There are iffy ingredients everywhere, from skincare to soap, lotions to laundry detergent. We’re here to help you eliminate them from your life. On today’s grooming agenda, let’s talk about naturally derived essential oils you can use for aftershave, for a gentle and caring skin treat!
Here are the 10 best essential oils you can use as part of your grooming ritual, as well as a DIY essential aftershave for a close, clean shave you’ll use time and time again.
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 help soothe and moisturise skin for a hydrated and clean shave.
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 the best to use post-shaving? Here are 10 that we love for their moisturising and cleansing properties. It helps that they also smell amazing when you apply them to recently shaved skin.
- Cypress essential oil
The sweet, woodsy scent of Cypress essential oil is a fresh morning wake-up. The aroma blends well with other essential oil scents such as Tea Tree, making it easy to create your own custom scent.
- Blue Tansy
Native to Morocco, Blue Tansy has been used traditionally in luxurious, high-end skincare products. Blue Tansy has a complex floral scent that will give you an air of exotic adventure. It’s also great for soothing skin.
- Carrot Seed quintessential 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-special with this fresh and nourishing oil.
- Cedarwood quintessential oil
Cedarwood carries a warm, woodsy aroma that is used extensively in perfumery for a smoky masculine accent. It also helps to moisturise freshly shaved skin and provides a soothing sensation that’s exactly what you need after a close shave.
- Eucalyptus Blue essential oil
Eucalyptus Blue gives off a calming and invigorating scent. When applied to the skin, it’s cooling and soothing. 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.
- Frankincense essential oil
Frankincense is commonly referred to as “liquid gold,” and in ancient times this oil was a valuable commodity. Cleopatra was even believed to have added this oil to her beauty ritual. As well as adding it to your morning grooming routine you can use the rich oil during meditative practices. Traditionally used in spiritual practices, you may like to dab Frankincense on your pulse points and neckline for more mindful moments.
- German Chamomile essential oil
German Chamomile essential oil has a calming aroma that can be easily added into your favourite lotion for a subtle and soothing scent. Dilute with a carrier oil, applying onto your face for a caring post-shave ritual.
- Lavender essential oil
After you shave, use a few drops of Lavender essential oil, combining with Young Living V-6 ® Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex. Blend into skin for a hydrating addition.
- Patchouli essential oil
Patchouli’s warm scent allows is a perfect addition for when you’re meditating. Apply this herby aroma on your skin for a harmonising and cooling scent.
- Tea Tree essential oil
Tea Tree is distilled from leaves, emitting a stimulating and invigorating aroma. For dry winter skin, this hydrating oil is a perfect choice to moisturise and soothe skin.
How do you make aftershave with essential oils?
Want to try your hand at an easy DIY? Try this natural recipe for a DIY aftershave that uses essential oils. It won’t sting (that means no Home Alone moments, slapping your face and screaming each morning). You can also add your favourite oils into a spray bottle, for an easy application.
85 ml spray bottle
2 tablespoons witch hazel
2 tablespoons carrier oil (we used sweet almond oil)
1 tablespoon distilled water
2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
10 drops essential oil (use any combination of the oils above)
Place all ingredients in a 85 ml spray bottle and shake to mix.
Shake well before using, then spray directly on the skin, avoiding eyes, nose, mouth, and other sensitive areas.
Gently pat or rub in.
You may store this recipe for about a year.
Don’t want to do it yourself? Try plant-based Shutran® Shave Cream, packed with moisturing botanicals for a comfortable shave.
What’s in our aftershave?
Witch hazel: This all-natural astringent is a key ingredient in aftershave. It’s soothing and moisturising for the gentlest of shaves.
Sweet almond oil: This sweet, nutty aroma is a perfect addition. When enriched with softening vitamin E complex, it makes for a rich creamy finish.
Vegetable glycerin: Vegetable glycerin is an incredibly popular ingredient in many beauty products—and for good reason. Vegetable glycerin helps to moisturise the skin as well as bond other ingredients into a smooth blend.
What is your favourite essential oil to use after shaving?
Share with us in the comments!