Naturally Healing DIY Aftershave Spray

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I like sexy, hairy men.

In fact, I like them so much that I married one (the best one, of course).

The more facial hair, the better…I say.

That said, my sexy and hairy man does have a job in corporate America where it is (unfortunately) frowned upon to have a beard…even a nicely trimmed beard.

Boo Corporate America!!!

In between traveling he will let his beard grow (especially in the winter), but come time for travels and meetings he has to shave it all away. Those are always sad days for me.

However, I must also admit that it’s nice to see his baby smooth skin shining fresh from under his beard, too. I really see the stunning and striking resemblance our son has to him with his face freshly shaven.

…okay, so the point!???

Since he often goes from full beard to no beard, and even in between when he’s simply ‘edging’ (if that’s even what it’s called to keep it looking not so scraggly…you get my point) it’s important that he has a soothing aftershave to treat his beautiful skin the way it should be treated.

Knowing that he’s married to Scratch Mommy, you know that I will only let him use the best on that pretty face…no toxic chemicals, please!

Of course, I had to create my own soothing, smell-good, effective DIY aftershave spray for him…my lover.

I scoured the internet and our good friend Pinterest and out of that search came this recipe. I took ideas from several places, not any one in particular…just a mishmash.

Having an arsenal of organic raw materials with which to work, this creation came from my researching and playtime in the kitchen. Oh, how I LOVE that time!

I am pleased because…

  • It’s non-toxic
  • It makes his face oh so fresh and smooth to the touch
  • It smells delish

He is pleased because…

  • He also likes the smell
  • Because I made it with love <3
  • It works!

This is a super easy DIY with only a few ingredients you likely have at home. If you don’t have them at home, I encourage you to keep most all of them on hand, anyway. They are great to use in many DIY recipes and remedies (many of which you can find right here on my blog).

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This recipe makes 2oz of aftershave, so adjust amounts below according to your container size.



Make It:

  • Add vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, EOs, & Vitamin E to your spray bottle
  • Fill bottle almost halfway with water
  • Fill almost to the top with witch hazel
  • Shake, shake, shake
  • Spray and enjoy (spray directly on the face or into the hand for application)

See…how easy is that, friends!??

Now, why did I select these ingredients? Let’s dissect a few of them!

Witch Hazel

Oh, what a lovely little ingredient this is! …and it’s cheap, to boot!

Witch hazel has incredible soothing properties, making it a perfect ingredient for aftershave. It will reduce puffiness, clean and soothe wounds, stop itching, help refresh skin, and helps seal in moisture. Pretty good stuff, eh?

The smell? It’s hard to describe. It is very light and not overpowering in any sense of the word. The best way I can describe it is simply clean. Just smooth and clean…and real.

Vegetable Glycerin

This is another product I always have on hand. I use it in many DIY projects, like my easy remedy for house pests, non-toxic & effective bug spray, citrus dusting spray, & moisturizing and antibacterial hand soap.

Vegetable glycerin is also very moisturizing and can take the place of drying alcohols in many DIY skincare products. Yes, you’ll have a shorter shelf-life, but that’s where the Vitamin E comes in (it’s a great preservative). Just make sure you know from exactly where your vegetable glycerin was sourced (in case of allergies and so you know it’s not from a GMO source).

Jojoba Oil

This is an excellent carrier oil. I’ve already written a post about jojoba oil (and other carrier oils). …and yes, you could use any other liquid at room temp carrier oil in this recipe. Feel free to swap out with what you have at home and already love.

Essential Oils

Cedarwood Atlas- I am absolutely in LOVE with this essential oil. Oh, it smells UhMaaaZing. Earthy, woody, fresh, real…so yummy, and quite a bit sensual, too. Sounds perfect for aftershave, eh!?

Beyond the smell, Cedarwood Atlas is an antiseptic and astringent. Perfect for a freshly shaven face. You can learn more here.

Bay (West Indies)– This scent has been in aftershaves for decades. It just smells…manly, in a good way. It is quite strong, but mixes beautifully with the witch hazel and Cedarwood. This oil is also an astringent and antiseptic. You can learn more here.

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Okay, now go on and DIY some. Make your nose and your lover’s face happy. Yay! You’ll both be happy!!

Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy

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    I hadn’t ever thought of making a after shave spray, but I will be after this weekend. I just ran out of glycerine making a pre-shave oil for my husband yesterday. LOL. He’ll be getting this next week. Thank you so much.

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    I made this for my husband last week. Thank you. He’s only used it once, but liked it and I liked that he didn’t smell quite so much like chemicals. 🙂

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    You are too cute! I, on the other hand, do not like my man’s beard -not that he doesn’t look good – his beard does not FEEL good! 😉

    Anyway……I think I’m going to make this for him and for my teenage son who barely ever shaves yet but when he does he uses that white foam in a can stuff (blech)! And his taste in body colognes/scents are not the best either (eek!)

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      Hi! Gosh…this will last indefinitely, really. Since you aren’t opening it and using fingers to apply (you’re just spraying it on) it should last you quite some time, with no issues. Adding vitamin E will help with oxidation, but other than that…I really can’t suggest any other preservative (I don’t use them). Hope this helps!

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    Just wondering what this would be like with Aloe Gel instead of the Vegetable Glycerin…any input? I’ve never used vegetable glycerin and am just wondering what it’s place in the recipe is besides moisture, if there is one? Thanks in advance!

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    Thanks for the recipe/ideas. What is the shelf life if this spray? What would you remove to extend it? Guess just Witch Hazel plus essential oils may work also?

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      Great question. So long as you do not open the container often, which will open it up to possible contaminants and bacteria, and so long as everything is very clean when you create it, this should last a *long* time. The witch hazel (and TT) will keep it good for you. 🙂

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      Hi Renee. No, I don’t. You won’t find preservatives in my DIYs, nor in my products in the skincare shop. The vitamin E does help with oxidization. The witch hazel and tea tree will keep this good for you much beyond what you might think. So long as you aren’t opening it often, which could allow bacterial and other contaminants in, this should last your man (&/or you) a long while.

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    Hello. I came across your after shave spray in my search for some type of homemade, natural aftershave for womanly areas. I currently use a product called “Coochy, aftershave protection mist”. It works great, but I am looking for something that I can make at home when this runs out (or sooner). Would your aftershave product be safe for the sensitive woman parts that frequently get shaved?

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      Hi Jessi. Thanks for your note and your excellent question. While I would not spray this inside of the sensitive woman parts, I’d say that spraying this around the sensitive areas where you have shaved should be just fine. These are all soothing ingredients and should actually give you relief there. While I have not used this down there myself, I *have* used this spray on my legs and armpits, where it definitely gives me the soothing and healing that I’m seeking. If you have any questions, please consult your doctor, naturopath, etc etc etc. Happy DIYing!

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    Hi, I’d like to know if I could add tea tree oil to this mix and if so how much. I think the combination would be great with TTO added to help with after shave bumps etc. Or you could do a recipe for me with all the above ingredients included. Many thanks. ????

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    I never leave comments for anything but I just had to for this one. This stuff is wonderful! I made this for 7 men in my family this last Xmas and it received rave reviews. Since Xmas I have made this a few times over upon request and have just completed a huge 16oz batch for my father-in-law who has begged me for more. Thanks so much for such a great recipe!

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      <3 <3 <3 Thank you for taking the time to stop by and sing your praises for my DIY Aftershave Spray recipe, Kelly. I'm so glad that the men in your life are enjoying it. Happy DIYing...and thanks again for your kind words and feedback! <3

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