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.

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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Jeff on Mar 05, 2018:

Have made my own Aftershave for over 10 years and wouldn't dream of buying the chemical laden stuff in shops.
I use Vodka as my base ( alcohol evaporates in seconds) with Witch Hazel then depending on state of skin drop in various essential oils -rosewood, cedarwood, patchouli all great for skin.
As is Lemon (Grass), Bergamot, Grapefruit for oily skin.

I use it as a spray in the car as a skin tonic and refresher too.

bruno on Nov 10, 2014:

@brandon - yeah buddy! I'll note though that I'm not a particularly beard-y person. I'd expect very full-bearded people might have a harder time doing it this way.

Brandon on Nov 07, 2014:

I'm like Bruno. I recently switched to no cream/gel/soap shaving. I'm so happy that I did. When using soap or cream, I noticed that the aftershave burned my skin horribly. I think the cream/gel/etc. actually break down the top skin layer. Since switching, I get a close shave, and the aftershave (Pinaud Classic Vanilla) barely stings. It may take a couple shaves to get used to (i.e., to repair damage from hooping your skin), but a hot water-only shave is fantastic.

Babalon on May 16, 2014:

I have made bay rum aftershave and it is awesome. The odor of the aftershave is fantastic!

RoDog on May 10, 2014:

Dry shaving is like dry humping... Sure, you can do it but not as good as when it's wet.

Khuong on Jun 26, 2013:

@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.

bruno on Jun 26, 2013:

@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.

Anonymous on Jun 25, 2013:

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

bruno on Jan 25, 2010:

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