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.
Cypress essential oil has a fresh, herbaceous aroma that can promote a sense of security and grounding, make you feel like you are in the heart of forest.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Frankincense is timeless, the kind of scent that signals confidence to anyone you meet. It is also used in spiritual and meditative practices, making it an ideal companion in the morning while you’re trying to frame your day.
Steer clear of morning stress. German Chamomile essential oil has a calming aroma that helps you feel peace when you combine it with deep breathing during your morning commute.
After you shave, use a few drops of Lavender essential oil to make your skin look a little more youthful. Lavender’s warm, comforting scent is also an invitation for your favorite people to draw closer.
Make your morning shave the beginning of feeling grounded throughout the day. Patchouli’s warm, complex scent helps you feel centered and relaxed. Using it as an aftershave can help improve the appearance of your skin.
If you’re prone to blemishes, Tea Tree might be the oil for you. Tea Tree helps reduce the appearance of blemishes, making them less obvious. Tea Tree oil is also great at moisturizing and cleansing the skin, so it’s one of the best options available for an aftershave.
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 slapping your face and screaming each morning) and using the glass spray bottle for application is easy.
3-ounce 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 3-ounce 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.
What essential oils are your go-tos post-shave?
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