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Witch hazel is a natural astringent, derived from the extract of the witch hazel tree. The clear, odorless liquid is often used to control excess skin oil, particularly on the face. Witch hazel also works effectively to control body odor by killing bacteria that cause sweat-induced body odor. A body spray made with witch hazel takes care of two skincare needs at once, by adding a pleasant fragrance to your skin while controlling unpleasant odors.

Lavender-Sage Body Spray

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Pour 8 oz. of witch hazel into one of the spray bottles.

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Add 20 drops of sage essential oil to the witch hazel.

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Mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent in a bowl of warm water. Use the soap solution to wash off your eye dropper in-between essential oils, to prevent mixing. Rinse the eye dropper off and dry it with a towel.

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Add 20 drops each of lemongrass and lavender essential oils to the sage and witch hazel mixture. Close the spray bottle and shake the mixture. Store your body spray out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources for longer-lasting fragrance in the bottle.

Basil-Chamomile Skin-Soothing Body Spray

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Fill the spray bottle with 8 oz. of witch hazel.

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Add 20 drops each of chamomile and basil essential oils to the witch hazel in the spray bottle.

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Close the spray bottle and shake to mix the ingredients. Use the basil-chamomile to soothe skin irritations due to inflammation; and use it as an insect repellent when you're outdoors.

Tip

Store homemade body spray in the refrigerator for a refreshing skin-cooler in hot weather.

Witch hazel can be found in most pharmacies or drug stores, near rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.

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Mary Ylisela

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.