An outing in the sun does have its disadvantages – suntan, sunburn, etc. If you are looking for a soothing after-sun relief, a spritzer is a great choice.
There are times when it is difficult to apply or massage your skin, especially if it is sunburn. Those times, a spritzer really does the job and all you need is to spray your sunburn away! I wanted to prepare an all-natural after-sun spritzer, considering I live in a tropical place and can’t really escape sun fully!
Aloe Vera Gel – 30 Ml
Distilled Water – 10 Ml.
Witch Hazel – 15 Ml
Lavender Essential Oil – 7 Drops
German Chamomile Essential Oil – 7 Drops
Add all the ingredients to your blender jar and whisk with a hand blender.
Transfer contents to a spritzer and use as needed.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
This is an all-natural recipe and tends to separate sometimes. You can add a gelling agent Polysorbate 20 to keep it in tact, and also a preservative like Germaben II or Phenonip for longer shelf life.
You can add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil if you like the chillness it gives, however, I prefer adding Menthol Crystals better.
I also do another version of this recipe, where I also use Chamomile Tea and freeze recipe.
I alternate between Chamomile Tea and Rose Water and Cucumber Juice depending on my mood and requirements. However, I don’t need the essential oils when I use Rose Water, though they can be added if needed.
I have used fresh Aloe Vera Gel from the plant for the recipe, since most store-bought ones have preservatives (often Vitamin C, which can be counterproductive here) or other ingredients like gelling agents and chemical preservatives. If you are allergic to Aloe Vera, or can’t get fresh Aloe Gel, use Rose Water and Cucumber Juice, or just Rose Water, or Cucumber Juice or Chamomile Tea instead.
Since this version doesn’t have any preservatives, there’s no shelf life per se. I usually keep it refrigerated or frozen, prepare smaller batches and keep the stash fresh at all times. However, if you use preservative, you can extend the shelf life to a week or more, depending on the preservative you use.
How to Use the Recipe?
Just spray on your skin, or rub the frozen cube across your skin for welcome relief from sunburn and much needed after-sun care.
This is a very simple and easy recipe. I highly recommend you preparing smaller batches and keeping the recipe natural, if possible. However, in the event you don’t have time to prepare every now and then, freeze it and use, or use the preservative options that are mild on your skin. Don’t forget to feed us back with your results and tweaks that worked well.
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