Post Surf Spray

Like I said yesterday, Aloe Vera should be in every surfer’s home somewhere. Bonus points if you grow it fresh, there’s no better remedy for salt dried skin.

And it’s supposed to be good for your hair, too. Figures. If it’s good for your skin, it should stand to reason it’s good for your hair. I read somewhere that Aloe Vera “stimulates” hair growth. Not sure if I buy that, but my bleached out blonde hair is always in need of some moisture, otherwise it just looks like straw.
I’m not a high maintenance surfer chick, so I came up with an easy recipe to use after surfing (or whateva!) to spritz on your hair to help it from getting too dried out. I’ve been using it on my face too throughout the day also, since my skin dries out so quickly anymore. Sucks getting older.

I harvested some fresh Aloe from my plants for this. I don’t like to take too much at a time since Aloe won’t keep well without refrigeration. I’m just going to make small batches of spritz at a time, so I can keep it in the bathroom. I’ll whip up more as needed.

I used an old 4 ounce spray bottle I saved from a fancy pants hair spritz I’ve tried before. But that had probably had some strange chemicals, so I made sure to wash it out well.

Post Surf Spray Recipe

Using my little bowl, I mixed together:

  • 1/2 a heaping tablespoon of room temperature Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 a heaping tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel, diced
  • 3-6 drops of Lor-Ann Pineapple Flavoring (for aroma)
  • 1/4 tablespoon of sea salt
  • Almost 4 oz. Distilled water to fill up the rest of my bottle

Shake Well!

A spoon works great to scrape out Aloe gel from the leaf- you may need to dice up the gel a bit with a knife

    Unrefined Coconut Oil smells REALLY good, but if you just want the Pineapple smell, go with Refined

    Reusing an old spray bottle, and I like using distilled water for this project

    You can find this where they sell specialty baking stuff, like Michael’s or JoAnn’s


    I’m using the water to help thin and mix the Aloe, Oil, and flavoring a bit better

    Added just a little sea salt


    Shake it like a Polaroid picture


    This is the rest of the Aloe Vera gel to go into the fridge


    Love it!


    This will last about three days, and then I’ll make another batch with the Aloe in the fridge. The stuff works great, and smells good too.

    Jeff King was kind enough to take pics of us surfer chicks at the Pier today. I’ll call it Craptacular Wednesday. Here’s one of me doing one of my classic stall maneuvers. Because I can’t bear going fast like the young whippersnappers. I’m such a wuss.

    Why you stallin’???

    Kook Balm

    We are fortunate here in Florida to have fairly temperate weather, albeit with blazing hot Summers lately. I’ve already become a super sexy shade of ruddy in my face from all the Sun we’ve been getting.

    Get that lady some Aloe, STAT

    Luckily, also because of our Sunny weather, the Aloe Vera plant seems to thrive here. That’s a great remedy for a Surfer who gets sunburned, salted, and dried out after surfing for an hour or two. I’m certainly no expert gardener, but when I remember to water these plants…..WOW! I actually look like I know what I’m doing.

     This site has a little info on growing your Aloe plant. I agree with most of the tips in that site, but in Florida, it’s so hot, I water often and try to keep my plants out of the direct sun, since our heat can be a killer for any plant.

    Ooooh… I’m an ant

    If you live here in Central Florida, you really shouldn’t pay for Aloe Vera. Ask around first and see if a friend grows it, because they’re super easy to propagate, and can be a nuisance for some people if not maintained! If only my vegetable plants did so well. 

    Here’s a plant I just harvested some leaves from, with a couple of “pups” shooting up from the corner of the pot.

    They want out

    I gently pulled the pups away with a root intact, so I could replant them into another container with standard well draining soil. The new container is my nursery for more “Kook Balm.” I call it that since if I was too dumb to put on sunscreen, It Gets the Kook Balm.

    Damn it, Grumpy Cat!

     

    Only one-rooters

    Kook Balm Nursery

    To harvest Aloe gel, just tear away leaves at the base. The goo (the good stuff!) will start oozing out from the leaf immediately, so gather them in a non-stick container.

    Stainless steel bowl from Goodwill works great

    Big dragon tail

    After surfing, I usually just tear off a leaf, peel it open by hand, and rub the clear Aloe Vera gel directly from the leaf onto my skin. It naturally absorbs quite well within a few minutes. It really does help minor sunburns well, and it is the best stuff you can get.

    The gel absorbs quicker than a lot of store bought stuff


    Aloe gel doesn’t store indefinitely, so that’s why I like to keep plants nearby so I can use it by the leaf, but some extra supply can be kept in the refrigerator in a well-sealed container up to two weeks. It’ll start getting kind of rancid in your fridge and getting brownish when it goes bad. It should be kinda obvious. And gross.

    Aloe can easily be grown indoors too, but they need a lot of sunshine, water, and heat. My plants HATE getting chilly- like me.

    Tomorrow, I’ll post an easy Aloe DIY for the Surfer Girl with fine hair and no desire to drive down to ULTA anytime soon and spend mad cash.

    World’s Gonna End