When I think of bath, body, and beauty stores, something in me gets all abuzz! I walk past the stores and see all the beautiful colors, amazing displays, wonderful and artful creations! So I head in with a giddy and excitement that so many girlies get when they embark on a similar body, bath, home quest....
Dizzy, headache, nausea, forehead pressure, that overall heavy feeling. The smells I thought I loved two seconds prior now become obtrusive, overwhelming and sadly I usually have to walk out faster than when I went in.
Situations like this were part of the reason I entered the world of making my own natural lifestyle products. Don't get me wrong... having been a student and lover of science my entire life, I truly am in awe, and am amazed at the chemistry behind some of the products that are out there. They are, however, to someone like me, incredibly toxic.
So, I'm here to impart some information I have acquired over the last few years of this journey. I'd like to show you that you can enjoy some of those scentfully giddy and zestful experiences... without the headache!
DIY Aromatic Spray
You can use this recipe for room spray, body spray, linen spray, almost anything spray! Get creative!
You will need:
2 oz witch hazel water (pharmacy) or vodka
2 oz water (preferably distilled water)
10-20 drops of essential oils of your choice.
Small spray bottle
And that's it! Remember to shake well before use to ensure full mixing of all the oils. They have a tendency to separate.
A few good scent blends:
Lavender + White Grapefruit
Rosemary + Peppermint
Lemon + Lavender
Sweet Orange + Chamomile
Sweet Orange + Mandarin
Peppermint + Lemon
Lavender + Bergamot
If you choose to use this as a body spray, please remember to look up the phototoxic properties of the oil. Phototoxicity means that the chemical constituents of the oil, when exposed to sunlight for a prolonged period of time, absorb the energy of the light and will cause molecular changes to the skin resulting in toxicity, and thus a sunburn.... the results of which can be extremely damaging.
Most of the citrus oils are phototoxic, except for sweet orange and mandarin. Some citrus oils that are steam distilled are not phototoxic, and ones that have certain components removed will be fine, such as bergapten free / furanocoumarin free. But, please, please do the research on these oils before going into the sun. Your skin will thank you!