Homemade Aftershave

There are so many brands of aftershave on the market today it’s hard to decide which one to choose, especially when you have sensitive skin and don’t know exactly what they contain. So why not have a go at making your own!

Homemade Aftershave

The essential oils in these homemade aftershave recipes have not only been chosen for their long lasting yet not over powering aroma, but also for their mood-enhancing and therapeutic values that are guaranteed to leave you with a spring in your step.

Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave

This aftershave may seem to contain an awful lot of alcohol but you may be surprised to learn that most commercial brands contain synthetic alcohols that can be both poisonous and toxic, so knowing what’s in your aftershave has to be a bonus.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of dried or fresh bay leaves – (enough to fill a quart or pint mason jar leaving 3 inches at the top)
  • A few sprigs of rosemary – (dried or fresh)
  • Rum – white or dark it doesn’t matter – (enough to cover)
Homemade Aftershave

Method

  1. Break up the bay leaves and place in the jar leaving about three inches spare at the top.
  2. Add the dried/fresh rosemary sprigs to the jar.
  3. Fill the jar will the rum leaving one inch spare at the top, this will give enough room to give it a good shake.
  4. Place in a cool dark place to mature for 4 weeks, and then strain in to a glass bottle or decanter and use.

Note

The color and the fragrance of this aftershave will vary a lot depending on the strength of both the rum and the bay leaves.

Homemade Cool Splash Aftershave

Ingredients

  • 1floz (25ml) vodka – gives a great cooling feeling
  • 9floz (250ml) witch hazel – a sedative and astringent, very soothing
  • 3 drops of bay essential oil – antiseptic and bactericidal
  • 3 drops of lime essential oil – uplifts the spirit, cooling and refreshing aroma
  • 3 drops of bergamot essential oil – mood enhancer
  • 3 drops of cedarwood essential oil – antiseptic and astringent, masculine aroma, aphrodisiac
  • Glass bottle or jar with tight fitting lid

Method

  1. Pour the vodka, witch hazel and the essential oils into the bottle and shake well. Leave to mature for 24 hours before using
  2. Shake well before each use and then simply tip a little into the hand and splash over face after shaving.
  3. If you are using a clear glass bottle Store in a cool dark place to preserve the essential oils

Note

Citrus oils can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight, so don’t use them if you’re likely to be exposed to the sun.

Homemade Aftershave Splash – (Alcohol Free)

If you don’t like the thought of putting alcohol on your skin, then this alcohol-free after shave will be perfect for you.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of witch hazel extract
  • 2 oz of rose water
  • 2 oz of aloe vera gel
  • 1/2oz of vegetable glycerine
  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional)

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in a glass bottle or jar and give it a good shake.
  2. Shake well before each use and then simply tip a little into the hand and splash over face after shaving.

 

Homemade alcohol free aftershave
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