I have been on a roll with tutorials lately! It must be the return of spring. :) As part of my ongoing partnership with Bramble Berry, I thought I’d share with you a few ways to make all-natural body sprays and perfumes. I’ve made perfume in the past, so I wanted to try a lighter body spray this time, especially now that I’ve got a few homemade infused oils! Before we dive in, let’s talk about the three main all-natural body spray bases:
- jojoba or sweet almond oils are best
- essential oils
- or use an infused oil – check out my oil infusing tutorial here!
Remember the DIY Perfume I made last year? This is an example of an alcohol-based perfume or body spray. Although it contained a man-made fragrance oil, the vodka base itself is natural and can be used with essential oils instead. In today’s post, I’ll cover the Oil and Water based body sprays. If you want a stronger perfume, check out my alcohol-based perfume tutorial here.
I love any excuse to slather myself in vanilla-scented goodness, so my first body spray was an oil-based one, using my vanilla-infused jojoba oil. I combined it with a few drops of sandalwood essential oil for a sensual, woodsy appeal.
Vanilla Woods Oil-Based Body Spray
- ⅓ cup Vanilla-Infused Jojoba Oil
- 8 drops Sandalwood Essential Oil – this is an expensive essential oil, so I recommend purchasing the 5/8 dram. You don’t need much!
- 4 oz spray bottle
This is a great after-shower spray, and can be used in place of lotion for dry skin because jojoba oil absorbs very quickly, without a greasy feeling.
I’m also a big fan of citrusy fragrances, and I’m in love with the Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil I picked up from Bramble Berry. It’s like lemon with a little bit of pine. In this water-based body spray, I mixed it with Orange Essential Oil and Rosewater, which produced a lovely citrus-meets-bubblegum fragrance. It reminded me of lemon sherbet, tea cookies, summer carnivals, and relaxing on the porch with a good book.
Almost Summer Water-Based Body Spray
- ⅓ cup Witch Hazel
- ¼ cup Rosewater
- 25 drops Orange Essential Oil
- 15 drops Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil
- 4 oz spray bottle
This is a very light fragrance that won’t stick around forever, but offers a lovely light pick-me-up scent.
Tips & Tricks for Making Body Spray:
- If you can, use amber or cobalt (blue) bottles rather than clear. They filter light, preserving your fragrance for longer.
- Use a funnel when pouring your water, oil, or alcohol into your bottle to avoid spills!
- Optionally, you can add aloe vera, glycerin, and/or Vitamin E to your sprays for extra moisturizing benefits.
Have you ever made your own perfume or body spray? I’d love to hear what worked for you, and what fragrances you’ve mixed up!