I've used a lot of this DIY essential oil after-sun spray this summer. LOVE it!! It moisturizes, soothes, & rejuvenates summer skin. Made with witch hazel, aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. It's a great way to cool and restore skin after hot day in the sun.

I’ve been using a lot of this after-sun spray this summer.

My daughter and I both have fair skin.  She’s a strawberry blonde and I’m a redhead.

We both love summer and spending time at the beach and our neighborhood pool, but the sun doesn’t always love us back (or maybe it loves us too much??)

We are diligent about putting on sunscreen every day, year round, but in the summer it sometimes just isn’t enough.

That’s where this wonderful spray comes in.

It’s natural ingredients soothe occasional skin irritations and rejuvenates skin.

Want a truly indulgent experience?  Keep this spray in the refrigerator.  The cool spray feels amazing after a hot day in the sun!

 

I think you’re really going to like this homemade after-sun spray.  Here are a few other favorite essential oil recipes for summer that I think you might also like:

DIY Bug Spray That Really Works!

25 of the Best Summer Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Homemade Peppermint Cooling Spray

Be Safe- Essential Oils and the Sun

 

What’s in After-Sun Spray?

This spray is made with simple, natural ingredients that you probably have around the house.

witch hazel

aloe vera gel

vitamin e

fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil)

and essential oils

 

Why use these ingredients?  What do they do?

witch hazel: refreshes and soothes skin, decreases itching, and reduces likelihood of skin peeling and flaking

aloe vera gel:  moisturizes skin, helps reduce signs of aging, soothes skin, and reduces inflammation

vitamin e oil: a great antioxidant, helps fight premature aging of skin, restores and rejuvenates dehydrated skin

fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil):  moisturizes skin

lavender essential oil:  soothes occasional skin irritations and rejuvenates skin

peppermint essential oil:  cooling

note:  peppermint essential oil is a skin irritant, so while the cooling sensation feels wonderful in the hot summer weather, do not use too much.  The last thing you want to do is irritate summer skin that is already irritated

 

How to make it {recipe and step-by-step instructions}

add 2 tablespoons of witch hazel to glass measuring cup

I've used a lot of this DIY essential oil after-sun spray this summer. LOVE it!! It moisturizes, soothes, & rejuvenates summer skin. Made with witch hazel, aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. It's a great way to cool and restore skin after hot day in the sun.

 

1/4 cup aloe vera gel

I've used a lot of this DIY essential oil after-sun spray this summer. LOVE it!! It moisturizes, soothes, & rejuvenates summer skin. Made with witch hazel, aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. It's a great way to cool and restore skin after hot day in the sun.

 

1/2 teaspoon vitamin e oil

I've used a lot of this DIY essential oil after-sun spray this summer. LOVE it!! It moisturizes, soothes, & rejuvenates summer skin. Made with witch hazel, aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. It's a great way to cool and restore skin after hot day in the sun.

 

2 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil

I've used a lot of this DIY essential oil after-sun spray this summer. LOVE it!! It moisturizes, soothes, & rejuvenates summer skin. Made with witch hazel, aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. It's a great way to cool and restore skin after hot day in the sun.

 

10 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil (substitute spearmint essential oil for the peppermint if this will be used on or around kids under 6)

I've used a lot of this DIY essential oil after-sun spray this summer. LOVE it!! It moisturizes, soothes, & rejuvenates summer skin. Made with witch hazel, aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. It's a great way to cool and restore skin after hot day in the sun.

 

mix well and pour into 4 ounce spray bottle

I've used a lot of this DIY essential oil after-sun spray this summer. LOVE it!! It moisturizes, soothes, & rejuvenates summer skin. Made with witch hazel, aloe vera gel, fractionated coconut oil, vitamin e, lavender essential oil, and peppermint essential oil. It's a great way to cool and restore skin after hot day in the sun.

 

Here’s that recipe again:

2 tablespoons witch hazel

1/4 cup aloe vera

1/2 teaspoon vitamin e

2 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil

10 drops lavender essential oil

2 drops peppermint essential oil (substitute spearmint for use on and around kids under 6)

 

How to Use After Sun Spray

While you can store it at room temperature, we love it even more when it’s cold.

Keep a bottle in the refrigerator or make after-sun ice cubes (pour mixture into a silicone ice cube tray and freeze overnight).

Then after a fun day in the sun, spray your cooled after-sun spray on your skin (make sure you avoid the area around your eyes).

And gently rub the mixture in.

We reapply the mixture at least a couple times a day.

 

Where to Get Supplies

click here for witch hazel  This is my favorite witch hazel because it’s alcohol free, paraben free, and fragrance free. It’s also  certified organic, naturally preserved, and hypoallergenic.

click here for aloe vera gel  Love this aloe vera gel!  It’s 99.75% certified organic aloe vera.  The other .25% is made up of just a few natural ingredients: seaweed extract (natural thickener), citric acid (to stabilize ph), ascorbic acid (vitamin c), and potassium sorbate (to prevent mold)

Did you know that a product labeled “aloe vera 100% gel” is often not pure aloe vera?  This misleading labeling is very common.  While it seems at first glance that it would be pure aloe vera gel, what it actually means is that it is “100% gel” with at least some aloe vera in it.  Tricky, huh?  And worse yet, those products with misleading labeling are often filled with ingredients like polysorbate-20, triethanolamine, carbomer, iodopropynol butylcarbanate, benzophenone-4, fragrance and artificial colors.

click here for vitamin e oil  This is the best vitamin e oil that I’ve found.  While many vitamin e oils are only a tiny amount of vitamin e diluted with a lost cost, low quality oil.  This one is my favorite because it is a high concentration of vitamin e (15,000 IU) in high quality, organic jojoba, avocado, and rice bran oil.

click here for fractionated coconut oil

click here for glass measuring cup

click here for mini stainless steel funnel

click here for glass 4 ounce spray bottle

click here for essential-oil-safe plastic 4 ounce spray bottle (plastic is the best choice if you plan to take spray to pool or beach)

 

Other posts you might be interested in

DIY Bug Spray That Really Works!

25 of the Best Summer Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

Homemade Peppermint Cooling Spray

Be Safe- Essential Oils and the Sun

DIY Peppermint Foot Cream {to refresh tired feet}

20 favorite roller bottle recipes with free printable labels

31 Genius Essential Oil Tips and Hacks

25 Ways to Diffuse without a Diffuser

ultimate sugar scrub for your softest smoothest skin ever {with 15 essential oil blends so you can customize}

soft & silky whipped body butter

 

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By | 2017-04-19T11:02:32+00:00 July 26th, 2016|Essential Oils|14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Becky June 13, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Can any carrier oil be used in place of Fractionated Coconut Oil? I do not have this but have a bunch of other ones.

    • Sarah Lewis June 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

      Yes, other carrier oils will work great, too.

  2. Lucy June 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Did you create a PDF with labels and recipe cards like your other recipes?

    • Sarah Lewis June 18, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Sorry, I haven’t created a recipe card and labels for this one yet. Let me know if you all would find that helpful.

      • Lori July 13, 2017 at 12:21 am - Reply

        yes yes yes yes yes please! 🙂

  3. Kathryn July 2, 2017 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    So, mine came out creamy. I can’t exactly “pour” it out of the measuring cup into my spray bottle. Is this normal??

    • Sarah Lewis July 7, 2017 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      Hi Kathryn. I’ve never had that happen. All the ingredients are liquids and gels, so it shouldn’t be creamy. Did you possibly use solid coconut oil (the kind in the jar) instead of fractionated coconut oil (the kind that’s liquid in a bottle)? That would make it thicken up and be creamy instead of a liquid.

      • Kathryn July 23, 2017 at 11:05 pm - Reply

        I did use a fractionated coconut oil – it’s the same I use for my essential oil roller ball blends. How odd! I spent the weekend in the mountains and am using my creamy mixture on my sun-wearied skin though and it feels good. Maybe no harm in the odd mess up!

  4. Ann July 8, 2017 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Do you think it would be OK to use the aloe Vera gel from my plant? Just split open the leaves and scrape out the gel.

    • Sarah Lewis July 11, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Yes, it will work great. It will have a slightly shorter shelf life because the fresh aloe vera gel doesn’t have any preservatives and will only last for about 1 week in the refrigerator.

  5. Celina July 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    If using aloe gel purchased from a health foods store how long is shelf life without adding any preservatives?

    • Sarah Lewis July 19, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

      I keep ours for up to 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.

  6. Michelle July 31, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Would aloe Vera juice concentrate work? I can’t find gel where I live. But the store I went to had this.

    • Sarah Lewis August 5, 2017 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      I don’t believe so. Aloe vera gel and aloe vera juice come from different parts of the plant, and my understanding is that each has its different uses and benefits. It’s the gel that’s been found to be helpful for calming and soothing sunburns. You can find aloe vera gel on Amazon here http://amzn.to/2vtkadC

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