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Make Your Own Body Spray

A photo of Lori Dunn with pet squirrelsIn today’s world, people are becoming more aware of just how important it is to know where their food supply comes from. From heirloom seeds to organically grown fruits and vegetables that we can grow and preserve ourselves, it is very comforting to know that we can be self sufficient, and safe knowing exactly what we’re eating because we grew it! 

  So then, what about the other products that we use daily? It was a rather natural question for me to ask of myself. If I can grow and preserve my own food, why can’t I make the other products that I use? What about soap, shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, and body spray? After all, our skin is living tissue that absorbs the things it comes in contact with. Reading the ingredients list for these products is quite the task.  I can’t even pronounce half of them, and even then, I don’t know what they are! This put me on a mission to find recipes to make all these products myself! Now, I am happy to report, that I do indeed make all these things myself, and more! 

  I want to share a very simple recipe to make your own body spray or cologne. It only takes 2 simple ingredients! That’s it! So easy to do! 


1/3 cup 100 proof vodka 
Fragrance oil 

You will need a measuring cup for the vodka, an eye dropper for the fragrance oil, and a colored glass container with a lid to put your body spray into. 

supplies to make your own body spray 

   You can buy colored glass containers online from various places. I am a thrifter, so I got mine from local thrift stores or yard sales. I found some really cool, old Avon bottles for just a couple dollars. I brought them home and washed them up. They work beautifully! 

Old red glass Avon bottle 

   Measure your vodka into measuring cup. Now add at least 3 droppers full of fragrance oil of your choice to vodka. You can add a bit more than this if you like, but any less than 3 is a little on the weak side for scent, in my opinion. The more you add, the stronger it will be. Use your own nose and judgment!  When you’re satisfied with the scent, pour into colored glass container and put on lid. Now, give it a good shake! You will need to let this set in a dark place for 30 days, shaking it once daily. Don’t worry, if you miss a day, it won’t be ruined! After 30 days, it’s ready! 

Body spray mixed and ready to go 

  I like to put it into a small spray bottle for ease of use when it's finished. I have a used bottle from another body spray that I had purchased. I just washed it out and re-used.   

  A few words about fragrance oils, they aren’t all the same. You want to make sure that your oils are safe for cosmetic and body products. I wouldn’t go to Wal-Mart and buy the cheap scented oils you would find there. They might be fine for making your home smell good, but not necessarily safe for contact with your skin. I buy all my soap making and body product supplies from this site online, Wholesale Soap Making Supplies and Candle Making Supplies - WholesaleSuppliesPlus  

  They have a huge selection and there prices are very good. They also have free shipping to the U.S. and Canada with a $30 minimum order. 

  Another great place is Mountain Rose Herbs | Bulk organic herbs, spices & essential oils  

  You could also use essential oils instead of fragrance oils in your body spray if you choose. Just remember, some essential oils are stronger than others, so you will need to adjust for scent accordingly.  Also, some people can have slight skin irritation from certain essential oils if they are too strong. I’m sure some people may have an argument as to why essential oils are better, so if you want to, by all means use them! I do use essential oils in other applications; I just prefer fragrance oils in this instance. 

  Once you try this body spray, I predict you will be hooked! My first trial was with a single fragrance, and I loved how it turned out! Now, I’ve been experimenting with mixing multiple scents! Oh what fun!  You can invent your own FABULOUS fragrance! When someone comments,” ooohhhh, you smell wonderful, what is that you’re wearing,” you can reply, “well, DARLING, that’s my own fragrance! I call it_________!” Fill in the blank with your own famous name! 

  I think this would also be a great project to do with young, teenage girls. What young girl wouldn’t love to make her own scented body spray? 

  I’ve also done a masculine, manly scent for my husband as cologne, and that turned out a keeper as well! Now go get that nose workin, and put together your own fabulous, fragrant body spray! 


lori dunn
1/28/2012 12:51:35 PM

Cindy, LOL once again! Those bottles are pretty, and would work nicely! I read a good bit of advice once that recommended labeling everything you make, not just so others would know what it was, but so you, yourself would always know in case you forget, which I "NEVER" do!!!! Yea,...right....! A great piece of I follow it....Nope, not all the time. I do label a few things. I make various tinctures and herbal infused oils, and those usually have to sit for about 6 weeks, so I do label them so I know what is what. Your hubby must have thought the fizz was just a product of his gourmet cooking! My husband, Jim, will eat anything. I'm glad he is that way. I never have to worry about trying out something new on him, and he'll give his honest opinion too!

lori dunn
1/28/2012 12:36:49 PM

I was wondering who would be the first to leave this comment! I knew someone would! :)

nebraska dave
1/28/2012 1:01:19 AM

Cindy, Ah the cast iron stomach of a man. You just got to love it. I bet your hubby was totally void of intestinal germs. He just might have started a new trend. Life must be very interesting living with you. Have a great adventurous day in the kitchen.

darin schroeder
1/27/2012 6:03:39 PM

Or just drink the Vodka, then you won't care what you smell like =)

cindy murphy
1/27/2012 5:50:41 PM

Hi, Lori. Great idea! I tried something similar once, deciding to make rosewater for a rosewater and oatmeal mask. I didn't follow the recipe exactly. We didn't have any vodka in the house, some whiskey maybe, beer probably, but I figured it was better to go with a clear alcohol. No rubbing alcohol either, too harsh anyway...but we did have peroxide. Here's where a fancy bottle like those in your photos would have come in handy; alas, I didn't have any of those either. But I did have an empty balsamic vinegar bottle in a pretty shade of green; I removed the label and the rosewater left-over after making the mask went into it; it can be kept in the refrigerator for a week or so. A week or so later, I was making a grocery list and Hubs said not to forget balsamic vinegar; he'd used the last of it the night before. "No, no - we have plenty", I said, pulling out a bottle from the cabinet. "Uhm....then what was that stuff in the fridge I've been cooking with all week?" Why he thought I'd keep vinegar in the fridge, I don't know....neither do I know why he didn't notice there was no vinegar smell, or why the vinegar "fizzed" like peroxide. But then again, I have no idea why I decided peroxide would make a good substitute for vodka!

lori dunn
1/27/2012 1:22:07 AM

Nebraska Dave, rubbing alcohol has a strong smell. You want very high alcohol content, but with little to no smell. The only scent you want is the scent you create with the oils used. I've found other recipes that actually call for grain alcohol to make the body spray! The Vodka works just fine for me. I haven't done air fresheners yet, but give me time! You are correct, I do make my own laundry soap. That is going to be another blog entry. I make powdered and liquid. They are both much cheaper than conventional laundry detergent, and work just as well.

nebraska dave
1/27/2012 12:59:40 AM

Lori, it just doesn't get any easier than that, does it? I'm not much into fragrances except for special occasions which are becoming fewer and father in between.:0) I was curious as to why Vodka and not just rubbing alcohol? How about room air fresheners? I kind of like the vanilla smell. I've been thinking about catching my clothes washing grey water to water the garden. I'm sure you have laundry soap that would be garden friendly on your list of things to post. Have a great smell good day.