How to Make Body Spray

Ever wanted some body spray, but either couldn't find that special scent, or couldn't afford it? Making your own is very easy. What's even better is that you can control what goes into your body spray. This means that you can customize it to your heart's desire, and come up with a truly unique fragrance. You can even add some shimmer with loose eyeshadow!


[Edit]Making Simple Body Spray

  1. Get any sized spray bottle. Try to get a spray bottle that is made out of glass instead of plastic; essential oils can degrade plastic over time. Also, choose a blue or brown glass bottle to protect the oils from sunlight.[1]
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  2. Fill the bottle most of the way with normal water. Be sure to leave some room for your essential oils.[2] If you can't find any normal water, you can use filtered water instead. Do not use tap water, however.

    • If you have an unsteady hand, consider using a funnel to help you pour the water into the bottle.
  3. Add some essential oils. Start with 40 to 45 drops for every 2 ounces (60 milliliters) of water. You can use all one scent, or you can experiment with different combinations. For example, lavender and grapefruit will give you a nice, refreshing scent.[3]

  4. Close the bottle and shake it. Your body spray is now ready to use. Keep in mind that the oils and water will separate naturally over time, so you will need to shake the bottle each time before you use it.

[Edit]Making Basic Body Spray

  1. Get a 2 to 3-ounce (60 to 90-milliliter) spray bottle. Try to get a glass spray bottle if you can, as essential oils have a tendency to degrade plastic bottles over time. If you can't find a glass spray bottle, use a high-quality plastic bottle instead.
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  2. Stick a funnel down the mouth of the bottle. This will make pouring the ingredients into the bottle easier.

  3. Pour 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of distilled water into the bottle. If you can't find any distilled water, use filtered water instead. Do not use tap water because it contains too many minerals. These minerals may affect your body spray.[4]

    • For a twist, use 3 tablespoons (45 milliliters) of rose hydrosol instead of water. It will make your body spray smell like roses. It is lighter and gentler than essential oil, and has some toning properties as well.[5]
  4. Add 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of vodka or witch hazel into the bottle. This will act as a preservative, and help your body spray last longer. It will also help act as a binder, and prevent the essential oils from separating from the water.[6]

  5. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin, if desired. This will help act as a binder and thickener. It may also help make the scents last longer.[7] Glycerin also has some toning and moisturizing properties.[8]

  6. Add 15 to 20 drops of essential oil. You can use all one scent, or a combination of scents, such as: grapefruit, lime, and lemon.[9]
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    • If you used rose hydrosol instead of water, you do not need to add any essential oils.[10]
  7. Close the bottle and shake it. At this point, your body spray is ready to use. Keep in mind that the ingredients may still separate. If that happens, simply shake your body spray before you use it.
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[Edit]Making Shimmering Body Spray

  1. Get a 5 to 6-ounce (150 to 180-milliliter spray bottle. It would be best to use a glass bottle because it won't degrade over time. If you can't find one, then a good quality plastic bottle will do.[11]
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  2. Place a funnel into the mouth of the bottle. This will make pouring in the ingredients easier and reduce spills.
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  3. Pour 3 teaspoons of argan oil into the bottle.[12] If you can't find any argan oil, or if you can't afford it, try jojoba oil instead. You can also use vegetable glycerin instead.

  4. Add 2 teaspoons of loose eyeshadow or cosmetic pigment powder.[13] The powder likely will get caught in the funnel, which is fine. The next step will resolve this.

    • Popular colors are white or bronze, but you can use any color you want.
    • Avoid using glitter. Even the finest glitter may clog up your spray bottle.
  5. Pour 2 ounces (60 milliliters) of distilled water down the funnel.[14] This will help knock loose any eyeshadow/pigment powder that got caught in the mouth of the funnel. Make sure that you use distilled water and not tap water. If you can't find any, then you can use filtered water instead.

    • Tap water contains too many minerals, which can affect your spray, as well as shorten its shelf life.
  6. Consider adding some fragrance. If you still have room in your bottle, you can add fragrance with a few drops of essential oil. Essential oil is very strong, so you will only need about 20 to 25 drops.
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  7. Close the bottle and shake it. Your shimmering body spray is now ready to use. The ingredients will settle over time, so you have to shake it before each use.
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  • Experiment with the scents.
  • If your body spray is too fragrant, pour some of it out, and add some more distilled or filtered water.
  • If your body spray is not fragrant enough, add a few more drops of essential oil. Do not go overboard, however. Essential oil can irritate your skin in too high concentrations.
  • Use distilled water if you can. If you can't find any, use filtered water instead. Do not use tap water. It contains minerals, which may affect the spray.[15]
  • You can find essential oils online or in health food stores. Do not use fragrance oils meant for soap making or candle making. Those are not the same thing.
  • Store your body spray in a glass bottle. If you can't find one, a high-quality plastic bottle will do. Look for something that says HDPE, #1, or #2 on the bottom. Stay away from thin, cheap plastic bottles; the essential oils will degrade the plastic.[16]
  • If you have sensitive skin, consider doing a patch test. Mix 3 of your desired essential oil with ½ teaspoon of olive oil (or any other skin-safe oil), and put a dab of it on your inner elbow. Cover the patch with a band aid, and wait 48 hours. If no irritation occurs, then you can safely use the essential oil.


  • Do not use these body sprays on your face, as the ingredients may irritate your eyes.
  • If you experience burning, you might be allergic to the essential oil, and should wash the spray off immediately.
  • Avoid using citrus-based sprays if you plan on going outside. Citrus (including citrus essential oils) can make your skin extra sensitive to sunlight, and result in bad sunburns.

[Edit]Things You'll Need

[Edit]Making Simple Body Spray

  • Spray bottle
  • Funnel (optional)
  • Distilled water
  • Essential oil

[Edit]Making Basic Body Spray

  • 2 to 3-ounce (60 to 90-milliliter) spray bottle
  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) distilled
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) vodka or witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) vegetable glycerin (optional)
  • 15 to 20 drops essential oil

[Edit]Making Shimmering Body Spray

  • 5 to 6 ounce (150 to 180-milliliter) spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • 3 teaspoon argan oil
  • 2 teaspoon loose eyeshadow
  • 2 ounces (60 milliliters) distilled water
  • Essential oil (optional)


[Edit]Quick Summary


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