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Diy Essential Oil After-Sun Spray

DIY Essential Oil After-Sun Spray

 

Summer is here! We are so excited to lay on the beach and go to the fair, but with all the fun things we have planned, we can sometimes forget to reapply that SPF. Harsh sun rays can cause some serious damage if precautionary measures aren’t taken. Sunscreen and a hat are always recommended, but when we start to see the red and feel the burn, unwanted peeling and skin sensitivity ensue.

A cooling after sun spray might be your best friend this summer. Aloe vera soothes the skin and causes cell regeneration, while Peppermint brings cooling relief. Last but not least, Lavender is a necessity for its pain relieving, skin healing, and anti-inflammatory properties. It works as a wonderful addition for skin issues.

Combine the ingredients below, shake before spraying and apply generously over the affected areas.

What You'll Need

  • 2 oz spray bottle
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera
  • 2 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 7 drops of Peppermint
  • 13 drops of Lavender
  • Polysorbate 20 (Manufacturer’s recommended amount)
  • Preservative (Manufacturer's recommended amount)

Alternatively, you could leave out the preservative and store this product in the fridge. The shelf life will vary between one week and one month.

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Edens Garden

June 03, 2019

Hi Karen! We used 1% Optiphen Plus for this recipe, which we purchased from Lotioncrafter’s.

Karen McCann

June 03, 2019

Specifically what kind of preservative would you use, where to purchase and how much?

Edens Garden

April 02, 2019

Hi Francheska! It’s an inconsistency. However, you could still add Copaiba if you so desire (wouldn’t be a bad idea!).

Francheska Henderson

April 02, 2019

HI, just curious why copaiba is in the pic above with the peppermint and lavender but not in the recipe. :)

Edens Garden

February 08, 2019

Hi Ron! Any water based, aqueous product will develop mold, bacteria, and other microbes without a broad spectrum preservative. Adding a broad spectrum preservative will extend the shelf life of this product by approximately 6 months or longer.

Ron Stoecklein

February 08, 2019

Curious why the shelf life would only be one week? The essential oils by themselves have a much longer shelf life?

Thanks
Ron

Edens Garden

July 19, 2018

Hi Chrissy! You can purchase Polysorbate 20 on Amazon. It is not a bad ingredient, and can be found in many natural products. Polysorbate 20 makes this recipe safe to use because it solubilizes the essential oils, thus diluting them.

Chrissy

July 19, 2018

Where would u find the Polysorbate 20 ? And isn’t that bad for u ?

Edens Garden

June 04, 2018

Hi Ashton! You can use either, but we find aloe vera gel works best. We purchase our Polysorbate 20 on Amazon.

Ashton

June 04, 2018

Do I use the aloe Vera gel or liquid? Also where do you get the polysorbate 20?

Edens Garden

April 16, 2018

Hi Sheri! We don’t recommend using this without a solubilizer, otherwise undiluted essential oils will come into contact with the skin.

Sheri

April 14, 2018

Made it for my son who had a sunburn after a full day of tennis. We didn’t have the Polysorbate 20, so we made it without that and he said it is helping.