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5 DIY Cooling Sprays for Face and Body

Updated on July 23, 2017
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5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays
5 DIY Cooling Face and Body Sprays | Source

A cooling spray is a must when you feel hot and humid. Whether you need a quick spritz of coolness for your red face or for your tired feet, these DIY recipes are guaranteed to help you feel refreshed.

Spray bottles are also very portable, and I wish I had one with me when I was travelling abroad. I especially needed it when I went to Singapore. After getting off an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles, I was greeted with heat and humidity. The heat was so stifling, it left me feeling breathless. My face was also stinging from the sun's strong rays. I spent three glorious days in Singapore darting in and out of shops just to get some air conditioning to temporarily cool down my stinging skin.

Aloe vera can easily be grown at home in a garden or in a pot.
Aloe vera can easily be grown at home in a garden or in a pot. | Source

1. Aloha Aloe Vera Spray

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp of aloe vera gel
  • 3 tbsp of witch hazel
  • 3 – 4 drops of peppermint essential oil (You can substitute with spearmint, eucalyptus, or lavender oil.)
  • 1 small, dark spray bottle
  • Small funnel (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add all the ingredients into your bottle in the order shown above.
  2. Screw on the cap and give the bottle a good shake to combine the ingredients.
  3. Store it in a cool, dark cupboard in between uses. Keep it in the fridge for extra coolness.
  4. Always shake before using.
  5. It should last up to 3 months.

Tips:

  • Aloe vera and witch hazel can be drying, so if you have dry skin, use the spray sparingly. Aloe vera juice may be used in place of the gel. You should limit use to 3 – 4 times per day on your face.
  • Make a larger quantity and pour a portion of it into a small portable bottle for everyday use. Mix the peppermint with ¼ cup of aloe juice and keep it in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • After each drop of peppermint, test the mixture on your skin. This essential oil is potent, so 1 or 2 drops may be sufficient for you.
  • If you have very sensitive skin, omit the peppermint oil.
  • If you're using this spray for your feet, you can add in a few more drops (5-6) of peppermint because the feet are far less sensitive than the face.

Where to Buy Quality Aloe Vera

You should use natural, high-quality aloe vera gel when you can. Many gels sold by commercial brands contain chemicals or ingredients that are seriously suspect, but the choice is up to you.

The ingredients that you should avoid when purchasing aloe vera gel are: parabens, carrageenan, retinyl palmitate, fragrance oils, and polysorbate 20.

I recommend the following suppliers and brands for high quality at a good value.

  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Aubrey Organics
  • Aloe Farms

Lavender has natural healing and cooling properties.
Lavender has natural healing and cooling properties. | Source

2. Lavender Rose Facial Spritz

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup of rosewater
  • 5 – 8 drops of lavender essential oil (You can substitute it with peppermint oil.)
  • 1 small, dark spray bottle
  • Funnel (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Add the first two ingredients using the order above.
  2. Close the bottle and give it a good shake.
  3. Store your spray in a cool, dark place in between uses.
  4. Gently shake it before each use.
  5. Use within a month.

Tips:

  • Never exceed the recommended amount of essential oil. The diffusion ratio is important.
  • Homemade rosewater is easy to make if you have roses on hand.
  • Test the strength of the spray on your skin after adding each drop of lavender oil. You may find that a few drops are sufficient.

Green tea is full of antioxidants.
Green tea is full of antioxidants. | Source

3. Green Tea Beach Cooler Spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 2 bags of green tea
  • 1 – 2 cups of ice cold water
  • 1 small spray bottle

Instructions:

  1. Steep the tea bags in ice cold water for a couple of hours.
  2. Pour the tea into your mist bottle.
  3. Keep it in the fridge in between uses.

Tips:

  • Green tea has many health and skin benefits, including being rich in antioxidants and being a great remedy for sunburn.
  • Those with oily or acne-prone skin will really benefit from applying green tea to their skin.
  • Always remember to regularly apply sunscreen when at the beach. This spray is not a substitute for sun protection.

Cucumbers are excellent for rehydrating the skin.
Cucumbers are excellent for rehydrating the skin. | Source

4. Cool as a Cucumber Facial Mist

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of rosewater
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tsp of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 spray bottle
  • A blender
  • A small glass bowl
  • Cheesecloth
  • A chopping board
  • A sharp knife
  • A whisk (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Chop your cucumber into small pieces and throw them into the blender.
  2. Blitz on high for about a minute.
  3. Place the cheesecloth over a bowl and use it to strain the juice from the cucumber.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients into the bowl.
  5. Whisk everything together or pour the mixture into the blender and blitz it for 10–15 seconds (or until everything is fully blended).
  6. Pour the final concoction into your spray bottle.
  7. Store your spray in the fridge in between uses.
  8. Use within a week.

Tips:

  • If you will be out in the sun or you have sensitive skin, omit the lemon juice as lemon can cause sun sensitivity and skin irritation.
  • If you want to dilute this, use some distilled or bottled water.
  • Cucumber and aloe vera gel are good for relieving sunburn.
  • Don’t throw away the cucumber pulp. Use it as a face mask for instant cooling and rehydration.

Peppermint can easily be grown in a container in the kitchen.
Peppermint can easily be grown in a container in the kitchen. | Source

5. Nature’s Best Cooling Spray

Ingredients:

  • 4 tsp of green tea
  • 1 cup of lavender flowers
  • 1 oz of peppermint leaves
  • 2 tsp of fresh aloe vera gel
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • Spray glass bottle
  • 2 small glass bowls
  • Cheesecloth

Instructions:

  1. Add the green tea, peppermint leaves, and lavender flowers to the bowl, and then pour in the water.
  2. Allow everything to steep for 15–20 minutes.
  3. Strain the tea through the cheesecloth into a second bowl.
  4. Add the aloe vera gel and mix everything together.
  5. Pour the tea mixture into your glass spray bottle.
  6. Store in a cool, dark place and use it within a week.

Tips:

  • Fresh aloe vera gel may be substituted with quality store-bought gel.
  • Only use the flowers of the lavender plant. Don't use the leaves or stem.

Easy Witch Hazel Body Spray

The Ingredients and Their Benefits

Who needs expensive commercial facial sprays filled with questionable ingredients when you can naturally cool down your skin using aloe vera, peppermint, lavender, cucumber, and green tea.

In addition to being natural coolants, these ingredients are packed with vitamins that offer many benefits to the skin.

  1. Rosewater: Reduces redness and swelling. It is soothing and has mild astringent properties.
  2. Witch Hazel: A cooling astringent. It is a healing and soothing plant.
  3. Aloe Vera Gel: Cooling, healing, improves blood circulation, and skin elasticity.
  4. Green Tea: Rich in antioxidants, cooling, reduces redness, healing, and anti-aging.
  5. Cucumber: Cooling, hydrating, reduces puffiness, and softens and refreshes the skin.
  6. Lemon: Exfoliating, refreshing, invigorating, and astringent.
  7. Peppermint Essential Oil: Cooling, energizing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and refreshing.
  8. Lavender Essential Oil: Anti-inflammatory, cooling, antiseptic, and soothing. It is suitable for all skin types and is one of the most versatile essential oils.

Cooling down French style. Sightseeing is hard on the feet.
Cooling down French style. Sightseeing is hard on the feet. | Source

When to Use Cooling Sprays

  • Hot weather
  • High humidity
  • Travelling
  • After exercising or playing sports
  • At work
  • When you're sweating
  • When you're sticky
  • Too much indoor heating
  • Menopause
  • Hormonal changes
  • Itchy Skin
  • Clammy Skin
  • Gardening

Which is your favorite spray?

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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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      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 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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      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 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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      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 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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      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 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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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 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 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 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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      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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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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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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      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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      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.