Ladies, this one is perfect for Valentine’s Day! It’s hard to feel romantic when it’s freezing outside – I can’t even think about a sexy red dress when all I want to do is layer on clothes and huddle by a cozy fire. But what I can do is take care of my skin and smell great at the same time. Combining an oil with fragrance is the perfect thing—sweet almond oil seals in moisture (no more ashy skin here!) while clove and vanilla combine to create an alluring, luscious homemade perfume. Who could resist?!
Winter is so hard on your skin and an oil-based lotion helps beat the dry heat. I’ve been slathering myself in coconut oil but this body oil spray recipe I found in Redbook smells so amazing I’m jokingly calling it a man magnet spray! :)
Vanilla Clove DIY Body Oil Spray
What is it about this body oil that makes it a man magnet? Well, the only dude in my life likes it. Oh, and the real experts say the scent of vanilla stirs up feelings of intimacy. Maybe it reminds people of homemade cookies? I don’t know. Whatever it is, this oil makes your skin feel so smooth and silky—perfect for when you’re in the mood!
Ready to make your own Man Magnet Spray? You will need:
—1/4 cup almond oil (walnut or jojoba oil would also work)
—1/2 to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. You can also use vanilla essential oil.
—2-3 drops clove oil
Combine all of the ingredients – minus the cloves – and pour into a small spray bottle. If you’re not smelling enough vanilla, go ahead and add a 1/2 teaspoon more.
Go easy on the cloves
Clove has a signature sweet and spicy smell, creating an aroma that feels homey and exotic all at once. But the smell of cloves can easily over power everything else so I recommend adding it last – one drop at a time.
High levels of clove oils also have a numbing effect, so it’s best to avoid that by adding a little bit at a time, instead of pouring too much in at once. If you’d rather avoid clove or it irritates your skin, here are 12 more essential oil perfume blends to experiment with.
After you have added the essential oils, then shake everything together in the spray bottle and you’re done. Spray the body oil onto your skin and rub it in.
You can use it all over – legs, arms, whatever. It makes a great perfume so, again, be careful not to overdo it with the cloves. For portability, this can be used in a rollerball container as well—then it’s super easy to discreetly apply and freshen up anywhere, any time. Just roll over where you want to apply and massage it in to ‘activate’ the perfume a little more a signature scent.
Where to apply body oil spray
For a subtle but long-lasting smell, don’t forget about your pulse points. These are points on your body where your main blood flow is very close to your skin’s surface, so the skin is a little warmer there than the rest of your skin. This means gives a boost to the strength of perfumes and mists and a great way to ensure that you smell amazing, all the time—without over applying perfume.
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