Summer is a busy, sweaty, sticky time of the year for your whole family. As you run from one activity to the next, you might not have time to clean up in between.
This natural, homemade body refresher can help banish the stink and keep your crew happy in the summer sun. It’s perfect for sweaty bodies, sticky hands, stinky armpits, and you can even use it on Fido after a day at the lake or beach.
Witch hazel removes and controls oil, and even dissolves dried breastmilk. The addition of bright, clean-smelling essential oils helps clear and mask odors. This refresher spray leaves behind a fresh, clean scent and boosts your mood in the process!
1. Collect your supplies.
- 3-4 oz spray bottle
- 2 Tbsp alcohol-free witch hazel
- 2 drops lemongrass essential oil
- 2 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 drops tangerine or sweet orange essential oil
- filtered water
2. Mix witch hazel and oils.
Using a small funnel, pour witch hazel into your spray bottle. Add 2 drops each of the essential oils. Swirl around to combine.
3. Fill with water.
Add filtered water up to the neck of the bottle, and screw on the spray top. Shake to mix. This recipe makes enough for a 3-4 oz bottle, but the recipe can easily be doubled for a larger batch. This refreshing body spray will last several weeks, but you’ll probably use it up before then!
4. Spritz away!
Use liberally on sweaty body parts after spending time in the sun, at the pool, on the trail, or even after the gym. This light, refreshing spray is perfect to help everyone feel a little cleaner when you don’t have time to take a shower. The citrus oils also provide a little uplifting aromatherapy, helping improve your mood (and the attitude of your little ones) after a busy adventure. Don’t forget the family pup, too, since this spray works well to mask that familiar “wet dog” odor.
Images via Cat DiStasio for Inhabitots.