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5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays

Updated on June 19, 2013
5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays
5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays | Source

Cool and Portable

Having a simple easily made product in a spray for those moments when we feel all hot and bothered is a must.

Whether it is for our red faces that need a quick spritz of coolness or for our feet which feel like they are twice the size during humid and hot weather, these uncomplicated recipes are the answer.

Having a cool down portable spray is so handy to have and something I wish I had thought of on so many occasions, particularly when travelling abroad. The one time that sticks out was when I arrived in Singapore after an 18 hour flight from Los Angeles.

It was November and the humidity and heat that greeted me off the plane was stifling and left me feeling breathless and my face stinging.

3 glorious days in Singapore were spent on occasions darting in and out of shops to get some air con as a quick remedy of cooling down my tingling skin, if albeit temporarily.

These ideas are perfect for travelling with, in the sports bag, in the car, the office even for your teens to carry to school or college.

Cooling Down Elephant Style

we all need to cool down when we get too hot.
we all need to cool down when we get too hot. | Source

Cool Ingredients

With naturally cooling ingredients including Aloe Vera, Peppermint, Lavender, Cucumber and Green tea readily available, who needs the commercial facial sprays or foot cooling varieties that do not come cheap.

Apart from being natural coolants, these ingredients have many benefits to our skin and health so even better reasons to try them out.

The ingredients chosen have all featured in a variety of my homemade products making them very versatile, beneficial and cost effective. Equipment needed is reasonably basic with a few additional items (blender, cheesecloth, funnel, spray bottles) in various recipes.

Cooling Down French Style

Sightseeing is hard on the feet.
Sightseeing is hard on the feet. | Source

When to Use Cooling Sprays

  • Hot Climate
  • High Humidity
  • Travelling
  • After Sport
  • At Work
  • Sweating
  • Sticky, Uncomfortable Feeling
  • Indoor Heating
  • Exercise
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Itchy Skin
  • Clammy Skin
  • Gardening

Aloe Vera Plant

Easily grown at home in the garden or an ideal container plant.
Easily grown at home in the garden or an ideal container plant. | Source

Aloe Info

Quality, natural aloe vera gel, is the best way to go. Many commercial brands do contain chemicals or ingredients that are seriously suspect so it is a personal choice, at the end of the day.

The ingredients that you should avoid when purchasing are Parabens, Carrageenan, Retinyl Palmitate, Fragrance Oils and Polysorbate 20.

The good news is there are suppliers and brands available that are more natural and they are good value.

Mountain Rose Herbs

Aubrey Organics

Aloe Farms

Ingredients at a Glance

Rosewater – Reduces redness, swelling and is soothing with mild astringent properties.

Witch Hazel – A cooling, astringent, healing and soothing plant.

Aloe Vera Gel – Cooling, healing, improves blood circulation and skin elasticity.

Green Tea – Rich in antioxidants, cooling, reduces redness, healing, anti-aging, sun protecting properties when used in conjunction with sunscreen.

Cucumber – Cooling, hydrating, reduces puffiness, softens and refreshes the skin.

Lemon – Exfoliating, refreshing, invigorating, astringent are some of the many benefits to the skin.

Peppermint Essential Oil – Cooling, energizing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and refreshing.

Lavender Essential Oil – sunburn, anti-inflammatory, cooling, antiseptic, soothing, suitable for all skin types it is one of the most versatile essential oils.

American Witch Hazel

witch hazel is an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the Hamamelis virginiana species.
witch hazel is an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the Hamamelis virginiana species. | Source

1. Aloha Aloe Vera Spray

3 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel

3 tbsp Witch Hazel

3 – 4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

1 Small Dark Mist Sprayer Bottle

Small Funnel (optional)

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients in the order shown into your bottle.
  • Screw on the cap and give a good shake to combine the ingredients.
  • This Aloha spray is ready to use!
  • Store in the fridge (for extra coolness) or a cool dark cupboard in-between using.
  • Always shake before using.
  • Should last up to 3 months.

Tips:

Aloe Vera and witch hazel can be drying on the skin so if you have dry skin, go easy with this. Oily skin will love it for this reason and find it so beneficial. Maximum use on the face should be limited to 3 – 4 times per day.

Make a larger quantity to decanter into a small handbag size bottle for everyday use.

After each drop of Peppermint, give it a try as this essential oil is potent and 1 or 2 drops may be sufficient for you.

If you have very sensitive skin, drop the Peppermint oil out of the recipe.

For feet only cool spray, use the aloe vera gel and the peppermint. Add in a few more drops (5-6 drops) of peppermint since the feet are far less sensitive than the face and will benefit from the energizing qualities of this oil.

Aloe Vera juice may be used in place of the gel if you have very dry skin. Mix the peppermint with ¼ cup of juice and keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Alternative cooling essential oils are Spearmint, Eucalyptus and Lavender.

Fragrant Lavender

lavender has natural healing and cooling properties in skin care.
lavender has natural healing and cooling properties in skin care. | Source

2. Lavender Rose Facial Spritz

¼ Cup Rosewater

5 – 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil

1 Small Dark Spray Bottle

Funnel (optional)

Method:

  • Add the two ingredients in order given.
  • Apply cap and give a few shakes.
  • Spritz away!
  • Store your spray in a cool dark place in-between using.
  • Give a gentle shake before each use.
  • Use within a month.

Tips:

Do not ever exceed essential oil drops, the diffusion ratio is important.

Substitute lavender oil with peppermint for a change.

Homemade rosewater is easy to make if you have Roses growing or fancy giving it a go by purchasing a bunch in the market.

Test the strength of your spritz on your skin after each drop of lavender, you may find a few drops are sufficient.

Green Tea

full of antioxidants
full of antioxidants | Source

3. Green Tea Beach Cooler Spray

1 – 2 Green Tea Bags

1 – 2 Cups Ice Cold Water

Small Mist Spray Bottle

Method:

  • Steep the tea bags in the ice cold water for a couple of hours.
  • Pour into your mist bottle.
  • Beach ready to keep you looking and feeling cool!
  • Keep in the fridge in-between use.

Tips:

Green tea has many health and skin benefits including being rich in anti-oxidants and a great ingredient for sunburn.

Oily skin or acne prone skin will love this ingredient and will benefit from it in any number of homemade face products including face masks.

If heading out for the day to the beach with the family make a larger quantity in advance to keep everyone refreshed and cool. Always remember to apply sunscreen regularly when at the beach, this spray is not in place of your sun protection.

Fresh Cooling Cucumber

cucumbers are excellent for re-hydrating the skin.
cucumbers are excellent for re-hydrating the skin. | Source

4. Cool As A Cucumber Facial Mist

1 tbsp Rosewater

1 Cucumber

1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel

1 tsp Lemon Juice

Spray Bottle

Blender

Small Glass Bowl

Cheesecloth

Chopping Board

Sharp Knife

Method:

Chop up your cucumber into small pieces and place in the blender.

Blitz it on high for about a minute.

Place the cheesecloth over your bowl and strain the juice from the cucumber through it.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl.

Give a good mix to combine the ingredients or pop back into the blender for 10 – 15 seconds or until you are happy that everything is fully blended.

Pour into your spray bottle and you are ready to go!

Store your spray in the fridge in-between use.

Use within a week.

Tips:

If going out into the sun or have sensitive skin, omit the lemon juice as lemon can be sun sensitive and cause skin irritation.

If you want to dilute this use some distilled or bottled water.

This is an excellent one for face and body, perfect for relieving sunburn.

Don’t throw away the cucumber pulp; pop it on the skin, under the eyes or as a face mask for instant cooling and re-hydrating benefits.

Peppermint

this herb can be easily grown in a container for the kitchen.
this herb can be easily grown in a container for the kitchen. | Source

5. Nature’s Best Cooling Spray

4 tsp Green Tea

1 Cup Lavender Flowers

1 oz Peppermint Leaves

2 tsp Fresh Aloe Vera Gel

2 Cups Distilled Water

Spray Glass Bottle

2 Small Glass Bowl

Cheesecloth

Method:

  • Add the green tea, peppermint leaves and lavender flowers to the bowl and pour over the water.
  • Allow to steep for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Strain through the cheesecloth into second bowl.
  • Add the aloe vera gel and mix together.
  • Pour into your glass spray bottle and apply the lid.
  • Enjoy nature’s very own cooling remedy from your garden!
  • How cool is that?
  • Store in a cool dark place and use within a week.

Tips:

Fresh aloe vera gel may be switched for quality store bought gel.

Only the flowers of lavender are used, not the leaves or stem.

Easy Witch Hazel Body Spray

Oatmeal Moisturizing Facial Spray

Which is your favorite spray?

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love the variety of different sprays....Living in Arizona where it is hot and dry. We are little cooler than Phoenix which reaches over 110 most of the summer. I have most of these ingredients...where is the best place to buy the dark bottles and containers for our products? Thanks as always for a great hub...The usual up and pins etc.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That sounds very.....are you ready for it.....cool! LOL

      These are actually great suggestions....I am interested!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Have a great day my friend.

      bill

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      deergha 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      A wonderful hub and nice suggestions. Thank you. Shared and votes up.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      What a perfect idea for warmer weather! Great range of suggestions here.

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Awesome hub! I'll definitely try some of these cooling spray recipes. It's been so hot here in California this year. And the hottest month of the year (July) is approaching!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      So glad you enjoyed this, I was thinking of all my friends, including your good self, who live with high temperatures. and this came to me! i find mountainrose herbs a great online supplier for bottles, containers, ingredients and more. Quality is exceptional and prices good. Good info on site too for different ingredients. many thanks for your support votes and pin, always great to receive :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      OMG . . . he is INTERESTED in a hub of mine!!!!!!!!!

      Maybe it was the threat of MJ wearing a cherry face mask put you under pressure! LOL

      Delighted you enjoyed my friend, you are one cool dude!!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi dghbrh,

      Many thanks for visiting and comment, hope you give one a go! Shares and votes appreciated greatly :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Lovely to have you visit and comment. A cooling spray is a must for the warm days, we hit 20 C here the other day and no doubt there were lobsters all over the beaches burnt to a crisp! Many thanks for the interest an support :0)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Om,

      Lovely to see you and do hope you get to try a few out for your hot summer days in CA. Enjoy and stay cool :-)

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      I love the idea of making your own cooling face or body spray. I also love the variety of recipes you provide here. Thank you for sharing another wonderful hub.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I like the variety of sprays. The simplest one is the green tea one. I always have those ingredients!

      This is a fantastic idea, especially on those nasty hot and humid days.

      Voted up, and sharing.

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      You always have interesting, informative and useful articles. I will definitely try some of these natural and refreshing sprays. Thanks for sharing! (Voted Up) Take care. -Rose

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Nothing better for the hot dry heat of summer, hope you get to make one, they are easy and quick to make. Appreciate your interest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      I was thinking of you going out for a day in the sun so hope this spray comes in handy for travelling with you! i find portable ones to throw into the handbag, glove compartment or have at home so good. Definitely will be using for next travel trip (hopefully it will be our final move trip) Thanks for the votes always a pleasure!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      How nice of you to say, it is such a compliment, thank you. I try to write what interests me and thinking of what makes good recipes for everyone to try for benefits to skin and pockets! Appreciate the thumbs up on this and hope you get to make soon :-)

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      Troy Fissan 4 years ago

      These are a great gift idea. I'm going to make the first one and give it to my girlfriend as a birthday present. She's always telling me I don't have to spend a lot of money on her gifts but this is the perfect combination of low price and moderate effort. I really appreciate these "recipes". Thank you.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Troy,

      How good to hear you are planning on making for your girlfriend, what a lovely partner you are! I am sure she will be appreciative of the fact you made from scratch and it is something useful she will find great for summer cooling! Thanks so much for letting me know of your plans and hope you have fun making and passing on the spray :-)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      This hub reminds of growing up. Every summer I visited my grandparents in Germany and sometimes it was quite warm. My grandparents would always have a little bottle of 4711 and when it got hot they would dab a little on the insides of their wrists. Of course I had to try it too and amazingly it worked. Not sure why, but now it makes a little more sense.

      These are some great cool down options and I will have to give it a try.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi GTF,

      Ah . . .4711 remember it well too! I can still see the bottle and smell it! I used to love this cologne, memories! Many thanks for checking this out, hope you get a chance to try a few out this summer!

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      O my, I have to try these recipes. I always have green teas and lavender essential oil in my cupboard. I wish I have known this when I was still in the hot and humid Philippines. Anyway, there´s next time and summer is in Germany, too. Thanks for sharing another awesome DIY. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      So good to have you check this out, always lovely to have your comments. These simple cooling sprays are so handy to have whenever you need "cooling down" - cheers for your support, have a super weekend!

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