In this post, Oil based sprays and perfumes, Jo asks: I'm fairly certain you've answered this question above, but I'm a newbie to all this and I made some body mists using a combination of essential oils, aloe, almond oil, witch hazel and hydrosols and I ended up with major seperation. Can i tip it all into a larger container and add solubiser to fix it? I'd really hate to waste what I've made - any advice woukd be awesome.
Also, do you do classes? It's so refreshing to find someone who truly understands this stuff.
To answer the last question first, yes, I do! I teach classes in spring, autumn, and fall at Voyageur Soap & Candle. Normally I teach back to basics (anhydrous products), hair care products, facial products, lotion making 101, and advanced lotion making, but I think we're adding a gel making class as well this fall. (These relate to the e-books I have written on each topic...)
I have plans to do some on-line courses and videos, but these are still a while off. For now, I encourage you to check out the newbie section for tutorials for all kinds of things, like lotions, whipped butters, and conditioners!
But back to your question, unfortunately, no, there's really no saving it at this point. Normally we would take the oil soluble ingredients like essential oils and almond oil and mix that together at a 1:1 ratio with a solubilizer like polysorbate 80, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, Caprol Micro Express, or PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, to name a few possibilities, before adding it to your product. (It isn't always perfect at a 1:1 ratio, but that's a starting point.) Then add it to the water part of your product.
At this point, you can try adding enough solubilizer to cover how much oil soluble ingredients you've added already and see what happens, but my experience has been that this probably won't work. But it's better to try than to throw it all away. At the very least, you've learned what not to do next time!
As an aside, when we make anything containing water, we must use an appopriate preservative. Check out the preservatives section to see the comparison chart for some ideas for what you could use here.