Body mists are so much fun to make and they are absolutely divine gifts. So here is a super simple recipe to get you going.
- Decorative spray bottle(s)
- 30 – 45 drops essential or cosmetic grade fragrance oil of choice (more if desired). We suggest you use lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, bergamot, sandalwood, rose, jasmine, vanilla or lemon essential oil or cosmetic grade fragrance oil.
- 1 tsp Glycerin
- 1/2 cups Distilled water
- 1 drop food coloring (optional)
- Polysorbate 20 (optional) This is an emulsifier used to combine the oil and water so they won’t separate. If you don’t use an emulsifier, the spray will need to be shaken before use to manually emulsify the spray. It will give your spray a cloudy look which you may not like if you are using clear spray bottles. You can use brushed aluminum spray bottles to hide the cloudiness.
Use as much polysorbate 20 as essential or fragrance oil. Heavier oils will take more polysorbate 20 so test for separation and keep adding until spray no longer separates. Take care not to add too much as the spray will become too thick.
Mix ingredients together and pour into spray bottle(s).
Tip: If you replace the water with perfumer’s alcohol you can get a clear body mist. You will have to play around with the amount of polysorbate 20 to use as that will vary with the fragrance oil you choose. Start with 4 ounces of perfumer’s alcohol to 1 ounce polysorbate 20. Add 40 – 50 drops of your fragrance oil. Allow mixture to sit for several hours. If it doesn’t clear, add a ½ ounce more perfumer’s alcohol. Note: This is more drying to the skin than water based body mist.
Tip: You can have fun making a blend of fragrance oils such as mixing ylang ylang with tangerine.
When done, pour mixture into alcohol safe misting containers and your gift is ready.
Now go have fun and relax.