Store bought fragrances can be pretty nasty stuff. Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested 17 popular perfumes and colognes and reported an average of 14 mystery chemicals, with some brands containing as many as 24! Thanks to a legal loophole, fragrance companies don't have to disclose what is in their recipes. Meanwhile, 66% of the chemicals that EWG found are not tested for safety.
Rather than spend the big bucks to scent yourself with untested chemicals, why no make your own, personalized bottle of perfume or cologne? It's cheap and easy. I've been whipping up spray scents for myself and my husband for years, and not only is it great to know exactly what we're spraying on ourselves, we save a bundle! You just need a few simple supplies:
- A 2 oz. spray bottle. You can clean and reuse one that's already in the cabinet, find one in the travel section of your local drugstore, or order online.
- Rubbing alcohol
- Your favorite essential oil. My husband is a big fan of Aura Cacia's Meditation oil. I tend to go for Egyptian musk or a rosemary and lavendar blend. It's fun to mix and match to find the fragrance that suits you!
Put 40-60 drops of oil into your spray bottle, top off with the alcohol, and give it a good shake to combine. That's it! You're ready to add a little fragrance to your day.
Do any of you guys make your own fragrances with essential oils? I'd love to hear about the scent combos you come up with!
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