After decades of winters with dry skin, I’ve started to think “if I’m going to be dry, I might as well make it interesting.” That’s where this hydrating body mist comes in. It’s perfect for spritzing yourself with right after you get out of the shower—it’ll impart some added moisture without much added work. Plus, it kind of has the effect of turning your January bathroom into a bit of a tropical spa, and if a tropical spa is the end destination, I will happily bridge any gaps with my imagination.

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I’ve chosen to scent this body mist with bright, citrusy and floral scents. Though, to prevent sunburns (more of a gesture at this time of year than a necessity, haha), I’ve used Litsea Cubeba essential oil instead of a citrus essential oil. It has a wonderfully lemony scent, but none of the photo-sensitivity problems. It’s also really cheap—$5/100mL!

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I keep mine in the bathroom, and give myself a full head-to-toe spritzing after toweling off from a bath or shower. It’s so quick and easy that I usually remember to do it, meaning I don’t find myself with a fiercely itchy back halfway through a meeting at work.

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Hydrating Body Mist

7g | 0.25oz grapeseed oil
3 drops litsea cubeba essential oil
2 drops rose absolute

Equal volume solubilizer (optional, though you will need to shake a lot without it)

1 tsp silk peptides
2g | 0.07oz vegetable glycerin
Aloe vera juice to make 100mL (3.3 fl oz) (not aloe vera gel!)

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Measure out the grapeseed and essential oils into an empty 100mL  (3.3oz) spray bottle. Top with the solubilizer (if you’re using it) and swirl to combine.

Add about 30mL of the aloe vera juice, cap, and shake to mix (it’s easier to get everything to mix when you have some shaking room). Add the rest of the aloe vera, the silk, glycerin, and your preservative, and give it a light shake to combine everything.

Spritz bare skin with the spray to remind yourself of summer and hydrate parched winter epidermis.

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