How to Make Your Own Body Spray

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    by Corey M. Mackenzie

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    Corey M. Mackenzie has been a professional freelance writer for more than two decades. She received a B.A. with honors from Wichita State University. Corey specializes in writing about pets, interior decorating, health care, gardening, fashion, relationships, home improvement and forensic science. Corey's articles have appeared in Garden Guides, Travels and other websites.

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    Creating your own body sprays at home not only saves money, but it also means having complete control over the ingredients you use. You will know exactly what you are putting on your skin. This is especially helpful for anyone who suffers from allergies, because some commercial body sprays and perfumes have artificial colors and dyes, which can trigger allergic reactions.

    Things You'll Need

    • Spray bottle, new or cleaned well
    • Distilled water
    • Scent (can be an essential oil or other natural fragrance)
    • Glycerin (optional)
    • Denatured alcohol or vodka
    • Ceramic or glass bowl for testing mixtures (optional)

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    Prepare your essential oils, if you are making your own. If you are making rose-scented spray from fresh rose petals, for instance, blanch them with distilled water and then let them sit for a while. Strain the water into a spray bottle.

    Add distilled water to fill the spray bottle half-full.

    Add an equal amount of denatured alcohol or vodka. If you want a moisturizing spray, add a small amount of glycerin.

    Add three to four drops of essential oil and shake the bottle well. Test the spray by spritzing your wrist. If it is not as strong as you like, add more oil, one drop at a time, until it reaches the strength you want.

    Store your finished product in a dark, cool place.

    • Make your body spray even more refreshing by storing it in the refrigerator.
    • Storing your spray away from high humidity will help it last longer.
    • Test the fragrance oil for skin reactions before making your spray. Dab a diluted drop of the oil in the bend of your elbow and leave it undisturbed for 48 hours. If you see any signs of irritation, avoid use of that oil. Citrus oil and synthetic cinnamon oils often cause skin irritations.
    • The alcohol in the spray is flammable, so do not spray it near an open flame.