the chemicals we know about!
Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to know the exact ingredients that are used in many store-bought perfumes and body spray products.
Perfume ingredients do not need to be disclosed because they are protected under the U.S. Fair Packaging and Label Act because they are considered trade secrets.
You can click here to learn more.
Benefits of DIY Body Spray with Essential Oils
There are several benefits to using homemade body spray rather than store-bought body spray.
Not only are homemade body sprays better for your health, they are also better for the environment. They are 100% toxin-free and are filled with essential oils, which are actually good for your health.
They contain simple ingredients, and they are super easy to make!
DIY Body Spray Recipe Ingredients
As I previously mentioned, this essential oil body spray is super easy to make, and it contains zero synthetic chemicals.
You only need a few things. Everything you need to make this DIY body spray is below.
Glass Spray Bottles
You will need a spray bottle to store your homemade body spray in. I like to use these small 2-ounce glass bottles.
It’s also really important to only use glass bottles. Essential oils contain strong chemical compounds that can break down and react when coming in contact with plastic.
Witch hazel helps to combine the essential oils and water, which helps the scent to linger longer.
Vegetable glycerin, like witch hazel, helps to combine the essential oils and water. It is optional, but in my experience, it does help the scent to last longer.
Water is the base for this homemade body spray. It is best to use distilled water whenever possible.
The minerals in tap water can clog your spray nozzle and leave residue on surfaces.
Essential oils are, of course, what gives this homemade body spray its scent. You will need a variety of essential oils to make all the recommended scent combinations that are listed below.
How Do You Make Homemade Body Spray?
Once you’ve gathered all of the necessary supplies and ingredients, you are ready to make your own homemade body spray with essential oils.
To make your own DIY body spray, simply follow the step-by-step directions below.
- Add 20-30 drops of essential oils of your choice to the glass spray bottle (favorite essential scents are below)
- Add a 1/2 tablespoon of witch hazel to the bottle
- Add a 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin to the bottle (optional)
- Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water
- Shake well
- Use the oil dropper to add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils to spray bottle
- Use funnel to add ½ tbsp of witch hazel to spray bottle
- Use funnel to add ½ tbsp of vegetable glycerin to spray bottle (optional)
- Use funnel to fill spray bottle the rest of the way with distilled or filtered water
- Attach nozzle
- Shake well
I’ve included a few of my favorite essential oil combinations below.
How to Use DIY Body Spray with Essential Oils
This homemade body spray is simple to use. You use it the same way you would use a store-bought body spray. Just spray it all over and around you.
Once applied to your body, the scent should last a few hours. Just ensure the spray makes contact with your skin, hair, or clothes.
You can reapply the spray as often as needed. Just remember to shake the DIY body spray well before each use for the best results.
Body spray made with essential oils usually has a very light scent. It’s not like your typical, overpowering commercial body sprays. If you want a stronger scent, add more drops of essential oil.
How to Store Homemade Body Spray
Heat can cause mold and bacteria to grow, so try to store this DIY body spray in a cool, dark place, like under your bathroom sink.
It is also important to keep it in a dark glass bottle because sunlight can damage the essential oils used in this homemade body spray.
And the bottle should be made out of glass because pure essential oils are very potent, and plastic may begin to deteriorate and leach into the DIY body spray.
How Long Does This Essential Oil Body Spray Last?
Homemade products made with water that does not contain a preservative don’t last very long. That is because bacteria and mold can grow in water quite quickly.
So, since this essential oil body spray recipe is made with part water, its shelf life isn’t very long.
If you follow the directions above and make sure to store the DIY body spray in a cool, dark place, it should last around 30 days.
What Can I Use Instead of Witch Hazel in DIY Body Spray?
If you don’t have witch hazel on hand, you can use drinkable grain alcohol (ethanol) or vodka instead.
Can Tap Water Be Used Instead Of Distilled Or Filtered Water?
I personally only use distilled water because the tap water where I live is full of toxins.
Also, the minerals in tap water can clog your spray nozzle and leave residue on your home’s surfaces.
But you’re free to use whatever type of water you would like. Distilled water is just my personal preference.
If you know your tap water is safe or you are just not concerned about the potential toxic chemicals in the tap water, then by all means, use that instead.
Can You Mix Essential Oils With Water For a Body Spray?
Water and essential oils do not mix well. So you can not mix essential oils with water for a body spray. You must include witch hazel to help mix the essential oils and water.
Need Essential Oils?
Many essential oil companies sell high-quality essential oils. I used to use Young Living oils exclusively, but I just couldn’t afford to use them anymore.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover several brands that sell amazing, high-quality essential oils at very affordable prices.
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If you’re unsure whether your oils are pure or not, you can read this post – fake essential oil brands you should avoid – to learn how to spot fake essential oils.
Hopefully, the homemade body spray recipe above will help you end the toxic relationship with your perfume.
This natural body spray recipe is more like a body mist rather than a perfume. If you want to make your own perfume, I recommend checking out my DIY roll-on perfume recipe.
Unlike commercial perfumes, it is made with all natural ingredients as well. It is a simple DIY, and it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or artificial fragrances.
Well, I really hope you enjoy making your own body spray. My favorite thing about this homemade body spray is all the different blends and different scents that you can create.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section below.
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