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Hydrating DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist

Hydrating DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist

Walking through the beautiful rose gardens, I had to stop for a while, inhaling deeply and taking in the sweet fragrance of these gorgeous flowers. Yet, roses are more than just an aesthetic delight. They are also great for the skin and mind. So what better way to enjoy this fragrant flower than to create a Hydrating DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist?

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What Are The Benefits Of Incorporating Rose Into Your Body Mist?

Rose has been cherished for its skin-loving properties for centuries. It is said, Cleopatra regularly enjoyed relaxing rose baths. Adding rose petals, rose hydrosol, and rose oil into body mist may help:

  • Reduce redness: Rose hydrosol can help to calm your skin and reduce redness caused by UV exposure thanks to antioxidants found in rose petals. Combining it with aloe vera will create a soothing and hydrating after-sun remedy.
  • Hydrate the skin: Spritzing rose hydrosol onto your skin can help to keep your skin moistened and prevent dryness, relieving that uncomfortable tightness and dry feeling.
  • Relieves anxiety: Rose hydrosol is a great stress reliever that can reduce anxiety and calm your mind. Next time you are on edge, spritz rose body mist onto your skin to help you relax.
  • Help you to sleep: If you are having trouble sleeping, spritz rose hydrosol over your body, pillow and bed. Its warm, sweet scent will help you drift off to sleep. 

Why Do You Need Hydrating Body Mist?

Whether you suffer from dehydrated skin, need something to soothe your reddened complexion, or want to breathe in the soothing scent of roses and feel a little more zen, then hydrating rose mist is for you. A quick spritz may help freshen up and hydrate your skin and soothe inflammation, leaving your skin looking dewy.

How does it work?

In this recipe, I utilised:

  • the hydrating power of rose hydrosol, rose glycerite, rose oil, aloe vera juice, and D-Panthenol to boost hydration in the skin
  • the soothing properties of rose hydrosol, rose oil and aloe vera juice to soothe inflammation and address redness
  • the calming scent of rose absolute, sandalwood and bergamot essential oil to promote feelings of calmness and help you relax

How to Use Hydrating DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist

DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist is a great way to refresh, cool down, or get a blast of floral aroma. Spritz it on the skin to hydrate and for a boost of fragrance. To apply, spray it generously on your body immediately after a shower, and follow with a body moisturiser. Reapply throughout the day.

Hydrating DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist Recipe

Hydrating DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist

Recipe by Kay GuptaDifficulty: Beginner Formulator


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A combination of rose and sandalwood creates a unique fragrance that brings you that sense of romance and love.


  • Weigh rose hydrosol, manuka floral water, aloe vera juice, rose glycerite and D-panthenol in a glass beaker and set aside.
  • Weight solubiliser and essential oils in another glass beaker and stir till well combined. 
  • Add solubiliser-essential oil mixture (phase B) into the water blend (phase A) and combine well using a mini whisk or milk frother until thoroughly combined.
  • Check the pH and adjust it to 5.0 – 5.5 if necessary. You can use a drop or two sodium bicarbonate solutions (10% sodium bicarbonate to 90% distilled water) to increase it or a drop or two citric acid solutions ( 10% citric acid to 90% distilled water) to lower it. 
  • Add preservative ECO (phase C).  
  • Measure the pH again and adjust it to 5.0 – 5.5 if necessary.
  • Pour your body spray into a bottle with a spray mist nozzle, label and date. 

Skin Patch Test

  • Carry out a skin patch test before incorporating DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist into your beauty regimen. Although ingredients used may be well-tolerated by most people, some may be sensitive or even allergic to them. Apply a small amount of the product onto a clear skin patch and leave it for 24-48 hours. If your skin turns red or itchy, or you experience any irritations, discontinue using the product.
  • If you are pregnant or have any health condition, please consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils.

Shelf Life and Storage

I have used a broad-spectrum preservative, preservative ECO, to prevent bacterial growth and keep the spray safe. It should last for about six months to a year. However, our kitchens are not microbe-free labs. If you notice any change in smell, colour or texture, dispose of the product and whip up a new batch. Store it in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. 


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Please remember that swapping the ingredients in the formula will alter the final product. Consider how the ingredient you wish to switch will affect the final product’s scent, consistency, or absorbency when making changes. 

Hydrosols: Rose hydrosol is a star ingredient in the recipe and, in many ways, irreplaceable due to its unique skin benefit and scent. However, geranium hydrosol’s deep floral aroma is similar to rose hydrosol and would make a good substitute. In addition, like rose hydrosol, it hydrates and promotes positivity. Manuka floral water has become one of my favourite waters in the past few months due to its rejuvenating properties. You can replace it with deionised or distilled water if you like. 

Aloe vera is an ideal skincare ingredient if your skin suffers from dryness as it helps to reduce TEWL (trans Epidermal Water loss). Widely available in liquid, gel and powder forms, it shouldn’t be hard to get hold of. However, hydrolysed oat protein would make a great substitute (avoid if you have a wheat allergy).

Rose glycerite: infusing glycerin with rose petals is another excellent way to feed nutrients to your skin and add dimension to your body mist (you can learn how to make them here). They take a couple of weeks to make, so if you are in a hurry, you can use vegetable glycerin instead. 

D-panthenol is an excellent moisturising ingredient that helps with softness, elasticity and skin regeneration. You can replace it with allantoin, hydrolysed oat, or silk protein. 

Essential oils: Before switching oils, consider how the changes affect the product’s scent and what are their safe dermal limits. That said, you can swap rose absolute with geranium essential oil, bergamot essential oil with melissa, lemon or lime essential oil and sandalwood with myrrh. You can learn more about essential oils by reading Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals by R Tisserand and R Young. 


Can I use my homemade rose sandalwood body mist on my face?

Even though I kept essential oils well below 1% in the recipe, the skin around your eyes is more sensitive than your facial skin, and you might find spritzing the mist near your eyes irritating. If you like to use it on your face, replace phase B with rose hydrosol to create a hydrating mist that won’t irritate the more sensitive skin around the eyes, just like my Calming DIY Body Spray

Can I make this DIY Rose Sandalwood Body Mist with different hydrosols?

Absolutely. By experimenting, you can create body mists which suit not only your skin but also your mood. You might like to include lemon, melissa, or orange blossom hydrosols for a more uplifting body mist. For soothing blends, consider adding lavender or chamomile hydrosols. 

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