5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays
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
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
Ingredient from Rajan Jolly
- The Benefits Of Aloe Vera And Aloe Vera Juice
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- The Amazing Health Benefits Of Green Tea by rajan jolly
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When to Use Cooling Sprays
- Hot Climate
- High Humidity
- After Sport
- At Work
- Sticky, Uncomfortable Feeling
- Indoor Heating
- Hormonal Changes
- Itchy Skin
- Clammy Skin
Aloe Vera Plant
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.
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
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)
- 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.
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.
2. Lavender Rose Facial Spritz
¼ Cup Rosewater
5 – 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
1 Small Dark Spray Bottle
- 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.
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.
3. Green Tea Beach Cooler Spray
1 – 2 Green Tea Bags
1 – 2 Cups Ice Cold Water
Small Mist Spray Bottle
- 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.
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
Healthy Cucumbers by Rajan Jolly
- Health Benefits - Cucumbers
Cucumber is not only a wonderful for cooling the body in summer but also is rich in nutrients that keep one healthy. Read on the to find out the health benefits of cucumbers ...
4. Cool As A Cucumber Facial Mist
1 tbsp Rosewater
1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel
1 tsp Lemon Juice
Small Glass Bowl
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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
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Which is your favorite spray?
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