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DIY Pillow Spray to Get Your Beauty Sleep

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If you’re struggling to get your beauty rest, try a DIY sleep spray. This easy pillow spray recipe includes 3 calming essential oil blends to promote relaxation and deep, restful slumber.

DIY sleep spray.

It can be so difficult to wind down at the end of a stressful day. We eat right, exercise, and take care of ourselves the best we can, but sleep is often one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle that we struggle with the most.

And in today’s world, it’s really no wonder why!

That’s why it’s more vital than ever to create a relaxing bedroom sanctuary to retire to at night. Besides good sleep habits, natural tools like aromatherapy can help set the mood for deep sleep.

And that’s where a calming essential oil pillow spray comes in!

In this post, I’m sharing my easy DIY sleep spray recipe. This simple remedy infuses your bedding with a relaxing fragrance that can help lull you to sleep.

Though this recipe includes essential oils, I’ve also included options without essential oils and without alcohol too. So whatever supplies you have on hand, you’ll be able to make your own pillow mist.

For the perfect pairing to your beauty sleep spray, use a relaxing DIY shower steamer during your bedtime shower. And to help you relax even more, apply this homemade magnesium lotion once you get into bed!

How this pillow spray helps for sleep

As discussed in our post on DIY aromatherapy perfume, the aromas of certain essential oils can help calm the mind and body.

This is why, if you struggle with sleep, essential oils can be powerful tools to incorporate into your bedtime routine.

And where better place to apply them than right beside your head?

DIY sleep spray with essential oils.

It’s not advisable to put essential oils directly onto your pillow. But making your own slumber spray ensures they are properly diluted for safe use.

As an added bonus, it’s a great way to use essential oils (and enjoy their benefits) without a diffuser.

The best essential oils for sleep spray

Below I’ve included 3 calming essential oil blends for your sleep spray, all of which include lavender oil.

Lavender one of the most popular essential oils for sleep aid and stress relief, and when you look at the research, it’s not hard to see why.

Countless studies have demonstrated lavender oil’s potent sedative, anxiety-reducing, and calming effects when used in aromatherapy1,2.

Lavender and Sleepy essential oils for pillow spray.

Lavender’s sleep-promoting benefits are three-fold. Since lavender oil is a sedative, it can help you feel sleepy. And its anxiolytic effects can help reduce the anxious feelings that may be keeping you awake in the first place.

Plus, not only can lavender essential oil help you fall asleep faster, but it can help you sleep better. Multiple studies have shown that lavender’s fragrance improves sleep quality and promotes deeper sleep3,1.

But it’s worth nothing that this effect is even more pronounced alongside good sleep hygiene. So, be sure to incorporate other good habits into your nighttime routine, such as blocking blue light.

It’s also important to engage in relaxing bedtime activities, whatever this may look like for you. One example of a calming ritual? Massaging your face with a homemade lavender cleansing balm. And while you’re at it, see 5 tips to protect against blue light.

DIY sleep spray ingredients

Of course there are plenty of options for store bought sleep sprays, but there’s no need to purchase one when it’s so easy to make your own.

All you need is a liquid base such as vodka or witch hazel, a natural emulsifier (pictured below), and your chosen essential oils (or hydrosol). As well, a glass spray bottle to dispense the spray.

Essential oils and ingredients for DIY sleep spray.

I’ll go into more detail about each ingredient below. But to make it even easier, this pillow spray recipe, plus ALL materials required to make it (including essential oils and emulsifier) are included in Simply Earth’s April 2021 Essential Oil Recipe Box.

April’s box includes 4 full-size essential oils, 6 essential oil recipes for sleep, and the supplies to make each one. You can see the full box contents here.

If you’re interested, you can use our code ALIFEADJACENTFREE to get a $40 gift card with your box.

You’ll also receive a free Bonus Box if you subscribe, which contains all sorts of useful goodies to make your own essential oil DIYs! Note: if this month’s box is sold out, you can still use our link to purchase the current box or each individual oil.

Now, onto the ingredients for this easy recipe.

Vodka, alcohol or witch hazel

For the longest shelf life, I highly recommend using vodka or high-proof alcohol, which will prevent bacterial growth. However, you can also use witch hazel to make a sleep spray without alcohol, as long as the product contains a preservative to keep it fresh.

Tip: you can use any leftover to make DIY perfume.

Natural emulsifier

This helps disperse the essential oils in your spray. Essential oils and water don’t mix, so without an emulsifier, the oils will simply float on top.

As you can imagine, this is a problem – spray nozzles dispense from the bottom, not the top!

There are a variety of natural liquid emulsifiers and solubilizers you can use for this sleep spray recipe. I used Capryl/Caprylyl Glucoside since it came with my monthly essential oil box.

As you likely saw above, it came packaged in a handy essential oil bottle that makes it easy to dispense and measure each drop.

But even if you don’t have access to Capryl/Caprylyl Glucoside, I’ve also included other options in the how-to section below.

If you’re hesitant to buy another DIY ingredient, keep in mind that emulsifiers ensure your homemade essential oil products are properly mixed. They’re also easy to use – simply mix with your essential oils before adding the rest of your ingredients.

And besides, any leftover emulsifier won’t go to waste. You can use it to make essential oil deodorant spray or room spray, to name a couple.

If you don’t have an emulsifier, remember to shake your pillow spray well between each use. But just know that this isn’t ideal, as you’ll get an uneven amount of essential oils with each spray.

Essential oils

It makes me cringe whenever I see aromatherapy sprays made with toxic artificial fragrances, especially pillow sprays! I don’t know about you, but using one of these synthetic products would give me a headache that would actually keep me awake.

Unlike synthetics, essential oils such as lavender oil contain natural aromatic compounds with tangible benefits.

Homemade pillow spray with lavender.

And while lavender may be one of the best essential oils for relaxation, but it’s by no means the only one. This homemade sleep spray include 3 different essential oil combinations for sleep, which you can find below.

Hydrosol

If you’d prefer to make a pillow spray without essential oils, you can also use lavender hydrosol, which is the floral water leftover from essential oil distillation.

Yes, instead of following this recipe, you could simply spritz a bottle of lavender hydrosol onto your bedding. No need to mix it with anything else – that’s all you need!

While not as potent as essential oils, hydrosols retain many of their own benefits. They’re lightly fragrant and may be more suited to those who are sensitive to fragrances, or for children.

Essential oil blends for pillow spray

Below I have included 3 calming essential oil blends for your lavender sleep spray. You can also find more information about each blend’s fragrance and benefits below.

Essential oil sleep spray.

Sleepytime Lavender

Sleepy is a relaxing blend of lavender, ho wood, grapefruit and bergamot essential oils. I received it in my Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe Box, and it did not disappoint.

I was curious about the choice of oils in this blend, as citrus oils are known to be invigorating. For instance, I use them in wake me up shower steamers and energizing essential oil roll-ons. But I was pleasantly surprised.

This blend has a hint of citrus to mellow out the lavender, which can be overpowering and floral. So this is a great way to reap the benefits of lavender essential oil for sleep if you have a sensitive nose.

Plus, ho wood adds a grounding, earthy note that anchors the fragrance. Ho wood is also a fixative oil, which means it can help your pillow spray’s fragrance last longer.

Sleepy comes pre-bottled as a blend. You could recreate it using the individual oils, but the blend is more affordable than buying each individual oil.

Lavender Vanilla

Lavender essential oil is an effective natural sleep aid on its own, but pairing it with vanilla oleoresin creates a calming sleepy time blend that smells like dessert.

And since the smell of vanilla is also associated with relaxation, it’s a win-win4.

DIY lavender pillow spray.

I also added a couple drops of patchouli to this lavender vanilla pillow mist. Love it or hate it, patchouli has powerful aromatherapeutic properties that can help reduce anxiety5.

It’s also the most well-known fixative essential oil. So, adding patchouli to your sleep spray can help its fragrance last all night long.

That being said, I know not everyone loves patchouli’s divisive aroma. So, you also have the option to replace it with copaiba oil, another essential oil useful for sleep and relaxation.

Copaiba’s sweet and slightly spicy scent pairs well with lavender and vanilla. And it was perfect timing, because my essential oil box came with copaiba this month.

Lavender Chamomile

Floral lavender, herbal chamomile, and sweet amyris combine for a sleep spray that smells like a calming lavender chamomile tea.

Chamomile and its extracts are known for their relaxing properties, which is of course why chamomile tea is a classic bedtime beverage.

And these benefits also extend to chamomile essential oil – it has sedative effects that can help treat insomnia and promote calm6.

The addition of amyris adds a rich, vanilla-like aroma to this sleep spray. Amyris might not be as well studied as lavender oil for relaxation, but it’s linked to sleep aid7. And after one whiff, you’ll know why.

With its calming fragrance, amyris is said to help alleviate anxiety and stress. For me, smelling it invokes feelings of peace and relaxation. Tip: you can also replace it with benzoin oil for a sweeter scent that kids will love.

DIY Sleep Spray Recipe

Ingredients

12 drops essential oils (blends above)
36 drops natural liquid emulsifier (options below)
1/4 cup vodka, high-proof alcohol or witch hazel

Equipment

2oz glass spray bottle
Small funnel
Glass pipette for measuring

How to make essential oil sleep spray

1. Before you begin, make sure your spray bottle and supplies are clean and sanitized.
2. Add your sleep essential oil blend to your glass spray bottle.
3. Using a glass pipette, drop your liquid emulsifier into your bottle. Pause to swirl gently as you go.
4. Once you’ve added all the emulsifier, replace the nozzle of your spray bottle and shake gently to ensure the solution is thoroughly mixed.
5. Using a funnel, pour your vodka, high-proof alcohol or witch hazel to fill the rest of your bottle.
6. To finish, affix your spray nozzle and shake well to combine. Your sleep spray is ready to use!

Lavender DIY sleep spray.

Natural emulsifiers for essential oil sprays

The following solubilizers and liquid emulsifiers can all be used in this sleep spray recipe. You can choose whichever one is most accessible to you, as certain products may not be available in your area.

How to use your pillow mist for sleep

Perhaps the most obvious way to use this calming spray is to spritz it onto your pillows before sleep. Simply dispense 1-3 sprays onto your pillow and enjoy the relaxing scent as you drift off.

You can also spritz it onto your sheets or duvet as a linen spray – this will imbue all of your bedding with a relaxing fragrance.

Another option is to use your spray as a calming bedtime room spray. This is a great way to enjoy aromatherapy without using a diffuser.

DIY pillow spray for sleep.

Note: darker essential oils such as vanilla and chamomile can stain light coloured fabrics. So it’s always good practice to do a patch test in an inconspicuous area to ensure you sleep spray is safe for your pillow.

As well, please be careful with delicate fabrics like silk. I use 30 momme silk pillowcases and haven’t had an issue using this sleep spray on them, but I always recommend doing your own tests.

Sweet dreams!

Yield: 1 pillow spray

DIY Pillow Spray to Get Your Beauty Sleep

DIY sleep spray.

Learn how to make DIY pillow spray for sleep! This easy sleep spray recipe includes 3 calming lavender essential oil blends to promote relaxation and deep, restful sleep.

Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

Sleepytime Lavender Sleep Spray

Lavender Vanilla Pillow Mist

Lavender Chamomile Pillow Spray

Equipment

Instructions

    1. Before you begin, make sure your spray bottle and supplies are clean and sanitized.
    2. Add your sleep essential oil blend to your glass spray bottle.
    3. Using a glass pipette, drop your liquid emulsifier into your bottle. Pause to swirl gently as you go.
    4. Once you've added all the emulsifier, replace the nozzle of your spray bottle and shake gently to ensure the solution is thoroughly mixed.
    5. Using a funnel, pour your vodka, high-proof alcohol or witch hazel to fill the rest of your bottle.
    6. To finish, affix your spray nozzle and shake well to combine. Your sleep spray is ready to use!

Notes

Natural emulsifiers for essential oils

The following solubilizers and liquid emulsifiers can all be used in this sleep spray recipe. You can choose whichever one is most accessible to you, as certain products may not be available in your area.

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