Snowed in for two weeks, I ran out of the one thing I didn’t think about when I was stocking up. My favorite vanilla-scented body mist spray. It’s one thing to be a farmer. It’s another thing to be a farmer who doesn’t smell good.
I like to smell like cookies.
I love my vanilla-scented spray.
I was OUT. And no trip to Wal-Mart in sight.
So I looked at the back of the bottle. You know what’s in there? Mostly alcohol, water, and fragrance. Fragrance as in–vanilla!!!!!!!
HELLO! I have VANILLA. In spades.
A simple body mist can be made out of distilled water and fragrance oils or extracts. You can also add vodka or witch hazel, though if you’re using a homemade vodka-based extract (like vanilla) it’s not necessary. You’re likely to already have vanilla extract in your kitchen, or maybe orange, lemon, or peppermint. Whatever you want! You can even make your own fruit-scented extracts by soaking peach or apple peels etc in vodka if that’s the scent you’re after. You can use essential oils, too, for other scents. But me, I just wanted vanilla. And I’ve got it! I don’t have any A, C, or aloe as the storebought version touts, but I think I can live without it in a pinch. The storebought version also contains food coloring–why am I spraying food coloring on myself?
I took my empty 2-ounce bottle, filled it almost to the top with distilled water, added a teaspoon of vanilla–bit by bit. I wasn’t sure how much I would want.
You can add as much as you like–just add by increments, shake it up, spray it to test, and keep going till it suits you. You can add a few drops of glycerin if you have it–it will make the spray last longer and act as a moisturizer. I don’t have any glycerin onhand. This is a small bottle and won’t take long to use up, so I’m skipping that this time. I’m snowed in. I’ll try glycerin later.
How simple is this? It’s ridiculous. Can you believe they have the nerve to SELL this for MONEY at the STORE?! This is easy to make at home–and you can make it just how you like it. Experiment and be creative. This is practically free!
Adding one more thing to my “never buy at the store again” list.
This would make a great gift, too–I reused a bottle, but you can get new, plain little spray bottles for gift-giving purposes. Make your own label. Tie with some raffia or ribbon and put it in a basket with homemade candles…and that homemade soap we’re gonna make!