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Who doesn’t love a zesty citrus scent? The secret to this energising DIY body spray is a blend of energising essential oils: orange, bergamot, and ginger. Every spritz of this formula bursts with warm notes of sunny citrus and spicy ginger, reviving your spirits and fighting fatigue. As you assemble this wonderfully fragrant spray, you may already feel more energised — and ready to take on the day.
Table of Contents
- What Is Energising DIY Citrus Body Spray
- Using Essential Oils To Boost Your Energy Levels
- How to Use DIY Citrus Body Spray
- Risks Associated with Using Essential Oils
- How To Make Energising DIY Citrus Body Spray
What Is Energising DIY Citrus Body Spray
This energising body spray is excellent for boosting your mood and energy. The combination of palmarosa, sweet orange, bergamot, ginger and benzoin essential oils helps to reduce fatigue, lift your mood and offer light moisturisation. Spray it all over your body whenever you feel drained and want a quick pick-me-up.
Using Essential Oils To Boost Your Energy Levels
Let’s face it. We all need a little pick-me-up now and then. If we’re feeling down, tired or just lack motivation, essential oils can add an extra boost of energy and vitality. I personally love the energising quality of citrus scents. And there is a reason for that. Inhaling the aromas from citrus essential oils can help reduce feelings of anxiety, combat fatigue and boost mood (1, 2,3).
But it isn’t just citrus essential oils that can boost energy.
The list of essential oils that pack energising, mood-boosting, and uplifting properties is long and diverse. It includes spicy oils like cinnamon, ginger, and herbaceous scents of rosemary and thyme, among others.
This DIY body spray recipe combines:
Bergamot essential oil: Uplifting and warming, bergamot essential oil helps reduce feelings of anxiety and combat fatigue. It promotes feelings of calmness and relaxation.
Orange essential oil: Another uplifting citrus oil, the fresh, zesty smell of orange essential oil lifts the mood and brings sunshine to the blend —perfect for the beginning of your day!
Ginger essential oil: Energising, yet warming, ginger essential oil blends beautifully with citrus oils and benzoin. Together, they are lovely for fighting fatigue.
Palmarosa essential oil: Soothing, calming, and uplifting, palmarosa works wonders for those dealing with fatigue and exhaustion. In addition, palmarosa oil helps moisturise the skin and can help with the overall appearance.
Benzoin essential oil: Comforting, sweet vanilla-like scent of benzoin essential oil offers comfort when sad moods take their toll. In addition, in the blend, it works as a fixative, making your scent last longer.
How to Use DIY Citrus Body Spray
To make the most of this homemade body spray, spritz it generously all over your body before applying complementary body oil or lotion. It will help seal in moisture. Reapply throughout the day to refresh, and boost your mood and energy.
Note: If you plan a day out in the sun, I wouldn’t recommend using the spray as some essential oils may cause photosensitive reactions.
Risks Associated with Using Essential Oils
As much as I love essential oils, the truth is that they can be sensitising, cause irritations and pose health risks to some people. When using essential oils, do so cautiously and keep in mind that:
- Essential oils are potent extracts and should always be diluted before use.
- Always patch test! Especially if you have sensitive or fair skin. If you notice any irritation, discontinue using immediately and contact your doctor.
- Essential oils may be unsafe for infants, children, pregnant or nursing women, those with asthma, children, or pets.
- Some essential oils, including citrus, may increase the possibility of a photosensitive reaction when exposed to sunlight. If planning a day out in the sun, use calming body mist instead.
How To Make Energising DIY Citrus Body Spray
Making body spray is easy to do. You can make your own customised body spray with just a few ingredients. Follow these steps to make your own Energising DIY Citrus Body Spray.
Energising DIY Citrus Body Spray RecipeDifficulty: Beginner Formulator
This homemade citrus body spray is a quick, easy project to do and is perfect for the days you need a boost of energy. Here is what you’ll need.
- Phase A
40.00g Orange blossom floral water
38.82g Distilled water
10.00g Aloe vera juice
3.00g Vegetable glycerin
- Phase B
4.00g Solubiliser Symbiosolv Clear Plus
0.60g Palmarosa essential oil
0.23g Bergamot essential oil (FCF-free)
0.20g Orange essential oil (sweet, expressed)
0.10g Ginger essential oil
0.05g Benzoin essential oil
- Phase C
3.00g Dermosoft 1388 eco
- Weigh distilled water, orange blossom floral water, aloe vera juice and glycerin in a glass beaker and set aside.
- Weight solubiliser and essential oils in another glass beaker and stir till well combined.
- Add solubiliser-essential oil mixture into the water blend and combine well.
- Add the preservative and check the ph of the product using ph strips; it should be between 5.0-5.5. Suppose the pH of the spray is below 5.0. In that case, you can increase it by adding a drop or two sodium bicarbonate solutions (10% sodium bicarbonate to 90% distilled water). If the pH of the spray is above 5.5, you can lower it using a drop or two of citric acid solution( 10% citric acid to 90% distilled water).
- Bottle the body spray, label and date.
- Carry out a skin patch test before incorporating citrus body spray into your beauty regimen. Although ingredients used may be well-tolerated by most people, some may be sensitive or even allergic to them. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear skin patch and leave it for 24-48 hours. If your skin turns red or itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
Shelf Life and Storage
I have used a broad-spectrum preservative, Dermosoft 1388 eco, to prevent bacterial growth and keep the spray safe. The spray should last for about a year. However, our kitchens are not microbe-free labs. If you notice any change in smell, colour or texture, dispose of the product and whip up a new batch. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes.
Orange blossom floral water adds a beautiful fragrance to the spray. It is also affordable and widely available on the market. However, you can omit it in the recipe and use distilled water instead. The final blend will still smell great.
Aloe Vera is praised for its moisturising, soothing and softening properties. Adding it to your spray will infuse it with the plant’s beneficial properties. However, if you can’t find aloe vera juice in your part of the world, you can replace it with water in the recipe and still enjoy the refreshing citrus scent.
Glycerine is a well-known humectant that helps draw moisture to the skin and keep it soft and supple. You can swap it with sodium lactate or hyaluronic acid, for example.
Essential oils: If you don’t have some essential oils, you can substitute bergamot oil with lemon or lime oil, orange oil with grapefruit oil, palmarosa oil with rose or ylang-ylang and benzoin oil with vanilla absolute, for example. Just remember it will alter the final aroma. Before switching essential oils, learn more about their safe use by visiting https://ifrafragrance.org. Or, sign up with Formula Botanica, where you will be taught how to work out safe amounts for your formulations.
How can I extend the fragrance of my spray?
Even though I love the refreshing scent of citrus essential oils, their scent fades very quickly. Blending them with floral essential oils like palmarosa, rose or geranium and oriental essential oils like benzoin will help extend their aroma.
What essential oils blend well with citrus oils?
In general, floral, woodsy, floral, spicy and oriental oils go well with citrus oils. They smell great, impart freshness and energise the body with a light and uplifting scent. Sandalwood, vanilla, cinnamon, geranium, rose, cardamom and myrrh are some great examples.
- Fancy Citrus, Feel Good: Positive Judgment of Citrus Odor, but Not the Odor Itself, Is Associated with Elevated Mood during Experienced Helplessness
- Effects of Olfactory Stimulation from the Fragrance of the Japanese Citrus Fruit Yuzu (Citrus junos Sieb. ex Tanaka) on the Mood States and Salivary Chromogranin A as an Endocrinologic Stress Marker.
- Effects of bergamot ( Citrus bergamia (Risso) Wright & Arn.) essential oil aromatherapy on mood states, parasympathetic nervous system activity, and salivary cortisol levels in 41 healthy females