DIYs for Guys – Aftershave with essential oils
- 2 ounce lotion bottle (I also purchase these at my local dollar store in a pack of 3)
- 1 ounce witch hazel
- 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil (see below)
- 1/2 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
- 3 drops vitamin E oil
- 12 drops essential oils (see below)
- distilled water
- In the lotion bottle, pour the witch hazel, almond oil, vegetable glycerine, vitamin E, and essential oils.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
- Secure the lid and shake vigorously to combine ingredients.
- To use: Shake before each use. Dispense a small amount into your hand and rub your hands together. Gently apply to freshly shaven skin.
Ingredients for the aftershave
The Carrier Oils
Depending on personal preference, the oils you can use range from argan, jojoba, grapeseed, kukui nut, coconut, and avocado. Purchase the smallest container until you find oils that you find most enjoyable. Personally, I prefer Young Living’s V-6 carrier oil because it is a mix of oils that each provide nutrients to the beard oil and you don’t have to buy them all separately. This oil complex nourishes the skin, has a long shelf life, doesn’t clog pores, and will not stain clothes. V-6 is offered in both 8-ounce and 32-ounce refill bottles
The Essential Oils
In order to give your aftershave a pleasant scent, you will need to add some essential oils. These oils are used very sparingly, as you do not want to overwhelm those around you with a strong odor. For a masculine smell, consider pine, cedar, or sandalwood oils. Frankincense has been shown to be very beneficial to skin.
Essential Oils For Beard Blends
- Lavender – Very soothing and healing for skin (according to many studies), including acne burns, rashes, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It also supposedly has aphrodisiac properties to spice things up a bit. Helpful against dandruff, dry and fragile hair, hair loss, skin inflammation, itching, rashes and wrinkles.
- Cedarwood – A woodsy base note that is particularly helpful for acne, oily skin, psoriasis and inflammatory skin conditions. Anti-fungal and astringent (tightens pores).
- Tea Tree – Very popular for acne, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation and rashes. Good for healthy skin in general. This has antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties according to research.
- Patchouli– Research has shown it may combat acne and dandruff. Has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and astringent properties.
- Rosemary – Helpful for greasy hair, hair loss, and inflammation. Has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties when I researched the benefits.
- Bergamot – May help to relieve stress, calming and uplifting. Good for acne, oily skin and eczema. Has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties according to many scientific studies.
We like to make aftershave, lip balm and more for a perfect gift for the guys!