DIY Setting Spray With 2 Ingredients Without Aloe Vera (Step By Step)

The first time that I heard about setting spray, I think I was around 12 years old and was setting little steps in the whole beauty world. My mom spotted my obsession early, took me by the hand, and showed me all kinds of products and how they worked!

It was an amazing bonding experience and when she told me about setting spray for the first time I was astounded by the fact that you could spray something on your face so that your makeup would blend in super nice.

Fast forward about 12 years and a friend of mine asked me if I knew something about setting spray… To be more specific, she asked me if there was a setting spray without aloe vera or at least a DIY setting spray with 2 ingredients without aloe vera.

For me, this was something new and I told her I had to think about it. The next days were full of experimenting. Trying to come up with something that could help her. Trying to make some kind of recipe so that she could make herself a setting spray without aloe vera.

When I found something, I told her what I did and which steps I took exactly so that she could make it as well and experiment with it.

She came back to me telling me that it worked like a charm for her and that’s why I’m giving it to you, now! If it can help her, it can help a lot more people.

Below you’ll find out what I did exactly to make a setting spray with 2 ingredients but without aloe vera!

DIY setting spray 2 ingredients without aloe vera

First things first, let’s look at what you need. Luckily you don’t need much and a regular beauty enthusiast might have these things in their cabinets. If not, just grab them at your local beauty store or order them online.

What do you need:

  • Distilled water
  • Glycerin

Why distilled water you might ask… It is incredibly important that you do not use regular tap water. Regular tap water goes south fast and isn’t always thát clean which means you spray all kinds of bacteria on your face. Go buy some distilled water for the best effect. Luckily it’s cheap to buy.

Another thing you need but isn’t mentioned above (because it isn’t an ingredient) is a spray bottle to put the mix in. Go for a spray bottle that sprays a gentle mist (so not a spray bottle that sprays large droplets).

Which steps to take to make this DIY setting spray without aloe vera:

First, you grab the spray bottle and fill it for 1/5th with Glycerin. It should look like water only a little thicker.

After that, you put in 4/5th water and that’s all you need to do! Shake it so that the 2 ingredients are mixed well and you’re done. 

Why use Glycerin for this DIY setting spray?

We use Glycerin for the following reasons:

  • It is hydrating
  • Repairs and protects the skin
  • Glycerin draws moisture from the environment, which is also known as a humectant. That’s why you find it in many beauty products because of its ability to store water for moisturizing the skin.
  • But if glycerin draws moisture, doesn’t it also draw moisture from the skin! Pure glycerin can indeed dry out your skin, which is why you need to add at least 50% water to it to prevent this from happening.

For just under € 3.00 I was done and had made myself a great working setting spray (not factored in the costs of a bottle with spray nozzle because I already had one of those).

Making a setting spray with two ingredients and without Aloe Vera was simpler than I thought and it was also cheaper than I thought. Another great benefit is that it will last you a long time!

Now, after I made the setting spray I also tested it because I wanted to know if it worked at all before mentioning it to my friend.

To my amazement, it worked really well. I sprayed it on, a gentle mist came out and it really did smooth out my makeup, helped me maintain my look for longer and my makeup looked properly blended.

So I told my friend, she tried it and came with the same results. She was happy to have a great and simple recipe that she could use and I was happy to help her. A win-win!

Have you found other recipes without Aloe Vera and with only 2 ingredients? Please let me know! I won’t hesitate to test them :).

Reading material

Do you want to know more about setting sprays, for how long they can work, why they sometimes ruin your makeup, or why your setting spray turns white? Then you’re in luck! Below I’ve set out exactly these topics for you to read about!

So, go ahead! Simply click the link and start reading about it!
I don’t know why my setting spray turns white
Setting spray can ruin your makeup
How long does setting spray last?


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Thanks again for reading!