Homemade Aftershave Balm

A balm is a substance that contains an oil and often a fragrance. Balms are used for both grooming and medicinal purposes. An aftershave balm serves both purposes by soothing the skin after shaving, as well as preventing and tending to skin irritations. Aftershave balms are available for purchase at many stores but you can create your own aftershave balm, making it your signature scent.

Measure out 1 tablespoon of high proof vodka and pour it into your 207ml glass bottle.

Use an eye dropper to add eight drops of sandalwood essential oil, six drops of vetivert essential oil and three drops of neroli essential oil to the vodka in the glass bottle. Wash off the eye dropper in between oils so you don't mix oils in the essential oil bottles. Place the cap on the glass bottle and shake the vodka and essential oils well.

Remove the cap from the bottle and add 4 tablespoons of witch hazel. Replace the cap and shake the mixture. Pour 6 tablespoons of rose water into the opened glass bottle, close it up, and shake the combination well.

Store your sandalwood and vetivert aftershave balm in a cool place, out of direct sunlight. Shake before each use. Sandalwood is a natural bactericide and will soothe skin irritated by shaving.

Pour 1 tablespoon high proof vodka into your glass bottle.

Add eight drops of cedarwood essential oil, six drops of cypress essential oil and three drops of juniper essential oil to the tablespoon of vodka in the glass bottle. Place the cap on the bottle and shake the ingredients thoroughly.

Measure 4 tablespoons witch hazel and add to the vodka and essential oils combination. Shake the solution well, then add 6 tablespoons of orange flower water and shake to combine.

Store your cedarwood and juniper aftershave balm in a cool location. Storing it in the refrigerator keeps it fresh and feels good on a hot summer day. Cedarwood is a popular fragrance with men and has antiseptic and astringent qualities.


Smell different essential oils at the store to find fragrances that appeal to you. Use the sandalwood and cedarwood oils as your main oils for their skin-soothing properties, but add in different complimentary oils to create your own scent.


Never apply essential oils directly to the skin as some can be irritating if they're not mixed with a carrier oil.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring spoons
  • 207ml glass bottles with lids
  • High proof vodka
  • Eye dropper
  • Sandalwood essential oil
  • Vetivert essential oil
  • Neroli essential oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Rose water
  • Cedarwood essential oil
  • Cypress essential oil
  • Juniper essential oil
  • Orange flower water
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.