How to Make Homemade After Shave Lotion

Written by liza blau
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Aftershave is a fragrant lotion applied to a man's face after shaving. Commercially prepared aftershave lotion often contains harsh chemicals and artificial scents that can irritate sensitive skin. Fortunately, you can prepare your own homemade aftershave lotion out of all-natural ingredients that will have just as masculine an aroma and will naturally refresh and soothe skin. Homemade aftershave lotion also makes a thoughtful personalised gift for the men in your life.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Witch hazel
  • Cider vinegar
  • Orange flower water
  • Bergamot essential fragrance oil
  • Lemon essential fragrance oil
  • Neroli essential fragrance oil
  • High-proof vodka
  • 198gr. glass bottle
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Rose water
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Cypress essential oil
  • Juniper essential oil
  • Orange flower water
  • Sage leaves
  • Fresh yarrow flowers
  • Dried lavender flowers
  • 907gr. jar
  • Rubbing alcohol

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a citrus homemade aftershave lotion by combining 3 tbsp of witch hazel, 5 tbsp of cider vinegar, 8 drops of neroli essential oil, 5 tbsp of orange flower water, 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 15 drops of bergamot essential oil in a 207ml. bottle. Shake the contents well, and set aside for 1 week before using. Shake once each day during storage. Store the homemade aftershave in a cool, dark location.

  2. 2

    Prepare an aftershave lotion that contains the musky scent of sandalwood, which is also a natural bactericide. Pour 1 tbsp of high-proof vodka into a 198gr. glass bottle. Add 8 drops of sandalwood essential oil, 6 drops of vetivert essential oil and 3 drops of neroli essential oil. Shake the bottle vigorously until the oil has dispersed. Add 4 tbsp of witch hazel to the bottle and shake the bottle. Add 6 tbsp of rose water and shake the ingredients again. Store your homemade aftershave lotion in a cool, dark location.

  3. 3

    Make your own aftershave lotion with the earthy aroma of cedarwood. Pour 1 tbsp of high-proof vodka into a 198gr. glass bottle. Add 8 drops of cedarwood essential oil, 6 drops of cypress essential oil and 3 drops of juniper essential oil. Shake the bottle until the oil has dispersed. Add 4 tbsp of witch hazel, and shake the ingredients again. Add 6 tbsp of orange flower water, and shake the bottle once more. Store in a cool, dark location.

  4. 4

    Put 284gr. of fresh sage leaves, 85.1gr. of fresh yarrow flowers and 3 dried lavender flowers into a 907gr. jar. Slowly pour rubbing alcohol into the jar until 2 inches below the rim. Seal and shake the jar vigorously for 20 seconds. Set the jar aside for 2 weeks before using. Shake the jar once each day for 20 seconds during storage. After 2 weeks, strain the mixture through a fine-holed strainer into a small glass jar or bottle. Smell the mixture, and dilute with a little water until the scent becomes your desired strength. Store the homemade aftershave lotion in a cool, dark location.

Tips and warnings

  • Always shake your homemade aftershave lotion before use to disperse the ingredients.

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