Obsession Thursday: DIY surf spray and body oil mist

When I went from short and flippy hair to past my chin and wavy, I started to need surf spray to make the hairstyle work. Stuff costs $20 a bottle and is MAGIC. You know how your hair is after you come out of the ocean? (Not a lake…has to be salt water.) This stuff does that, but is better for your hair and cheaper than airfare.

Enough ingredients to make countless bottles of Surf Spray and Body Oil Mist
Enough ingredients to make countless bottles of Surf Spray and Body Oil Mist

Guess what? All the ingredients to make many, many, MANY bottles of this stuff costs about the same as one bottle of the name-brand stuff. I’ve made and used up several batches and it always works. Spritz it into damp hair, scrunch and when it’s dry, finger combing gives me the wavy hair I always wanted.

I started out with some of the recipes on this page, and tweaked. This is about what I do now.

Amy’s magic hair scrunch spray:

  • 1/2 cup warmed distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon Epsom salts
  • 1 teaspoon hair gel
  • ½ tablespoon leave-in hair conditioner
  • 4-5 drops of coconut oil or Argan oil

Warm water helps dissolve the rest of the ingredients. I use less water than other recipes recommend, because the water is just there to carry the rest. It just slows down the drying time of your hair so why add more than you need? Choose your conditioner carefully — it seems to be most fragranced of everything and if you’re fussy about smells, that’s where you can control it best.

Next up, winter skin crawlies. All body oil mists I found had some kind of fragrance and they all have preservatives I didn’t want. Plus $$$. So now I make my own based on this recipe, and it’s amazing. It has no scent by choice — check out the recipe link above if you want to fragrance it.

Unscented body oil mist:

  • ¼ cup distilled or filtered water
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vegetable glycerine
  • 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
  • 4-5 drops Vitamin E oil

I spray this on my arms, back and legs after every shower and I no longer want to rip my skin off.

I got most of the supplies at my local drugstore. You don’t need to buy huge amounts. It lasts a long time, and takes up just a little space in my closet until it’s time to make a new batch.


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7 thoughts on “Obsession Thursday: DIY surf spray and body oil mist

  1. Gwen

    I love make soap and bath & body products, it’s my other big hobby next to knitting. You can make stuff that is oh so much nicer and cheaper than anything you could ever buy in a store or salon.
    Be careful with the body mist though. As long as you keep it in the fridge and use it up in 7-10 days, you’re ok. If you don’t, you likely will need to put some sort of preservative in it. Water and oil combinations are heaven for bacteria and after 10 days at room temperature, you may be spraying yourself with something very yucky (basically an open jar of watered-down mayo left on the counter for 10 days). If you want to get away from preservatives, I would recommend making something that’s oil based only (bacteria need water to survive). Lotion bars are very easy to make and don’t need preservatives. You may not find the ingredients in your local drugstore, but they’re cheap and easy to find online from countless suppliers (usually cheaper than a drugstore too). Just google “soap making supplies”. Have fun with your new obsession!

  2. florapie

    Love the idea of homemade beauty products! but this new blog layout is irking me greatly, since the header takes up fully 1/3 of my laptop screen and doesn’t go away when I scroll down.

  3. Leslie C

    I am totally with florapie – wondering what in heck is up with the immovable huge header. It makes it so hard to read the page, I almost didn’t. Thanks for the recipes, though! I may try the mist, but the unspecified “hair gel” ingredient in the other probably means I can’t use it, unless I can find a hair gel to use for this that is lacking in all the chemicals I have to avoid. It sounds like it would be great for most folks, even so. 🙂

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