DIY Body Splash

Back in the day...("the day" being junior high)
...it was really cool to collect different flavors of body splashes from the wildly popular Bath & Body Works store. Remember? I was a little bit obsessed with them at one point and probably had 4-5 at any one time to choose from!

I've never really been a big perfume person. It always gave me a headache if it was too strong and I could never really find a scent I wanted to commit to. I really liked body splashes because the scent wasn't overpowering and it would wear off more quickly than real perfume.

Since using oils, I've discovered my perfume sensitivity is actually a sensitivity to synthetic scented substances, but pure plant extracts don't bother me at all. I'm still not 100% committed to a scent (let's face it I usually smell like a lot of different oils), but I do have one that I wear most often and I still think it smells so heavenly I can't even stand it.

It is an oil called Abundance and it is a blend of:

Orange (Citrus sinesis), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), clove (Syzygium aromaticum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) and spruce (Picea mariana).
Image Courtesy of Young Living Essential Oils on Flickr.com

So the other day, I was reminiscing about body splash because I found an old one in our linen closet. It was some weird pear scent that I didn't even like, and then I had an a-ha moment! 

I poured the entire contents of the bottle down the drain without even one tinge of guilt (bye toxins!) and washed the bottle and spray nozzle out really well with hot hot water. Then I made the following recipe:

DIY BODY SPLASH

1 8oz spray bottle (new or used, plastic or glass is fine)
4oz purified water
4oz witch hazel
20 drops Abundance (or your favorite EO)

Combine all into your spray bottle and give it a good shake until mixed. 
Spritz on when you want a light mist of scent! 

Image courtesy of Felipe Ernesto at Flickr.com

Since there aren't any added emulsifiers in this, it will start to separate and the oil will rise to the top. Whenever you want to use, just shake really well for a few seconds and the oils and water/witch hazel will mix again. 

I LOVE having this on hand when I want a refresh right before I walk out the door. I had completely stopped using body splash a few years ago when I started rethinking all of my beauty products because I knew they were basically breathing in toxins. But having something handy and pre-made to use as a quick perfume spritz is so nice and convenient! 

If you'd like more information about Abundance oil, or are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, please send me an email at hbshanks@gmail.com or send me a message on facebook. I'd love to share more with you!