Monday, June 6, 2016

DIY Cooling Summer Spray

I don't know about where you live, but Florida is hot in the summer. HOT. Today I went outside to get my mail and I was sweating bullets before I even got back inside. Ridiculous!

This "Cooling Summer Spray" is a great way to stay cool in the heat. You can take anywhere when are going to spend more than 5 minutes outside (or get the mail). It would be awesome to take on vacations, camping, to the beach or lake, outdoor weddings, theme parks, hiking, dog parks or anywhere else that you may be outside for longer than 5 minutes.

This DIY Spray is a fantastic way to make the outdoors more inviting, smell amazing, and you won't be a big pile of sweat at the end of the night. Sounds pretty great, huh?

DIY Cooling Summer Spray for the Outdoors. Great for camping, hiking, the beach and more!

Cooling Summer Spray
First, I have to say that this recipe is adapted from The Wellness Mama and you can check out her original post for Peppermint Cooling Spray here. Don't worry-- I'll explain my logic and you can be free to choose whichever works best for you. But first... you need the recipe!
Add the pinch of salt to the spray bottle, add your essential oils to the salt and then add the witch hazel. Making it in this order will allow the salt to disperse better throughout the witch hazel rather than having the oils sit on top of the solution. 

I use this when I'm going out in the heat. It's great to spray on my feet, face (avoid the eyes), chest, or back of the neck to cool down.

DIY Cooling Summer Spray to help with the heat. It's also a great outdoor spray to keep you annoyance free.

Why These Ingredients?
If you follow my blog, you probably know that I'm a no fuss kind of girl. I like things simple, easy and effective or it's not really worth doing. 

I also like to make things that have multiple purposes if I can. Heck, why not?! After all, the summer heat brings other "joys" so as a bonus to cooling, the essential oils in this mix also help to keep the outdoors annoyance free. {wink wink nudge nudge}

Witch Hazel: I decided to omit the aloe because aloe typically shortens the lifespan of a DIY and some people will claim it causes the DIY to be "sticky". Witch hazel itself is a fantastic cooling spray, but adding the essential oils give it some umph. 

Make sure that you buy non-alcoholic witch hazel because regular witch hazel can be very drying and irritating especially to sensitive or dry skin. I recommend Thayer's Witch Hazel. If you choose to use alcoholic witch hazel, you may want to avoid spraying it on your face or hair. 

Peppermint Essential Oil: With the high menthol content, peppermint is extremely cooling but also extremely concentrated. It works wonders, but it can quickly go from pleasantly cooling to "Omgeeeee.. my face is on fire" so don't willy nilly add a bunch of peppermint to this DIY. 

Eucalyptus Radiata: This is another cooling essential oil that I love which is also great for the outdoors. I think the combination of scents make this a really lovely, fresh smelling spray. 

Lemongrass:  I just love the scent of lemongrass and it's a great addition to any outdoor spray so I wanted to have it in my recipe! But if you don't enjoy lemongrass, then you can substitute with palmarosa, purification, or any scent that you think pairs well with Peppermint and Eucalyptus just for a fun signature scent. 

P.S. But be careful with adding scents like lavender if you are going to be in a garden or area with a lot of pollinators since it can attract them to you.  If you're going to be in the direct sun, you may also want to avoid citrus oils since they are photosensitive. 

Happy Summer! Stay cool, my friend!

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Sherri Griffin
Sherri Griffin

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  1. Where do you find Witch Hazel, without Aloe Very?

    1. If you click on any of the pink links next to the witch hazel in the article it'll take you to the brand I buy, but you can find it at some holistic stores and online.



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