3 Easy-to-Make DIY Aftershave Recipes for Happy Skin Posted on 23 Oct 11:50
Shaving can damage your delicate healthy skin. Rashes, nicks and cuts, uneven hairs, acne, dryness, sensitivity, razor burn and bumps… We’re all familiar with this list, right? And we know from painful personal experience that plenty of aftershave lotions out there just make the problem worse! That’s why we created these alcohol-free aftershave recipes. They are filled with nourishing natural ingredients to soothe and soften that sensitive skin. Not only that, they’ll make you smell oh-so-nice with natural healing fragrances that really last!
- 1 cup sweet almond oil
- ½ cup aloe vera juice
- 5-10 drops Neroli essential oil
- 5-10 drops Palmarosa essential oil
- 5-10 drops Patchouli essential oil
- Distilled water to thin
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 5-10 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 5-10 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- 5-10 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
- Distilled water to thin
DIRECTIONS FOR ALL
Combine the ingredients in a small glass measuring cup. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a glass pump spray bottle. After shaving, spray the homemade aftershave on your skin and enjoy the soothing sensation and health-promoting qualities of the different essential oils. Store any leftovers in a glass jar for later use. Shake well before each use.
MAKE IT YOURS
The best part about making your own aftershave is that you can customize it to match any of the scents you already use and enjoy. Customize it to match your deodorant, laundry detergent, or cologne/perfume. If you feel like the fragrance is not quite strong enough, simply add a few more drops of essential oil until the scent is as you’d prefer.
Some of the most popular essential oils for homemade aftershaves include: Bay, Carrot, Chamomile, Elemi, Frankincense, Juniper Berry, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Sage, Vetiver, and Yarrow.
FOR THE LADIES
Women’s skin has specific needs when it comes to skin care after shaving. The recipes listed above can be used for both men and women, but the fragrances we recommended would be considered by most people to be more masculine in nature. A few popular skin care essential oil options just for the ladies - most of them featuring a lighter, more floral aroma - would include Geranium, Lemon, Rose, Lavender, Sandalwood, and Neroli.
Each of these essential oils is known to offer specific benefits that help to nourish and protect your healthy skin. Try them out for yourself! Just use any of the recipes above as a guide and interchange the single oils or blend them together for a fragrance that suits your preferences. Have fun with this!
A WORD ABOUT CARRIER OILS
Many people fear that using oil in their personal care regimens will clog pores and irritate the skin, and that’s partially true. There are many oils out there that will do just that! However, if you are wise in your use of quality, natural carrier oils, you will come to enjoy the exact opposite of these effects.
But What Exactly Is A Carrier Oil Anyway?
If you were to apply essential oil directly, you might notice your skin becoming red, irritated or itchy. That’s because the chemical constituents inside volatile oils are highly concentrated and extremely powerful. Carrier oils are natural oils used to dilute the very potent essential oils you want to use to offer benefits to your skin.
The right carrier oils can actually help to moisturize the skin and regulate your body’s production of oils. This means that if you have dry skin, it will become moisturized and healthy. If you have oily skin, you’ll notice it coming back to a more balanced state of natural health. Certain carrier oils can even help to tighten and tone the skin while simultaneously preventing acne! Here are a few popular natural carrier oils that make great additions to any skin care recipe:
Coconut Oil - Considered a “miracle oil”, coconut oil can be used for just about everything, both internally and externally. It also stays liquid at room temperature and won’t go rancid, so there’s no need for preservatives when you use it for skin care. Even more importantly, it is naturally antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial, which means that as it hydrates, it simultaneously cleanses the skin and helps keep acne at bay. This is typically our #1 base carrier oil.
Jojoba Oil - Great for maintaining the natural moisture of healthy skin. If you are prone to dry spots and flaking, this is an ideal carrier oil for you. It helps to balance trouble areas and mimics your skin’s regular oil production. This is our Top Choice for facial application.
Olive Oil - Probably the easiest and most readily available natural oil. It is effective and probably the gentlest of the bunch. Olive oil is our #1 choice for sensitive skin. Be sure to use Extra Virgin olive oil.
Sweet Almond - A light oil that contains skin conditioning vitamins A & E. It also won’t go rancid on your bathroom counter. Ideal for skin care.
A NOTE ON QUALITY
Before you begin replacing store-bought skin care products, you’ll want to consider the quality of the ingredients you are using in your recipes. It’s important for you to know that not all essential oils are created equal. Many essential oil companies offer “fragrance oils” in place of 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils, which may mean that the oil has been diluted by harmful chemical additives.
What makes an essential oil therapeutic is the percentage of volatile compounds it contains. A high-quality essential oil will not have been diluted or adulterated with harmful chemicals. Healing Solutions essential oils are guaranteed to be 100% pure therapeutic-grade. Each oil has been tested to ensure that every customer gets only the purest and most potent end product.
NOW YOU TRY!
Making these DIY aftershaves is a great way to avoid using harsh products on your sensitive skin. Making them yourself will also save you money!
Any of the oils mentioned in this article can be purchased separately as needed. But for significantly added value, consider shopping our Essential Oil Sets. This is a great way to save money and expand your collection and shipping is FAST and FREE over $30!