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Homemade After Sun Cooling Spray

Are you looking to soothe your sunburn? Try this homemade after sun cooling spray. It’s made with all-natural ingredients and feels so good on your skin!

Woman holding homemade after sun cooling spray made with essential oils.

Homemade After Sun Cooling Spray

We’ve all done it—spent a little more time in the sun than we should without any sunblock or not enough, and we’ve all paid the price.

Sunburns are the worst! They can be extremely uncomfortable and downright painful. Hopefully, this homemade after-sun cooling spray will give you a little relief.

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I’m all about eliminating toxic chemicals and finding natural alternatives. So, of course, this after sun spray is made with all-natural, 100% toxin-free ingredients.

And it is amazing! I’ve had to use it more times than I’d like to admit. But it provides an immediate cooling sensation that feels so good on the skin!

After Sun Cooling Spray Ingredients

This after sun cooling spray only contains four ingredients. As I mentioned earlier, each ingredient is all-natural and toxin-free!

A little information about each ingredient is listed below.

1 | Lavender Essential oil

If there is one thing you need to know about lavender essential oil it’s that it is amazing for your skin and especially for healing burns.

The next time you burn yourself on a pan or hot dish, run your skin under some cold water and then apply lavender essential oil immediately afterward.

In a few minutes, the pain will be completely gone. It’s crazy!

2 | Peppermint Essential oil

Peppermint essential oil provides that instant cooling sensation. It’s also great at relieving pain, so it is often used in muscle rubs.

I actually use it in my sore muscle relief essential oil roller and my DIY massage oil recipe.

Peppermint essential oil is also one of the best essential oils for beginners and is one you should always have on hand!

3 | Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel is a must-have for sunburn relief. Aloe vera gel contains glycoproteins which can help relieve pain and inflammation.

It also contains lidocaine, which also helps relieve pain.

You can click here to learn more about aloe vera.

This is my favorite aloe vera gel.

4 | Witch Hazel

Witch hazel contains a compound called tannins. Tannins can help relieve inflammation as well as reduce itchiness.

Just make sure you use witch hazel extract and not distilled witch hazel. This is the one I use.

After Sun Cooling Spray Recipe

To make this DIY after sun cooling spray, you’ll just need the ingredients above and a small glass bottle. I use a 4-ounce bottle for this DIY.

It can be purchased from Amazon. If you use a different size bottle you’ll need to adjust the ratios below.

Also, it is very important that you use a glass bottle. Plastic bottles should never be used with essential oils.

Pure essential oils are very potent, and the plastic may begin to deteriorate and leach into the essential oils.

Okay, back to the recipe.

Fill the glass bottle with 1/2 a cup of witch hazel and two tablespoons of aloe vera. Then add 15 drops each of peppermint and lavender essential oils.

Gently roll the bottle between your hands to mix up, and you’re done! That’s it!

Homemade After Sun Cooling Spray

Homemade After Sun Cooling Spray

Yield: 4oz
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Looking to soothe your sunburn? Try this homemade after sun cooling spray. It's made with all natural ingredients and feels so good on your skin!


  1. Fill the glass bottle with 1/2 a cup of witch hazel
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of aloe vera to bottle
  3. Add 15 drops peppermint essential oil to bottle
  4. Add 15 drops of lavender essential oil to bottle
  5. Gently roll the bottle between your hands to mix up


Shake well before each use.

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How to Use After Sun Cooling Spray

This after-sun spray is simple to use. Just apply liberally to the affected area and reapply as needed.

Always shake the bottle well before each use. Also, avoid the eye area when spraying near the face.

Is This Homemade After Sun Spray Safe for Children?

If using on children ten and under, I recommend reducing the peppermint essential oil to half the drops and completely avoiding spraying near the face.

Homemade after sun cooling spray lying on cutting board next to plant.

How to Store After Sun Cooling Spray

Heat can cause mold and bacteria to grow, so it’s best to store this DIY after-sun spray in a cool, dark place, like under your bathroom or kitchen sink.

An even better place to store it would be the refrigerator. Not only is it cool and dark in there, but the refrigerator will also help enhance the cooling effect.

It is also important to keep it in a dark glass bottle because sunlight can damage the essential oils used in this homemade after sun cooling spray. 

And the bottle should be made out of glass because pure essential oils are very potent, and plastic may begin to deteriorate and leach into the DIY after sun spray.

When Does Homemade After Sun Spray Expire?

This homemade after-sun spray will expire whenever the ingredients you used are set to expire.

Witch hazel has a very long shelf life, but it is generally recommended that it be used within two years of opening the bottle.

Aloe vera gel lasts at least 2-3 years, and essential oils can last anywhere from 2 years to 8 years. It depends on the type of essential oil and how it is stored.

So, if you use fresh ingredients, this homemade after-sun spray can last a few years.

If you don’t use fresh ingredients, you’ll want to note which ingredients will expire the soonest. That will be the expiration date for this DIY after sun spray.

How Often Can I Use This DIY After Sun Spray?

This DIY after-sun spray can be used as often as needed. It is 100% safe and can also help to moisturize the skin.

After Sun Cooling Spray Tips

  • Store in the fridge when not in use
  • Avoid spraying near the eyes
  • If you have never applied any of the above-mentioned essential oils to your skin before please do a skin patch test prior to applying all over to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction
  • Mix well before each use

Practice Safe Sun Exposure

I am a huge fan of sunshine. Consistent sun exposure has many health benefits. To learn more about those benefits, read this post, The Power of the Sun: Healing Benefits of Sunlight.

Of course, you can get too much of a good thing, and too much sun exposure is not good. This homemade after-sun spray can help when you’ve spent more time in the sunshine than you should.

This post—How to Protect Your Skin from the Sun Without Sunscreen—can help you prevent future sunburns. I also have a DIY Sunscreen Alternative that can also help you avoid future sunburns.

Need Essential Oils?

There are many essential oil companies that sell high-quality essential oils. I used to use Young Living oils exclusively but I just couldn’t afford to use them anymore.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover several brands that sell amazing, high-quality essential oils at very affordable prices.

I regularly use Eden’s GardenPlant Therapy, and Simply Earth essential oils. 

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If you’re unsure whether your oils are pure or not, read this post to discover 5 ways to discover fake essential oils.

Well, I truly hope this homemade after-sun cooling spray gives you the relief you need.

If you have any questions or comments about this after-sun cooling spray, please share in the comments below!

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