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Frizzy Friday: DIY Lavender Spray

I know that I posted about this miraculous spray previously in the Curly Basics three-part series, and I never got to fully elaborate on the recipe. So, here goes!

Lavender spray is a staple in my hair’s diet. It reactivates the gel so that day two, three, and four hair look as great (if not better) than day one. I use it to add a nice smell and moisture to my hair. It’s easy to just spritz a strand that looks limp, use a bobby pin to make it into a curl, and take it down when it’s dry. Ta-da, picture-perfect hair! You don’t just have to use it for hair, however. I use mine to spray on my pillow for helping me fall asleep (lavender is renowned as a calming scent), or in my car when it could use a refresher. Sometimes, I even spray it on my boyfriend’s stuff (sorry, Joe!) to freshen it up. It’s kind of like a less intrusive, more natural version of Febreze. Homemade lavender water also makes an awesome gift for people in your life – give as a housewarming or maybe even as a lavender-themed basket for someone in your life who loves the scent.

You will need:

  • 2 quarts of water (can try tap water, or buy distilled water)
  • 7-10 drops pure lavender essential oil (depending on how much smell you like)

Put the water into a pot and bring to a rolling boil. Turn the heat down until water is softly bubbling. After an hour, remove the water from the heat, add the lavender oil, stir to blend, and replace the lid. Let the lavender water steep until it’s cool, then pour into spray bottles or another storage container; be sure to store in a cool, dry place.

Have you ever used lavender spray? What did you think?




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  2. theflyingmustachio

    Hey there! Just boiling the water does not distill it. It kills microbes, certainly, but it does not remove any minerals/ additives. To distill water, you need to boil it, then condense the steam produced into water again. The condensed steam will be distilled and clean, as the boiling process leaves behind the minerals/impurities. You can see this principle at work if you leave a dish of water out for a few days. The ring around the edge where the water evaporated is where the minerals etc. were left behind. Boiling alone uncovered merely concentrates the minerals, and boiling covered doesn’t do anything but kill the germs. I would recommend buying pre-distilled water from the grocery store for this project, because making your own distillery is quite finicky.

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  6. This sounds awesome! I wonder if you can put pieces of a lavender plant in the hot water? It probably wouldn’t be as strong of a smell though.

    • Jess A

      I’m not sure! I’ve been trying to find lavender that’s suitable for eating to make lavender shortbread and soda, however.

      • Culinary lavender can be found at the Downtown Farmer’s Market, on Wednesdays! I grabbed some last week and have been making Iced green tea with lavender….!

      • Jess A

        Lyndele that’s amazing! Thank you for this, and thank you for all your lovely comments!

    • Jess A

      Yes, let me know how it goes! I seriously spray it on everything. Even in my car.

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