DIY: Soothing Sun Spray (Simple Summer Series)

Chances are if you've stayed at my house, I've probably chased you around with The Spray. Am I right, family and friends? It's one of my fave beauty DIYs I make and I can't believe I've never shared it here before! This spray has several uses, and in the summer, it is a must after being in the sun all day. It takes a minute to make, and is a summer essential, especially in the beach bag! I keep it in the fridge for an extra cooling effect. Your skin will feel instantly refreshed. 


  • spray bottle (if using oils, use a dark glass one)
  • funnel
  • aloe vera juice
  • distilled water
  • witch hazel
  • essential oils (optional, but I always add them) like peppermint, geranium, lavender, or eucalyptus
  • I like to pour 2 parts aloe juice to one part witch hazel and half part water, since the sizes of bottles may vary. For example, if I added 1 c of juice, I'd add 1/2c of witch hazel, and 1/4c of water. I add around 3-5 drops of the essential oil(s). If I still have room in the bottle, I add more water.
  • I use a funnel to add everything into the bottle. Shake and apply as needed.
  • ...storing this in the fridge (for up to three months) for an extra cool treat. Be sure to use a dark glass bottle if using essential oils.
  • ...for razor burn.
  • ...after facial waxing.
  • ...for wind burn.
  • ...this after burning yourself with a curling iron/wand.
  • This is not to be used with severely sunburned skin/blisters/cuts. I encourage you to do a patch test. Avoid if allergic or sensitive to any ingredients. 
  • I spent every summer of my childhood at the beach, and my Grandmother always kept aloe around for burns. Once I started studying essential oils (that sounds really nerdy now that I type that out), I wanted to make something that went beyond just aloe, so I added different oils and played around with it until I came up with this Soothing Sun Spray. All of the ones mentioned above are great for burns. The witch hazel has tannins in it, which treats sunburns, is a natural astringent and refreshes skin.
  • More summer skin tips:

Simple Summer Series
Natalia @ Ma Nouvelle Mode // Elle at Elle Sees // Cyndi at Walking in Grace // Alison at Get Your Pretty On // Jen at Yummy, Healthy, Easy

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  1. You have such useful DIYs. So clever! I will have to try this out. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

  2. Okay I need to try this asap! I have never tried witch hazel before I heard it's really good.

  3. Definitely going to try this! Sounds so soothing and nice

  4. This is great! I need this now as it's extremely hot in Malaysia these days!

  5. This is a great idea!! Thanks! My daughter lives in our pool all summer and this will really help her parched skin(: Susan

  6. I am a total beach bum, so I will be trying this.

  7. Wonderful idea! I usually use simple mineral water - does the same job as some well-known branded stuff ;) but cost pennies in comparison. :) Will definitely try your recipe, Elle! x

  8. such a great idea! i will definitely be trying this.


  9. This is the perfect spray to carry around during the summer:) Thanks for sharing all these fab DIYs, Elle.

  10. I'll have to mix up a batch for beach days!! Aloe always does wonders for my skin!

  11. I need to whip up some of this pre-4th of July for sure! It sounds so cooling for after the sun.

  12. I always love seeing you DIY projects

  13. Oh I love this - especially if it helps soothe some non harsh burns!!

  14. I could definitely use this after the beach! I've gotten sunburned a few times already this year.

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  15. I like the idea of adding the essential oils! It'll make it smell really nice too :)

  16. Nice! I hadn't really used witch hazel before and this is perfect for summer!

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  17. Ooooohh---- I seriously can't wait to try this for myself! I just picked up some grapefruit essential oil and I bet it would work perfectly for this!

  18. Ohh I'm going to have to try this! It sounds amazing!

    <3, Pamela

  19. I love the idea of this and I'm definitely going to need to whip up a batch! Thanks for sharing, Elle!

  20. I always enjoy your DIY recipes. The witch hazel scares me a bit though as I have heard of allergic reactions from some girls. Kisses, Sissi www.beauty4free2u.com

  21. What a great idea! I love the idea of putting mint in as an essential oil too! Thanks for the great DIY!

  22. Your DIY always amazes me. Thanks again for sharing! I have to find witch hazel though.

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  23. I'm totally going to make this! It would be great just as a daily face spray, too!

  24. This is great! Thanks for sharing.

  25. I've always used aloe vera on sunburns, but this sounds even better. Thanks for the great diy.

  26. Hahaha on chasing ur guests with The Spray! I've always wanted a facial mist spray but didn't know which one to get. This DIY is worth the try!

  27. This sounds amazing! I'm so glad you shared it. I think I definitely need a bottle of it in the fridge.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  28. Awesome DIY! Thanks for sharing these tips! =)



  29. nice! i should make this before my beach vacation! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  30. This sounds like it'd be refreshing PERIOD, regardless of a burn or not!

  31. I would have never thought you could DIY this! But your "recipe" sounds like it work amazingly!!

  32. This is so great! Thanks so much, we can't wait to try it :)

    xx 365hangers

  33. Sounds an amazing cooling mist. Thanks for sharing it. :-)

  34. Oh I've never heard of anything like this before but it really sounds great, especially if you have been in the sun for a long time. I will have to try it this summer! :)


  35. This sounds so refreshing even if you don't have a sun burn! I love the beach, but sometimes even if I don't burn, my skin feels a little tortured from the strong sun, sand and salt water.


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