Homemade Aftershave
Skin care recipes

Always wanted to make your own Homemade Aftershave…gents? Or looking for aftershave recipes to surprise your man…ladies? These wonderful aftershave skin care recipes range from very basic to suave and sophisticated and are for all those adventurers who like to dab around in the kitchen/bathroom and create their own signature/ out of the box skin care products

These aftershave recipes will take some time and effort to put together since it takes time for them to settle and mix properly, but are still relatively easy. I guess for the dedicated DIY-ers among you that won’t pose a real problem

Follow the recipes or be flexible and bold and chose your favorite flower essence, essential and/or fragrance oils to make it your own private label aftershave

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We have the recipe you bring the energy

…and the ingredients plus some kitchen utensils please

Some of these homemade aftershaves include a good swag of Rum or Vodka, that must be to get into the mood before a good night out... I guess. You might have to convince that police officer that it is your homemade aftershave they are smelling…

Which basic ingredients are useful for a homemade aftershave?

Basically the sky’s the limit, you can try whatever you want; that is, always keep the purpose of an aftershave in mind. There are however some ingredients that seem to return more regularly in these aftershave recipes

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is mostly known for its astringent properties. This means that it has the ability to tighten and tone your skin. It is also anti-microbial, meaning that it helps preventing infections by keeping cuts and other small wounds clean

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is the queen of skin soothers and healers


An effective humectant, which means it attracts moisture to your skin and keeps it there. It’s a good solvent, many things dissolve easier into glycerin than in water or alcohol. Diluted with water, it will soften your skin


Alcohol can help increase penetration of key ingredients in an aftershave recipe. Some alcohols also act as slip agents, hydrators and/or emollients

Flower essence

Flower essences are herbal infusions or decoctions, made from the flowering part of the plant

Essential oil

Essential oil is a concentrated liquid that carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant in question

Herbs & Spices

Cloves, Allspice, Rosemary, Chamomile, Lavender, Sage, Bay leaves, Cinnamon, Mint etc. bring their aroma and skin treating properties to a homemade aftershave


Zest adds some zest to the aftershave recipes (it’s too easy, sorry … ;-)
Orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit zest can all be used mostly for their fragrance but also for their cleaning and toning qualities

Skin care recipes
Homemade Aftershave recipes

We gathered some of the most delightful homemade aftershave recipes here for you. These should keep you occupied and after shaved for a while ;-)

These aftershaves refresh, soothe, heal and/ or tone your skin and make you feel generally manly 

If they're not for you, well, they also make a great gift for your boyfriend, hubby, partner, dad, uncle, best friend, neighbor, cousin twice removed…you get the drift

It's now official pamper-yourself-time! Gather the ingredients, invite some friends over, turn off your phone, turn on your favorite music, pour that drink you love, shift your mind to the good things in life, put on a smile and most importantly:

Enjoy and have FUN!

Skin care recipes

Homemade aftershave for irritated skin

Non-alcoholic fragrant aftershave recipe, it won’t sting so it’s perfectly suited for irritated skin

What do you need:

  • 1 Glass of Water
  • 2 teaspoons Chamomile flower essence

How to do it:

Boil the water and gently mix in the chamomile, keep stirring gently. Leave it to cool down, then filter it through a coffee filter and put it in the fridge for it to further cool down

Dip a cotton pad in the mix and pat this on the irritated skin for about 10 minutes

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Soothing Alcohol-free Homemade aftershave

If your skin can’t handle or you simply don’t like alcohol in your self made aftershave

What do you need:

  • 2 cups Witch Hazel extract
  • 4 tablespoons Rose Water
  • 4 tablespoons Aloe Vera (gel is good, fresh is best)
  • 1 tablespoon Vegetable Glycerin
  • A few drops of essential oil of choice (Chamomile, Lavender, Bay, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, everything is optional)

How to do it:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently. Pour the mixture in a jar, cover and store

Apply on your skin by patting it on "old school style" after shaving

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Soothing Herbal Homemade aftershave

A wonderfully soothing aftershave recipe, which also smells pretty good. This recipe will give you about 2 cups of aftershave

What do you need:

  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon glycerin
  • 1 tablespoon dried Lavender
  • 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried Cloves

How to do it:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently. Pour the mixture in a jar, cover it and put it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. Every now and then take it out and shake it so the ingredients stay mixed

When it is ready to use pour the mixture through a strainer to separate the herbs from the fluid. Use what you need and put the rest back in the fridge

You can keep it for a maximum of 2 months

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Heal, Soothe & Refreshshsh Homemade aftershave

A homemade aftershave recipe that will heal, soothe and refresh your skin (I guess the title gave it away… ;-)

What do you need:

  • ½ cup Aloe Vera (gel is good, fresh is best)
  • ½ tablespoon distilled Water
  • 1 tablespoon Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops Essential or Fragrance oils (e.g. Lavender, Orange, Rosemary, Chamomile, or whatever you prefer)

How to do it:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir gently. Pour the mixture in a jar, cover it and put it in the refrigerator. Use what you need and put the rest back in the fridge

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Vodka & Rum Homemade aftershave

An awesome aftershave with a bite…(to get in the mood for a wild night out?)

What do you need:

  • ½ cup Vodka
  • 2 tablespoons Jamaican Rum
  • Orange zest
  • 2 dried Bay leaves
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • ¼ teaspoon Allspice

How to do it:

Scrape some zest from the skin of a small orange. Gently mix all the ingredients in a bowl and transfer it to a jar that can be closed

Put the jar in the fridge for 14 days

Then pour everything through a coffee filter or cheesecloth to separate the herbs from the fluid, throw away the herbs

Splash it on and you’re ready to go!

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Gentleman's Homemade aftershave

Slightly more sophisticated and suave. For the gentlemen among us

What do you need:

  • 4 tablespoons sparkling Mineral Water
  • 1 tablespoon Vodka or pure grain Alcohol
  • 8 tablespoons Witch Hazel
  • 1 tablespoon Glycerin
  • 5 drops Cinnamon essential oil
  • 5 drops Pimento Berry essential oil
  • 5 drops Sandalwood essential oil
  • 5 drops Bergamot essential oil

How to do it:

Before you start, you can select the mentioned essential oils and their quantities, or use your own specific ones or leave them out entirely. They’re in here for the smell and it's no use arguing about taste right...? It’s really up to you...tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock Decision Time!!

Mix all ingredients gently in a bowl and transfer it to a glass bottle that can be closed

Before you use it, shake it well again. Then dip a cotton pad in the mix and gently rub/massage it onto your clean skin. Or do it the old-fashioned way and put some in the palm of your hand and pat it onto your face (don’t forget to do the Macaulay Culkin Home Alone face… ;-)

With a soft cloth you can take off any excess mixture

After this use a one of our Homemade Facial Moisturizers to feed your skin

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Holy Herbal Homemade aftershave

Like the alliteration? Did it sell you this aftershave recipe? Hey I'm not a professional copywriter...

What do you need:

  • ½ cup distilled Water
  • ½ cup rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ cup Witch Hazel
  • ½ cup dried Herbs (Rosemary, Sage, Cinnamon, Cloves, Lavender)
  • Orange or Lemon zest
  • 3 drops Benzoin oil

How to do it:

Mix all ingredients gently in a bowl, transfer them to a jar and close it

Keep it in the fridge for 2 or 3 days and frequently shake it

Finally strain out the herbs and your holy herbal aftershave is ready

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Jamaican Rum Bay Homemade aftershave

"Arrr matey, let's board the ship, set fire to the loot and send it to the bottom of the big drink..."

Thus spoke Captain RedBeard at the Montego Bay anti-shaving aficionado conference...

What do you need:

  • 2 cups Witch Hazel extract
  • 2 tablespoons Jamaican Rum
  • teaspoon Bay essential oil (+/- 32 drops - Pimenta racemosa)
  • Orange zest (from one orange, organic preferably)
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 4 Cloves
  • 4 whole Allspice

How to do it:

First grate the orange peel until you have enough zest. Then break and crush the cinnamon stick. Put the zest and the rest in a bowl and add the rum

Put everything in a sealable jar, add the witch hazel and after that the Bay essential oil

Close the jar tightly and shake well to mix and distribute the ingredients and then store it. For the next 4 to 6 weeks you have to shake it well every day

When it is done, pour the mixture through a strainer to take out the herbs and spices and you’re left with your very own private homemade aftershave

It is best to store it in dark colored bottles to keep the light from affecting your creation

Tip: if you have sensitive skin add half a teaspoon of Aloe Vera and/ or half a teaspoon of Glycerin

Words of caution about ingredients

Some words of Caution

A lot of fruits contain citric acid. Lemon, lime and orange (juice) in specific. When you use them in a skin treatment always be careful with how much you use. Too much can cause acid burns. Also if you have sensitive skin be extra aware with these ingredients

Same goes for all essential oils, this is really powerful stuff; be very careful what and how much you use

Because you can never be too careful when it comes to your skin, always do a patch test on a small piece of skin (e.g. behind the ear) to see how your skin reacts to separate ingredients

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