DIY Essential Oil Body Spray--Plus So MANY Ways to Use It

If you love body sprays and making your own personal care products, you will love learning how to make an essential oil body spray. I'm going to show you just how easy it is to make your own customizable and safe refreshing body spray using just a few simple ingredients and your favorite essential oils.

This DIY body spray recipe is the perfect easy DIY project for yourself, but this spray also makes a great gift any time of year.

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Why Make a Homemade Body Spray?

There are a number of reasons to make your own body spray, in addition to other homemade body products.

First of all, it's so easy to do--so why not make it?

You can use all natural ingredients to avoid the harmful chemicals and artificial fragrances in most commercial body sprays.

By making your own custom body spray, you can make the fragrance according to your own personal preference without being locked in to what is offered online.

Of course you can save a lot of money.

In my opinion, the best part of making your own diy body spray is that you can have a feeling of accomplishment making something beneficial.

What Is a Body Spray / Body Mist?

A body spray is a hydrating mist with a light scent that's intended to make you feel fresh and deliver aromatherapy benefits, but it's not a deodorant nor a perfume. Body sprays are great for hydrating dry skin, and for delivering the added benefits of essential oils to your natural skincare and body care routine.

Ingredients in Commercial Body Sprays

Ingredients in store bought body sprays on the market today will vary of course, but here is a list of ingredients in one spray from a popular store. Note that I did find it just a bit shocking that you can't see the ingredients in many of these sprays online before purchasing. Yikes.

Alcohol Denat., Water/Aqua/Eau, Fragrance/Parfum, Butylene Glycol, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 4 (CI 14700), Red 33 (CI 17200), Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.

Note that fragrance/parfum can mean literally who knows what. No thanks!

Equipment and Materials Needed

All you need is:


  • In spray bottle, combine essential oil (or blend) with vodka.
  • Shake well to dilute.
  • Fill the remainder of the bottle with witch hazel or a hydrosol (for added fragrance).
  • Use as desired, shaking well before each use.

How to Use This Spray

There are a few different ways to use this body spray.

  • Body Spray (of course!)
  • Linen Spray - Simply spray your bed sheets, comforter, or pillow and enjoy the scent while sleeping.
  • Room Spray - This spray is a natural alternative to store bought air freshening sprays.
  • Perfume - You can definitely use this spray as a light perfume
  • Deodorant - The vodka works as an antibacterial so yes, you can even use this as a light deodorant!

Blend Ideas

Here are a few essential oil combination ideas to get your started. While some people recommend blending specific combinations of top, middle and low notes, but I say have fun and keep it simple! The sky's the limit!

Here are a few options for making a body spray scent you love. You can choose which one(s) to make based on the scent you would like and/or the benefits of certain essential oils that you'd like to enjoy.

Calming Spray

Grounding Spray

Energizing Spray

Sleepytime Spray

Beautiful Skin Spray

Floral Spray

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Petitgrain
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Safety Warning

Before using this diy body spray, make sure to do a patch test of the spray on the inside of your arm to make sure that you don't react to the ingredients.

There are some essential oil spray recipes online recommending using isopropyl alcohol as the base. Some think that is safe to do so since it evaporates quickly.

I think alcohol is too drying for repeated skin use and is especially best to use on a large area and also not a great idea to expose yourself to that much rubbing alcohol on a potentially daily basis.

Recipe Notes

Make sure to use only pure essential oils for this and any other project using essential oils. I recommend avoiding the use of fragrance oils, which are known to contain artificial fragrances, many of which have known associate health concerns. For more information on this, read this post on the dangers of artificial fragrances.

While there are different ways to emulsify essential oils, not all are as effective as others. This post on emulsifying essential oils goes into some of that information.

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How to Make an Essential Oil Body Spray

This easy homemade essential oil body spray is a great natural alternative to store bought sprays--with multiple other uses as well.
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Cook Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 4 ounces


  • 2 ounces 90 proof vodka (or EverClear)
  • 48 drops essential oil or oil blend of your choice
  • 2 ounces organic witch hazel or hydrosol of choice


  • In spray bottle, combine essential oil (or blend) with vodka.
  • Shake well to dilute.
  • Fill the remainder of the bottle with witch hazel or a hydrosol (for added fragrance).
  • Use as desired, shaking well before each use.
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Other Homemade Natural Personal Care Products

If you like this recipe, you'll love these other DIY personal care products too.

Jojoba Face Wash - make this and find out why washing your face with oil works great
Rose Water Spray - a refreshing spray that's a great part of a simple non-toxic beauty routine
"The Best" Eye Makeup Remover - try it and see why so many love it
Easy Homemade Deodorant - it just is what it says and it works great
Simple Nourishing Hand and Body Lotion - keep your hands and body soft with this easy to make super creamy lotion
Nourishing Sugar Scrub - for baby smooth skin without the high price

Enjoy your homemade spray however you wish to use it.

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