This 2-minute recipe has one step and two ingredients. It doesn’t get simpler. This aftershave recipe works for both men and women. It will soothe razor burn and cuts, prevent infection of cuts, breakouts and reduce skin irritation. The best part (besides being totally organic)? It doesn’t sting!
COST & SHELF LIFE
Lasted me about: 3 months using a teaspoon on my legs and a pea-sized amount on my underarms once a week (+/- 15 leg and underarm shaves).
Estimated shelf life: 1 year if stored away from direct sunlight and moisture.
Remember: Most of these ingredients have a long shelf life and are common in natural recipes, so you will be left with ingredients to make more recipes, and won’t have to buy everything all over again.
*Costs accurate at time of writing this blog post.
- Aloe vera gel is considered pricey for some.
- Perhaps not for those who dislike the scent of lavender. You can substitute with other oils, but I do insist that lavender works best.
CHERRY ON TOP
A little goes a long way! I use a about half a teaspoon on each leg after shaving.
All the benefits of aftershave without the sting and nasty ingredients.
- Aloe gel: moisturizes skin without giving it a greasy feel. It contains antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that can help improve the skin’s natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. It also provides relief for dry, itchy, burned or razor burned skin. (Buy here or see my shopping guide for other trusted brands)
- Lavender essential oil: soothes burns and itchiness, relieves pain, reduces redness and inflammation, natural disinfectant, treats acne and skin blemishes and is suitable for all skin types. (Buy from Faithful to Nature or Dischem)
Need help finding these, or other ingredients? My shopping guide may help you.
- 100ml Aloe Vera Gel
- 50-100 drops Lavender Essential oil
- Makes about 100ml.
- Mix lavender essential oil well into aloe vera gel base.
- That's it.
- Store in a container of your choice in a cool place out of direct sunlight.
- If you would like to take fresh aloe gel directly from an aloe plant, your product will only have a shelf life of about one week. I highly recommend preserving it with at least 1000iu of vitamin e oil and about 20 drops of tea tree and/or rosemary oil. Stir vigorously.This is not a perfect preservative, but it will extend the shelf life of your product to about one month stored in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it. Otherwise you will need to invest in buying a natural/organic preservative to extend the shelf life to more than 3 months.
- Lavender oil -> chamomile, tea tree and geranium.
- Aloe gel -> Witch hazel (or just leave out, and apply neat lavender to skin)
Although I think aloe gel works best, you can also try witch hazel. Alternatively, you can ditch the aloe gel and just apply neat lavender to your skin, it is safe to do so with lavender essential oil. I swear by lavender for aftershave, but if you don’t have it or can’t stand the scent then you can try tea tree, geranium or chamomile.
RECOMMENDED RETAIL OPTIONS
If you don’t want to make it yourself, then these are some natural aloe vera based products which I have personally used and approved as a good alternative:
- Natraloe Regenerating Aloe Gel: This is the most cost-effective aloe gel I’ve found, and it also contains the best ingredients. You get the most bang for your buck here at about R145 for 250ml. When I cannot find 100% aloe vera gel, I use this in my recipe instead.
- Totally Wild Organic Aloe Gel: This is the more costly option at about R100 for 100ml, but it is a certified organic product after all. That said, it’s still a great price for a certified organic product. It contains magnificent ingredients and has a lovely texture, although the scent may not be for everyone.
Do you think that this is an effective aftershave? If you’ve tried it, please share your feedback in the comments below.