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DIY Body Spray with Essential Oils

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. The best part is that it’s super easy to make and 100% natural!

DIY body spray with essential oils in decorative wooden box on marble background.

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 ingredients. 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.

You could also use 4-ounce bottles. But keep in mind that the recipe below is for a 2-ounce bottle, so if you decide to use a 4-ounce bottle, you will need to double the recipe.

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

Witch hazel helps to combine the essential oils and water, which helps the scent to linger longer.

Vegetable Glycerin

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.

Distilled Water

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

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.

I also highly recommend using only 100% pure essential oils. A few of my favorite essential oil brands are Plant TherapySimply Earth, and Far & Wild essential oils.

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.

  1. Add 20-30 drops of essential oils of your choice to the glass spray bottle (favorite essential scents are below)
  2. Add a 1/2 tablespoon of witch hazel to the bottle
  3. Add a 1/2 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin to the bottle (optional)
  4. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with distilled water
  5. Shake well
DIY Body Sprays

DIY Body Spray with Essential Oils

Yield: 2 oz
Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This diy body spray is super easy to make and 100% toxin free. And my favorite part is, the scent is customizable!



  1. Use the oil dropper to add 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oils to spray bottle
  2. Use funnel to add ½ tbsp of witch hazel to spray bottle
  3. Use funnel to add ½ tbsp of vegetable glycerin to spray bottle (optional)
  4. Use funnel to fill spray bottle the rest of the way with distilled or filtered water
  5. Attach nozzle
  6. Shake well

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I’ve included a few of my favorite essential oil combinations below.

Floral | 10 drops Bergamot, 10 drops Geranium, 5 drops Ylang Ylang

Earthy | 10 drops Patchouli, 5 drops Frankincense, 5 drops Cedarwood

Citrus | 10 drops Tangerine, 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Grapefruit

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.

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.

A few of my favorite brands are Far & Wild, Plant Therapy, and Simply Earth essential oils.

If you decide to buy from Simply Earth, you can use the code HAPPYHEARTFREE to receive a free $45 Simply Earth gift card with the purchase of your first recipe box.

If you are unfamiliar with Simply Earth or their recipe box, you can check out previous boxes here.

If you order now with the code above, you will receive the recipe box, the big bonus box, and a $45 Simply Earth gift card for $29.99 (new customers only!).

If you’re unsure whether your oils are pure, read this post—fake essential oil brands you should avoid—to learn how to spot fake essential oils.

Final Thoughts

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 also made with all-natural ingredients. It is a simple DIY that doesn’t contain 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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  1. FYI, you can also use lemongrass and peppermint oil diluted in a little bit of lotion on your dog to keep ticks and fleas away. Works great! I’ve been using it for years on my Boston Terrier

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