We made a water based fragrance spray that was incredibly easy (1% poly 20, 1% fragrance oil, 0.5 to 1% preservative, and 97.5% to 98% water), so why are we making something more difficult to do the same thing? Because we can. And because there are different reasons for making a oil based spray.
- It can act as a moisturizer as well - which is a bonus; and
- It will stay on your body longer than a water based mist.
An oil based fragrance spray is just that...it is composed of oil based ingredients. We won't need a preservative as it is oil based, but you will want to add 0.5% to 1% Vitamin E to keep the oils from going rancid (which is the LAST thing you want in a fragrance spray!)
When making a fragrance oil, you will want to use something with a long shelf life, so grapeseed, hempseed, and walnut oil are not good choices. Fragrance based things tend to end up in the back of your cupboard for months on end, and we want them to keep their lovely scent. As well, we want oils that don't really have much of a smell, so choosing olive oil or sunflower oil would probably be a bad idea as well. So we'll want to use light feeling oils with very little natural smell and a long shelf life.
BASIC OIL BASED FRAGRANCE SPRAY
97% fractionated coconut oil or shea oil
2% fragrance oil (if you wish to use essential oils, check the usage rates for your choices...)
1% Vitamin E.
Pour each of the ingredients into a spray bottle, then using sparingly as a wonderful fragrance.
This is a great after bath spray as well, as a note, if you are using fractionated coconut oil (non-staining).
(As a quick note, you probably don't need Vitamin E with either of these two oils as they have long shelf lives. I'm recommending it anyway because you might just end up leaving it at the cabin and not using it for a year and because it gets you in the habit of putting Vitamin E in everything oil based you make!)
Solid perfume is a great way to carry your favourite scent with you in an easy, non-spill container. You can put this recipe into a small pot or a lip balm tube, and use it whenever you need a fragrant pick me up! This is intended to be solid but will melt at body temperature. We're using ingredients that have very little scent of their own.
20% beeswax (use refined for extra non-smelliness)
30% shea or cocoa butter (or a combination of the two - both refined and deodorized)
39% liquid oils (fractionated coconut or shea oil are great choices)
10% fragrance oil
1% Vitamin E
If you want to use essential oils here, please check the safety levels.
If you use only shea butter, you'll want to put this into a pot as it will be soft.
Using 15% cocoa butter or all cocoa butter will make this hard enough to put in a lip balm tube.
Melt everything, except the fragrance oil, in a double boiler until the ingredients are liquid. Remove from the heat and add the fragrance oil. Pour into a lip balm pot or lip balm tube and let set. Give it a funky name that's all your own, and you have a solid perfume!