Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY Natural Body Sprays

Remember my post about how pretty much all commercial skin care, bath & body products are full of BAD ingredients like parabens and mineral oil byproducts? (If not, read it here!) It'll probably come as no shock to you that artificial fragrances are bad for your skin (and the environment) too. They're a cheap, synthetic, chemical knock-off imitation of real fragrances found in nature. But you can make your own naturally-yummy-smelling body sprays using essential oils! (If you haven't found out already, be sure to check out what all the fuss is about essential oils!)

Besides smelling good, essential oils (when they're therapeutic-grade) are chock full of healing properties. So, when you make a body spray using therapeutic-grade essential oils, then besides smelling good you get the added bonus of those oils' healing and aroma-therapeutic qualities. It's a win-win! 

Today I'm sharing the recipes for a couple body sprays I tried at a Make-n-Take party. They both smell scrumptious.

Here's the base recipe (found here)...
  • 8 oz distilled water in a spray bottle
  • 1 TBSP witch hazel
  • 20-30 drops essential oils (see examples below!)
To make it, just combine ingredients, seal the bottle tightly and give it a good shake. Remember to shake it before each use.

Comforting Spray
  • Base Recipe (8 oz distilled water + 1 TBSP witch hazel)
  • 6 drops cinnamon bark
  • 8 drops orange
This smells like everything wonderfully yummy in the Fall and Winter. It's a deeper scent for the cooler months. Cinnamon Bark is warming and Orange is uplifting.

Energizing Spray
  • Base Recipe (8 oz distilled water + 1 TBSP witch hazel)
  • 15 drops grapefruit
  • 5 drops lavender
This smells cheerful and uplifting. It's a lighter scent for the warmer months. Grapefruit is an anti-depressant and stimulant, while Lavender is soothing and calming.

*All essential oils are NOT the same... please read this before buying any!

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