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How to Make a Body Spray Using Homemade Scented Lotion

I have worked as a beauty therapist, a freelance makeup artist, and a retail store manager for a fashion, beauty, and crafts store.

How to Make Scented Body Spray Out of Scented Body Lotion.

How to Make Scented Body Spray Out of Scented Body Lotion.

Products Can Be Used in a Variety of Ways

One of the most fascinating discoveries I have made with beauty products is how many different ways I can use them. I have found that the purpose of a product may be changed or enhanced. For example, I have turned eyeshadows into cream blushes and have used them as eyeliner.

Using multi-use products is really cost-effective because it saves you time, money, and clutter. If you look around your home and garden, you will find products or even simple ingredients that can be used in many different ways.

Body Sprays and Lotions

Lotion keeps our skin well-nourished, moisturized, and soft without being overly oily. Many lotions also have an SPF factor for protection against the sun’s harmful rays. This is an important feature to look for when purchasing, unless you wear a separate sunblock.

I love using scented body lotions in the warm summer months and for travelling. For summer, body sprays are lovely because they are lightweight. You can use one first thing in the morning after a shower or at night before bed. They provide freshness, a light fragrance, and a lovely tingling sensation. Instead of using perfume or a light cologne, you can use a body spray as it provides fragrance, but in a more subtle way.

You can make a lotion spray using your favorite scented lotion. It's an excellent way of layering your fragrance, and it makes the scent last longer.

Scented Body Spray Recipe

You Will Need:

  • Empty spray bottle (recycle one or buy one)
  • Scented body lotion
  • Boiling water
  • Cold tap water (or bottled water)


  1. Fill your spray bottle about 1/3 full of body lotion.
  2. Carefully pour boiling water until the jar is half full.
  3. Fill the top of the bottle with cold tap water or bottled water.
  4. Put on the nozzle cap and give it a good shake to mix the spray evenly.

You can use this spray more liberally than traditional perfume, but overusing it is not recommended because the ingredients may lead to skin irritations, and the scent can be overwhelming to others.

Applying Body Spray

Apply the spray directly onto your skin after a shower or bath when the skin is warm and the pores are open.

  1. Apply a light layer of lotion, paying special attention to the pulse points on your body.
  2. Then, at a distance of approximately 12 inches, spray a liberal amount of the DIY body spray.

Store the spray out of direct sunlight and in an upright position. Do not keep it in the bathroom or in a place with a lot of moisture.

Body Lotion Recipe

You Will Need:

  • 16 oz of baby lotion
  • 8 oz of vitamin E cream
  • 8 oz of coconut oil (solid form)
  • 80 drops of an essential oil of your choice (optional)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula
  • Handheld electric mixer
  • Four 8oz screw cap lids and jars (Mason jars are ideal. Or recycle jars, but make sure they are sterilized.)


  1. Add the lotion, vitamin E, and coconut oil into the bowl.
  2. Beat with an electric mixer until the consistency is like icing.
  3. Add the drops of essential oil and mix gently with the spatula as you go.
  4. This mixture is enough for 4 jars.
  5. If you want to use it in a pump dispenser, check out "How to Make Your Own Mason Jar Dispenser."

Note: 1 jar = 4 oz of baby lotion, 2 oz of coconut oil, and 2 oz of vitamin E cream. Add 10-20 drops of essential oil, if needed.

Tips and Ideas

  • Use organic ingredients, if possible. Try to use products that are free of parabens, chemicals, and synthetic fragrances.
  • Make sure to read the labels carefully. Some ingredients are dangerous.
  • You can split the body lotion recipe into four and give each batch a different fragrance. Lavender, bergamot, sandalwood, and rose are all popular favorites!
  • These cute lotion jars make greats gifts for family and friends.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway


rasha elshamy on July 29, 2017:

interested article

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 2013:

Glad you enjoyed this Thelma! I loved this easy transformation idea and really helps save on body lotion. Have fun giving it a go as I KNOW you will. LOL

Appreciate your votes and pinning greatly my friend. Hope you are keeping well and enjoying settling back into German life after your time "at home". Have a good one this weekend!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 27, 2013:

How did I miss this? Well, it seems that you write faster than I can read, LOL. This is another awesome DIY, Suzie. I´ll be trying this one, too. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, interesting and pinned. Have a lovely weekend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 31, 2013:

Hi livingsta,

Great to have you stop by! So happy to see you enjoyed this and found it interesting and useful and here's hoping you give this a try! Many thanks for votes and sharing, Happy Easter!

livingsta from United Kingdom on March 31, 2013:

Great ideas here Suzie. Thank you for sharing. will definitely try them later as they are so simple and worth having!

Votes up and sharing!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 31, 2013:

Hi Sam,

Appreciate you checking this out! It is a great way of stretching your body lotions and making it into a handy little product ideal for on the move or travelling. Enjoy giving it a go!

Samantha Harris from New York on March 30, 2013:

Wow this is so interesting! I have a few lotions I'd love to try this with.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 25, 2013:


Thanks for dropping in here. The water dilutes the body lotion into more of a mist which I find useful and works even though it is a lighter application. Appreciate your input as always!

Claudia Porter on March 25, 2013:

This is interesting. I would have thought the water would break down the lotion and change the chemistry some how.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 18, 2013:

Hi Kathryn,

Many thanks for stopping by! I have been similar pinning all my fav hubs to revisit and make or take info out of them. My hub Great Spa Treatments is a bit of an index with many of my homemade ones but feel free to pop in whenever takes your fancy for any recipes you would want to try out. Well done in buying a mask brush, containers and ingredients, I look forward to hearing how it goes for you! Many thanks for all your interest here, it is so much appreciated from you! Great to know my work is being of interest to you.

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on March 18, 2013:

This is so simple, and I will definitely be doing it! I have a body lotion that I really like the scent of, so I will use that.

Earlier I spent time sending myself (through e-mail) a big list of links that I am interested in, from the list of hubs I have read in the months I have been here. Since you have so many of these pampering spa type homemade items, I didn't bother adding them individually. Instead, when I want to find something out on this subject, I will come straight to your page. I know I won't lose you!

I also bought a mask brush, and a few containers the other day, as well as ingredients for some of your homemade goodies, so in the next week or two I am trying quite a few of them out. I'm excited about it! And now I have one more thing to make- the body spray! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 17, 2013:

Hi Tammy,

Happy Patrick's Day my friend! Thanks so much for dropping by, glad this was interesting for you and hope you give this a try sometime! Cheers!

Tammy from North Carolina on March 17, 2013:

I didn't know this could be made at home. I love this idea. Excellent hub!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 17, 2013:

Hi Rose,

Many thanks delighted you found this interesting and are keen to try it. It is an easy way of changing one product into another.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 16, 2013:

What a great technique! I had no idea that this was possible. How wonderful to be able to create your own matching scents. I'll have to give this a try sometime.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:

Hi Rececca,

So simple but so handy and quick! So glad you enjoyed! Ideal for keeping a small travel size in your bag of body spray and you don't use all your lotion either. Good way of using up a lotion you may not use much or is fragrance free. Add some essential oil and your plain lotion is transformed. Appreciate your interest and comments as always :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

Many thanks for votes and support as always! Have a great weekend!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:

Hi Carol,

Many thanks! Yes liquid soap may be made no problem. I will check out a few recipes that may be tweaked with your glycerin bar. Do you think it would pump through a dispenser as it is? If so, try it in an old one or buy an empty one or make your own with the link in this hub at the end. Meanwhile I will check a few thing and come back to you! Appreciate your votes etc . . . your sharing is so apppreciated , have a fun weekend!!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 16, 2013:

Very good technique to know! I have several body lotions with lovely scents. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

Eiddwen from Wales on March 16, 2013:

Interesting and useful.


carol stanley from Arizona on March 16, 2013:

fabulous...Love this. I cannot wait for your next beauty idea....How simple they all are....and your instructions are great. Is there a way to make liquid soup. We made some soup with glycerine and it is neither hard or liquid...thanks as always SuzieHQ..Voting up, sharing, pinning, tweeting and sharing on facebook friends....

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:

Hi MissJamieD,

Delighted you are a fan of body spray! making a travel size is perfect for your bag! Have fun trying it out and many thanks for your votes and shares, that's so good of you!

MissJamieD from Minnes-O-ta on March 16, 2013:

This is awesome I love making things from scratch! And I always carry body spray with me everywhere I go. I also love good, scented lotions so I adore this hub! Thanks so much for sharing! Voted up and awesome

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:

Hi Jeannie,

Great to see you, how cool you are a fan of body products! Hope you have fun trying this out and experimenting :-)

Cheers for the interest!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Many thanks for your lovely comments, hope you do give it a try! Yes, all action going on here and all around the country as always! Always great to see the huge American contingent visiting especially for the celebrations. Hopefully they will enjoy the crazy goings on and the Irish craic! have a good one too Bill! Slainte (Cheers, good health)

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on March 16, 2013:

This is so awesome! I am obsessed with bath and body products. I am going to do this. Thanks for the info!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 16, 2013:

Hi Suzie. Another great addition to you DIY series. Will certainly pass this on and may even give it a try. Enjoy St. Paddy's Day, it must be quite the celebration there. Will share this around the social media, vote up, etc...

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 16, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

Many thanks for your visit and so glad you enjoyed and will pass on! I appreciate it greatly, have a great weekend, St Partick's Day weekend!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 16, 2013:

I have some friends who prefer to make their own body spray and lotion. I'm going to share these tips with my friends on social media.

Suzie, have a wonderful weekend.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 15, 2013:

Hi Sharkye,

Lovely to see you, delighted to hear you will be trying this out, I am sure you will find it great. I love light scents particularly citrus and floral but not too flowery. Also love the heavier musky ones or orientals for night. I am just a diva for fragrance so have had to look at making them to save cash and be more skin friendly. Cheers for popping in!

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on March 15, 2013:

That sounds wonderful. I like something with a light scent. I always spray my cologne into baby lotion and then apply to keep the scent evenly distributed and less cloying.

It gets very hot here in the summer and a heavy cologne can become obnoxious! I am definitely going to try this tomorrow! Thanks for the idea!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on March 15, 2013:

Hi Bill,

Yes it is all hours (04.57am) and no I haven't been to bed! Had a doze earlier but wanted to write, not tired so here I am. Thanks for reading my friend as always, you have a great St Patrick's Day, celebrate your Irishness my friend and I'l be thinking of you!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 15, 2013:

What the heck time is it there? Do you guys ever sleep?

I shall pass this on to Bev, who will be most grateful. Have a wonderful weekend my friend.