In The Mood (DIY Men’s Aftershave)


A smoother skin after shaving? It is possible. The soothing relief and heavenly scent of Orange + Sandalwood essential oils make this recipe an excellent homemade aftershave. The all natural ingredients can further cool down, hydrate and speed up the healing of nicks and cuts on your skin after shaving.


8-ounce dark glass pump bottle
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/2 cup witch hazel
2 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tsp. Vitamin E oil
10 drops Orange essential oil
10 drops Sandalwood essential oil


Pour 1/2 cup of aloe vera gel into the bottle using a small funnel. Add 1/2 cup of witch hazel and then add jojoba and vitamin E oils. Lastly, add essential oils. Close your container and shake well. Store in a cool, dark place. To use: After shaving, pump a small amount and apply onto skin.

Essential Oil Properties In This Recipe

Orange Essential Oil:

Aroma: Sweet, fresh, tangy, sugary, and citrus.

Pairs Well With: Basil, bergamot, black pepper, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, eucalyptus, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, litsea cubeba, marjoram, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, vetiver, and ylang ylang.

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative and a cholagogue.

Sandalwood Essential Oil:

Aroma: Alluring, exotic smell, subtle, floral, soft woody aroma with resinous, balsamic undertones that are empowering.

Pairs Well With: All citrus oils, bergamot, black pepper, geranium, frankincense, jasmine, lavender, myrrh, rose, vanilla, vetiver and ylang-ylang.

Properties: Antiphlogistic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, sedative and tonic.



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