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Misto: The Gourmet Oil Misting Spray Pump you can use for Cooking or DIY Beauty (+ Recipe Ideas!)

Updated on November 30, 2012
The Misto oil sprayer can be used for cooking oil or with other scented oils for beauty skin care purposes!
The Misto oil sprayer can be used for cooking oil or with other scented oils for beauty skin care purposes! | Source

The Misto Pump Oil Sprayer is a fantastic gadget. I have one in the kitchen for cooking purposes, and one in the bathroom for my beauty routine! Below, I'll share several ideas for each.

The Misto has a fine misting spray nozzle which means your cooking or beauty oil lasts longer because you use less of it than just pouring it out of the bottle, so you can save money by making your own oil spray and aren't limited to those you can find at the store. it's a healthier option in cooking because using less means fewer calories, but it works without aerosol or any chemical propellants, so you know exactly what's going into your food (or onto your skin) is what you put into the bottle and nothing else!

Since it is refillable, it is also more environmentally friendly since you won't be generating as much waste from empty cans AND you aren't contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer with the aerosol components!


Did you know??

"Misto" is an Italian word that means mixed.

How to Use the Misto Pump Sprayer

The Misto sprayer is super easy to use; you fill the bottle halfway (because it needs that much room to pressurize properly), replace the top with the spray nozzle by screwing on tightly, then put the cap on and pump it about 10 times or until you feel resistance. That's it, you're ready to spritz!

Keep reading for several ideas on using your Misto for cooking and beauty!

Misto Oil Pump Sprayer for Cooking

For Cooking

Uses for your Misto pump sprayer in the kitchen:

  • Use as you would any aerosol cooking spray, to coat a cooking surface such as a grill or pan to prevent food from sticking.
  • Add flavor to your dishes without adding too many calories. Try spritzing on pasta or salad. Use with any oil, vinegar, lemon or lime juice. You can even mix oil and vinegar and use to evenly coat your salad greens for the perfect amount of flavor while keeping it light!
  • Mix a flavored oil or more expensive oil (such as truffle oil) with olive or vegetable oil to boost flavor and extend your budget. Experiment with different oils and ratios for a taste you love!

HINT: Truffle oil is delicious on pasta or veggies, especially asparagus, or try it on baked sweet potato fries or french fries for a fabulous gourmet flavor!


  • Be careful not to use any oil with food particles in, like herbs or pepper, as these could possibly clog the nozzle.
  • Keep your oil sprayer in the pantry or cabinet, or other room-temperature location, NOT in the refrigerator. Most oils tend to solidify below room temp, which would prevent the sprayer from working.
  • It is recommended that you clean your Misto every 6-8 weeks. DO NOT put in dishwasher! (See below for washing instructions)

Misto Oil Sprayer with Olive Oil for your hair

For Beauty

Not only is it great in the kitchen for cooking, but I've found another excellent way to put the Misto oil pump sprayer to good use as part of my DIY beauty arsenal! I can fill it with an oil that's good for moisturizing the skin, and I can make my own delicious scents if I choose, using essential oils in the mix.

Some oils that are good for the skin:

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Avocado Oil

You can use any of these oils by themselves in your Misto sprayer, or you can add a few drops of any scented essential oil. I encourage you to experiment to find a combination you like! One of my favorites is a few drops (3 or 4) or orange essence in Almond oil. Sometimes I add a couple of drops of Bergamot along with the orange for a deliciously spicy aroma!

Fill the bottle only halfway and replace the spray nozzle, then pump 10 times or until you feel the resistance. Then spray on your skin - arms, legs, feet, knees, elbows, all over! And massage in with your hands. Natural oils make great moisturizers, and they are free of chemicals unlike many other typical moisturizers that we might have in our beauty cabinet.


Use the oil after you bathe while your skin is still slightly damp. This will lock in the moisture and give you an extra boost of softness!

You can use any of the above mentioned oils on your face if used alone. I do not recommend using any essential oil or scented combination on your face, as it could possibly cause redness or irritation. Spray the oil onto your fingertips and then rub your hands together, then use your fingers to spread the oil evenly over your face.

You can also use any of these oils (scented or otherwise) as a hair treatment! Spritz onto the length of your hair, avoiding the crown and scalp if possible and massage through to ends with your fingertips. Comb through your hair, then leave in for up to 30 minutes. Wash your hair as normal. Alternatively, use a smaller amount on your fingertips and just treat the ends of your hair where you may have damage and split ends. You can use this method after you style your hair if you are careful to not use too much!

HINT: The Misto is often sold in a 2-pack, so you can get one for cooking and one for beauty!

How to Clean your Misto Pump Sprayer

It is recommended that you clean your Misto pump sprayer every 6-8 weeks. DO NOT put it in the dishwasher! Wash with hot soapy water:

Discard remaining oil, if any. Fill the bottle halfway with hot tap water and add one drop of liquid dishwashing detergent. Pump 15 times and spray for 15 seconds. Remove the top and rinse out the bottle. Fill again halfway with only hot water this time, pump 15 times and spray for 15 seconds to get any soap residue out of the nozzle.


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    • jezebellamina profile image

      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks for dropping by, vespawoolf! I love using oils to moisturize too, but kept making such a mess when trying to apply straight out of a bottle. I already knew the Misto worked well in the kitchen, so I adopted the second one for this purpose. Problem solved, no more oil spills on the bathroom floor!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I use oils to moisturize but had never considered using my Misto for application! Mine is actually neglected right now, so I plan to get it out and give it a nice warm bath. Thank you for inspiring me to brush the cobwebs from my Misto!

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      Jessica 5 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Thanks for reading, Angela, and I appreciate the follow.

      I just checked out your page and your Margarita Pedicure caught my eye. I'm now following you too, and I look forward to reading more of your hubs. I especially love DIY Beauty stuff :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Very detailed hub. Nicely written and put togather.