Minty Vanilla Dog Spray

This Minty Vanilla Dog Spray that I keep on hand for my dogs is something I never want to be without. Like ever. And luckily, since I make this at home, I don’t have to. Yay!


Minty Vanilla Dog Spray | ©


You see, like most dogs, our Golden Retrievers – Ranger and Miss Annabelle – run and play hard outside which causes them to smell less like they’ve been freshly groomed and more like they’ve crossed paths with a foul-smelling friend while on their jaunts on the farm.


Ranger the Golden | ©


Don’t get me wrong, they are just doing their thing, which I love! I just am not the fondest of the smell that comes along with it.

A while back, we moved Annabelle back to being primarily an inside dog. This was in preparation of her being spayed and also to rest a strain she’d gotten while flipping over a huge planter on my back porch one day.

As we brought her in, my husband said, ” I just don’t want to smell her.”

With that, I was on a mission to make it next to impossible for my husband’s very perceptive sniffer to be able to detect that Annabelle was now an inside dog.

And so I bought potion after potion at the pet store to remove that smell that Annabelle just gets after she’s been running around and playing.

I have to say that many of them worked, but they came with other scents that we just didn’t like at all. It became a toss up on whether I’d rather smell dog or the spray. That’s when I knew I just needed to make something for her that I liked.

Miss Annabelle |

So, I created my own and Annabelle now smells like cupcakes.




Minty Vanilla Pet Spray | ©



I start with a small travel size spritzer bottle. I fill it nearly to the top with water and then a mixture of peppermint oilclear vanilla extract, and coconut oil.

Then, I place the top back onto the spritzer bottle and shake it until the coconut oil has completely combined with other ingredients and you don’t see bits of coconut oil in the spritzer. Alternately, I’ve also used Argan Oil,  if you’d rather use that. It does mix easier and there isn’t a need to shake as aggressively as you do with the coconut oil.

I will say to use care when using peppermint oil any other essential oils or extracts on your pets. I contacted our groomer to discuss this mixture before I used it on my dogs to make certain the spray wouldn’t harm them. Also, I sprayed it on my own arm for a day or so before I used it on my dogs. As you are spritzing your dogs with the spray, be sure to keep it away from their nose, mouth, or eyes as it may cause irritation and well, I wouldn’t want anything to be sprayed in the eyes either.


Minty Vanilla Pet Spray | ©



I hope you enjoy it. I promise, it sure makes things smell a whooooole lot bettah!


Here’s my “recipe” for Minty Vanilla Dog Spray.

Minty Vanilla Dog Spray
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 2.5 ounce
Minty Vanilla Dog Spray that keeps your pet smelling fresh and wonderful. Make this Minty Vanilla Dog Spray at home and always keep on hand for a great smelling dog!
  • 1 (2.5-ounce) spray bottle
  • 2 ounces water
  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon melted coconut oil or argan oil
  1. Remove the spray top from spray bottle and add water, peppermint oil, clear vanilla extract, and coconut oil or argan oil, whichever you prefer.
  2. Return spray top to the spray bottle and shake with vigor until well-combined.
  3. Spray onto your arm or a cloth to make sure you enjoy the fragrance.


Here’s to good smelling puppy dogs everywhere!

Robyn xo




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  1. 1

    Leigh Anne says

    I can’t wait to try this spray! I try to not put a lot of fake chemicals on myself or my dog, so thank you for making this so natural and safe for us!

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      Thanks so much, Leigh Anne. I was pretty amazed at how wonderful this smelled – especially when I compare it to all the stuff I was buying. Hope your puppy loves it as much as we do!!!

      Oh, and I now even use but as a room spray from time to time. 😉

  2. 3

    Maureen says

    Where did you buy (find) pepper mint oil. I heard it prevents critters in your pantry when a cotton ball soaked in it is placed in the area. I don’t have a dog right now, but we keep thinking about adopting. The trouble is we’re retired and travel gets in the way! I’ll remember this recipe when we settle down.

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      Hi Maureen,
      I bought my peppermint oil from Amazon. I’ve included a link in the post and recipe that takes you directly to it!

      Good luck!

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      Hi Kathy,
      Great question. I’ve always heard, and have had success, using vanilla as a repellent for mosquitos. So, I would believe that at least mosquitos should be deterred with this spray. Not sure about other bugs, such as fleas or ticks. We use a monthly heartworm medicine that does that trick, so I’ve not noticed a difference since using the spray since the medicine keeps them at bay.

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        kathy jackson says

        Wow I do give my dog his monthly heartworm medicine but I didn’t know that did anything with the fleas or ticks. I have been using the very expensive flea and tick treatments.

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    Kimi says

    Is it ok to try other scented oils? I have a few from bath and body works. I didn’t know if it had to be “food grade” oil or not.

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      Hi Audrey,
      Yes, I pulled my clear vanilla extract out of my pantry for making this spray. There are a couple of reasons I chose to use the clear, most importantly because my dogs are white and I didn’t want to discolor their coats even slightly by using a dark vanilla in the spray. Also, I knew I would be spraying the dog spray inside my house and I didn’t want it to stain any of the carpets or furniture.

      For baking, I use the clear vanilla extract often when I’m making white cakes, white frostings, or other projects where I want the end result to be as white as possible.

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    I use a dog perfume for my Brittany pup, but I’m not sure if all its ingredients are natural and non-toxic. I guess they are NOT! So, I’m glad to read that someone has found a more natural way to keep our dogs better smelling :) Thank you, I will definitely try this recipe!

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    Rochelle says

    So have you extracted the peppermint oil from leaves before? I was thinking about doing this, I have so much peppermint.

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    Wendy says

    Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to try this for sure. Regarding a previous question, you could add neem oil, but I wouldn’t as some dogs are sensitive to it and it can cause major problems. I use neem oil in products for myself, but have read it can be dangerous for dogs so I don’t want to chance it, even just a small amount..

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    Eliza says

    I saw this post on Pinterest, and I am so trying this. I ordered Mint Essential Oil on Amazon, since I have all the other ingredients. I have two dogs, one is a Black-Labradoodle with more brittle hair, and a Goldendoodle, with very soft hair. We give our dogs a weekly shower since they have hair and it gets stinky quicker. But for some reason, our Goldendoodle smells so bad, no matter what shampoo we use. I’m so hoping this makes Babes (the golden doodle) smell better. Thank you!

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    Tracey says

    You can purchase Watkins clear vanilla at Cracker Barrel Restaurant.

    I did read this on another website

    I make my own vanilla.

    1. Split 3 vanilla beans lengthwise with a sharp knife.

    2. Place in jar with 2 cups vodka.

    3. Be sure beans are completely covered with vodka.

    4. Seal tightly.

    5. Let stand in a cool, dark place for 4 to 6 months.

    6. Shake jar occasionally during the standing time.

    It lasts forever. In fact, the longer it sets, the better it gets. I made mine in a decorative green-tinted glass container and it looks great setting on the counter..

    By the way, the artificial vanilla is made with the same chemical that is used in antifreeze.

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