Homemade Aftershave With Essential Oils

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

There are so many brands 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 aftershave or a homemade perfume!

Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave

This DIY aftershave recipe 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!


  • 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 dried rosemary or sprigs.
  • Rum – white or dark it doesn’t matter – (enough to cover)

Homemade Aftershave


  1. Break up the bay leaves and place in the jar leaving about three inches spare at the top.
  2. Add the dried rosemary to the jar.
  3. Fill the jar with 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 into a glass bottle or decanter and use.


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

DIY Cool Splash Aftershave


  • 1 floz (25ml) Vodka – gives a great cooling feeling
  • 9 floz (250ml) Witch Hazel – a sedative and astringent, very soothing
  • Glass bottle or jar with tight fitting lid

Essential Oils

  • 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


  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.


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.

Aftershave Splash – (Alcohol Free)

Homemade alcohol free aftershave

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



  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.

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Angela Wills

About Angela Wills

SavvyHomemade is a true passion for me and my family, its where we've been busy sharing inspirational DIY craft ideas since 2008! With over 30 years of handcrafting and creative experience, the dream is that this information will make life a little easier for others whilst also doing a little towards protecting our planet. More About Angela Wills »

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