Homemade body spray is just as effective as commercially prepared products, but contains no unnatural preservatives and can be customized to suit any taste. By combining essential oils, you can create a personalized body spray that leaves your skin feeling cooled and refreshed. This recipe yields about 16 ounces, or two cups.
Pure grain alcohol or high quality vodka, distilled water, witch hazel extract and essential oils are used to make homemade body spray. The witch hazel extract, found at drugstores and natural health stores, adds a cooling effect to the body spray, but may be omitted if necessary.
Use your favorite essential oil, or choose one based on its healing properties. Try peppermint oil to combat fatigue, rosemary to increase energy, citrus oils for restlessness, or rose to calm and soothe the nervous system. Use one or any combination of essential oils to produce the desired aroma. Some appealing combinations include lavender and rose for a floral scent, mandarin and lime for a citrus scent, or patchouli and sandalwood for an earthy scent.
Use a glass measuring cup, medium sized mixing bowl, funnel and glass spray bottles to make the homemade body spray. This recipe will fill four 4-oz. containers, two 8-oz. containers or one large 16-oz. container.
Preparation and Use
Pour 1/4 cup of alcohol into a glass measuring cup. Add 10 drops of the desired essential oil and stir to combine. You may use more than one oil, but do not exceed 10 drops in total. Cover the measuring cup, and allow the mixture to stand undisturbed for one hour.
Pour the alcohol and oil mixture into a medium mixing bowl. Add 1 1/4 cups distilled water and 1/2 cup of witch hazel extract. If you are omitting the witch hazel, simply add two cups of distilled water. Stir well to combine the ingredients.
Remove the top from each glass spray bottle and insert a small funnel to prevent spilling. Divide the mixture evenly between the bottles, label the containers and store in a cool dry place when not in use. The mixture will store indefinitely. Spray directly onto the wrists, neck or anywhere else on the body that you desire. Use after a shower or any time you want a cooling, fragrant effect.