How to mix your own natural body spray

Essential oil scent combinations for natural body sprayThis recipe only requires you to buy one ingredient, your favorite essential oil scent. You’ve gotta love how simple and quick natural DIY recipes are. I know I do!  Most recipes just involve a quick mix, including this body spray. The trickiest part is deciding on a scent, or scent combination you love, because there are so many natural scents to choose from. That’s why the focus of this post is about guiding you on how to mix your own scent.

Many other recipes I’ve found include alcohol, because it makes scent last longer. However, I do not recommend applying alcohol topically, which is why I’ve excluded it (read why here). I use alcohol in my room spray recipes (coming soon!), as the alcohol is not being applied to the skin. If you know that you will be applying the scent to your clothes (and not skin), then you may choose to include it. Some people choose to use an alcohol dilution (water & alcohol), whereas others choose to make a perfume by only using alcohol (no water). The preferred alcohol to use is a high-proof vodka. The choice is yours.


Essential oils for natural body spray

Lasted me about: 1 month (using every day)

Estimated shelf life: 3 months (if you use distilled water, and store away from direct sunlight).

Remember: Essential oils have a relatively long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with extra to make other recipes, and won’t have to buy it all over again.

*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post. Costs based on the best available prices I’ve personally found.


  • Finding the perfect scent combination you love can take a little bit of experimentation.
  • Offers no antiperspirant action. If this is what you are looking for then I suggest making a natural roll-on (here’s my recipe). Although, if you use the antibacterial oils suggested in my roll-on recipe, then you can make a body spray that will help keep the odour-causing bacteria at bay. 


  • Ability to custom-make scents for yourself/ others.
  • You will benefit from the aromatherapy properties of each essential oil, which can promote concentration, relieve stress, headaches and enhance mood, among many other things. For example, you can make an invigorating spray for the mornings when you are getting ready for work, or a spray that helps you relax when you are stressed, or a blend that helps you concentrate when you study etc.


  • Essential oils:  Are completely natural scents. Each essential oil has it’s own unique properties and aromatherapy benefits. I personally love fresh citrus scents, which is why I’ve chosen to use grapefruit essential oil in my recipe. (Buy organic essential oils here)
  • Distilled water: is a pure water which has a longer shelf life, because it is a less hospitable environment for bacteria to grow. Don’t confuse distilled water for filtered/ spring water. Distilled water is very affordable, and can be found at most pharmacies.

Not sure where to find the best, or the cheapest essential oils? My shopping guide may help you.


If you want to keep things really simple, you could just use one essential oil which has a fragrance you love (preferably a base, or middle note for a longer lasting scent). Alternatively, you could copy/use the scents listed on some of your favorite synthetic products and deodorants. But if you’d like to become more of a perfume fundi, then keep reading. There are two things to consider when blending scents:

  1. Their aromatic category and properties: floral, fresh, citrus etc. Generally, oils in the same category blend well together. If you want to experiment outside of this general rule, the chart below shows which categories blend well with each other.
  2. Their notes: top, middle and base notes. Some essential oils evaporate quicker than others, and this is what determines their “note”. If the oil evaporates quickly, it is a top note, whereas oils which take the longest to evaporate are base notes. If you make a perfume that contains only top notes, the scent will evaporate quickly and not last very long. Generally, it is a good idea to combine at least one top, middle and base note oil for a long lasting fragrance.

So if you don’t want to go wrong, follow this fragrance formula:

Choose 3 essential oils from the same aromatic category, or from categories which blend well together. Select one top note, one middle note and one base note. Mix 30% top note, 50% middle note, 20% base note.

I’ve created a helpful scent combination chart which shows you the aromatic categories and notes of some common essential oils:

essential oil scent combinations chart

 While experimenting you may want to use only 3 drops, 5 drops and 2 drops of the relevant notes mixed together. There will be less waste. Let it stand, and then smell to determine how you feel about it. Some combinations I like to use:

  • Sweet musky fragrance: Grapefruit, neroli and vanilla. (30:50:20)
  • Sweet fragrance: Rosemary and vanilla (50:50)
  • Fresh floral fragrance: Rose geranium and pine. (70:30)
  • Sweet floral fragrance: Lavender, neroli and rose geranium. (30:50:20)
  • Clean, fresh and revitalizing fragrance: Rosemary and peppermint. (70: 30)
  • Deep woodsy fragrance: orange, cinnamon, sandalwood (30:50:20)


Alcohol-free deodorant spray recipe
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  1. 100 ml Distilled water
  2. 50 drops Preferred essential oil combination.
  1. Makes 100ml body spray.
  2. Combine essential oils into the spray bottle you will be using.
  3. Let the oils stand to rest for 24-48 hours. This allows them to combine with each other and enhances the scent.
  4. After allowing the oils to rest, add the distilled water and shake.
  5. Use spray when needed. Store away from direct sunlight to preserve scent and shelf life of spray.
  1. Allowing the oils to rest is not absolutely necessary, but it does yield the best results.
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What is your favorite fragrance or scent combination? Let me know in the comments below.

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5 thoughts on “How to mix your own natural body spray

  1. Michelle says:

    Can you tell me how this chart might compare to a roller blend dilution chart? 30, 50, and 20% are too high for the smaller bottles. I’m still figuring out how all this works so converting this is still a little difficult for me. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hi Michelle. Thank you for your comment. I make my own roller blends too and just see the ratios as drops. So for example, 3 drops (30%), 5 drops (50%) and 2 drops (20%). Just multiply that by how many sets of ten drops you intend to use. So if you want to use 100 drops of fragrance then just multiply my original ratio by ten (i.e. because it’s ten sets of ten, for 50 drops you would multiply my original ratio by 5). So you would use 30 drops, 50 drops and 20 drops. Alternatively, if you want to work with millilitres then keep in mind that on average 20 drops of essential is equal to one millilitre. So if the roller is 10ml, then it can hold about 200 drops! For a 10ml roller, you would use the following millilitre ratio: 3ml, 5ml and 2ml. I hope that helps, and that I haven’t confused you further? Maybe you can tell me how many millilitres your roller is, and then I can help you with exact quantities?

  2. Chelsea says:

    Can you tell me where indigenous South African EOs fit on that chart? I have Cape May, but there are others like Cape Geranium, Buchu, etc. I’d like to use them in mixes but have no idea what ‘notes’ they have.

    • Natural Nerd says:

      Hello again Chelsea =)

      Gosh, I never thought to include indigenous EOs! But what a terrific idea – I will make a note to redo my chart. In the meantime, I can help you with the EOs you mentioned.

      Cape May = Herby – Middle/Top note (Blends particularly well with floral notes and some herby notes like basil and clary sage)
      Buchu = Minty/Herby – Base note (Blends well with woodsy and citrusy)
      Cape Geranium = Same as chart.

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