As with many aspects of the Fragrance Industry, nomenclature is often confusing and different among brands. This frequently occurs around classifications or descriptions of fragrance strengths. These points of confusion also arise out of the different cultures in which the brands are established or to whom they cater. One perfect example of such confusion lies in the classification of Body Sprays versus Body Mists versus Deodorants (as well as Antiperspirants).
Each of the three product categories aim to achieve the same goal - to make you smell good! More specifically, Body Sprays and Deodorants aim to achieve this by targeting their points of application in certain parts of the body (i.e., armpits, chest). These fragrances categories are MOST OFTEN (but not always) aimed at eliminate and neutralizing natural body odors. That is to say, Body Sprays and Deodorants are intended to be applied directly to the skin. Another common (not but permanent) characteristic of Body Sprays and Deodorants is their frequent use of alcohol in formulations. The alcohol neutralizes the bacteria that cause body odor which is why it is a common ingredient.
Body Mists on the other hand, frequently lack the body odor fighting capabilities and act more as a light, layered fragrance. Body Mists are most often made for women and are most often significantly more affordable than their perfume or eau de toilette counterparts. Body Mists are so light that they are often applied to the body multiple times a day to refresh the scent. Women frequently apply body mists before work, before/after lunch, or whenever they feel the need to enhance their scent. In terms of oil concentrations, they are the lightest of all true fragrances (i.e., fragrances not intended to fight body odor production). Maybe the most common and popular body mists that come to mind are those of Victoria's Secret Canada. Light, present and short, lived, Body Mists are a great way to temporarily enhance your fragrance aurora.