Monster Away Spray

So, yesterday we dealt with how to make perfumes with alcohol. What if you want to make clear sprays, but don’t want to deal with alcohol issues? Cyclomethicone to the rescue! OK, before we get too far into the cyclomethicone blog post, I need to explain that cyclomethicone is NOT the perfect solution. It isn’t compatible with all fragrance oils, so testing is required. But, testing is simple and quick.

I’m going to explain how to test with cyclomethicone and then we will make a Monsters Away spray for kids.

Testing Cyclomethicone and Fragrance Oil compatibility:
Using clear dram vials, put 1 mL of cyclomethicone into the vial. Add 1 drop of fragrance oil. Watch the oil settle to the bottom, float on top, or disperse. It is important to watch the drop because not all fragrance oils have a color. It is very hard to see fragrance oils that are colorless, so watch carefully. Once you have determined where the drop went, cap and shake the bottle. Did the drop return to the bottom? Is it still floating on top? Is it completely mixed in?

We want a completely mixed in product. If you aren’t sure, and sometimes it is hard to tell, leave the bottle overnight and recheck it in the morning. Oils which are not compatible will remain separated from the cyclomethicone. Oils that are compatible will be completely mixed into the cyclomethicone.

Now, for making Monsters Away Sprays. We used some fun clip art from www.clipart.com and made the labels. We used the 1 fl oz cylinder bottles, with spray matching heads. These can be found in the Size 20 section of our Containers Catalog area.

Collect needed items:
Cyclomethicone
Fragrance Oil of your choice
Small Transfer Pipettes
Containers and caps

Let’s do about 1% fragrance oil. If you know the scent is compatible with Cyclomethicone, AND you want to make a lot of spray, then use 1 fl oz of scent into 1 gallon of cycomethicone. If you are making small amounts, like 1 bottle at a time, then put 28 mL cyclomethicone into the 1 fl oz bottle and 0.25 mL fragrance oil. Cap with sprayer. Shake well.

For kids sprays use something like Juicy Grape, Vanilla Cream, Wild Strawberry, Cotton Candy, or some other bright scent.

Label with a cute Monster Away label. If you are making a dry oil spray for adults, or tween-agers, that aren’t worried about monsters, then follow the same directions as above, but use a different label. You might try more perfume style fragrances like Rose, Cotton, Sandalwood, etc.

Monster Away Spray can be used in a bedroom, on a blanket or pillow before going to bed. Do not spray over hard surface floors. The cyclomethicone can make a wood or tile floor very slippery, so please use caution.

Would anyone care to write a Robert Munsch-esque story about sending monsters away while the kids sleep? I think some fun scented sprays would work into the story quite well. If you are not familiar with Robert Munsch, try to find Purple, Green and Yellow. This is one of my favorite stories. If you can’t find Purple, Green and Yellow, then get The Paper Bag Princess. You won’t be sorry. :-)

Andee
Next week is our Bath Tub Pleasure Week! Bath Fizzies for the kids and the kids at heart, bath oils for those leisurely evening baths, and bubble bath for bubbly entertainment! Wow! This is going to be so much fun!

The Monster Away Spray design from our graphics department!
The Monster Away Spray label from our graphics department!

Collect items.
Collect items.
Trim the tube to fit the bottle.
Trim the tube to fit the bottle.
Fill the bottle with Cyclomethicone.
Fill the bottle with Cyclomethicone.

Add fragrance oil to the bottle.
Add fragrance oil to the bottle.

Cyclomethicone and fragrance oil in the bottle.
Cyclomethicone and fragrance oil in the bottle.

Shake the bottle to mix fragrance and cyclomethicone.
Shake the bottle to mix fragrance and cyclomethicone.
Capping the bottle with the sprayhead.
Capping the bottle with the sprayhead.

Finished spray waiting for labels.
Finished spray waiting for labels.
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4 thoughts on “Monster Away Spray”

  1. What a lovely idea ! Wish I’d had this when my children were still children.

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    1. kathyjane-
      This might be a good idea to sit on for grandchildren or children of friends and neighbors.

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  2. I gave the challenge of writing a story about Monster spray to my daughter who works at the library and loves children’s stories. She is in the process of illustrating her book for me so I can give a copy along with a bottle of spray to my grandchildren. Thank you for the great idea!

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