DIY After Shave

Welcome to Day 2 of “Manly and Oily” DIY is After Shave.  As I was making the recipe, I thought “this is basically facial toner for men.”  There are some ingredient differences, it’s true.  However, it’s basically the same concept: smooth skin supported by amazing essential oils.

Manly & Oily: DIY After Shave

Confessions of a DIYer

Let’s talk about ingredients, because I came across some judgement errors when hitting the local drug store.  Ingredients matter, and while you can certainly make some substitutions without much of an impact, you want your ingredients to be pure, safe and green.

I realized today that my last bottle of Vitamin E oil, isn’t pure Vitamin E oil.  It’s corn, sunflower, wheat germ and a few other oils with a splash of Vitamin E oil.  Yet it’s labeled “Vitamin E Oil” in big bold font.

On that same trip, I realized I grabbed a witch hazel that contained alcohol! For that reason I added a moisturizing ingredient (not included in the original recipe below) to my husband’s after shave to compensate for the unexpected alcohol.

So, the bottom line is: check your labels and know your source.  It’s back to Amazon for me friends, it’s just too much work for this hot mess mom to stand in a store and read 10 different labels.

On to the Ingredients!

  • 2 ounce spray bottle
  • Metal Funnel
  • Distilled Water
  • 1 ounce alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 1/4 t vegetable glycerin
  • 1/2 t jojoba oil
  • 10 drops Essential Oils: I did Northern Lights Black Spruce and Idaho Blue Spruce.
  • 2-3 drops Vitamin E oil.

Frugal Friendly

I actually did not buy a spray bottle for today, I have some on hand actually but I reused a vanilla extract bottle!  My husband previously used an aftershave that you splashed on, so I figured this would feel more natural to his routine.

Manly & Oily: DIY After Shave instructions:

  1. Using your metal funnel carefully add vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, essential oils and vitamin E to your jar.
  2. Pour in your your witch hazel and distilled water, it’s roughly and ounce of each, so don’t overfill.
  3. Next you have to Shake, Shake, Shake.  The witch hazel should disperse the essential oils nicely throughout the liquid.  However, it will probably be wise to always give a gentle shake before use.

Other inspiring Essential Oils

Due to the fact that I am newly growing our essential oil collection, I don’t have all the oils I would love for my husband to try on had.  Some lovely ideas are: Patchouli, Pine, Mister, Shutran, Valor and En-R-Gee, are in my opinion great choices for men.  Please note that incorporating oils such as:Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Myrrh with a few drops of a favorite citrus would give a very balanced “perfumers” effect to your blend.

 

 

 

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