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

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 it, too.

DIY Hydrating Facial MistI 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 already 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! Just don’t use caffeinated tea. Caffeine is in some facial products today, but you can absorb caffeine through your skin. I know you wouldn’t get much of a dose from this, but if you’re trying got get some on-board rest caffeine isn’t a good thing. 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!

Materials needed to make your own 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

I 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 do want to add, however, that some people are sensitive to lavender essential oil when it is applied neat (without dilution). It is pretty 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.

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 teaThis 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.

Do you ever feel like your skin is too dry when flying? Are there other places that dehydrate you and your skin?

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  • Rose June 25, 2015, 12:27

    What a great idea! I hope that the product helps with the flights for this trip.

    • Natashalh June 25, 2015, 13:40

      I’ve been spritzing up a storm! It’s been really nice to have here, too, because the air is so much more dry that what I’m used to.

      • Karen April 12, 2017, 05:32

        Hi, just wondered how long the mixture lasts for once bottled?
        Thanks x

        • Natashalh April 12, 2017, 09:56

          I’m sorry – I really don’t have a definitive answer. If you use sterile water (either already sterile or by letting the tea water boil sufficiently) and a sterile bottle and keep it in the fridge, it should last for months. If you don’t allow the water to boil fully and store it on the counter, it won’t last as long. My best advice is just to give the spritz a sniff if it’s been a while since you used it. If it smells off, don’t apply!

  • Duni June 26, 2015, 01:58

    I’m off to the airport in a few minutes…but how wonderful! I must remember this for next time 🙂
    I can’t wear my contacts on the plane, due to the low humidity. Also, I feel like I need to drink gallons of water once I’m off the plane.

    • Natashalh June 30, 2015, 12:45

      I pretty much always take my contacts out right away! I know what you mean about feeling dehydrated. After a few hours on a plane, my nose and throat start to really hurt.

  • Paige June 26, 2015, 04:05

    I always look like a troll when I get off of an airplane, and it’s all because of the dry air. My eyes get all irritated, my hair gets flat, my skin is tight… This will at least help with my face! Haha.

    • Natashalh June 30, 2015, 12:48

      I’m pretty sure I will have to get a haircut when get home! Between dry plane air and low humidity in winter here in Australia, my hair defintly has that troll doll look right now!

  • Lana June 27, 2015, 02:21

    I will have to comeback and tried to for my Russian long flight trip coming up in July! Perfect timing! Thank you girl and have fun! with love, Lana

  • Judy Nolan June 28, 2015, 19:30

    Super idea! I could have used a spray like this when we flew to Germany about four years ago.

  • LeAnn June 29, 2015, 13:34

    My knuckles bleed in winter because my skin is so dry — hadn’t thought of my face!
    What a neat idea.

    • Natashalh June 30, 2015, 12:46

      Eek! That sounds pretty awful. I am using a lot of lotion here in Australia because I’m not used to the low humidity. At least my hands aren’t bleeding, though!

  • Jenny June 30, 2015, 12:21

    That looks so refreshing. I wish I had some on my recent trip. I might have to make some anyway. 🙂

    • Natashalh June 30, 2015, 12:47

      It’s great for dry environments like air conditioned buildings and winter, too!

  • Thelma Alberts August 7, 2015, 11:13

    Wow! This is a great idea for traveling. I will surely try this. Thanks for sharing.

    • Natashalh August 7, 2015, 12:02

      Thanks so much! It really helped me out on several long flights recently. I hope it helps you, too. =)

  • Dee January 17, 2016, 15:17

    Hi. I like this article, but I’m confused about one thing. You suggest using green tea, and then say stay away from tea with caffeine. But green tea has caffeine. So I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. Sooo…no green tea?

    • Natashalh January 17, 2016, 17:19

      Sorry if I was confusing. Green tea has considerably less caffein than ‘regular’ tea. I suppose I should have said to avoid black tea and other highly-caffeinated teas. =)

  • Cara July 6, 2016, 14:27

    Just wondering how long the mist would last for. Since the base is tea, would it need to be refrigerated?

    • Natashalh July 6, 2016, 16:01

      I didn’t make a large bottle and I’ve traveled a lot in the past year and a half, so it didn’t go bad on me (I no longer have any of it left!). I didn’t refrigerate it because the cold temperature can cause separation problems with the oils. The water is boiled, which kills off bacteria so as long as the bottle is clean when you start and not left open to the air, it should last a long time. Additionally, many of the other ingredients are said to have antibacterial properties, which helps it last, too. If you haven’t used it in a bit, I’d just take a look/sniff and check for anything that looks or smells off to make sure it’s okay, but it should last you a while.

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