Natural After Bath Splashes & Sprays
After bath splashes, sprays and fresheners are designed to tone and revitalize your skin after bathing or whenever your skin needs a boost. They help refresh your skin, close your pores and leave a hint of fragrance. They are a product that is a cross between skin astringents, toners and colognes. They are easy to apply as you simply splash or spray the light liquid onto your skin. You don’t even need to rub them in, as they quickly evaporate. After bath splashes are meant to be used liberally. They are lighter than colognes and not as potent in their scent. You can also apply them using a spray bottle or mister. Simply pour them into clean spray or mist bottles. Using a splash or spray is a great way to start or end your day.
One of the simplest after bath splashes is pure cold water. A quick rinse or splash of cold water will energize your body and senses. Many splashes also have an ingredient that restores your skin’s pH level. Normal healthy skin has a natural acid level that helps combat surface bacteria. Some soaps and cleansers remove this natural acid as they are more alkaline. Using a splash that has a bit of natural acid such as vinegar or citrus juice will help cleanse and balance your skin. Splashes are also a great way to practice a bit of aromatherapy and create an instant mood for yourself. Create a collection of morning, noon and night sprays and splashes. In the morning energize and wake up with fresh citrus and mint scents. In the afternoon or after working out you can boost your mood with herbs and tea tree oil. And in the evening to help you relax and get some sleep splash on some lavender, chamomile or rose scents.
To store your splashes all you need is a clean container with a tight fitting lid. Keep your products in a cool, dry, dark spot. If you are using your product in the bath or shower you may want to opt for plastic containers, as they won’t break if dropped on hard bathroom floors. Spray bottles are also a great way to apply these products. Look for a pretty misters that you can keep out on your bathroom counter or small travel size bottles to tuck in your bag or brief case to use anytime you need a spritz of scent to freshen your skin and mood.
Here are some recipes for you to try:
Refreshing Cucumber After Bath Splash
Cucumber juice is naturally astringent and refreshing to your skin. Combined with some natural aloe vera gel it makes a cooling and soothing splash perfect for all skin types especially those with sensitive skin. This also makes a soothing treatment for sunburned skin.
1/2 cup chopped fresh cucumber
1 /2 cup pure water
1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
2 tablespoons witch hazel
2 drops essential oil of lemon (optional)
In a blender or food processor on high blend, process the cucumber and water until liquefied. Strain the liquid and remove all solids. Pour into a clean container and add the aloe, witch hazel and lemon oil. Stir well to mix. To use: Splash onto clean skin after bath, or whenever you want a quick skin freshener. Can also be sprayed on your skin.
Yield: 8 ounces
Energizing Citrus Splash
The scent of fresh citrus is naturally energizing. This is a great morning splash and better than a cup of coffee to start your day. You can use any fresh citrus in this recipe or combination. Fresh mint or peppermint essential oil adds to the energy boosting effect.
2 cups boiling water
yellow peel from 2 fresh lemons (may also use orange and grapefruit peels)
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
1-2 drops essential oil of peppermint (optional)
Place all the fresh citrus peels and mint leaves in a large bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the mixture steep and cool for several hours or even overnight. Remove the peels and leaves with a slotted spoon, or pour through a strainer. Pour the liquid into a clean container. To use: Splash onto clean skin after bath, or whenever you want a quick skin freshener. Can also be sprayed on your skin.
Yield: 12 ounces
Chamomile Bedtime Spritz
Nothing beats a cup of hot chamomile tea to help you relax and unwind before bedtime. This soothing spray is nice to use after an evening bath. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that will calm your skin and help lock in moisture. You may also add a drop or two of lavender essential oil for added scent.
3 chamomile tea bags (made from 100% chamomile flowers)
1 cup boiling water
1-2 drops essential oil of lavender (optional)
In a small bowl, steep the tea bags for several hours, until the water is completely cooled. Remove the tea bags and add the lavender oil and stir well. Pour into a clean container or spray bottle. To use: Spray onto clean skin after bath, or whenever you want a quick skin freshener. Can also be sprayed onto your bed linens for a bit of relaxing aromatherapy.
Yield: 8 ounces