Basically If I can’t understand the ingredients I don’t want it. The world of aftershave has dominated my face for as long as shave soap has. I love the smell of the Classic Old Spice, but I can’t stand the burn, and my skin dries out completely. I’m not a fan of Alcohol on my face, so I tried some other aftershave creams, balms, what have you. Looking at the back of these containers left me dumbfounded. What is Dimethicone, or Acryloydimethyl Taurate Copolymer, just to name a couple of ingredients listed on the back of the packages. Take a look and see if you understand that stuff.
What Does The Face Really Need?
So I began to think, what does my face really need? Well I need something to moisturize, something to work as a mild antiseptic for the nicks and cuts, and something that smells good. So I did a quick Google search on these criteria and I came up with a bunch of ingredients and this combination of ingredients became the recipe for my aftershave. Here’s the ingredients, and they can be mixed in any portion you want depending on how much moisturizer, astringent, fragrance qualities you’re looking for.
- Shea Butter
- Coconut oil
- Astringent – Tee Tree oil, Witch Hazel, if you like alcohol etc.
- Fragrance – any assortment of essential oils ( look up men’s essential oil combinations)
That’s it, four ingredients and you have an all natural moisturizing aftershave. A little bit of this concoction goes a long way. To make, heat the Shea Butter and Coconut oil in a double boiler until melted. Remove from heat and place in an ice bath and start whisking. Continue mixing until the oils take on the consistency of a thick lotion, hand cream. Add your astringent and fragrance and keep mixing until it’s well mixed. Put the mixture into a container and let it sit until fully set. Mind you this isn’t for everyone it takes a bit of time and energy to make it, and it can be a hefty shock to the pocket book. Shea butter alone can cost up to $10-$15 for an 8 oz container in your local health food store, and the essential oils aren’t cheap either. The coconut oil can have a dual purpose thought as a cooking oil (try making some popcorn with it). You can pick up witch hazel at CVS or Walgreens.
If you’re looking for the most natural, homemade aftershave go pick yourself up these ingredients and happy mixing.
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