I live in Florida. Summers can get very hot here, and I don’t like to spend all my time inside.
I like to be outside—with the plants in my garden, taking walks, and just being in nature. Spending time in nature almost always makes me feel calmed and uplifted, and I love hot weather.
That being said, I have lots of friends who find the heat can get unbearable!
I started to make cooling body mists for my friends so they could spend more time outside and stay comfortable.
I have several recipes that are all easy to make, and I’d like to share two of my favorites. You’ll need a 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle for each of these.
Peppermint and Geranium Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist
- 1.5 oz (45 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
- ½ oz (15 ml) Rose Geranium hydrosol (Pelargonium roseum x asperum)
Peppermint and Lavender Cooling Hydrosol Body Mist
- 2 oz (60 ml) Peppermint hydrosol (Mentha x piperita)
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 2 ml Solubol dispersant
If you make the Peppermint and Lavender Cooling Body Mist, just be sure to shake it up before using it, to disperse the essential oil through the hydrosol. That one is best used on the back of your neck. (The Peppermint and Geranium Cooling Body Mist will stay blended and doesn’t need to be shaken.)
I recommend making these products fresh every few weeks, since they're not made with preservatives.
One thing I love about these recipes is that they’re not just cooling right after you spritz them on. After they dry, they linger on your skin, leaving you with a cooling effect that you can especially feel any time a breeze wafts by. It feels so nice on the back of your neck!
Hydrosols are aromatic waters with therapeutic properties. Peppermint hydrosol has an uplifting, energizing effect, and offers some of Peppermint’s famous ability to calm nausea. Aromatics International (where I like to get my hydrosols) says that Peppermint hydrosol is also a great insect repellent—and it’s true that bugs do not like Peppermint!
Adding Rose Geranium or Lavender brings a nice floral note to Peppermint’s bright tones, and is a great way to nourish your skin. These ingredients are also helpful for sunburns (soothing them, not preventing them), and relief from bites or stings.