I love making my own products, especially a creamy, luxurious moisturizer. However, the onset of summer brought a small predicament. I needed a non-greasy moisturizer.
All summer long I have played with different moisturizer recipes looking for one that didn’t leave me oily and glistening (although the radiant sun-goddess thing is appealing sometimes).
My summer skin needs moisturizing, especially after overexposure to sun, wind, or sand, but it always feels like overkill to slather a thick lotion onto my already overly-oil-producing skin. I need…something lighter. Something healing. Something cooling. A light misting of moisture-locking ingredients is just what the (self-diagnosing) doctor ordered!
I came up with a recipe for a moisturizing spritz more than a month ago, and have been using it with great results every day since! I’m not sure why I didn’t think to share until now. My apologies. I’m definitely not trying to be stingy with a wonderful recipe; it was just so simple that it never occurred to me I should share it! (We have so many savvy readers, that I always fear I will bore some of them with my “duh” recipes.) :)
Enjoy the light feeling of this non-greasy moisturizing spray during the warm months, or all year long!
About the Ingredients
Distilled water: Any time you make your own moisturizers, added water is a breeding ground for microorganisms. Untreated tap water contains contaminants and microscopic organisms from the tap that you don’t want sitting in your homemade moisturizer, causing it to spoil sooner. Using distilled or filtered water (from a quality filtering system) ensures that you’re not introducing any new contaminants. (Find our favorite water purification systems here.)
Pure vegetable glycerine: Glycerine is “hygroscopic,” meaning that it absorbs water from the air. It attracts moisture to your skin, leaving it very soft. Glycerine is easily soluble in water, making it perfect for this recipe. Look for a pure vegetable glycerine without any added ingredients, derived from non-GMO vegetable oils.
Grapeseed, sweet almond, or hazelnut oil: These oils are very moisturizing and are easily absorbed by skin. They also have a low comedogenic rating, meaning they won’t clog pores. Quality oils can be found in grocery stores, health food stores, or online here.
Vitamin E: This nourishing vitamin helps protect our skin from free radicals and offers a protective barrier for skin. It also serves as a natural preservative in this recipe. Vitamin E capsules can be pierced and squeezed into this moisturizer. Bottles of Vitamin E oil can be purchased at health food stores or online here.
Essential oils: Add your favorite scent and boost the beneficial properties of your moisturizer with essential oils. Lavender is good for all skin types. In this recipe, avoid using citrus essential oils, which are phototoxic, and can cause skin to be more sensitive to sunlight. Find essential oils at your local health food store or online here.
- ¼ cup distilled or filtered water (find the best water purification systems here)
- 1 ½ teaspoons pure vegetable glycerine (where to buy pure vegetable glycerine)
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed, sweet almond, or hazelnut oil (where to buy quality oils)
- 4-5 drops Vitamin E oil (where to buy non-GMO Vitamin E oil)
- 8-10 drops essential oils of your choice, optional (where to buy 100% pure essential oils)
Combine all ingredients and carefully pour into a small spray bottle (at least 3 oz.). Shake well before each use. Spray liberally on body as needed, especially after showering or bathing. Rub into skin if needed. Makes between 2-3 ounces of moisturizing spray.
Variations and Recommendations
- Consider substituting rose water, an herbal tea, or pure aloe vera gel (without added thickeners) for the water in this recipe.
- I personally love a mixture of tea tree and lavender essential oils for my moisturizing spritz.
- Recipe can easily be doubled and will keep for several weeks. Refrigeration will lengthen shelf life.
- Keep it in the refrigerator and use as a cooling body spritz. (Sorry…I know summer is quickly coming to a close. Keep this in the vault for next summer!)
- Although great for body, I don’t like the feel of this moisturizing spritz on the delicate skin of my face. However, since we all have different skin, you’ll have to make your own determination about using it as a facial moisturizer.
- Use as much or as little of each ingredient as desired. Play with the recipe a bit to find the formula that suits your skin best. Mature skin will benefit from more Vitamin E.
Making my own personal care products is more fun and rewarding each time I find a recipe that I love! Not only will this moisturizing spritz help me save boatloads of money, but it allows me to be very particular about the type and quality of ingredients I include.
With a bit of research and experimentation you can personalize this light moisturizer to fit your very specific needs. Try all organic ingredients, or play around with different essential oils for a moisturizer that doubles as a personal fragrance!
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