I'm not one to wear perfume, but if you knew me as a teenager, then yes, I had a variety of scents (didn't we all)?! I don't know when it happened (perhaps it correlated with my Crohn's diagnosis) but a few years ago I developed a significant sensitivity to chemical smells, perfumy smells, detergents, hair spray, lotions, those plug-in scent things, shampoos and conditions, you name it. My symptoms are pretty uncomfortable: instant headache, nausea, dizziness, irritability, stomachache ache, lethargy, etc. I can only spend about 30 seconds in one of my favorite stores (Bed Bath and Beyond) before running for the door, desperate for fresh air. Perhaps some of you can relate to this? This all being said, I don't have a problem with essential oils, which is so nice, because I love them. I don't wear them everyday, but I like having this option and some on-hand for when I want a little scent on me. Last week I was browsing around in the health and beauty department at my local Coop and found some body spray (made with essential oils), and it caught my eye. It was a lovely fragrance, lemon, ginger and peppermint. I looked at the ingredients (3 included: essential oils, filtered water, vegetable glycerine). What! That's just too easy!! I have all these at home, so I made my own body spray- and LOVE it. I used one of my favorite smells (patchouli) and also made one with orange. You could go crazy with the combinations, the ideas are endless really. What a fun Mother's Day gift. And this would pair nicely with one of my homemade lotions (see HERE for a list of my lotions).
Homemade Body Spray (with essential oils)
Orange Blossom Body Spray
-1 oz filtered water
-60 to 90 drops essential oil of orange (less or more to your liking)
-1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
Bohemian Momma Patchouli Body Spray
-1 oz filtered water
-1/8 teaspoon essential oil of Tunisian Patchouli (less or more to your liking)
1. Mix ingredients together in small glass spray bottle and shake well. Always shake before using.