Moisturising body spray seems to be a missing link in the cosmetics industry. It makes so much sense and yet so few companies offer one. I guess it’s pretty hard to bottle the rich moisturising properties of a creamy lotion in spray form, but surely it’s not impossible, right? Two of the cosmetic “giants” do offer an in-shower option and a spray option, but both of these are on my “testing” list and so off limits. Therefore, powered by enthusiasm and inspired by a simple recipe over at DIY Natural, I decided to give homemade cosmetics wizardry a try.
Of course enthusiasm only gets you so far. First I had to source the ingredients for this homemade moisturising body spray. Betsy at DIY Natural provides some great US options, but I’m in the UK. While there are no shortage of cosmetic ingredients suppliers (I guess the market has cottoned on to the current DIY trend) there is a shortage of suppliers that are cruelty free. Many state that their own brand products are animal friendly, but there was often a glaring absence of any clear statement around the ingredients. As those of us who buy cruelty free know the devil is in the detail and as I was buying raw ingredients I needed to be extra careful. Thankfully I found Naturally Thinking after some careful research.
Ethical, Cruelty Free, Fair Trade Cosmetic Ingredients
Naturally Thinking is a wonderful site, professional but still true to it’s friendly home-grown roots. I imagine it as a little hidey-hole of lotions, potions & intoxicating aromas. They really stood out from the others in their commitment to sourcing their ingredients directly from their suppliers, offering them fair market prices. They state that “if there isn’t a body such as Fair Trade to regulate these things, then it is up to us to trade fairly without regulation”. They also clearly display their cruelty free, soil association & vegan friendly credentials without the need for you to dig around their site or read between any lines. And if that wasn’t enough they are into recycling and being environmentally friendly too!
[Oh, oh, exciting news … stop press!
While writing this post I just discovered they offer courses & treatments in their Surrey location. I think this calls for a day trip from London pronto. Ahem … back to work.]
Homemade Moisturising Body Spray Ingredients
Making Homemade Moisturising Body Spray
After all my ingredients research (and waiting for delivery) this simple recipe was almost an anti-climax. You really do just throw all the ingredients into the bottle, shake it up and spray. But, for a beginner making their first foray into the world of homemade cosmetics, it is perfect. You don’t need any special equipment because you’re not mixing or heating anything. In fact all you need is a cup and a teaspoon!
I doubled Betsy’s recipe to make a little more than she does. As she suggested, I substituted Rose Water for the distilled water and used a mix of Lavender and Tea Tree oils.
The Results: My Very Own Moisturising Body Spray
As you can see the doubled recipe makes approx. 100ml of spray. I used the larger bottle as my intention is to use the smaller one for travelling (airline sized). The smell is lovely but next time I think I will try Lavender : Tea Tree in a 2:1 ratio. It is a little medicinal this time around. I also think I will use the Aloe Vera Gel suggested by Betsy instead of Rose Water, as I suspect this may not be quite moisturising enough for my parched skin. I’ve already popped my little potion into the fridge, all ready for use after my next shower.
How Much Does Homemade Moisturising Body Spray Cost?
So let’s call a spade a spade, sometimes DIY can be more expensive than just going out to buy something. Manufacturers have the luxury of bulk buying but the shelf life of homemade cosmetics can be much shorter than commercial products, ruling bulk buying out as an option. Unless you plan to distribute these to family & friends, is it really cost effective? Let’s find out!
- New Ingredients £14
- Bottles/Caps £1.32
- Delivery £3.95
- Home Ingredients £18.49
Initial Spend: £37.76
- Vegetable Glycerin £0.54
- Vitamin E £0.72
- Rose Floral Water £2.40
- Sweet Almond Oil £0.36
- Tea Tree Essential Oil £0.33
- Lavender Essential Oil £0.32
- Container £0.55
Cost per 100ml Batch (approx. estimate) £5.22
At £5.22 this recipe stacks up against even the low end supermarket moisturisers. The initial outlay is of course much higher but, apart from the Rose Water, I’ll be using the same stash for several batches to come. One way to reduce the cost would be to omit the Rose Water and stick to distilled water, which seems to be around £1 a bottle. Although it looks like I’ll slightly increase my per batch price next time by opting for Aloe Vera gel I’m still keen to give this a try.
Have you had a go at making your own cosmetic products? Do you have any favourite recipes to inspire my next project? Let me know in the comments.