DIY sunscreen spray


DIY sunscreen spray

21 Apr , 2016  

Since summer has arrived, I need a light sunscreen. It will be better if it is in a spray form. I can carry it and handle it easily. Spray mists are easy to massage and distribute evenly. According to me, it is a must have for lazy girls like me. Hence, let us find out how I tried to achieve the DIY sunscreen.


  • Rose hydrosol
  • Chamomile hydrosol
  • Peppermint hydrosol
  • Basil (Indian) hydrosol (optional)
  • Lavender essential oil (optional). Check the best essential oil for you skin
  • Oil of your choice. I chose Argan oil (optional). Check the best oil for your skin type
  • Any oil having SPF. I chose red raspberry seed oil (SPF 45 -50)
  • Filtered or distilled water
  • Spray bottle


Spray bottle I used to store DIY sunscreen

Spray bottle I used to store DIY sunscreen


Relevance of the ingredients

  • Rose hydrosol is anti-aging, tighten pores, and has antiseptic effects on pimples
  • Chamomile reduces dark circles and puffiness on face
  • Peppermint has a menthol effect on the face. It increases blood flow to skin
  • Basil is antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-Inflammatory. Good for acne prone skin
  • Lavender essential oil reduces stress. It is also anti-bacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic
  • Argan oil is good for moisturizing dry aging skin. You can use rose hip seed oil to make your skin blemish and scar free. Sensitive skin can use jojoba oil
  • SPF oils like red raspberry seed, carrot seed or wheat germ oil can protect you from the sun
  • Distilled or filtered water to dilute the hydrosols. Hydrosols are concentrated and can irritate sensitive skin on direct application. Although I have used them directly, they did not irritate my skin


The mixture will look like this

The mixture will look like this


Composition of  the DIY sunscreen

  • 2 tbsp rose hydrosol
  • 1 tbsp chamomile hydrosol
  • 1 tbsp peppermint hydrosol
  • 1 tbsp basil hydrosol
  • 4-5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tbsp any oil (if you want you can skip it then mix 2 tbsp of an oil with SPF instead)
  • 1 tbsp oil with SPF
  • 4 tbsp filtered/distilled water

NOTE: Sensitive skin should skip rose and peppermint. Still if you want to use it then dilute the mixture further with water and add one tbsp of any SPF oil more. Do a patch test on the neck before using. Make in small batches as water content tends to attract microbial growth. Perfect for oily/dry/combination/normal skin people. Store in a fridge for more cooling effect!


Before and after applying the dIY sunscreen spray

Before and after applying the DIY sunscreen spray


This DIY sunscreen spray saves me from getting sunburn and gives a refreshed feeling. If you want you can reapply it about 1 to 2 hours as very less amount of product comes out with water. Shake it before every usage as oil and water separates. After a couple of sprays gently massage with fingers on face and neck. It will give a nice sheen on your face along with freshening up your mood. I like the menthol effect it gives.

You can use it after taking a bath, during the day and before sleeping too. I want to admit that this DIY sunscreen has improved my sleep too. The fragrance of lavender and chamomile is pretty relaxing. Lavender also covers up the mixed smell of the hydrosols. Try this lazy girl spray on DIY sunscreen with moisturizing abilities too.

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I am a self-practising naturotherapist with a primal diet. Primal diet has helped me maintain my weight and internal health. Herbal lifestyle has helped to rejuvenate my skin and body. Hence, combining the diet and herbal lifestyle creates harmony between my mind, body and skin.

33 Responses

  1. Gressa says:

    nice DIY but what a hefty ingredient list…

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  2. Good option for someone who want an all-natural sunscreen. I’m too lazy these days to try any DIYs. Just use my Loreal 20+ cream.

    • Ankita Das says:

      Once you get hooked to DIYs you want to DIY everything. I am also a lazy bum but cannot picture myself deviating from my natural lifestyle now. That is why I either DIY or buy 100% natural products. :)

  3. Good one..but the ingredients are soo heavy.. :p :p

    • Ankita Das says:

      Yep Ritam, I made them little heavy intentionally. My hands are very dry and I wash them multiple times. This butter based cream makes them soft instantly without being greasy. :)

  4. Nice DIY, I would like to try this out :) But at first need to collect all the ingredients that you have mentioned here 😛 Thank you for sharing this Ankita.

  5. Ramya says:

    Wonderful DIY Ankita. I need to buy the products to make one. Thanks for sharing!

  6. deepti says:

    thats one interesting concept!

  7. Ankita seems like an amazing DIY.Will definitely be getting all the ingredients and will be trying it out.I guess this will be more effective than the commercial sunscreen available in the market.

    • Ankita Das says:

      Red raspberry seed oil claims to be effective on both UVA and UVB. I have tested it but I won’t suggest applying too much in one go. Every 1-2 hours application (2-3 sprays) is the key.

  8. Lana says:

    Seems like an awesome diy! will it be effective in providing broad spectrum protection?
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  9. Sangeeta G says:

    This DIY sounds amazing Ankita. I’m going to get the ingredients and try this right away!

  10. Mariyam says:

    Great DIY! It can also be use as a facial spray :)

  11. Sudhaa says:

    I have seen recipes containing Zinc Oxide. This is a new one. You are such a whiz when it comes to DIY products :)

  12. Sonali says:

    Never heard of hydrosol. Informative article. Everytime I read I get know.something new <3

  13. safi says:

    Interesting DIY. I haven’t heard about hydrosols. Where do you get them?

  14. Shampita says:

    hey Ankita, From where can I get these hydrosols. I have no idea.

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