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cucumber rose sunburn relief 100 organic skincare recipes

Probably one of the more fragrant and luxurious beauty DIYs I’ve come across, this Cucumber Rose Sunburn Relief recipe has me feeling all Cleopatra with coconut milk and roses.

Can we get much more luxe than that?

The third and final beauty DIY I’m excerpting from 100 Organic Skincare Recipes is one I’d use regardless of whether or not I had a sunburn. The skin-softening and soothing ingredients in the recipe could easily be incorporated into a weekly milk bath for your spa nights at home.

(You are having spa nights at home, right?)

Enjoy this final excerpt, and let me know if you’d like to see more excerpts in the future from some of my favorite beauty books!

Note: This is a not a series of sponsored posts. I really love this book and found the recipes approachable, interesting and beautiful. I reached out to the publicist to get permission to share these recipes with you because I thought you’d enjoy them as much as I do!

cucumber rose sunburn relief 100 organic skincare recipes

Cucumber Rose Sunburn Relief

You will want to have this cooling, fragrant, milky lotion on hand after a long day in the sun.

Store this concoction in the fridge and mist this soothing, moisturizing blend on a sunburn for instant relief.

The aloe vera and cucumber provide instant anti-inflammatory relief, while the rose and coconut milk offer skin-saving healing moisture to overexposed skin.

Yields: Approximately 1 cup


  • 1 medium-size cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup rosewater
  • ¼ cup aloe vera juice


  • Strainer or cheesecloth
  • 8-ounce jar with lid
  • Spray bottle

To Make:

Put the chopped cucumber inside a strainer or piece of cheesecloth and squeeze out juice. Pour the cucumber juice into a jar. Add coconut milk, rosewater, and aloe vera. Close the lid tightly and shake well to blend.

To Store:

Pour some of the mixture into a spray bottle. Reserve the remainder in the jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To Use:

Shake well before use. Spray affected areas as desired. Soak a soft cloth and apply as a compress for 10–15 minutes to affected areas.

100 organic skin care recipes

Excerpted from 100 Organic Skincare Recipes Copyright © 2014 by Jessica Ress, founder of Angel Face Botanicals and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Photos courtesy of Jessica Ress, Diane Harrison, and Adams Media.

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  • Dyana

    I’m somewhat wary of diy beauty recipes that don’t stress the fact that you should try to work as cleanly as possible, preferably sterilizing bottles and other equipment prior to use (try steaming them!). We shouldn’t forget that we’re working with a mostly water based solution containing no preservatives which is is an excellent feeding ground for bacteria. This is particularly true if you’re suffering from acne. I’d assume skin damaged by the sun is more prone to getting an infection as well…

    Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE making my own cosmetics, but there’s no point in putting your skin at risk when all you want is pampering it. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • You stated a good point !

      I like to make a small amount good for one use at a time. Making a large amounts of face and hair masks and then storing them may cause skin infections, you are right about that, but I think you can still store small amounts in the fridge for say a week or so.

    • Excellent point, Dyana. I should have gotten the excerpt from the book that talks about this important prep process. Thanks for your smart feedback.

  • Mmmh.. wow, that just looks amazing. What an incredible combination. I bet it smells like heaven! A marvelous one to try, given my sunburn-prone hubby ;)

    • Oh it does! Try it on your hubby (and then get on him about sunscreen use!) :) xoxo

      • Great :) Haha, and oh yes, it’s been an ongoing thing ;)