Your Own Body Spray

You can save a lot of money on body sprays by creating your own at home. The benefits to making your own body spray, other than saving money, include 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. Some commercial body sprays and perfumes have artificial colors and dyes, which can trigger reactions in those of us prone to allergies. Read on to learn how to make your own body spray.

1. Purchase ingredients to use for your body spray. Distilled water can be found in most supermarkets. Essential oils and other natural fragrances can be ordered online.

2. Prepare your fragrances. 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. Filter the petals and pour the water, when cooled, into the glass spray bottle. If you are not using any flowers or herbs in the formula and are only using essential oils for fragrance,

3. Add distilled water to your mixing bowel (if you are testing the scent this way first) or directly to the spray bottle.

4. Place a small drop of fragrance into the spray bottle and then shake well. Spray your wrist and wait a few moments. Smell your wrist to decide whether you should add more fragrance. If you want the spray to moisturize your skin, and you want the scent to last longer on your skin, add a small amount of glycerin to the mix.

5. Store your finished product in dark glass at room temperature. Dark glass is preferable because it helps protect the ingredients from sunlight, which can alter the scent. Your spray should last for several days—shelf-life depends on ingredients used and how the body spray is stored.

If you want homemade body sprays to last longer, refrigerate (if you used herbs or flowers for your spray) and simply shake before using. The body spray may get a little cloudy, but it is the scent, not appearance, that matters most.

With a little experimentation, you can create several fragrances to suit your moods.

Glass spray bottles are preferable. Essential oils can degrade the plastic in most plastic bottles and release unwanted chemicals into the body spray. These chemicals won’t necessarily harm you, but they will change the scent of the spray and it will not last as long.

Before using an essential oil or other fragrance you've never used before, it is a good idea to do an allergy test first. You can do this the same way you do the allergy test before coloring your hair at home--dab a small amount of the ingredient (diluted as it would be in the body spray) in the bend of your elbow. Leave the spot undisturbed for 48 hours. If your skin shows signs of irritation, do not use that ingredient in your body spray.

Essential oils are concentrated and some oils--such as citrus oil--will irritate skin if placed on the skin undiluted.

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