You know how you get little novelty items for Christmas that you never use? Well occasionally one turns out to be useful. This is that one.

PooPourri
It’s $10 for a 2 ounce bottle and $15 for a 4 ounce bottle. Plus tax.

Yes, that’s right. It’s a poo spray. You spray the water in the bowl before you drop those friends off at the pool, and all people will smell- is the spray. And it’s not one of those harsh Lysol-like sprays, either. It’s a very gentle, pleasant smell.

So. With me, being me, and apparently needing to add another post-apocalyptic life skill to my list- I thought it would be cheaper to make my own. (What? POO SPRAY isn’t a post-apocalyptic life skill? Well, making perfumes, and keeping people healthy IS, and you can do that with essential oils. Which are also in this poo spray. So there. 😀 )

Start-up is always going to be the most expensive, so we’re going to list it all, and then break down the price per bottle.

Ingredients:

You actually only need 4 ingredients.

1. Essential oils. 1 ounce of each. Note- This is not FRAGRANCE OIL, which is usually what you find at Wal-Mart in the section with potpourri. Fragrance oil contains very little essential oils, and is usually mixed with a ton of other fillers, like alcohol, more preservatives, and oils that are cheap and non-smelly. You can ingest essential oils (in the proper quantities and most likely diluted). You should NOT ingest fragrance oils.

If you’re going to do a copycat of the of the original sent of the commercial brand- try combining Lemongrass Oil, Bergamot Oil and Grapefruit Oil. I get mine from Atlantic Spice Company.

2. Alcohol. Some people use rubbing alcohol. That’s fine. I use vodka. You won’t need much of it at any rate.

3. Water. Tap water will do, but if you really want to- you can use distilled water. It doesn’t really matter.

4. Polysorbate 20. This is optional. Although- IF you’re going to use it, please use the 20 with essential oils. Polysorbate 80 will probably be too strong. Polysorbate 20 is an emulsifier, and gives the spray that milky color that the original spray has. Basically it coats the essential oils so that they will be less likely to eat through your container. (Hey- a lot of oils are acidic. It’s what they DO.)

Containers!
Most essential oils will eat through plastic containers. If you *MUST* use plastic, make sure it has a 1 in that little recycle sign on the base of the bottle. These will withstand the oils longer than any other plastic bottle. And of course- the polysorbate will help with this endevour. But to be safe- use GLASS bottles.

So lets run down the grocery list:

Essential Oils
-Lemongrass Oil $5.15
-Bergamot Oil $8.90
-Grapefruit Oil $3.45

Alcohol
Already had Vodka, but you can buy a cheap bottle of something for $3.

Water
-Let’s say you bought a bottle for $1.

Bottles (Tops and Droppers) (I get mine at Aroma Tools)
-2 ounce blue glass bottles – $0.88 (you can try the amber bottles if you like, but they are more expensive)
-4 ounce blue glass bottles – $0.93
Dropper Caps $0.40
Black Trigger Spray Top $0.65

Polysorbate 20
I bought 4 ounces for $10.03 (including shipping)

That brings us up to a grand total of $35.39 + shipping for the other things. Let’s round it up to $50 to cover all bases. So now we have the makings of one 2 ounce bottle (travel size) and one four ounce bottle (regular use).

And you say that spending $50 for what would cost $35 + shipping on the commercial site, is not worth it!

Oh but it is.

Check out the formula:

– 10 drops of Polysorbate 20, PER fluid ounce. (You use the same amount of polysorbate that you use in essential oils, if you’re using the polysorbate. I would also recommend putting the polysorbate in first.)

– 10 drops of essential oil PER fluid ounce. That’s 10 drops TOTAL, not 10 drops per oil. (So for the 2 ounce bottle- you’re only using 20 drops of essential oil. That’s 7 drops of lemongrass, 7 drops of grapefruit, and 6 drops of bergamot. That’s IT.)

Now put the cap on, and shake the ingredients to combine, BEFORE you add the alcohol or the water.

– 1/2 tablespoon alcohol PER fluid ounce. (So 1 tablespoon of vodka for the 2 ounce bottle.)

-Fill the rest with water, put the cap on, and shake to combine.

That’s it! There are about 600 drops of liquid in a one ounce bottle of essential oils. So if you only use one scent (let’s say you really like lemongrass), and you only use 2 ounce bottles. One 1 ounce bottle of lemongrass will last you THIRTY 2 ounce bottles. So. What cost you $50 to start, has now saved you $250.

See? Now you’re starting to like this POO SPRAY idea!

The three scents together will net you NINETY 2 ounce bottles of poo spray. Which means it costs you $0.55 to make one bottle of POO SPRAY.

Well crap. 🙂

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