I love the feeling of cool mist on my skin, especially when scented with flowers and citrus and earth. As a teenager, I collected bottles of perfume and reveled in the transformative magic that aroma inspires. Soft honeyed amber, light fruity florals, and spicy evergreen woods set the mood each morning before I adventured out into the world.
What I didn't know then was that these aromatic experiences I treasured so much...were actually synthetic. When I learned the truth about commercial perfumes and body sprays, I was heartbroken. For years, I had been spraying myself with potentially toxic petrochemicals, some of which are known allergens and hormone disruptors. Isn't it interesting that the ingredients aren't listed on all of those pretty bottles? Transparency is not the industry's forte it seems.
I immediately abandoned designer fragrances and discovered a new passion for crafting my own perfumes with natural botanical extracts. With so many gorgeous organic essential oils and hydrosols being distilled or pressed from fruits, barks, flowers, resins, and other plant material, it's easy to become enchanted with the blending process. Plus, many of these ingredients also offer aromatherapeutic and skin care benefits. Creating beautiful fragrances that are perfect for you is a dreamy pursuit.
DIY Body Spray Basics
Supplies: To begin this aroma journey, you'll need to stock up on a few supplies. Think of your perfumery ingredients as if they are a collection of paints. Like strokes of color on a canvas, it's fun to have a variety of scents to layer while blending, including several top, middle, and bottom notes. These essential oil kits are a wonderful way to get started. You'll also want a few bases, like organic hydrosols, organic witch hazel extract, or plain vodka. I really like to have little amber vials handy for making test blends and a cobalt blue bottle with mister top for the finished recipe.
Test Blend: To make a simple test blend, choose just 2 or 3 essential oils. Carefully drip a total of 10 drops into a small vial and take notes of the ratio (example: 5 drops of cistus, 3 drops of sandalwood, and 2 drops of lavender). Roll the bottle between your palms to combine. Take a whiff or use a cotton ball to allow the blend to develop. Smell again after an hour or two and then again the next day to experience the fragrance's arc. You can also go simple and use just one essential oil instead of making a blend.
Formulate: Once you have an essential oil blend you love, it's time to make the body spray. Use a hydrosol for the base to give your blend extra complexity or go for a neutral option, like vodka or witch hazel extract. Calculate a 2% dilution for the size of your spray bottle and mix up a batch of your essential oil blend. To simplify this process, multiply 12 drops of the blend per ounce of base carrier. So, if you have a 4oz spray bottle, use 48 total drops of your essential oil blend. Carefully count each drop as you drip the blend into your base and then shake well. Congrats! Your body spray is ready to be enjoyed. It's that easy!
Body Spray Fragrance Inspirations: