How to Turn Your Favorite Body Lotion Into a Moisturizing Mist

This easy DIY transforms what's left in the bottle into a sprayable lotion!
Publish date:
May 28, 2015
moisturizers, DIY, body lotions, spray lotion

I live for body lotion. I think I’m trying to make up for lost moisturizing time now that having soft skin is on my life rider, right next to mangoes with chili oil and full-fat lattes.

Some of the best moisturizers around have an annoying quirk or two; namely, being hard to spread on your back and being impossible to get out of the container when three-quarters empty. First-world problems, yes, but with a first-world solution.

I like spray lotions from the store, but the price tag rather annoys me. The amount of product is always far less than a tube or bottle, but the price is much higher. This discrepancy, along with back application, is shockingly easy to fix with this DIY: mixing toner in that nearly empty bottle to make a liquid-consistency spray lotion.

Here’s what you need:

  • A ¼-full lotion—tube or bottle would be OK.
  • Toner of your choice—feel free to sub in rosewater, witch hazel, maybe a little glycerin if you don’t want to use a store-bought toner.
  • Spray bottle—mine is repurposed from a store-bought spray lotion (I gave it a new label).

Here’s what to do:

Simply pour a small amount of toner (maybe and ounce or two) into the lotion bottle, replace the cap, and shake!

Pour this into the spray bottle and test the consistency. You can add more liquid if you want it to spray more easily.

I used Shea Moisture African Black Soap Body Lotion, which I LOOOOOVE, but it was getting really hard to get the last bit out of the container. I mixed it with HydroPeptide Pre-Treatment Toner, a sneaky way to get lactic acid, peptides, and hyaluronic acid onto my much neglected back skin. The level of radness in this spray lotion is only described by one word: YASSSS!

Many of y’all often lament the amount of supplies or effort (or cleanup!) required by my usual DIYs, so I wanted to come up with something that uses store-bought leftovers and minimal effort that truly any of us could do. I have been using this spray to not only moisturize my back, but also to get a base level of spreadability on other body parts. I use lotion, serum and oil on my bod, so if there is no pre-existing dampness, like from a recent shower, it takes almost twice the product to saturate my skin. Misting this lotion on beforehand helps dampen things down, and everything goes on quickly and easily.

  • What do you do when you are getting to the bottom of a lotion container?
  • Anyone else like spray-on formulas?

Photos: Darnell Scott