How To Make a Cooling Body Mist for Summer

3 min to read
Andrea Butje

When summer rolls around, bringing with it long, hot, sun-drenched days, keeping cool becomes a top priority, no matter where you live.

If you're someone who enjoys being outside, whether that's gardening, hiking, or just relaxing in nature, the heat can sometimes be a challenge. But don't worry—these homemade cooling body mists are here to the rescue!

Crafted with the therapeutic properties of peppermint, rose geranium, and lavender, these mists not only offer a quick, natural way to stay refreshed but also provide skin-nourishing benefits and a burst of uplifting fragrance.

Inspired by a desire to help my friends enjoy the outdoors without succumbing to the discomfort of the heat, I began crafting homemade cooling body mists.

The refreshing spritz of these mists provides a welcome relief on hot summer days, allowing for extended time outdoors. I've developed a variety of simple recipes, and today, I'm excited to share two of my all-time favorites with you. For each of these, you'll need a 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle - let's get started!

Peppermint and Geranium Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist

  • 1.5 fl oz (45 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)

  • ½ fl oz (15 ml) Rose Geranium hydrosol (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)

Peppermint and Lavender Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist

  • 2 fl oz (60 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)

  • 10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)

  • 2 ml Solubol dispersant

For those of you opting to create the Peppermint and Lavender Cooling Body Mist, it's key to give your bottle a good shake before use. This ensures the essential oil is thoroughly dispersed throughout the hydrosol, allowing you to enjoy the full benefits of the blend. This particular mist works wonders when spritzed on the back of your neck. As for the Peppermint and Geranium Cooling Body Mist, there's no need to shake it up, as it will stay well blended.

Due to the absence of preservatives, I recommend whipping up fresh batches of these cooling mists every few weeks. This will ensure you're always equipped with a revitalizing spray when the temperature rises.

One of the many reasons these mists have become a summer essential for me is the lingering coolness they offer well after the initial spritz. Once the mist has dried, a delightful cooling effect remains, especially noticeable when a gentle breeze drifts by. The sensation is incredibly refreshing, particularly on the back of the neck!

At the heart of these mists are hydrosols, aromatic waters that carry therapeutic properties. The Peppermint hydrosol, for instance, invigorates and energizes while delivering Peppermint's well-known nausea-calming effect. Aromatics International, my go-to source for hydrosols, also highlights Peppermint hydrosol's insect-repelling properties, a definite bonus during bug-abundant summer months!

By adding Rose Geranium or Lavender, you not only introduce a beautiful floral undertone to complement Peppermint's vibrant scent but also infuse your mist with skin-nourishing elements. These ingredients provide soothing relief for sunburns and are effective in calming bites or stings.

So, here's to enjoying the outdoors comfortably and stylishly all summer long.

Happy spritzing!

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