There are iffy ingredients everywhere, from skin care to soap, lotions to laundry detergent. We’re here to help you eliminate them from your life. On today’s toxin-free agenda, let’s talk about naturally derived essential oils you can use for aftershave!

When you look at the ingredients in traditional aftershave, what do you see? A list 10 miles long, full of words you can’t pronounce? No, thanks. Instead, here are the 10 best essential oils you can use in lieu of traditional aftershave products and a simple recipe for a DIY essential oil aftershave.

What is aftershave?

Aftershave does more than simply smell good. It is designed to help take care of sensitive, freshly shaved skin. An aftershave with good ingredients helps soothe skin irritation, moisturizes, and calms razor burn. Aftershave also closes pores to limit exposure to bacteria that can cause blemishes or acne.

YL tip: Aftershave isn’t only for faces. Apply it to your skin after shaving your legs, underarms, bikini area, and anywhere else you feel any post-shave sensitivity.

Best essential oils for aftershave

What essential oils are best at soothing after-shave skin? Here are 10 that we love for their moisturizing and cleansing properties. It helps that they also smell amazing when you apply them to recently shaved skin.

1. Blue Cypress essential oil

The sweet, woodsy scent of Blue Cypress essential oil is a fresh morning wake-up. The aroma blends well with other essential oil scents, making it easy to create your own custom scent based on the rugged smell of Blue Cypress.

2. Blue Tansy essential oil

Native to Morocco, Blue Tansy has been used traditionally in luxurious, high-end skin care products. Blue Tansy has a complex floral scent that will give you an air of exotic adventure. It’s also great for soothing skin and reducing the look of blemishes.

3. Carrot Seed essential oil

With a scent that’s sweet and earthy, Carrot Seed oil is the perfect wingman for a night out—whether you’re looking for someone new or spending time with an old flame. Make date night extra-exceptional by using Carrot Seed to make skin look healthy and glowing.

4. Cedarwood essential oil

Cedarwood carries a warm, woodsy aroma that is both subtle and sophisticated. It also helps to moisturize freshly shaved skin and provides a soothing sensation that’s exactly what you need after a close shave.

5. Eucalyptus Blue essential oil

Eucalyptus Blue gives off a calming and invigorating scent, making it a refreshing way to start your morning. When applied to the skin, it feels cool and soothing, a sensation that will help you feel comfortable after your shave. Using Eucalyptus Blue as an aftershave is a great way to feel spa-fresh. Take note: Using this oil after a hot shower can lead to a strong tingling sensation on the skin.

6. Frankincense essential oil

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