Homemade Natural Aftershave for Men

The month is November, but for some it is also Movember. Brad is participating for the first time this year. All three of his grandfathers had prostate cancer, two losing their lives to it. We support this movement to spread awareness and end stigma toward talking about men’s health. And I love how the Movember Foundation has expanded to talking about mental health and suicide prevention as well.


Brad has had a beard nonstop for about 7 years only excluding our wedding day, one Comic Con, and now this moustachioed month. He is very out of practice shaving, especially with an actual razor with blades. He also has sensitive skin, so making a gentle aftershave for him became a must. Here is my recipe for the resulting Homemade Natural Aftershave.

Homemade Natural Aftershave for Men DIY Recipe

Homemade Natural Aftershave

1/4 c witch hazel

2 tbsp aloe vera gel

1 1/2 tbsp grapeseed oil

10 drops cedarwood essential oil

6 drops orange essential oil


Combine all ingredients into a lidded bottle or container, tinted is best.

Shake to combine.

Store somewhere dark and cool like a bathroom drawer.


To use, massage a small amount onto face and neck after shaving.

Shake well before each use.


Witch hazel is the main ingredient because it is an astrigent. Aloe vera gel is moisturizing, treats acne, and even fights aging. The grapeseed oil is another lightweight moisturizer, and it is the best carrier oil for those with sensitive skin. Cedarwood essential oil smooths and clarifies skin. Plus it has a warm, woodsy scent. The orange essential oil pairs nicely with the cedarwood. It is antibacterial, meaning any razor burn or small nicks will heal well.


There are so many incredible uses for essential oils for your skin. Check out this infographic from Thank Your Skin for more inspiration on what to use when.

10 Best Essential Oils for Beautiful and Flawless Skin


Do you know anyone participating in Movember? Have you tried making natural aftershave?

Homemade Natural Aftershave for Men DIY Recipe

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11 Comment

  1. Reply
    Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
    November 16, 2016 at 3:55 am

    My husband has a full beard, but shaves his neck. His skin is very sensitive, too! I will definitely be trying this for him. Thank you for the recipe! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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      November 16, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Oooh, yes that can be a problem area too. Brad uses an electric razor for his neck when he has his beard because he finds it doesn’t irritate as much. I hope your husband enjoys this aftershave!

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    November 17, 2016 at 7:52 am

    I made a beard balm with a similar oil blend, but mine included vetiver. Have you ever tried vetiver? It’s a dude scent – it has to be the base of many men’s colognes.

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      November 17, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Oooh, great suggestion! I’ve recently fallen in love with vetiver. I use it on myself every night before bed. It’s definitely got a good man-scent too though.

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    November 21, 2016 at 6:09 am

    This is the first aftershave oil I have seen and I am excited to give it a try for my sons and husband. Thanks for sharing!

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      November 21, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Awesome! My husband really likes it, hopefully the men in your house will too. 🙂

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    November 21, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Visiting from Motivational Monday linkup. Thanks so much for sharing this! This is one area I haven’t been able to figure out how to switch to something that Hubs will use. I’ll have to try this on him to see if he notices a difference!

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      November 21, 2016 at 10:23 am

      You’re welcome and good luck! Brad really likes it. Whenever he uses it, he goes on about it, haha. So I hope that your husband will enjoy it as well!

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    Mary-the boondocks blog
    December 2, 2016 at 9:59 am

    This is such a smart idea for the men in o ur lives. My son is always growing a beard and then shaving it. It is like a yo-yo . He could absolutely use this since he has sensitive skin.

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      December 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Haha, oh funny. Yes, I definitely recommend it for those with sensitive skin. Maybe it would make a good Christmas present?

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