How to make your own aftershave with essential oils

Many men are already coming round to the idea of employing essential oils to make a shaving oil so how much more logical is it to consider using a blend of warm, spicy, and aromatic fragrances to create an aftershave that doesn’t sting or upset sensitive skin after shaving?

What are the benefits of using essential oils to make your own aftershave?

For most men, using their own blend of essential oils allows them to choose the fragrances they really like and mix and match scents depending on mood and the occasion.

Homemade aftershaves have one other huge advantage in that they are completely natural and because you made them yourself, you know what is going in them.  So you can ditch toxic chemicals, artificial scents and the overinflated price tag as well as knowing that you are giving your skin the best possible care.  Essential oil aftershaves smell heavingly and are kind and soothing to the skin, moisturizing, refreshing and toning, ideal if you have sensitive skin after shaving and still pretty perfect even if you don’t.

Natural Essential Oil Aftershave Recipe

  • 1 ounce of witch hazel
  • ½ teaspoon of almond oil
  • ½ teaspoon of vegetable glycerine
  • 3 drops of Vitamin E oil
  • 8 drops of Sandalwood Essential Oil
  • 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Distilled water

In a 2-ounce lotion bottle, pour the witch hazel, almond oil, vegetable glycerine, and Vitamin E plus all the essential oils.  Almond oil is used as the base or carrier oil but there are other alternatives.  It is important to use a base oil as the essential oils are too strong to be used in an undiluted form on the skin.  Vegetable glycerine is employed to help the ingredients blend together and give the mixture a little body, preventing it from being too thin and watery.  Witch hazel is the perfect astringent that calms inflammation and tightens the skin pores without being overly harsh or caustic.  It performs the job that alcohol would but is much more gentle.  Vitamin E oil is great for both protecting the skin against damage and to mitigate brown age spots, fine line or blemishes.

The choice of essential oils is really down to the individual but Sandalwood Oil is a popular favorite for aftershaves with its warm and rich aroma.  Sandalwood blends well with Frankincense which is an oil used to promote smooth and flawless skin.

Fill the bottle up with the distilled water to the top.  Screw on the top and then shake vigorously to combine all the ingredients.  Always shake again before you use as the different ingredients will settle and separate to some degree.  To use, pour a small amount into the palm of one hand, rub your hands together and then apply to freshly shaven skin.  You can also use the blend as a spray formula by decanting into a spray bottle.  Remember to use amber or dark bottles to protect the contents.

DIY Forest Blend Aftershave

This recipe has a real woodsy and mellow scent with just some underlying citrus tones but what also makes this one different is that it is made using an alcohol base and different natural ingredients to essential oils.

  • 10 Juniper berries
  • One handful of chopped white pine needles
  • 10 cloves
  • ½ tbsp of dried yarrow
  • ½ tsp of freshly grated orange zest
  • 5 oz of rum

Place all of the ingredients into a large, glass jar and pour in the rum until the jar is almost full.  Cover and store for three weeks or longer, anything up to 8 weeks.  Strain and then use.  Juniper is an excellent antidote for oily skin and those prone to acne whilst yarrow can stem bleeding from those tiny nicks traditionally associated with shaving.

Choice of essential oils for your homemade aftershaves

Any oils can be used in a homemade aftershave or pre-shave oil blend but there are certainly some fragrances that would be considered more manly and which are popularly used in commercially branded aftershaves.  This group of oils also tend to blend together well and some other oils to consider might include:-

  • Blue Cypress
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Eucalyptus Blue essential oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Oil of peppermint

Every oil has its own unique properties which range from anti-bacterial to anti-inflammatory so can help maintain skin in excellent condition and treat existing skin issues that may or may not be connected with shaving.  These can include sore areas, spots, rashes, redness, dry skin, oily skin, acne, age spots, wrinkles, and more serious and persistent conditions like eczema and psoriasis.  Lavender is not traditionally thought of as a ‘guy’ scent but just one drop of lavender oil can help smooth the overall scent out without it smelling floral.

Many men are already wise to the benefits of using essential oils to calm their skin after shaving or to treat skin conditions and problems.  Now you can combine the benefits of your own bespoke skin treatment with a unique and exotic fragrance that will beat hands down the artificial scented commercial products manufactured by large pharmaceutical companies.  It is an opportunity for you to have your very own trademark aftershave and care for your skin all at the same time.  Genius!

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