January 3, 2011

DIY Lavender Facial Spray

As much as I (and I'm sure you do too) love Evian's Facial Spray, it can get pretty boring and costly at times.  Here's an alternative you can try - it won't hurt the pocket and it's good for your skin too!

Having one handy is a pretty good idea because facial sprays can keep your skin feeling fresh mid-day and provide hydration when needed.  It also helps keep your make up in place throughout the day.  This particular formula contains lavender which helps soothe and heal the skin.  An added bonus, it promotes relaxation and a calm feeling.  Don't we all need this during the work week?

For this spray you'll need the following:

1.  Mineral Water.  A 1/2 liter bottle of Evian costs about Php 50.00.  You won't even need this much .  In this case, I only used 50 ml because of the size of my spray bottle.


2.  An empty spray bottle.  Let's do our share in saving the environment - instead of buying a new one, recycle an old cologne bottle.  Just make sure to wash it well and disinfect.

 3.  Lavender Essential Oil.  Use Essential Oil, not Fragrance Oil because the latter does affect your well-being in any way.  For 50 ml, you will only need 1 drop of oil.  No kidding.  When it comes to essential oils, a little goes a long way and a lot can cause a skin irritation (it's that potent).  Besides, we don't want it to have a strong smell.  It has to be very subtle.  So again, 1 drop per 50 ml will do the trick.  

Keep in mind that not all Essential Oils are recommended for the skin.  You'll need to do some research before you substitute with another oil.  Lavender is safe :)

The first thing you'll want to do is pour the mineral water into your empty container.  Then add a drop of essential oil.  Shake it really well and then add the lavender flowers if you wish.  It's that simple!

Before you spray, always shake the bottle well and hold it about 12 inches from your face when spraying.  When not in use, keep it in your refrigerator.  The spray feels really nice on the skin when the water is cold.  Enjoy!

P.S.  You'll find this recipe all over the place, the lavender flowers are just a personal touch I added.  If you have sensitive skin, always check with your dermatologist first.

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