Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Men's products: Scented body sprays

If you believe the ads, choosing the right body spray can cause women to become hopelessly enamoured by you or improve your career, so this might be the most important product you've ever made!

If you're looking for an anhydrous product that will also moisturize your skin, I'd suggest starting with this body oil with esters recipe. I love this recipe - it feels really silky and sinks in very well. It's suitable for all parts of your body, including your face as the ingredients are all non-comedogenic. And if you include the C12-15 alkyl benzoate, you'll have a fragrance fixative as well, so the fragrance will remain all day long (and into the morning, because I can smell it on my pillow in the morning when I use my hand lotion!)

30% cetearyl ethylhexanoate
23% C12-15 alkyl benzoate
45% capric/caprylic triglycerides
1% to 2% fragrance oil (I used white tea & ginger!)

Get a spray bottle. Add all the ingredients. Use. Rejoice.

If you don't have all these fancy esters, then consider making an oil based body spray (click the link for ideas on modifying this product).

98.5% light to medium oil
1% fragrance oil
0.5% Vitamin E

Get a spray bottle. Weigh the ingredients into the bottle. Label, use. Rejoice!

If you're looking for a water based fragrance spray, this one is a good place to start and it's super easy!

1% fragrance oil
1% polysorbate 20
97.5% water
0.5% to 1% preservative

Note: Because you're using polysorbate 20, paraben based preservatives are not appropriate in this mixture as non-ionic ingredients can de-activate them.

Mix the fragrance oil and polysorbate 20 together. Pour into a bottle. Add the water and preservative and rejoice!

If you want to make the fragrance stick around longer, consider adding some dipropylene glycol at up to 2%! It'll act as a humectant and a fragrance fixative!

Join me tomorrow for fun making body washes!


theselightfootsteps.com said...

Thank you for your wonderful blog!

I am wondering what preservative you recommend for water-based spritzers (or if you could point me in the direction of a previous blog about this).

I also am wondering if the common tendency to add witch hazel extract to a water-based spritzer (one with 14% alcohol) would work as a preservative. If so, what percent of the formula would need to be witch hazel extract?

Thank you!

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi theselightfootsteps! If you look at the right hand side of the page under "links to lists", you'll see an entire section devoted to preservatives with a chart for ease of comparisons. As for witch hazel, it's not a preservative, so I'm not sure why someone is using it in that way. It is a great ingredient for skin, but not a preservative.

Christine Cassella said...

I think it's not the witch hazel so much as the alcohol that is in witch hazel extract that is being used for its preservative properties. I'm sure there's some % alcohol that will work as a preservative, but I'm looking for some better numbers. I'll keep looking!

Thanks for your help.

Christine Cassella said...

And thanks for the link to the chart! That is a great resource!

Christina said...

Hi Susan
I want to do a water based body spray.
What could I add to help micas distribute well and
Hopefully not clog the sprayer?
Thank you

Christina said...

Hi Susan
How can I add micas to a water based body spray without clogging the sprayer?
Big shops have them all of the time for sale, and they don't clog

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Christina! I don't know if you can make this without clogging the sprayer.

Ann Mcleod said...

Hi Susan,

Thank you for your blog.
I've got a quick question, can I use glycerin or alcohol instead of polysorbate 20 as a Soluable?

I would like to make some water based body sprays and don't have polysorbate 20 at home.

Thank you

Ann :-)

Susan Barclay-Nichols said...

Hi Ann. No, neither of those are solubilizers, so they won't work to emulsify the oils. You can check out some other solubilizers I list on the blog: Just look up the word "solubilizers" or do a search for solubilizers.

Jenn B said...

Hi Susan! Firstly, how have I ever gotten along in life before I found your blog? I've learned more in the last few days of devouring your content, than I have in the months prior cobbling together information from various places! Many, many thanks! My questions are regarding the basic water based fragrance spray above, 1. I have Polysorbate 80, would I use the same percentage as you have for Polysorbate 20? 2. How do you determine whether to use Polysorbate or caprylyl/capryl glucoside as the solubilizer? Is one better than the other? 3. And lastly, can extracts, antioxidants, and/or small amounts of oils (for the benefit of skin & hair) be added? In essence, I want to make a water-based fragrance spray with a few features beneficial for skin & hair. Thank you so much!