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Jan 25, 2010

Five Very Manly, DIY Aftershave Recipes

Bay Rum Aftershave by MaggieMason.

A proper aftershave does three important things post-razor: 1) it contains an antiseptic agent to keep your newly vulnerable skin germ free; 2) It helps soothe the skin and 3) it helps close the pores (openned from the warm water and the blade) to keep out dirt and oil.

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And, like all good things - it can be made at home. Here's five options to check out, with lots variation in difficulty, complexity, and, of course, scent.

1. Bay Rum Aftershave - The Art of Manliness recently offered these two recipes for a classic Bay Rum. "West Indies bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum, combine to give the bay rum fragrance its distinctive woody, sweet, and spicy scent." These contain all easy-to-find ingredients, so they're a cool place to start.

2. Cucumber Aftershave Splash - This option from CraftBits is super quick and simple, and uses only three ingredients, and a microwave!

3. Peppermint Aftershave - This one's pretty simple as well, but requires a few more exotic ingredients that are most likely locally available, but'll take some resourcing from the drug and health food store.


4. Two Spirit-Steeped recipes from the wet shaving forum Straight Razor place, both using distilled liquors as their bases.

5. Some general techniques from Essortment on using spices and extracts on creating your own recipes.

 

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@bruno it really depends on your skin type, hair type and preparation. Most people will get a face full of razor burn and ingrown hairs if they try to dry-shave even with more than adequate preparation.

@anonymous - I dry shave all the time. By 'dry' I mean 'without foam or gel', just using a little water on your face. Obviously you'd never take a razor to completely dry skin. But if you shower and soften up the skin a bit, then splash some hot water on before running a sharp razor over, you shouldn't have any trouble.

Never dry shave...it will cause u to get major razor burn cuts break outs ect.....the only time u ever wanna come close is when using and electric razor but even then they make electro shave its a liquid u rub on ur face that acts like cream or gell without the foam

Any thoughts on dry-shaving vs. wet-shaving?

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