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  1. Andrea

    I don’t have peppermint EO (yet), so I was wondering if there would be a good substitution of some other tingly, cooling EO…maybe eucalyptus or tea tree? Do you think either would work?

  2. Heather Wilson

    I am so excited about this!  We live in the Southeast and Summers are hot and humid, so any cooling is greatly appreciated.  I’m curious where you purchase the little spray bottles? 

    • KarinSDCA

       I purchase my bottles and other containers from Sunburst Bottle (online). They don’t require outrageous minimum orders like other bottle companies. You can buy just one of whatever you want. (I’m not affiliated in any way with this company; just a happy customer.)

  3. Li

    did you mean “dreams to dream”? either way, ideal songs in which to roller (under black lights, of course). well done!

  4. Shannon

    Thank you! I believe I will try this. I saw a previous post for your ‘Activated Charcoal Cooling Summer Scrub’, are you still selling it? If so I would like to purchase some.

  5. KarinSDCA

    I love your creativity!

    Another way to stay cool is to use hydrosols or floral waters. I find cucumber hydrosol (from Nature’s Gift – online – just a happy customer) to be particularly cooling. Much better for my sensitive skin than peppermint essential oil, which I love, just not for my skin.

  6. Love this!
    Can I harvest the aloe that’s growing outside and use that for the gel?  I will often pluck some, slit it open, and rub that on “owies.”  It’s delish.

  7. Kris Hackbart

    Now I get it! The red face I get after a good workout in Karate is because of my German grandparents! Maybe middle aged germanish ladies aren’t supposed work that hard!
    I love your spray! Another place it would be helpful is the back of your neck!

  8. Ann

    nothing to say about aloe, we already know it rules…..but I dig the shout out to American Tail. I sang the somewhere out there song for a talent show in grade school….. I probably could have used this spray after that!

    •  American Tail! I KNEW as soon as I typed Fivel Goes West, I was off on the movie, but was too lazy to remember the actual name. Sooo long ago … my brain … it is fading …

  9. Emily

    I bought some Lily of the Desert aloe vera gel from a health food store recently.  Is it supposed to smell horrible, kind of like rotten vegetables?  It said “refrigerate after opening,” but it smelled like that as soon as I opened it, the day I bought it.

  10. Heather :) :) :)

    When you mentioned the roller skating story, scenes from That 70s Show flashed through my mind, where Eric dresses up in the Mork from Ork outfit and dances a choreographed routine on skates :)

    Thanks for the aloe vera recipes. I think I’ll give this a try, because we’ve got some really warm days coming up soon, and I don’t like it when my skin feels uncomfortable.

    Have a great day :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  11. Scricklin

    I am excited to try this as I too have always had that red face syndrome. But is 3 tbsp liquid and 3tbsp gel plus some essential oils all the ingredients? Just doesn’t seem like that would be near enough to last a couple of months? Just doesn’t seem like this recipie makes very much. Maybe I only need 1 squirt each time?

  12. Heidi @ lightlycrunchy

    Great idea! I have MS, which causes some heat intolerance and I often need to cool down quickly. I’ll definitely give this a whirl.

  13. Erin R.

    So cool!! (haha) any way, love this! I too suffer the red face problem. I also find i can’t take the heat like i used to. Must take after my grandma. I love, love, love peppermint essential oil! I think i put it in anything i can! If i could buy a gallon of it i would. Will definitly be making this and the bug spary soon. Need to hit the $1 store to get some cute spray bottles i found there. Now if the warm weather would ever return here, that would be awesome! it’s June and we needed the heater Monday.

  14. I’m going to try this next time I thin out my aloe plants and squeeze some gel!  
    I also have a bottle of rosewater that I keep in my fridge which is most excellent to spritz your face (and bod) with, especially in the hot weather.  Won’t help a sunburn, but it feels and smells great!

  15. Kbod29

    Love your stuff!!!!

  16. Ah! Red face plagues me to no end! Any time I get back from the gym I’m red faced for at least 45 minutes after, despite feeling recovered long before then. Can’t wait to try this. Thanks!!

  17. Ah, I could’ve used this on my hike yesterday! I bet it smells fabulous! This is definitely going in my recipe binder. Thanks!

  18. This is awesome! I know just the person to make this for (in addition to the batch I make for myself)!!

  19. rachel cerbone

    dude idk how u feel bout Origins… but Dr Weil has a line there for us red-faced folk w special mushrooms that w continued use reduces redness… fyin btw jes found ur blog n heart it

  20. Melanie

    Thanks for this recipe. I am nevertheless surprised you are using EOs without an excipient (oil or other) as they won’t disperse in any water-based material (like AVG)?

  21. Rupunzlemom

    I wonder how this would work for ‘hot flashes’?  Guess I will have to try it and report back.  :)

  22. I’m going into the field for training…this will be a perfect thing to pack!!!

  23. Squeaky

    Hey, Betty! Love this – been using something similar for yonks, now. Mine is just for feets. Hubby and I both get sweaty feets/stinky boots in the summer, so I dropped peppermint into surgical spirits (for quick evaporation cooling action) and used it in a foot spritz. BUT! Bonus: I use tea tree and juniper in there, too, for extra freshness and awesome antibacterial action. Spray feet and boots, cool feets, boots no longer stinky. Voila!
    XXX

    • akearns

      sorry i didn’t mean to click on negatives on here – i just clicked on those numbers b/c i don’t know what they do and I was trying to see – sorry!!! I can’t get it back to neutral or positive now – I’m so sorry!

  24. latin4

    I have used aloe vera gel for itching.  It works well without being harmful to the area.  It has a soothing feel.  Great ideas.

  25. Monica A

    This is so great! Now, this might be an insane question…I have an aloe plant sitting around the house. Any chance I could squeeze some of it out in lieu of aloe vera gel? Or is that just way too nutty? I know I would probably need a LOT…or would I???

  26. I buy my Aloe from Aloe farms. I love it. I store the bulk in the fridge and keep a small amount in a spray bottle, add a couple drops of lavender and tea tree oil for the anti-microbial properties, and use on burns and on my scalp. I have a terrible dry scalp problem. Its not dandruff. I have curly hair. Coconut oil helps some. Spraying this aloe on my head helps a ton. I use Bronner’s Peppermint for the twice a week shampoo. I tried no poo for 3 months, but it wasn’t for me or my curls. This regimen seems to help my scalp and my curls love it. Of course, I still use a mousse that is full of chemicals, but I figure 1 thing isn’t too bad.

  27. I buy my Aloe from Aloe farms. I love it. I store the bulk in the fridge and keep a small amount in a spray bottle, add a couple drops of lavender and tea tree oil for the anti-microbial properties, and use on burns and on my scalp. I have a terrible dry scalp problem. Its not dandruff. I have curly hair. Coconut oil helps some. Spraying this aloe on my head helps a ton. I use Bronner’s Peppermint for the twice a week shampoo. I tried no poo for 3 months, but it wasn’t for me or my curls. This regimen seems to help my scalp and my curls love it. Of course, I still use a mousse that is full of chemicals, but I figure 1 thing isn’t too bad.

  28. chelsea

    Love the cooling spray idea. Thanks! FYi carrageenan isn’t a preservative. It is a hydrocolloid(water loving carbohydrate) extracted from seaweed. It is it there to keepntje aloe more gel-like and control the moisture.

  29. Heather

    Thank you, thank you! My feet and legs always feel so hot during our desert summers. This is greatly helping both me and my kids.

  30. VeryThorough

    One quick note on your aloe suggestions: the Aloe Farms gel must be refrigerated after opening, and the Mountain Rose Herbs one says refrigeration is recommended. Not sure about the Aubrey Organics. Bummer that aloe is almost all water! Hard to keep it fresh without major preservatives or refrigeration.

    Then again, since this is a cooling spray, refrigeration doesn’t sound like such a bad idea! Plus, the fact that the spray is half witch hazel and peppermint oil will help anti-bacterial properties, too.

  31. MidnightFun

    I was going to try this, but once I saw it had aloe changed my mind.. I’m allergic to Aloe so this wouldn’t be a good idea for me.. hope it works for others..

    • U could do the witch hazel by itself. I don’t always have aloe. On,y problem is that it can be drying so if u dry easily, you’ll need to put something moisturizing in it.

  32. BlackSwan

    About the peppermint being pretty potent, I wish someone had told me this earlier today. I mixed up some natural foundation and decided to use peppermint oil to hold it together in a compact. I figured it could help me wake up in the morning. Well I added waaaaaay too much. Thankfully I only made a small amount so I can add more powder and a different (non smelly) oil later on to dilute it a bit.

    I can’t wait to try this though! I too have the red face issue. I was always called a tomato as a kid. It’s so embarrassing. It’s nice to know there is something to do for it. I’ll also tell my mom about it, she gets hot and red very easily and sweats a lot so she gets really oily.

    I love all of the information on here. Thank You so much for posting all this stuff!!

  33. mrsdandy

    I love this! My nickname for myself is “flame face” lol My face gets read all the time, not only after exertion.

  34. Aubree

    Hi, I was wondering if this would be safe on say, a 10 month old? we just moved from a cold skit town to AZ and my boy needs something to keep him cool for our early morning walks- love to hear your input :)
    -A

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