- A body mist or spray is a lighter, less concentrated fragrance that hydrates the skin and refreshes with a mild scent.
- Unlike perfumes that stick around for a while, body sprays last up to 4 hours.
- While a deodorant neutralizes bad odors from sweating, a body mist just makes you smell nice.
Does anyone else remember dousing themselves in body mist as a teenager, or is that just me? Writing about body spray definitely sparks my nostalgia, but can a grown-ass adult woman still use the stuff? Absolutely! Today, we’re not talking about those hyper-sweet body sprays of yore but about elegant fragrances in gentle mist formats that never overwhelm the nose.
Okay, fine, we still have some respect for those adorable body mists pioneered by Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. We even included some options from them on our list of the best body sprays, along with sophisticated and complex body mists as well as some quick-fading but skin-nourishing options.
We then cover other important details, like how body mists differ from perfumes and deodorants. To finish things off, we give our tips and tricks on how you should apply a body spray – especially if you want it to last all day long!
Body Mist Guide: Contents
- 23 Best Body Mists & Sprays for Women
- What Is a Body Mist and Why Do You Need It?
- Body Mist vs. Deodorant vs. Perfume
- How to Use a Body Mist?
- Tips for Making Your Body Spray Last Longer
23 Best Body Mists & Sprays for Women
From high-end and luxe to sweet and affordable, we’ve selected the best body mists you can purchase online!
1. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Crush Body Fragrance Mist
We’re starting with something fun and sexy! This body mist is made with a Brazilian attitude, so it has a distinctly summery vibe. The main scent in here is salted caramel, which has a complex sweetness, followed by nutty pistachio. It’s creamy and sweet, but not overly so, with just a few floral notes below. Most importantly, it’s not overpowering, so you don’t need to worry about overdoing it! Buy it at Sephora!
2. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino All Over Body Spray
This is one of the best body sprays to try if you want an upscale experience. This Tom Ford treasure combines floral and citrus notes expertly, leading to a vibrant and refreshing scent that’s truly unisex. It’s subtle and sophisticated but not polarizing. It does fade fairly quickly, but that means you can reapply as much of it as you want throughout the day. Pick it up at Sephora!
3. Jo Loves A Fragrance Body Spray Tuberose
There is so much to love about this unique body spray. The scent itself is primarily tuberose, a complex floral that’s clean and just slightly sweet. It’s not one note on its own, but it’s elevated by a few other florals as well as musk and wood touches. It’s one of the best body sprays we’ve seen as far as longevity is concerned. We also love the packaging, which resembles a graffiti can – it’s made to look like an aerosol, but it’s actually a regular mister. It’s available on Net-a-Porter.
4. Pacifica Indian Coconut Nectar Hair & Body Mist
This is one of the best body mists for beach lovers! The main notes here are coconut and vanilla, which bring out memories of summer, sunscreen, and coconut-based beverages. It’s sweet, but there’s an underlying hint of vetiver that adds a refreshing touch. It’s made with natural essential oils rather than isolated fragrances, so it’s also a great choice for natural beauty lovers. Get it from Ulta!
5. Chanel N°5 L’EAU L’eau All-Over Spray
There’s not much that we need to say about the iconic Chanel N°5. This is one of the best body mists for luxury lovers. It’s an updated version of the original scent, with added citrus notes that brighten it up. It has an atomizer spray that disperses the body spray all-over beautifully, but it’s not too strong, so we think it could be a great gift for older teens or young adults. Purchase it from Sephora!
6. Dior ‘Miss Dior’ Silky Body Mist
This body mist from Dior offers a gorgeous scent as well as some skin-conditioning properties that leave the skin feeling silky. Rose is the dominant scent here, which is very romantic, with touches of citrus that keep it fresh. It’s extremely subtle, so it’s appropriate even for delicate noses, while dedicated perfume lovers often layer it over Dior’s Blooming Roses perfume to extend the scent. Shop for it at Nordstrom!
7. Ahava Dry Oil Body Mist Cactus & Pink Pepper
Rather than the typical, alcohol- and water-based body spray, this formula is actually a spray-on dry oil. It’s the best body mist for those who want skin-conditioning effects. It’s especially nice after a shower when the skin is already saturated with water, and it leaves the skin feeling luxuriously soft yet non-greasy. The scent itself has spicy pink pepper notes and clean cactus, but it’s soft. Grab it from Ulta!
8. Vera Wang Embrace French Lavender and Tuberose Body Mist
Despite the name, this stunning body mist is actually very vanilla-forward, although the scents of lavender and tuberose do round it out and add that irresistible floral touch. It’s like the vanilla body mist of your youth but with a mature upgrade. It’s light, delicate, and quick to fade, but when you apply it, it’s oh-so-pretty and comforting. Order it from Amazon!
9. Philosophy Amazing Grace Satin-Finish Body Oil Mist
This delicate body mist has a slightly moisturizing effect, leaving the body silky soft and smelling like heaven. Amazing Grace is the quintessential Philosophy fragrance. It’s lush and floral, with a grounding base of musk and some citrus top notes that add initial brightness. As a body oil mist, the scent is light and never overpowering, so you can even layer it along with the actual perfume. It’s sold at Sephora.
10. Diptique Do Son Body Mist
This is another phenomenal moisturizing body mist based on a perfume. The fragrance is floral with a hint of citrus, though pink peppercorn notes lend it a certain level of maturity that most florals lack. Though it’s not straight up moisturizing like an oil mist, this blend does leave the skin slightly nourished and feeling soft and powdery. Find it at Nordstrom!
11. Formula 10.0.6 Go For The Glow Sheer Mist Dry Body Oil
This formula is primarily moisturizing, and the scent definitely comes second. It’s a worthy choice if you want a single step for fragrance and nourishment. The scent is fruity, thanks to mango extract, and while it’s long-lasting, one would have to come up very close to you to notice it. The moisturizing effects come from sunflower oil, jojoba oil, and a few silicones, so it’s best right after the shower while the skin is damp. You can buy it from Ulta.
12. Victoria’s Secret Pure Seduction Body Mist
We couldn’t help but include an iconic body mist from our youth. It’s sweet and simple, with fruity and floral notes. In other words, delicious. It’s the type of scent that’s best for summer, although, keep in mind that it’s quite strong and long-lasting when compared to other options on this list. Be careful not to go overboard with it. Get it on Amazon!
13. Juliette Has a Gun Not A Hair & Body Mist
This body mist comes from one of the coolest modern perfume brands. This is their body spray version of Not A Perfume, which is a unique fragrance made only with cetalox, a difficult-to-place but pleasant base note. This version is even subtler than the original, so it’s truly fantastic for anyone who wants a little something extra but not a true fragrance. Pick it up from Sephora!
14. La Prairie Cellular Energizing Body Spray
This luxurious body spray has better staying power than many other options on this list, so do go easy when applying it, although it’s not overpowering. The scent is quite complex, with energizing citrus and florals along with a warm cardamom spice. It’s clean and unisex, and it’s nice all year round. The blend has a skin-moisturizing effect and also includes some antioxidants, so it’s real two-in-one. It’s available at Nordstrom.
15. Tarte Sugar Rush – Sugar Spritz Body Spray
This is another long-lasting body spray, albeit one with a very youthful scent. As the name implies, this is a very sweet fragrance that’s thankfully not overwhelming – in fact, it’s one of those unique scents that are barely perceptible to some while seem strong to others. As it dries down, the sugary sweetness dissipates slightly, florals show up, so while it starts out youthful, the fade-down is more mature. You can purchase it at Ulta.
16. Parfums de Coeur Body Fantasies Signature for Women Spray Vanilla
We’re keeping it sweet with this rich vanilla body spray that’s ridiculously affordable. Vanilla is often very warm, but this blend is actually fresh and bright! The lovely scent is creamy and balanced, with the vanilla made more interesting thanks to apple, jasmine, and even a bit of musk. Shop for it on Amazon!
17. The Body Shop Pink Pepper & Lychee Hair & Body Mist
The Body Shop is another one of those companies that have made body sprays one of their signature items. As you can probably tell from the name, this body mist smells like pink pepper and lychee – this means that it’s sweet and tropical, but with a peppery touch of warmth. It’s delicate but with excellent longevity. It’s sold at Ulta.
18. Kenneth Cole White for Her Body Mist
This is a crowd-pleasing option with a delicate, delicious scent. It’s one of the best body mists in the floral realm, with notes of vanilla and amber adding balance on each end. There is also some fruity plum, making this a vibrant option for all year round. Wear it alone for your own pleasure or layer it over the original perfume for all-day deliciousness. Order it online from Amazon!
19. Kenzo KENZO World Silky Body Mist
Silky soft skin and an upscale scent? Sign us up! Made with emollients, this is a great skin-nourishing formula. This body mist is a subdued version of KENZO World, so it is floral but mature, with notes of jasmine and peony. Ambroxan gives a stable, clean base and ensures that once you spray it on your skin, it’ll stick around albeit softly. Grab it from Sephora!
20. Cartier Carat Perfumed Hair and Body Mist
Cartier joined the body mist game with this exquisite offering. It’s a body spray version of their amazing Carat perfume, which is a floral and fresh green scent that is fresh and lively. The body mist has the same vibe but toned-down. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a cooling, refreshing, and unusual scent. Find it at Nordstrom!
21. Bath and Body Works Fine Fragrance Mist At The Beach
There’s not much complexity to this beachy scent from Bath and Body Works, but then again, if it was complex, would it really be BB&W? Despite the simplicity of this salt, coconut, and bergamot scent (with a hint of floral at the top), we still appreciate it. The mist doesn’t overstay its welcome, but it’s a quick and easy body spray when you want to feel like you’re on vacation. Pick it up from Amazon!
22. Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Bed & Body Mist
This is a spray for both your body and your bedsheets. It’s a very hydrating formula imbued with glycerin and rice milk, so your skin will feel touchably hydrated. Sakura (i.e. cherry blossom) is the dominant scent here, and it’s one of the few florals that can work well on its own. It’s a little sweet but mature and sexy. You can get it from Dermstore.
23. JR Watkins Natural Hydrating Body Oil Mist, Coconut Milk & Honey
This super moisturizing body oil mist is made with a heaping dose of apricot oil. Even though it’s primarily a nourishing formula, it still has a strong and long-lasting fragrance. Coconut is the star here, and it’s made even sweeter and warmer by the addition of honey. We think that despite the coconut, it could still work well in winter. Buy it from Amazon!
What Is a Body Mist and Why Do You Need It?
A body mist is a fragrance liquid that comes in a spray bottle. It is usually made with water, alcohol, and a perfume blend that can include both synthetic scents and essential oils. It can be applied all over the body and is best used right after a shower. In addition to giving you a really lovely scent, a body spray can also help lightly moisturize the skin, especially if you’re using an oil body mist.
Body Mist vs. Perfume vs. Deodorant
It’s fair if our description left you a little confused – after all, body mists sure do sound a lot like perfume, don’t they? The main difference is the concentration of fragrance compounds.
Perfumes rarely contain water – instead, they’re made with alcohol and a whole load of whatever clever fragrance the perfume master had developed. Whereas body mists emit a light scent that dissipates after 1-4 hours, perfumes go on very strong at the start, and they gradually fade throughout the day.
Some perfumes will last for up to 24 hours, although most formulas last for 5-12 hours. It’s very easy to over-apply perfume and make yourself a nuisance to the people around you.
Some people are also confused by the difference between body sprays and deodorants, especially because some deodorants come in the form of a spray. The main difference is the purpose.
Whereas a body spray is just supposed to make you smell nice, a deodorant is actually supposed to neutralize the bad odors that pop up as a result of sweat and bacteria. Deodorants are made with both antimicrobial agents as well as pleasant fragrances, while body mists only contain the fragrance along with some skin-conditioning agents.
How to Use a Body Mist?
Using a body mist is easy and, unlike with perfume, it’s virtually fool-proof!
• The best time to use a body mist is right after you get out of the shower. While your skin is still damp, apply either a fragrance-free body moisturizer or a moisturizer with a scent that complements your body mist.
• Next, before getting dressed, take your body mist and lightly spray it all over your body.
• Angle it from above, so that you will only need 2-3 sprays to cover yourself lightly, rather than overdoing it by spraying every inch of your skin.
• If you prefer, you can also focus the body mist on your pulse points like the neck and wrists, although this is often less impactful than it would be with a traditional perfume.
• Finally, when the mist dries down, you can get dressed and go about your day. You can bring your body mist with you to refresh at the midday mark.
• You can also spritz your hair, assuming your body mist won’t clash with any hair products that you use.
• If your skin is sensitive, you can spray the body mist on a jacket or a scarf instead of directly on your skin where it can irritate.
Tips for Making Your Body Spray Last Longer
The fragrance of a body mist tends to dissipate very quickly, but that’s a feature, not a bug. It’s the reason why body sprays are less expensive than perfumes and why they’re frequently given to teens.
Because body mists are so light, it’s okay that they fade quickly. It’s not a hassle to reapply, and you don’t need to worry about overdoing it. Ultimately, the best way to ensure that your body mist lasts a while is to just keep a travel-sized bottle in your purse!
However, you can also ensure that the scent of your body mist sticks around by layering it, which is actually how expert perfumers recommend that it be used. The key to this is to use a wide range of scented body products from the same family.
With Dior and Chanel products, for example, you can actually buy sets of body wash, lotion, perfume, and body mist. When you use them all in a row (with the body mist last), the result is layers of scent that gradually fade one by one throughout the day in a lovely and gradual way, but you remain smelling divine for a lot longer than if you were to only use one product.
If your reason for using body mists is specifically to avoid perfumes, just having a base layer of a scented body cream can still help with longevity.
It’s also possible to layer body mists with perfumes that have a different fragrance, but if that’s the case, make sure the two scents pair nicely together. You can even have some fun experimenting with your own scent combinations!
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