A 3 Ingredient DIY Aftershave


[Note from Mantic59: Brandon Kelly is one of Sharpologist’s Web developers, adding functionality, fixing things, and helping keep the site safe from spammers and other ne’er-do-wells.  He uses a 3 ingredient home-made aftershave he mixes himself]

Extremely easy recipe and this aftershave works great specially in the winter months:

  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Shea butter – I get the raw Shea butter from http://www.empowervillage.com/.  A close friend owns the company, it’s fair trade and he works with the Women in Burkina Faso.
  • essential oil of your choice – a few drops of clove, cinnamon, bergamot, or any other essential oil or combination ( I use lavendar and grapefruit)

Add the coconut oil and shea butter to a glass bowl and melt over a pan of boiling water. Once the oil and shea butter is melted add the essential oil and use a wisk to stir on a regular basis so the oil emulsifies until it turns into a cream/butter.  Takes about an hour total once the oil has melted.


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  1. Dr. K says

    Unfortunately, this recipe as written does not make sense. And emulsion is a mixture of two normally unmixable liquids, typically an oil and a water. In this case, both Shea butter and coconut oil are both fats that readily mixed together once melted. There is no way to create an emotion as there is no water in this case. Once melted, these substances do not change in consistency no matter how much you whisk over heat. I even used an immersion blender with this which produced no lasting change in the consistency of the liquid. I think this recipe requires some clarification. Did you mean to take the mixture off the heat once the essential oils are added, and then to periodically whisk the mixture as it cools? I do not see what continued heating and whisking over heat accomplish in this case. I like the idea of this, but more specifics are necessary please.

  2. boYeXtraOrdinARE says

    WOW, I _JUST_ made a similar cocktail, using cocoa butter in the place of shea.

    Maybe this isn’t applicable to shea butter recipes, but in my case, the cocoa butter clumped up massively after the mix cooled off.

    I learned later that you can’t just melt and mix these items then let them cool off at room temperature. They need to go from being melted and mixed to chilled in a fridge or, preferably, a freezer. If this step if ignored, the consistency of your balm will be disgustingly lumpy.

  3. Bluebriz says

    Isn’t this just going to solidify again once it cools down? Is it going to end up similar in appearance to the solid colognes from Mundus?

  4. Chad says

    It would be cool to see photo or video demonstration to know what to look for and see how the ingredients change when making it

  5. Dr. K says

    Thanks for the recipe. I’m looking forward to trying this. So many aftershaves have so many ingredients, including many potentially sensitizing chemicals. A simpler, more natural approach sounds nice.

  6. John says

    There is no need for aftershave if you shave with oils bought from Sir Hare. It says so right on the website. The fragrance stays with you for a long time.

  7. Brandon Kelly says

    Keep Mixing constantly until set. The Shea butter does the same thing, as it solidifies at a higher temperature than the coconut oil. Also For those that are having trouble with this recipe, it’s missing a key step, Remove it from the heat and put it into an ice bath when you start whisking.

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