How To Make Your Own Face Mist

Everyone loves a good facial mist, especially in the sweltering summer heat. They're refreshing, soothing, and deliver benefits to your skin all while imparting a dewy glow. However, I personally refuse to drop my hard-earned cash on expensive face mists when I can just as easily make my own.
Besides the money-saving aspect, I like having complete control over what I'm putting on my sensitive skin — because some face mists have synthetic fragrances, alcohol, or other ingredients that can cause dryness and irritation. If you DIY, the possibilities for ingredients are endless: essential oils, aloe vera, rose water, coconut water, witch hazel, plant extracts, green tea, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic acid — the list goes on.
So spend a lazy Saturday playing mixologist, and then open up your fridge to a batch of refreshing, homemade face mists. Your friends will be impressed when you whip one of these out; luckily for them, they also make great gifts.
Read on to find out how to make four of your own customized face mists.
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Before we get into mixing ingredients, you'll need a few spray bottles to keep your face mist in. I found clear ones at Target for $1 each (in the travel-sized toiletries aisle). They're just the right size to carry around in my everyday bag.

I like to customize my spray bottles, and making them opaque can be helpful. Light can have an averse effect on many active ingredients, causing them to break down and rendering them ineffective. Even if you're not sure if your face mist is light-sensitive, it's better to be safe than sorry. Plus, this gave me a great excuse to make the bottles look cute — a must if you plan to give any away as gifts.

I took colorful washi tape and wrapped several layers around each bottle. You can also make a label for your face mist if you'd like.
Now that your spray bottle is ready, it's time to start measuring and mixing!
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Soothing Lavender & Aloe Vera Mist
This face mist is so relaxing. Spray it on after a long day in the hot summer sun or before bed. It will cool you down, and the aloe vera and rose hip oil will soothe your skin. Plus, the therapeutic lavender scent will help you ease into sleep.

Fill up the spray bottle about half or 3/4 of the way with water and add as many drops of lavender oil as your heart desires. I used a tablespoon's worth of Oil Essentials Lavender & Rose Hip Oil because I'm addicted to lavender scents. Fill up the rest of the bottle with aloe vera, and shake it up.

Tip: Before you begin, you want to make sure you're not using any ingredients that will cause irritation. Everyone's skin is different. Lavender can be irritating for some, but I love the smell, and it's never irritated my skin, so I felt confident including it. Always do a patch test on your wrist before putting anything on your face.
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This calming oil is multi-functional. Add a few drops into water to make a soothing face mist — then add a few more to your bath, moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and anywhere else you want to smell like a lavender field.
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Romantic Rosewater Mist
If you love the scent of roses, you'll love this DIY rosewater mist. Rosewater has tons of beneficial properties for skin, from hydration to calming inflammation. Best of all, the mix of rosewater and evening primrose oil makes this facial mist smell delicately sweet. Use it to freshen up before, after, or even during a date.

Fill the spray bottle 1/4 of the way up with water, then to the top with rosewater (skip the water completely if you prefer not to dilute the rosewater). Add several drops of the essential oil of your choice. I decided to stick with the rose theme and used Oil Essentials Omega 3, 6, 9 & Evening Primrose Oil, which also helps keep skin super-soft and supple.

Tip: When buying essential oils, you don't want a lot of added synthetic ingredients. Look for oils or oil blends that are as pure as possible. You can find essential oils online, at health food stores, or even discounted at stores like T.J. Maxx (I've found pure argan oil and jojoba oil there for under $10).
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Put a few droplets of primrose oil on your pulse points for a subtle rose fragrance. You can also add some around your hairline to smooth flyaways, or drop a little in your moisturizer to make it smell more like rosé than a doctor's office.
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Energizing Sweet-Almond Mist
If you're having a midday slump, instead of reaching inside your desk for a candy bar, close your eyes and spray this sweet-smelling face mist. The aloe vera will soothe irritated or sunburned skin, and the sweet-almond and macadamia oil will hydrate any dry patches. Just inhale the scent of coconuts and pretend you're on a beach somewhere very far away.

For this mist (which made me feel like I was on a tropical vacation), swap out the regular water for coconut water and mix it with an equal part aloe vera. Then I added about a tablespoon of Oil Essentials Sweet Almond & Macadamia Oil. Just be aware that coconut water can go bad, so this one in particular should be refrigerated and used up in a week's time (or you can just use plain water).

Tip: The amount of water you use to dilute your spray is key. If you have particularly sensitive skin (or just want to make as many facial mists as possible with the ingredients you have on hand), then add more water. If you prefer your facial mist to be more potent, add less water.
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Almond and macadamia oils are known for injecting hydration to skin, hair, and nails. Better still, this 2-in-1 oil is super affordable.
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Freshening Witch-Hazel & Neroli Mist
This particular blend is great if you have oily or acne-prone skin. Witch hazel is an excellent natural toner that improves the look of pores, and neroli oil is believed to have anti-bacterial properties that can help with acne. I particularly love the fresh, clean scent.

For this complexion-boosting mist, fill up the spray bottle about 3/4 of the way with water and then top it off with witch hazel. I swear by Thayer's Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel, which comes in a variety of natural scents. Then add your essential oil. I used Oil Essentials Neroli & Avocado blend.
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Witch hazel is a natural (read: alcohol-free) rose water that kills acne-causing bacteria, which is why it can be a good toner for people with oily skin.
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It's not just good on toast — avocado is great in facial oil form too, and can help boost collagen and treat dry skin.
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