DIY – Homemade Poo Pourri

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Updated: 10/15/2019

My wife brought home some poo-poo spray one night and I asked her how much it cost for this 2 oz bottle of water and fragrance oils. $10 for a 2 oz bottle of what I assume is mostly tap water and essential oils. Now I have to admit I used it and it does work but I know I can make something similar. And at a better price point which would make it so much better. I knew I needed an emulsifier to mix the water and fragrances together.


Alcohol is an oil emulsifier but so is something called Polysorbate 20. I found that industries use Polysorbate 20 to mix fragrances into liquids like bleach and cleansers. It’s also used in cosmetics.

What is the difference between Polysorbate 20 vs 60 vs 80?

Polysorbate 80 is oleic acid, used in food and pharmaceuticals. The food industry uses it to emulsify salad dressings and chocolates.

Polysorbate 60 is stearic acid, used in cosmetics and food. The food industry indirectly uses it as an additive to solubilize flavors and emulsify fats.

Polysorbate 20 is lauric acid, used in food, cosmetics, and personal care industries. Commonly used to solubilize oil and water.

Shopping List

Things I needed: 91% alcohol, polysorbate 20, essential oils, water, spray bottles, and pipettes.

So with an Amazon Prime account, I started to buy.

Polysorbate 20

91% Isopropyl Alcohol

Essential Oils Set

Small Glass Spray Bottles (2 oz bottles)

How to make your own poo-poo spray.

Polysorbate 20 Version

I think this version is the closest you’ll get to the original. You’ll get the milky look with this version.

  • 1 spray bottle
  • ~2 oz water
  • 20-40 drops total of essential oils (amount of drops dictate strength)
  • 20-40 drops of Polysorbate 20 (match the number of drops of oil)

First mix equal amount of polysorbate 20 and essential oils, this is a key step. I did this step through trial and error the more polysorbate 20 you add the clearer the mixture will get. I did this step by adding polysorbate into the water and adding oils and it won’t have that milky look to it. I think Poo Pourri has a milky consistency so mix equal amounts of polysorbate 20 and essential oils first.

Then put 2 oz water into a spray bottle then add a mixture of oils and polysorbate.

Mix it and Bam! you have yourself some homemade Poo Spray.

Now assuming you want to make larger batches, I would guess just follow the same steps increase drops of essential oils and polysorbate 20 at equal amounts to desired strength and then add to water.

1:1 ratio of oils to polysorbate 20

Alcohol Version

  • 1 spray bottle
  • ~2 oz water
  • 20-40 drops total of essential oils (amount of drops dictate strength)
  • 60-120 drops of 91% Isopropyl Alcohol

With the alcohol version, I don’t think it makes a difference of when to mix. I’ve done water and alcohol then oils, alcohol, and oils than water. Unlike the polysorbate 20, when you mix it to water and then add oils it doesn’t have that milky consistency. So mix away and Bam! Poo-Poo Spray.

1:3 ratio of oils to alcohol


The polysorbate is the best. I hope this helps. For essential oils i’ve used: Bergamot (a citrus scent, I love Issey Miyaki and this scent is used in his cologne), Lemon, Peppermint, Pink Grapefruit, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Menthol, Lavender, and Tea Tree. All in varying concentrations and mixtures.

I also found these recipes online searching google.