One of my favorite recipes to make are homemade perfumes! If you haven’t made the transition from your conventional perfumes, I promise this switch is easy! I love being able to create my own perfect scent and know that it’s safe and and toxin free. I have two different recipes for perfume sprays that you can find here and here. This winter, I have been reaching more for my solid perfume sticks because they also serve as an extra boost of hydration for my skin. They are wonderful!
However…this post isn’t for more perfume spray recipes 😉
Instead, I have some ideas for ways you can use your extra perfume bottles! I purchase mine in packs of 12 from Amazon and tend to have extras leftover. I like to save a few for gifts, but there are also some creative ways you can use them in your daily routine! These would all be terrific to keep in your purse for work or for date night. They would also be super handy to bring with you for traveling!
Breath Spray: Add 15 drops of Peppermint essential oil and 5 drops of Spearmint essential oil to a glass perfume bottle. Then add 2 drops of liquid Stevia. Use a pipette to fill the bottle almost all of the way with distilled water. Leave a little room at the top in case you want too add in more oils to make the breath spray stronger! Shake the perfume bottle and give it a try. Add more essential oils or Stevia to suit your preference!
Stain Spot Treatment: I must admit that I sometimes miss my Tide To Go Pen! It’s so darn convenient when you spill food on your clothes out in public. This recipe is a handy replacement for this! Use a pipette to fill your perfume bottle 1/3 of the way with your favorite Natural Plant-Based Cleaner. Add 10 drops of Lemon essential oil. Use a pipette to fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water. Shake well and use whenever you drop a little food on your clothes! I gently wipe away the excess food with a napkin, dab the stain with water, and then use my stain spray!
Deodorant Spray: I am so thankful to have this little spray handy if I need a little refreshing when I’m not at home and don’t have my deodorant with me! I’ve used this spray many times when my husband and I go out for a date on the weekends and are out of the house for most of the day! It’s also much lighter than carrying my homemade deodorant with me. Add 15 drops each of Lemongrass and Lavender to your perfume bottle. Then use a pipette or glass dropper bottle to add 5 drops of Jojoba oil. Then fill your perfume bottle with Witch Hazel. Shake well and spray under your arms whenever you’re feeling a little musty! The Jojoba oil will help the essential oils stick to your skin and the Witch Hazel will gently cleanse your skin. The essential oils…well, they help freshen everything up! 😉
by Thayer's [Thayers]
Organic Golden Jojoba Oil from Ko & Humble Beautifying Oils, 100% Pure & Cold Pressed, Perfect Moisturizer for Face, Body, Nails, Beard, Hair, Responsibly Sourced, Certified Cruelty Free, 4 Ounce [120 ml]
by Ko & Humble Beautifying Oils [Kate & Michael Beauty Co.]
Facial Mist: I will sometimes meet my husband for dinner after work. Before I leave the office, I’ll look in the mirror and wish I could touch up my makeup! Did you know that a facial mist can reactivate your makeup and give your skin a fresh, dewy look? It also feels very cooling on your skin (especially during the summer!) and will give your skin a boost of hydration as well! Add 7 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense to your perfume bottle. Add in a tiny amount of Glycerin and Witch Hazel. I usually don’t measure this, but it would probably equal 1/4 of a teaspoon for each ingredient! Use a pipette to fill the rest of the perfume bottle with homemade rose water. Shake well, close your eyes, and spray as often as you would like!
by Thayer's [Everready First Aid]
Car Deodorizing Spray: This recipe is one I use if I’m in a pinch and want to make my car smell fresh and clean! This is super helpful whenever I pick up friends to go out for a girl’s night. I may have also used this when I’m riding home with my husband after we go out for Mexican…and then give him Digize as soon as we get home. Haha! Add 15 drops each of Lemongrass and Lemon Myrtle to your perfume bottle. Use a pipette to fill the bottle halfway with Witch Hazel and then halfway with distilled water. Shake well and use as needed!
Please use common safety practices when making anything with essential oil! I would recommend labeling all of these bottles using a label maker or writing on the bottom of the bottles with a Sharpie. Never spray essential oils directly in your eyes and be sure to store these out of reach from little hands!