How to Make Your Own Spa Spritzers and Room Sprays
Let’s have a little fun, shall we? Spa Spritzers – the name I created for a body spray at a spa-themed party – and room sprays are easy, enjoyable ways to alter the scent of a room and yourself. You can customize the scent for you and your family with water and a few essential oils. Make a small amount to try, or a large amount to share.
First, here’s the basic recipe and instructions:
Spa Spritzer and Room Spray
1. Pour a little water in a clean, empty spray bottle.
2. Add a few drops of essential oils.
3. Fill bottle most of the way with water.
4. Shake and spritz.
5. Do you like the scent? Adjust – one drop at a time – until you do.
6. Twirl in the mist, eyes closed, and enjoy!
Now, let’s talk a little more in-depth. There are many ways to scent your home and yourself. Personally, I get a headache (or worse) with many commercial scents. So, I make my own products. I have control over the ingredients and have learned what works for me – and what doesn’t.
Since 1993, I have been working with and learning about essential oils. I can recall exactly where I was when I purchased my first essential oils – in a beauty supply store in San Diego where they offered small Tisserand brand sets. I purchased two sets of five tiny vials (1/32 oz) each. The essential oils came with suggestions on how to use them. Oh, what fun I had playing with these! I wanted to learn more. Since I didn’t have access to the worldwide web back then, I devoured books and talked to people.
Essential oils are highly concentrated plant oils. Generally, they are safer than “fragrance oils”, but even nature can hurt us. Take care and use caution – essential oils are dispensed in drops for a reason. Look up each essential oil before use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a chronic condition, such as epilepsy. Skip any oils from plants you are allergic to…it isn’t worth the risk. In order to reduce risk, I periodically change my ingredients and take breaks from each essential oil.
The beauty of homemade room sprays is they do not contain chemical preservatives. Essential oils in water will last awhile before growing any mold or other icky things. How long? Somewhere between a month and a year, in my experience. It depends on so many variables. I tend to make a new scent each month (skipping a month here and there) and use glass bottles that hold one to four ounces with plastic mister tops. In general, I use dark glass bottles for homemade items to keep the light out and help preserve the product. However, for room sprays, I prefer clear glass so I can keep an eye on the contents for any growth and as a visual reminder to use it up. Essential oils will “eat” plastic over time. Technically, it is a chemical reaction between the petroleum used to make the plastic and the essential oils.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes to get you started. Enjoy!
Sweet Dreams Room Spray for Kids
This is great for helping little ones fall asleep. My daughter closes her eyes and begs me to spray her and her bed. If your child is afraid of monsters or anything else at bedtime, then call it something else (such as Monster Spray) and have your child help you make it and spray the monster-lurking areas before bed. Be sure to add a fun label!
- 2 drops Orange, sweet essential oil (cheerful, calming, and mildly sedative)
- 1 drop Chamomile, Roman essential oil (soothing, calming, and sedative)*
- 2 ounces water (tap water is fine)
- Spray bottle (any size your child can use)
*If you wish to use this spray often, alternate Roman Chamomile and Lavender essential oils.
Original Spa Spritzer
I created this body spray for my daughter’s spa birthday party. The girls loved it! The scent is sunny and refreshing…uplifting and comforting.
- 1 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract (base note & preservative)**
- 5 drops Grapefruit, pink essential oil (top note)
- 4 drops Orange, sweet essential oil (top note)
- 1 drop Bergamot essential oil (top-to-middle note)
- 1 drop Lavender essential oil (middle-to-top note)
- About 2 ounces water (I used distilled water for the party and filtered water since.)
- Two-ounce fine-mist spray bottle (I used colored plastic bottles for the party and glass since.)
**I make my own vanilla extract. Slice a vanilla bean lengthwise and cut into sections shorter than the jar. Place the bean pieces into a dark glass jar and cover completely with vodka. Shake weekly. You can start using it as soon as you like. I have been happy with one bean in two ounces of vodka. I used vodka in this recipe on purpose, as a preservative, since I wouldn’t have any control over when the girls used it up or tossed it out. These girls were too old to drink something like this accidentally and too young to want to drink vodka.
Feel Good Room Spray
This is positively divine!
- 2 drops Rose essential oil or Rose absolute (uplifting, aphrodisiac, antidepressant)***
- 1 drop Bergamot essential oil (uplifting, antidepressant, refreshing)
- 1 drop Lavender essential oil (balancing, calming, soothing, and so much more)
- 4 ounces water (tap water is fine)
- Four-ounce spray bottle (glass is best)
***True steam-distilled Rose essential oil is quite expensive. I use Bulgarian Rose absolute blend where the flowers are grown organically and the rose oil is solvent extracted, which yields a higher volume and a more rose-like scent, and then diluted in fractionated coconut oil (unscented). It becomes more affordable without compromising quality. It is good for perfumery and emotional healing, which is perfect in room sprays. I use steam-distilled Rose essential oil in my skin products. For a room spray of similar scent at a much lower cost, you could substitute Palmarosa essential oil (antiseptic, releases anger and grief) or Geranium essential oil (antidepressant, balances emotions) in place of the rose oil. Check Latin names when purchasing essential oils.
Love Potion Spa Spritzer
I first used this essential oil combination to scent an unscented liquid crystal deodorant and WHOA! Talk about an aphrodisiac! Oooh la la… Consider yourself warned.
- 1 drop Ylang Ylang essential oil (base note)
- 3 drops Orange, sweet essential oil (top note)
- 1 ounce water (filtered water or distilled is best)
- 1 ounce spray bottle (glass is best)
Antiseptic Room Spray
Use this as an air spray when illness strikes your household. It smells way better than Lysol and you’ll know exactly what you are using. Clean and disinfect counters, doorknobs, light switches, and other hard surfaces with it, too, using a clean cloth. I avoid wood and electronics and lightly mist sofa cushions and mattresses. This particular recipe lasts nearly a year and still works well and smells good. Must be all those antiseptic essential oils!
- 3 drops Lemon essential oil (antiseptic, deodorizing, invigorating)
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil (antiseptic, healing, balancing, and so much more)
- 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil (powerful antiseptic against bacteria, fungi, and viruses; powerful immunostimulant)
- 1 drop Eucalyptus radiata essential oil (antiseptic, decongestant, immunostimulant)
- 1 drop Rosemary essential oil (antiseptic, aids breathing, cleansing)
- 3 cups water (tap water is fine)
- Spray bottles (divide amongst rooms or share with friends)
When creating room sprays, I use my oldest essential oils and I am not as concerned about top quality oils. (I do not use ANY oil that smells rancid or “off”. Ever.) By contrast, when I make a body or face product that is going to sink into my skin in higher concentration, I use my freshest and highest quality ingredients. Your body and home, your choice. My three favorite online shops for these types of products are (in alphabetical order): Camden-Gray, Mountain Rose Herbs, and Nature’s Gift. In addition to those sites (and others), my personal reference library includes: Aromatherapy an A-Z by Patricia Davis, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Worwood, Healing Home Spa by Valerie Cooksley, Practical Aromatherapy by Penny Rich, and Seasons of Aromatherapy by Paula Bousquet & Judith Fitzsimmons. In nearly 20 years of studying essential oils, I have found many authors contradict each other. It adds a new challenge to learning. I cross-reference several sources and use my own intuition to guide me.
Have fun making your own room sprays and spa spritzers!
Karin Rose is an instructor, freelance writer, and woman of many interests. Her first published body care recipe, a face serum, was featured in December 2011 on Spa Week Daily – Spa Foodie: Karin Rose’s DIY Face Serum Recipe. She is married to the love of her life and enjoys being a mother, volunteer, and a student of life. When she is not smearing her concoctions on herself and loved ones, she can be found teaching others how to make their own body care products and selling her handcrafted goods to clients. Her favorite quote comes from Mother Theresa, “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”