March 19, 2014

DIY Hydrating Face Mist

DIY Hydrating Face Mist via
Beauty products can be expensive.  Some are overpriced for mostly marketing reasons.  Most are well made with great ingredients that are of value to some people... but not to me.  I bow down to a budget and possess a lack of care for the fanciest stuff advertised to my demographic.  And shopping sucks, especially for things I want to try but end up stuck with if I don't like it.

I, instead, get value in a monthly subscription service for samples of beauty products.  Most are nice for their limited time, but not something I would buy full-size.  Some are just terrible and thank goodness I only spend $10 a month total for five or so items per month.  One month I got a face mist with pear and citrus oils in it and it felt amazing spraying it on after cleansing my face and chest.  When the spray ran out, I realized I only liked it because it was refreshing, not necessarily because it was extra fancy or beneficial with its citrus ingredients.  (And it was $50+ for a bottle twice the travel size I had - no thank you!)  I wanted some nice, healthy ingredients for my skin to be replaced in the tiny bottle to be misted daily, but I didn't want to spend an arm and a leg to do so.  How did I go about it?  I made my own!  This is my DIY face mist.

To create this mist, you need a combination of these items:
  • A travel size spray bottle
  • Witch Hazel
  • Green tea (a teabag brewed and cooled in water)
  • A few drops of tea tree oil or any other essential oil (These could get expensive depending on the brand, but you don't need much.  Pick one or a few that you know you love and can mix well together.)
  • Aloe gel
  • Rosewater (optional because this is stuff is PRICY but I mention it because it's loved by many)


1) Find a tiny spray bottle at a dollar store or from a previous product and rinse out with soap and water.  Allow the bottle to dry.

2) Add your ingredients based on your preference!  Yep, this DIY spray is customizable and hard to mess up.  Use any or all of what I listed above depending on what you like.  I measure each ingredient out by eyeballing it based on the size of the bottle for the main ingredients and add drops of oil at the top.  My usual mix is one-third witch hazel, one-third green tea, one-third aloe gel, and a few drops of tea tree oil.  I do the gel first since it's the thickest.  I have a pack of green tea bags, brew one of them in a mug so it's really strong, and use that as my water base.  Then I add enough witch hazel to get close to the top of the bottle.  Lastly, I add 2-5 drops of tea tree oil. (This stuff is strong so go light on tea tree, but add more if you like with oils like lavender, peppermint, or citrus.)

3) Close the lid and shake the mixture together.

4) Test spray onto your wrist for scent and texture and allow to dry.  If you need to dump some of it out in the sink and add more of one or other ingredients to make it perfect, go right ahead.  Sometimes I get too excited with tea tree oil so I add more green tea or witch hazel to combat the strength of the oil.  You can try a batch with difference measurements until you get it just right for you.  (Be sure to rinse out the bottle with soap and water and allow to dry between each batch!)

5) Spray your face, chest, and body as much as you want with your new homemade mist between washing or cleansing, or just because you want to feel hydrated any other part of the day.  It feels great on my ear tattoo as well so I spray my ears to give them some love from time to time.

What Mandy Loves: Image of my DIY face mist on my bathroom counter via
I am a chronic over-sprayer.  This is two weeks of use with this tiny travel size bottle!

How easy is this homemade spray?  All ingredients have great hydrating benefits for your skin, it's quick and simple to make small batches of, and your wallet will thank you.  I go through a batch of this about once a month due to my over-spraying, luxurious habit, but if you're only doing a few sprays a day it could last two or more months per travel-size batch.  

Have you made any DIY beauty products before?  How do you like this spray after trying it out?  Let me know in the comments!

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