Soothing Aftershave

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This 2-minute recipe has two steps 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 natural)? It doesn’t sting!

Recipe variations

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 chamomile, geranium or sandalwood. You could also use freshly harvested aloe gel from your garden, however, the shelf life will be significantly shorter and you will have to use the product within one week. To extend the shelf life of fresh aloe, you will have to add a preservative.


Cost Price: R120.50 per 120ml.
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: 6 months if stored away from direct sunlight and moisture.

*Costs accurate at the time of writing, and based on the best retail prices I’ve found.


  • Aloe vera gel is a bit pricey. 
  • Perhaps not for those who dislike the scent of lavender. You can substitute with other oils, but I do insist that lavender works best.


  • 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. 


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 R185 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 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.

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