The average aftershave can contain strong fragrances and chemical ingredients.
Here are a few stand-alone ingredient that work well
Organic Aloe Vera Gel – cooling gel soothes skin and makes a cheap and easy balm for just shaved skin. It doesn’t contain alcohol, its ideal for sensitive skin types.
Organic 100% Peppermint Water – It also has natural antiseptic properties will help to kill bacteria on the skin, helping to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant.
Organic 100% Rosemary Water – is slightly astringent making it useful for toning slightly oily complexions. Rosemary water has a stimulating effect helping encourage healthy blood flow in the skin surface.
Organic Witch Hazel Hamamelis virginiana is a natural antiseptic and astringent (closes pores).
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar – this can be used at full-strength or be diluted with 50% witch hazel.
Formulas for making yourself
Spicy After Shave
2 cinnamon sticks
20 whole cloves
10 juniper berries
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerine
12 drops essential oil rosemary, orange, and lemon
Place witch hazel, cinnamon sticks, cloves, oil and glycerine into a large jar and cover with a good fitting lid. Put in a dark cool place for two-week and shake everyday. Strain and pour into a bottle with or without a spray top. Apply after shaving, then moisturize. This recipe should last 6 months if kept in a cool place and out of direct sunlight.
Handmade Shaving Cream
2oz organic coconut oil
2 oz organic shea butter
4oz organic jojoba oil or organic olive oil
10-12 drops pure chamomile essential oil (use rosemary essential oil for skin that is prone to infection)
1 teaspoons kaolin clay
Place the coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil into a double burner and gently melt and stir. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Once cool whisk up into a creamy texture and put into glass jar/s.
Shaving Soap Mousse
2oz organic aloe vera gel
4oz organic liquid castile soap
2oz organic peppermint or rosemary water or 50:50
Foaming soap bottle
Mix all ingredients together and stir well put into a bottle with a foamer top. It is best to shake well before each use as the ingredients can separate. Like all home-made products keep out of direct sunlight.
Most of the products that are on this site are also suitable for men by adding different essential oils that are less floral and more woody or spicy or buy products with a more neutral smell or no smell so you can add your own.