This easy homemade body spray is made entirely of dry oils infused with lovely herbs and flowers. You’ll be surprised how easy this is to make at home!
Can you feel Spring is in the air?
Okay, so maybe we’re not quite there yet.
But the first rays of sun have started to appear, the snow has started to melt and the days are getting longer.
And I can tell you one thing. My skin is NOT ready.
After months of being covered in layers of scratchy fabric, taking long hot baths and only taking care of my skin from the neck up, the skin on my arms and legs has started to feel dehydrated and itchy.
And with temperatures climbing, a lotion bar isn’t what I’m looking for right now.
And that’s how I decided I wanted to make my own dry body spray this season.
This DIY spray is entirely made of oils. This way you don’t have to make an emulsion or add a preservative to this homemade body spray.
To prevent your skin from turning into an oil slick, it’s important to choose the right carrier oil and the right method to apply the spray onto your skin.
Not every plant-based oil has the same feel on the skin. There are many wonderful options you can choose from. I’ve noticed that choosing your favorite skin oil is very personal, and can be different for everyone.
The amount of oil you use is also important.
The way you apply your DIY dry oil makes all the difference.
I received this oil spray bottle from Renewalize to try and I immediately knew I wanted to use it to make a body spray.
The bottle comes with a special pump cap that pumps the oil to the top of the nozzle and makes the oil easy to spray.
I was surprised how fine the mist is.
It leaves a very fine layer on your skin that you can then spread out with the palms of your hands.
The effect you get is much more even and subtle than what you’d get with any regular spray bottle I’ve tried.
Do you want to see how I made my DIY dry body spray?
Let’s Pick a Base Oil
First we’ll pick a carrier oil as the base for our body oil.
Known as the ‘liquid wax’, the consistency of jojoba oil is very close to the natural sebum of your skin. Just like a wax it will leave a protective layer on the area you apply it, keeping it moisturized.
Sweet almond oil
A good pick for dry skin types. Sweet almond oil will be a little bit slower to sink into your skin, but it’s a great moisturizer for dry and dehydrated skin types.
Fractionated coconut oil
Unlike its unrefined friend, fractionated coconut oil will always stay liquid at room temperature. This gives you the best of coconut oil and at the same time it’s easier to spray and doesn’t leave a greasy film behind.
Unexpectedly this has become one of my favorite body oils, as it feels very lightweight on the skin. This is the oil I used for my DIY dry body oil spray.
Infusing oils with herbs and flowers
Instead of using essential oils I wanted to make an infused oil. By infusing an oil you can extract some of the properties of the flowers into the oil, including its scent.
The material you infuse your oil with should be completely dry.
Always use good quality dried herbs or flowers.
You can find them online or at your organic supermarket or farmer’s market. Make sure that they are labeled as cosmetic or food grade before you buy.
Lavender buds are very fragrant and smell delicious!
Calendula infused oils are a popular choice for homemade eczema remedies as it’s said to have anti-inflammatory properties and can soothe itchy skin.
Dried rose petals or rose buds look so pretty floating in the oil!
To make my dry body oil I used the hot infusion method.
Hot Method to Infuse Oils
- Heat water in a medium sauce pan on your stove. Place a melting pot (double boiler insert) or smaller saucepan on top.
- Add about 1/4 cup dry flowers to the top of the double boiler. Pour 1/2 cup of carrier oil on top.
- Keep the water to a simmer. Add more water if it start to evaporate.
- Let the oil infuse between 2 to 6 hours. The longer you leave the oil, the stronger the infusion will be.
- Cover a separate container with a fine mesh sieve, cheese cloth or coffee filter. Pour the oil on top to strain the oil. You should only have oil left in your container.
- 1/4 cup dried rose buds or petals
- 1/2 cup fractionated coconut oil
- Oil misting bottle
- Use the hot infusion method described above to infuse the fractionated coconut oil with the dried rose buds.
- Strain the oil in a separate container until there's only oil left.
- Pour the oil into the spray bottle. Use a small funnel to avoid spilling.