This Dry oil body spray is made with a few simple ingredients. Use it in the winter for dry skin, and in the summer for an after tanning treatment.
Back when my sister and I ran the herbal gift shop we used to sell many herbal related bath and body products. One company, Thymes®, had a fantastic dry oil body spray that I loved and I still have, though it's virtually empty.
Instead of buying a new bottle of spray, I wondered if this was something I could make. After a little research, I found that the main ingredient in many dry oil sprays is Cyclomethicone, a silicone found in cosmetics.
This ingredient is what gives the spray its silky feel. From what I read, the Cyclomethicone does not enter into your pores but stays on top allowing the other oils to penetrate into the skin. The result is a silky, not slick, feeling.
So I bought some Cyclomethicone and experimented by adding some of calendula infused olive oil and some fractionated coconut oil. For fragrance, I added lavender and rosemary essential oil, mainly because I love this combination, but you can use any essential oil or fragrance oil combination.
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Disclaimer/Safety Note: This information is for educational purposes only. Essential oils have a range of safety issues such as warnings about use during pregnancy and keeping out of reach from children. Please consult your doctor if you have any concerns or a qualified and expert practitioner. As with anything you put on your skin you should test a small patch first to make sure you don't have any irritation or reactions. Keep it away from your eyes.
How to Make Dry Body Oil
Change the carrier oil - Sweet almond is readily available and is a good multi-purpose carrier oil. Grapeseed oil is extremely lightweight. Jojoba oil is actually a wax and has a high shelf life.
Use different essential oils - Lavender is a great multi-purpose oil but if you prefer different scents don't be afraid to experiment. Check out this post about making your own perfume that gives a little detail about mixing scents. Or, here's a nice list from Aura Cacia about essential oils for DIY lotions.
NOTE: This spray though non-greasy when applied to the skin may make the floor slippery. I usually spray my hands and rub it onto my arms and legs.
Try experimenting by making your oil dry body oil using different carrier oils and essential oils for scent.
Give some as gifts or have the girls over for a night of crafting and creative fun.
- (4T) Cyclomethicone
- (4T) Calendula oil
- (4T) Fractionated Coconut oil
- (60 drops) Essential Oils (I used 35 drops of Rosemary & 25 Lavender) or fragrance oil.
- Combine 4T Cyclomethicone, 4T Calendula oil, and 4T Fractionated Coconut oil into a 6-ounce fine mist bottle.
- Add different combinations of essential oils for fragrance.
- I used 35 drops of rosemary essential oil and 25 drops of lavender oil.
- Shake and store in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
This spray though non-greasy when applied to the skin may make the floor slippery. I usually spray my hands and rub it onto my arms and legs.