Working in a climate-controlled environment like an office can often lead to stale air that is void of moisture and energy. Aromatherapy mister sprays are an EXCELLENT way to hydrate your face and your space to give you a quick boost any time of the day. You can make your own very easily. You’ll need a clean (either a 1 oz, 2 oz, or 4 oz size) glass sprayer bottle or an aluminum one with a phenolic lining (which makes it non-reactive), a glass dropper, purified water, some essential oils (or just your favorite can be sufficient). The rule of thumb is a 2-3% dilution ratio of essential oils to water (or other carrier base).
So for a 1 oz bottle (30 ML) this would come out to about 20-25 drops (a little less than 1 ML) of essential oil. For a 2 oz bottle (60 ML) it would be about 40-50 drops (approximately 1.5 ML) and for a 4 oz bottle it would be about 75 -100 drops (or between 2.5 and 3 ML). Fill half the bottle with purified water, add your essential oil or essential oil blend, with your thumb plug the top of the bottle and shake it gently in a circular motion for a minute or so then top off with the remaining water and VOILA! you have an aromatherapy mister you can spray in the air and on your face (remember to close your eyes when spraying on your face please!).You will need to shake the bottle before each use because the essential oils will separate from the water and float on the surface. If you have some liquid castile soap on hand you can add a tiny bit (no more than 1% of the total) to the combination to emulsify the mixture which helps keep the oils combined with the water base (you still need to shake it gently before each use). I highy recommend adding a hydrosol to the mix as well and if you’re sensitive to smells or prefer something with less intensity, then often using a hydrosol alone works great for a hydrating facial spray though I have to say infusing the air around you with essential oils really does bring some energy and vitality back into a space! If you feel you need more moisture you can add a little bit of organic aloe vera juice to the mix, though with aloe juice in the mix you would need to either include a preservative or keep the bottle refrigerated, unless you make very small quantities and use them up quickly.
You can experiment with different oils and dilutions until you find something that really resonates with you and does the trick. If you’re not the Do it Yourself type and prefer to buy something ready to use, my company, Dropwise Essentials makes aromatherapy misters in a variety of essential oil blends suitable for different moods. Whether you need something to help you stay calm, focused, or to energize and refresh, you will find a great selection at our web site: http://www.dropwise.com/aromatherapy-misters/. If you’re inclined to make your own, you can get our aluminum spray bottle as well as a variety of essential oils at our site too.
Remember to drink lots of water throughout the day too. This will help keep you and your skin hydrated even in a dry office environment.