Bodysprays are back in fashion, and it seems they are set to stay.
There’s something about a body mist that instantly conjures up holidays, and that all over summer glow.
Lightweight and versatile, they are ideal for the summer months, when you may not be looking to wear something as heavy as a traditional Eau de Parfum.
Body mists have a slightly more delicate level of fragrance and faster absorption rate than classic perfumes and can be applied liberally all over your body.
They are perfect worn solo for a light veil of scent or layered with other perfumes or body crèmes for a customised twist.
Not all body sprays are created equally
Many of these aromatic sprays are actually synthetic – potentially toxic petrochemicals, some of which are known allergens and hormone disruptors.
Fortunately, it’s straightforward to make your own with a few ingredients. With so many gorgeous botanical oils and essential oils, it’s easy to become enchanted with the blending process. Many of these ingredients also offer potent aromatherapeutic and skincare benefits.
Seriously, for creative people, making body oils with essential oils can be a dreamy, otherworldly pursuit.
Natural oils you can use within a formula
Apricot Kernel oil: An excellent natural oil is easily absorbed into the skin without being too oily.
We love this oil because it is packed full of skin-loving essential Vitamins, such as A and E, which act as antioxidants, killing off free radicals which cause cellular damage, helping to prevent premature ageing.
Sweet almond: A fine natural oil that immediately absorbs into the skin leaving a lovely satiny, non-sticky coating; making it a perfect ingredient for a body oil spritz.
Jojoba oil: This is wonderfully nourishing and is packed full of essential fatty acids. Jojoba has a very high absorption rate into the skin; this is because it closely resembles your skin’s natural sebum, making it a great inclusion if you have oily skin.
Macadamia: This is a superior skin-loving oil, it is a rich nutty aroma with emollient qualities, making it a good all-around moisturiser. Macadamia nut oil is really great for dry, mature skin; it is also good for oily skin types.
Safflower oil: This oil contains high mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats, which are great for skin health. Safflower will leave your skin visibly nourished without leaving an oily residue.
Squalane oil: This natural oil is very close to sebum, and because it mirrors the lipids found within our own skin, it is the perfect ingredient for a body spray; thus keeping you wonderfully hydrated, whilst protecting the natural moisture balance within your skin. In fact, we like it so much we have bottled it.
The other benefit of this oil is that it has a drying effect on your skin so that it won’t stain your clothes.
If you would like to find out more about botanical oils’ healing properties, you may find our article on carrier oils useful.
DIY body spray with essential oil
To make approximately 1 cup of body spray:
- 10 tbs of alcohol
- 10 drops of essential oil
- 4 tbs of water
- 1/2 glycerin or vegetable oil
If you would like to make perfume, the amounts will vary a little:
- 10 tbs. of alcohol
- 20 drops of essential oil
- 2 1/2 tbs. of water
- 1/2 tbs. of glycerin
- Mix the alcohol and the essential oil slowly.
- In a separate container mix glycerin and water.
- Combine the two mixes
- Let the fragrance rest for two weeks in a fresh, dark place. Shake it every day.
- Your fragrance is ready to use
Easy dry oil body spray
- 98% Oil of your choice
1% essential oil
- Using a digital scale, weigh the oils and essential oils and combine them in a 4 oz glass bottle with a mister lid.
- Using a transfer pipette add the vitamin E and essential oils then screw on a fingertip mister and shake to combine all ingredients.
- To use spray on your body when and where desired and massage in – for an additional beauty boost, why not lightly mist your hair for instant shine.
Bodysprays your questions answered
Where should you spray perfume to make it last?
The first tip is that if you have dry skin, it won’t hold perfume well, so make sure your skin is super hydrated.
A little beauty secret is that hair actually carries perfume the best. It also creates a gorgeous scented trail left by the person who wears the perfume.
Are there scents that tend to fade faster than others?
Citrus notes are top notes, and they tend to fade the fastest. Base notes like woody essential oils such as sandalwood or cedarwood have much better staying power.
This is also dependent on the amount of oil used in the perfume. For instance, Eau de Parfum contains the most oil around 15 per cent. Eau de toilettes have around 8 to 10 per cent, and colognes have around 3 to 5 per cent.
Does applying scent to your pulse point work?
Spraying on the pulse points is a bit of an old wives’ tale in terms of longevity. Its true pulse points are warmer and applying there will speed up your fragrance’s evolution, but realistically the difference is negligible.
Want to get even more creative, mountain rose offers some really great tips on DIY body sprays.