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How to Make your own Hydrating Facial Mist – DIY Hydrating Travel Facial Spritz

Discover how to make your own hydrating facial mist and keep your skin feeling great when you travel!

I hate how airplanes make my skin feel. Not only is the air on planes very dry, but it can also be difficult to drink enough water while traveling. According to Patrick Smith’s Ask the Pilot post the truth about cabin air, on-board humidity is frequently as low as 12%, which is less than many deserts. Eek! No wonder I feel like it takes days for my skin to recover from a flight. 

While getting ready for a recent trip, I remembered seeing someone on a flight a while ago spritzing herself with a mist. I quickly Googled hydrating facial spritzes and, when one of the first results cost $75, closed out that tab even more quickly! Since I already own glass spritz bottles and a variety of essential oils, I decided to make my own.

After some experimenting, I came up with something I really like and decided to share the recipe! I hope you enjoy this DIY hydrating facial mist, too.

Hydrating mint tea facial mist recipe

I used mint tea as the liquid base for my facial mist, but you could use green tea, camomile tea, rose water, or even just plain sterile water.

I know some people get very worried about adding tap water to products because of the risk of waterborne pathogens, primarily Pseudomonas.

When you use tea for you facial mist, you need to boil the water (which kills off those Pseudomonas) and you get the added benefits of mint or green tea. Plus then you can either make several bottles of spritz or just one bottle and then enjoy the rest of the tea!

If you’d prefer, you can use distilled water to make your tea. 

I chose mint tea because mint has soothing, cooling properties. I also added lavender essential oil (it smells great, is relaxing and soothing), geranium oil (it is a popular skin care ingredient because it is believed to be soothe skin and promote clear skin), and frankincense essential oil (I love how it smells with lavender and it is also believed to have anti-inflammatory properties). If you’re not familiar with geranium oil, it actually smells pretty similar to roses – yum!

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Materials needed to make your own hydrating facial mist

  • 8 oz water
  • 1 mint or green tea bag (optional)
  • Microwave safe container or pot for boiling water on the stove
  • 1 teaspoon fractured coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drop geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop frankincense essential oil
  • small spray bottle – I used a 2 oz amber glass spray bottle
  • To keep your spray fresh and safe, I also recommend using a naturally-derived, broad spectrum preservative like CosgardI understand if you don’t want to use a preservative, even one that’s naturally-derived, but it’s important if you want your spray to last more than a week.

**Update** I used to exclusively use DoTerra essential oils, but please use whatever brand of oils you personally trust. As long as you’re using pure oils without junky additives, they should work fine.

I have started to use some Now Foods oils, too, for things like cleaning products and diffusing because they cost less and have some organic offerings. Some of their oils are diluted and/or aren’t pure essential oil, but these oils are clearly labeled. Just make sure to read the product description and stick to the pure essential oil offerings!

**Please note that some people are sensitive to lavender essential oil when it is applied neat (without dilution). It is very diluted in this recipe so I wouldn’t expect you to have any problems, but it is just something to keep in mind.

Recipe for DIY hydrating facial mist

1. Bring your water to a boil then steep your tea as directed on the package. I boil the water in a Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave because this makes it super easy to pour the tea in my mister without transferring it into a different vessel and risking contamination!

brew your tea

2. Pour the tea into your mister until the bottle is almost full. I fill mine to about ‘shoulder height’ on the bottle.
pour tea in your spritz bottle

add tea to your spritz bottle

3. Carefully add your fractured coconut or jojoba oil, then your essential oils.

Add a preservative or store in the fridge and use within the week.

materials for making your own facial spritz

4. Screw the lid in place and wait for the mixture to cool (if it isn’t already cool).

diy facial spritz for travel

5. Mix to combine, and spritz away! Make sure to shake before each application to recombine the ingredients.

6. Enjoy your remaining 3/4 cup of tea!

enjoy your tea

This spray is light with a faint, pleasant scent. If you want your essential oils to feature more prominently, add an extra drop of each. I hate to be an inconsiderate seatmate, though, so I typically try avoid things with strong scents while traveling.

Although I designed the spray with travel in mind, it would also be great on a winter day or in a dry, air conditioned office.

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Hydrating facial mist recipe (great for travel!) You can keep your skin feeling nice and hydrated while traveling with this all-natural facial spritz!

Do you ever feel like your skin is too dry when flying? How do you deal with dry airplane skin?

Natasha of The Artisan Life-01



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  • Nichole January 14, 2018, 17:50

    What is the shelf like in this?

    • Natasha January 14, 2018, 18:16

      It will depend a great deal on how clean your bottle is and if you keep it refrigerated. If your bottle is clean and you keep the mist refrigerated, at least a month. It could last even longer, but it really depends on your specific conditions. If it smells good and there’s nothing floaty, then it’s probably still good to use!

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