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The Second Most Simple Essential Oil Body Spray


An ideal Saturday afternoon for me consists of a walk, a nap, a cup of tea and playing with herbs! I was lucky enough to spend last Saturday just so, with lots and lots of herb exploration. I had a number of  orders to fill for my herb shop which included making some body sprays.

If you have water, an essential oil and a spray bottle you can make a body spray. It is that simple.

It doesn’t take much more to make them a bit more sophisticated with extra skin soothing properties and a longer lasting aroma.

Directions for your basic 2 ounce body spray:

  • Gather your essential oils, uncap them, and smell them together. Is your nose pleased? Play around with your configuration until you find the mix right for your needs.
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon vodka, brandy or other alcohol, 1/2 teaspoon aloe vera gel , 1/2 teaspoon glycerine, 1/2 teaspoon witch hazel extract to a bottle.
  • Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well.
  • Add essential oils: 8-20 drops per bottle. The exact amount will vary on the quality of the oil. I find that higher quality essential oils will require less drops to create a nice blend that lower quality oils. Some oils always require less drops. For instance, a single drop of rose otto can be split between two bottles to impart its fragrance.
  • Shake again, spray to test the concentration, adjust if needed.

While not true ‘fixers’ like those used in perfumery, the bit of viscous aloe vera gel and glycerin give the essential oils something to bind to and offer skin soothing properties, as does witch hazel extract. The vodka acts as a preservative and helps to lightly tone the skin with its astringent, cleansing action.

High quality essential oils is key to a great body spray. When I first started blending oils, I had about 12 old and gunky oils that I found on the free table in the basement of the Co-Op where I worked.  The free table consisted of sub-par items which have been broken, returned or expired…so it was no wonder that these oils were kind of limp!

I followed the guidelines from the essential oil gurus, but they just didn’t smell robust or appealing. Thinking more is better, I kept adding additional drops, but even using 40 drops in a 2 ounce bottle didn’t do the trick.

Eventually I replaced my old oils with higher quality oils that smelled vibrant and rich. Once you notice the difference it is hard to go back the typical oils in the health food stores! My favorites are Plant Spirit and Floracopia. Mountain Rose offers a wide array of organic oils, which I appreciate.

Use your essential oil body spray as a light deodorant, natural perfume, facial toner, or for a skin soother for sunburn, hot days and itchy skin, or use a lavender-based spray as a nighty-night pillow spray. Don’t underestimate the power of essential oils to address emotions and stress. Kids and animals love body sprays too.

Body sprays make great gifts – I love featuring them in gift sets as they add a different dimension to connect with the essence of plants and permeate the senses with their luscious beauty. Pair them with tea or coco mix, or with a sea salt bath soak. The possibilities are endless!


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  2. Hi–can you suggest something to substitute for the alcohol? Will water just do or is their something else that would be better? I don’t use any alcohol-based products…internally or externally. Thanks!

  3. This sounds wonderful. I’ve been using New Directions essentials oils for several years and usually mix them with distilled water — this sounds perfect. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks Celia.

  4. Reverend Lynn Cormier says

    Did you know.? One can place flowers and herbs in a glass vessel, and then move it for 3 hours to be directly under sun light. This well create a wonderful essential oil base. It is the natural communication between Nature and the Sun Goddess.

  5. Amanda McLeese says

    Where did you find those labels? I absolutely love those!

  6. I also would like to know what to substitute for the alcohol.

  7. Hi Tas, you can leave the alcohol out if you wish. It is a mild preservative. Just use your body spray within a few years, don’t store it in the bright sun and if it looks ‘funky’ just toss it.

  8. Thank you! I made the labels on my computer and had them printed on label paper at a print shop.

  9. Haide says

    I found that grain alcohol is the best. Grain alcohol (believe it or not) is the cheap $5. What that is, is alcohol in its purest form before it is altered into a Grey Goose, so to speak. It does not have a smell and is better for the skin instead of rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is a wood alcohol and is bad for the skin. It can dry it out vs grain alcohol which ironically is better. All of my essential oil sprays (car spray, linen spray, bathroom spray etc) has grain alcohol and has worked out for me so I hope it works for anyone reading this!

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