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