Friday, May 25, 2012

DIY Body Spray

As I mentioned in my previous post, I started making homemade body products this winter. While I didn't love it quite as much as some of my other experiments, I still think this body spray has its place in the line up.

I pulled from several recipes and tutorials to come up with the final recipe that I used, but I think my favorite was this one by Nicole Stevenson of Random Nicole. That said, I ended up with a slightly different blend. My final recipe is:

Body Spray
0.5 oz (1 tbsp) Sweet Almond Oil
2.5 oz Vodka (1/4 c + 1 tbsp)
About 3 ml Essential Oils
Distilled Water

I put the first three ingredients in a 4 oz bottle and let it sit for about a week, shaking it every now and then. At the end of that, I filled the bottle the rest of the way with the distilled water.

I made three different scent blends. The amounts of essential oils were:

Fir Needle Orange - I love this one, but it smells "wintery" to me for some reason.
1.5 ml of each

Clary Sage Herbal - This one is very earthy and neutral.
1 ml Clary Sage
0.75 ml Anise
0.75 ml Basil

0.5 ml Lemongrass

Cedarwood Rose - The rose geranium is very strong, so the rose note is most prominent in this mix.
1 ml Cedarwood
1 ml Hungarian Lavender
0.5 Rose Geranium
0.5 Bergamot

This recipe produces a light fragrance that fades pretty quickly. It's nice for a little pick me up, particularly when it's hot, but it doesn't stick around long enough for me to consider it a stand alone fragrance. In the future, I'm going to experiment with making a perfume oil that will wear longer.

I'm also interested in developing some new fragrance blends. What kind of scents would you like in a perfume oil?

1 comment:

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