DIY Body & Linen Spray

A popular bath and body store sells 4 ounces of Lavender Vanilla body spray for $15.00. You can make your own body & linen spray for less than $1.00, unless you need to buy a bottle, then it may cost you $2.00. :) I use this as my perfume and as a linen spray for my pillow at night. I have also made different scents for air fresheners in the bathroom and boys’ bedrooms.

So, why bother making your own, aside from the crazy savings? Because you know what is in it….and what isn’t in it. Many sprays contain “fragrance”, which is as specific as it gets. The Environmental Working Group‘s Cosmetics Database has classified “Fragrance” as a moderate health concern. They say: “The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.” (Read more here).

If you make your own, you can use a natural essential oil for scent, or purchase a fragrance oil from a supplier that does not include ingredients like phthalates in it. The CDC says that “human health effects from exposure to low levels of phthalates are unknown. Some types of phthalates have affected the reproductive system of laboratory animals. More research is needed to assess the human health effects of exposure to phthalates”. My translation: we AREĀ animals, we ARE affected. The CDC also says that research has found that adult women have higher levels of urinary metabolites than men for those phthalates that are used in soaps, body washes, shampoos, cosmetics, and similar personal care products.

We can reduce this exposure by choosing our products carefully. So, if I know I can easily reduce my exposure to harmful ingredients and save money at the same time–I’m in. :)

And yes, I made labels. I’m neurotic. I can’t help myself.

THE RECIPE: Body & Linen Spray

Makes 8 ounces

6 ounces distilled water
1.5 ounces rubbing alcohol
3/8 ounce essential oil (about 2 1/4 tsp)

1. Mix ingredients together. Shake before use since the oil and water will separate after sitting still.

I buy my essential oils and bottles from Wholesale Supplies Plus. They do not pay me to send you their way. I’ve been very pleased with them for many years and their synthetic fragrances, if you choose those, do not have phthalates or California Prop 65 reportable ingredients.

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  1. Mel

    Your posts are remarkable. I don’t know how you find the time.

    1. hello2mello (Post author)

      This one seriously takes 5 minutes. I just whipped up 3 bottles tonight for teacher gifts. The house smelled great! :)

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