How to make aftershave: 10 steps (with pictures)

How to make aftershave: 10 steps (with pictures)
How to make aftershave: 10 steps (with pictures)

Maybe you are a person who loves the art of shaving. You might have been surprised at the price of Old Spice the last time you went to a supermarket. Maybe you are an active woman who just wants to give a special gift, and a boost towards good grooming habits for your man. Whatever the reason, doing an aftershave is the easiest, coolest, and surprisingly profitable project to do yourself.


Part 1 of 2: Choosing the ingredients

Make Aftershave Step 1

Step 1. Choose your primary astringent

Astringent is a substance that constricts the tissues of the body, the pores in this case. When shaving, people use lukewarm water which opens the pores of the skin. The astringent in aftershave not only reverses this process, but it also sterilizes accidental nicks or nicks during shaving.

  • Many people choose rubbing alcohol, which is more affordable and easier to prepare. This alcohol contains 70-99% ethanol making it more effective, but more aggressive for the skin.
  • You can also use drinkable alcohol as an astringent. More and more people are using vodka, rum, and even botanical gin. These astringents are less aggressive than rubbing alcohol, but still more expensive.
Make Aftershave Step 2

Step 2. Choose a secondary astringent

Since alcohol attacks the skin, it will be combined with a second, milder astringent to reduce the pain. Witch hazel is a perfect secondary astringent.

Witch hazel is obtained from the bark of a plant. Distilled, it contains tannins that soothe irritation, fight redness and even fight the bacteria that cause acne. Unlike alcohol, witch hazel does not attack the skin and leaves an intense feeling of freshness

Make Aftershave Step 3

Step 3. Choose an emollient

An emollient is a substance that at the same time softens and moistens the skin. It not only helps the skin retain water, it also reduces the irritation, redness and roughness that often appears after shaving. Some of the emollients to use in your recipe include:

  • glycerin. Glycerin is a very effective emollient used in high-end shaving products. Pre-shave soap? Glycerin! The pre-shave lotion? Glycerin. Shaving foam ? Glycerin! Glycerin is affordable and softens the skin
  • lanolin. Lanolin is most often used in wax. If you are going to use it in your aftershave, go for the liquid version. Otherwise, your emollient will not mix with the other ingredients.
  • mineral oil. It is certainly the least known ingredient of the three, yet it is effective and has no taste or smell. Mineral oil is generally used as a laxative (oh yeah!) In addition to being an emollient
Make Aftershave Step 4

Step 4. Are you going to use hemostats?

A hemostat is a substance that, when applied to the skin, stops bleeding. If your man often cuts himself during shaving, it is even more advisable to add hemostatic agent to the mixture. One of the easiest hemostats to dissolve in aftershave is alum. Alum is used both in deodorants and in acne treatments. It magically heals small cuts and scrapes, not unlike the Tooth Fairy (bless her).

Make Aftershave Step 5

Step 5. Add perfume or essential oils

At this point, your aftershave either won't smell like most products on the market or just don't smell good at all. Adding essential oils is the best way to flavor your lotion and take its therapeutic value to the next level. If mixed with other ingredients, these oils should be used sparingly.

  • Eucalyptus oil produces a wonderful feeling of freshness and tingling. It also has a very special smell.
  • Mint has a continuously fresh olfactory signature. It is all the fresher if associated with eucalyptus.
  • Lavender oil has a rich, herbaceous scent, immediately reminiscent of summer. It is versatile and said to be wonderful for the skin.
  • Citrus oils are known for their anti-acne properties. They give off a sweet and fresh scent.
  • Cedarwood oil, giving off a sweet, smoky woody scent, is known for its antifungal properties. It presents itself as an interesting solution to try.

Part 2 of 2: Achieve aftershave

Step 1. Make a minty aftershave with mint and eucalyptus

This aftershave will make you feel the cool fall breeze on your face for half a day. The paired effect of mint and eucalyptus soothes and purifies the skin. Your aftershave will be comparable to the products of the green brand Proraso.

  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerin
  • 1 pinch of alum
  • 2-5 drops of mints essential oil
  • 2-5 drops of eucalyptus oil
Make Aftershave Step 7

Step 2. Make a variation of Bay Rum

Your product will be similar to the classic aftershave line. Its soft and woody scent will be perfect for winter. Mix all the ingredients in a mason jar, close and keep away from light in a cool place for 10 to 14 days. Filter the residue using a coffee filter or a fine mesh strainer.

  • 1/2 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerin
  • 2 dried bay leaves (not those found in grocery stores, but rather those sold in health food stores - pimenta racemosa.)
  • 1 teaspoon of crushed cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick, cut into pieces
  • 2-5 drops of orange essence
Make Aftershave Step 8

Step 3. Make an anise flavored aftershave

Mixed with absinthe, this aftershave is as effective as it is attractive. If you like the scent of fennel and licorice, you are going to love it.

  • 1/8 cup of absinthe
  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerin
  • 1 pinch of alum

Step 4. Perform an aftershave with bergamot and orange

A product close to the Old Bay concoction, but which is no less different. This particular aftershave does not contain any trace of alcohol, as it uses apple cider vinegar instead. (Don't worry, apple cider vinegar doesn't emit any odor when it dries.) It's suitable for sensitive skin.

  • 5 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons of orange blossom water
  • 3 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 5 drops of bergamot oil
  • 5 drops of lemon oil
  • 3 drops of neroli oil
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Step 5. Perform a cucumber mint aftershave

For those looking for refreshing ingredients, this aftershave recipe has two: cucumber and mint. It's simple to make, but incredibly refreshing.

  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol or vodka
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerin
  • 1 pinch of alum
  • 2-5 drops of cucumber extract
  • 2-5 drops of mint essential oil


  • To start with, use a small amount of ingredients to avoid wastage if your mix doesn't work as expected.
  • Experiment with different mixes until you get the perfect combination. You'll never know what you're going to get if you don't give it a try.

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