Most DIY bath/body/personal care recipes out there are she focused. While scent has no gender, generally products made for men have more of an earthy, musky fragrance. This aftershave can be used by anyone, but it is particularly great as a facial toner and aftershave. This contains none of the alcohol, preservatives, or artificial fragrance of store bought brands. Instead, this is a refreshing mix that can help soothe and tone freshly shaved skin, soften and moisturize, and also leave a wonderful fragrance behind that is natural, earthy, and not overpowering. My husband loves how this makes his skin feel soft and yet supple (with no overdrying) and that the aroma is warm and musky without being overpowering. I even sneak a spray of it on my scarf sometimes because I love the smell.
DIY: Alcohol-Free Aftershave
This recipe uses witch hazel instead of alcohol, which has been used for ages as an astringent, and to smooth skin without drying. Be sure to find a witch hazel brand that is fragrance and alcohol-free, so that you get the full benefit of the plant without the sting. Vegetable glycerin assists in retaining moistures, and acts as an emollient to soften skin. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. These ingredients combined with the essential oils make a wonderful gentle aftershave for even sensitive skin.
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I am a certified aromatherapist, clinical herbalist, organic gardener, plant conservationist, photographer, writer, designer, artist, nature lover, permaculture designer, health justice activist, whole foods maker, and mother of two unschooled boys in south central Wisconsin.