This lightweight spray is perfect for those days after you’ve overdosed on the sunshine and have a UV hangover (also known as a sunburn). It’s mostly aloe vera juice, amped up with some other goodies like healing essential oils and bee pollen. It comes together quickly and soothes sunburnt skin wonderfully.
The aloe vera juice I’m talking about here isn’t the suspicious green goo from the drug store—it looks more like water. If you have an aloe vera plant of your own I’d recommend saving that for direct applications rather than puréeing it and straining it for this as I find self-extracted aloe vera has a very short shelf life. Anyhow, I doubt the benefits of aloe vera juice will surprise you. Aloe vera has been valued for centuries as a fantastic healing, soothing, and moisturizing agent, so it’s no wonder I chose it as the base for this mist.
Up next, a bit of silk. Silk peptides are the middle-of-the-road as far as silk particle size goes. You can also get silk powder (bigger) and silk amino acids (smaller). All that matters here is that the silk is water soluble, as we’re dissolving it into the water. Silk is a natural protein and a natural moisture management system, which is really neat. Its chemical composition is close to that of human skin and hair, meaning silk helps damaged skin re-generate.
We’re also dissolving in some bee pollen, which is an extremely rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. The precise composition will depend on where the bee pollen is from, but you know it’s loaded with amino acids and B-vitamins. Multifruit BSC in a natural source of plant derived alpha hydroxy acids. AHA’s promote cell renewal and are soothing—a perfect post-sunburn ingredient.
For essential oils I’ve chosen peppermint, lavender, and chamomile. Peppermint helps cool uncomfortably warm skin, while lavender and chamomile soothe the skin and encourage healing.
Now, you might be wondering what’s emulsifying the essential oils into the water base, and I’m excited to introduce a new chemical free oil-in-water emulsifier—guar gum and Turkey red oil. Guar gum is a thickener and natural emulsifier, and Turkey Red Oil is castor oil that’s been treated with sulfuric acid so it self-emulsifies in water. Together, the two give liquids a bit of body and blend in small amounts of water. No solubilizer needed 🙂 Sweet!
Aloe & Silk Body Spray
40mL | 3 tbsp + 2 tsp aloe vera juice (not gel!)
1/64 tsp guar gum
1/16 tsp silk peptides
1/4 tsp powdered bee pollen (a coffee grinder does wonders if yours is in bigger pieces)
1/4 tsp multifruit BSC (optional)
Measure the aloe vera juice out into a bowl. Sprinkle the guar gum over it and whisk it in. It will clump if you just dump it in, so do your best to sprinkle it across the liquid as thinly as possible.
Up next, whisk in the silk and bee pollen. I found a mini milk frother to be super useful here, as the bee pollen wasn’t all that interested in dissolving, despite being water soluble. Stir in the multifruit BSC if using.
Add the Turkey Red Oil, essential oils, and preservative, and whisk to combine/emulsify.
Decant into a 50mL spray bottle. You can store it in the fridge for an extra cooling punch and extended shelf life.