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Show & Tell Submission - Formulating Made Easy- Body Splash

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Body splashes are a great way to achieve a perfumey fragrance with a lighter strength. Here are some tips for formulating your own body splash recipe!

Project Level: Easy
Estimated Time: 1/2 Hour

Ingredients



Body splash is a perfume product, similar to deodorant, intended to be used elsewhere on the body besides the armpits. Body splashes are lighter in strength than cologne, usually less expensive and may double as a deodorant.

Body splashes generally consist of six (6) main components:

1. Water
2. Alcohol
3. Humectant
4. Emulsifier/Solvent
5.Preservative
6. Fragrance

Determining the purpose of each ingredient helps the formulator achieve an end product with the desired result. The purpose of a body splash is to inexpensively distribute a diluted fragrance. Water is used as a "filler" in body splash. A "filler" is simply an ingredient that "fills" the gap left by the removal or reduction of more expensive ingredients within a formula. The water component of a body splash formula can be plain distilled water, botanical extracts or even hydrosols.

Alcohol is common in body splash products for multiple reasons. It may be used as a clarifying agent, preservative, filler and evaporant in the finished product. The amount of alcohol used in a formulation can cause a product to become self-preserving under certain conditions. The function of alcohol in body splash is to allow the final product to evaporate more quickly from the skin. This prevents "stickiness” in the finished product and facilitates the release of the fragrance compounds for a “burst” of scent which fades more quickly than a concentrated perfume. Cosmetic-grade alcohol may be difficult for the home-crafter to obtain and may be omitted.

Alcohol creates a feeling of “coolness” or "dryness" on the skin through evaporation. This issue is counteracted by the use of humectants. A humectant is a substance that helps a product retain water. Glycerin, propylene glycol and dipropylene glycol are common humectants used in cosmetics.

Fragrances are often oil-soluble. This creates an issue in body splash as the fragrance will "sit" on top of water rather than blend throughout the formula. This can create a safety issue if particles of undiluted fragrance are drawn through the sprayer and applied directly to the consumers skin. An emulsifier or solvent is often required to homogenize the mixture. This ensures that the fragrance is completely distributed throughout the product for a uniform scent in each application while ensuring that safety is maintained. Some humectants have the ability to function as a solvent. Glycerin, propylene glycol and dipropylene glycol are common humectants that are also solvents.

Perhaps the most important component of your body splash formulation is the preservative. Water-based skincare products provide a breeding ground for bacteria and microbes. It is imperative that proper preservation, with a water-soluble preservative, is utilized to ensure body splash safety and shelf-life.

Formula: Alcohol-Free Botanical Body Splash

Phase A:

50% Distilled Water

35% Crafters Choice™ Essential Hydrosol

5.5% Crafters Choice™ Botanical Extract - Water Soluble

3% Crafters Choice™ Glycerin - Natural

Phase B:

3% Crafters Choice™ Polysorbate 20

3% Crafters Choice™ Fragrance Oil

Phase C:

0.5% Germaben II (Preservative)

1. Combine all ingredients in Phase A.

2. Premix the Polysorbate with the Fragrance Oil, then add Phase B to Phase A.

3. Add Phase C.

Notes

Final product may be cloudy and is best displayed in a colored package

Wholesale Supplies Plus is not responsible for the products you create from our supplies. You alone are responsible for product and recipe testing to ensure compatibility and safety.
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