How To: Calming Skin Mist for Sensitive Skin

Sooo, you've got super sensitive skin and are prone to spontaneous rashy redness from things such as putting on a piece of clothing, eh?

Not to worry. There is help to be had. You will be misting away rash in no time with your own handcrafted skin mist.

Not only that, you can choose from a wide range of possible ingredients.

Cool, huh?

Let's make mist!

Possible Ingredients

Because there are many herbs and botanicals that help calm and soothe, you can look to any of the following:
  • rose
  • chamomile
  • lavender
  • aloe vera
  • helichrysum
  • verbena
  • lemon balm
  • hamamelis (witch hazel)

To make your mist, you will need
  • 55% botanical hydrosol/hydrolate of choice
  • 39% distilled water
  • 5% aloe vera 
  • 0.8% broad spectrum preservative


Weigh and mix ingredients. Transfer to spray bottle. Mist over skin when needed.

If you prefer to make your mist without preservative, you will need to make and use the entire portion immediately. Almost all hydrosols are extremely susceptible to bacteria growth and require the addition of a preservative.

Tip: Be sure you are purchasing hydrosol/hydrolate (a true distillate) and NOT floral water (which is distilled water with added essential oils, solubiliser and preservative). It is the hydrosol combined with aloe vera that calms and soothes. A floral water will not provide the same result.

Switch it Up

You may find some hydrosols work better with your skin than others. Don't be afraid to try a few different ones.

Do Tell

Have you tried making and using a calming skin mist? Which hydrosol did you use?


Anonymous said…
Hi I’ve been enjoying reading your blog! Very informative! I am very new to this. Is the aloe vera recommended a gel? I am assuming that it would easily mix with the water in your recipe or would the spray have to be shaken before every use? Thank you
LisaLise said…
HI Anon - Thanks for your kind words about my blog. If you are sourcing your aloe vera from a cosmetics ingredients supplier, you will find it in all kinds of forms. I have seen it as a gel, liquid, powder, etc. For this mist, I used an aloe gel. You could also use it in juice form. If you want to use the powder, dissolve it in some distilled water before mixing with the other ingredients. :)
Unknown said…
Lovely post. It has really helped in so many ways
LisaLise said…
Hi Kemi - Wonderful! Glad it was of help :)
Andrea said…
I am suffering from loads of allergies, and I'm allergic to aloe vera in any shape or form. I make my own soap and face creams and very interested in your spray mist. Can the aloe vera be substituted?
LisaLise said…
Hi Andrea — you can replace the aloe with a hydrosol of choice 😊
Lisa, I’m reading all your blog and it’s so wonderful! I’m a formulator and my foccus is Cosmetology applied for Microbioma. I do the same formula, changing the aloe Vera extract by aloe Vera glycerite and works like a charm (and we don’t need the preservatives! Yay)
Thanks for your generosity to share your knowledge with us.
I’m about to buy your books (because they are amazing and also because we need to help our colleagues to spread the word and make some deserved money) but I Live in Brasil and the dollar here is very expensive... but I’m leading to it!
Congrats for the amazing job! Kisses from Brasil! ������
LisaLise said…
Hi Christiane — Thank you for your kind words! Your work sounds wonderful. As for replacing aloe vera with glycerite, that’s a great idea but it unfortunately doesn’t remove the need of preservative if the rest of your formula is as described above. Unless you are using the mist up within a couple of days, I’d recommend adding preservative. Best of luck with it and thanks again for sharing :)