Make Your Own Aftershave

Apple Cider Vinegar Aftershave Recipe

Man Applying Aftershave
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Aftershave is a must-have for most men, but that doesn't mean it has to be a must-buy. Here's how to make your own aftershave at home:

What You Need:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Water
  • An empty bottle

What You Do:

Fill an empty bottle or container with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Shake to blend. Then, splash on your face after shaving, just as you would with any other aftershave.

Why This Works:

Store-bought aftershave does four things: it acts as an antiseptic to clean out any cuts; it moisturizes the skin; it closes the pores; and it soothes razor burn.

The acetic acid in vinegar is able to perform these same tasks at a fraction of the cost. Score one for vinegar!

Benefits of Using Apple Cider Vinegar Aftershave:

  • inexpensive
  • fragrance-free (once it dries)
  • dye-free
  • all natural
  • alcohol-free, so it won't dry out your skin or slow the healing of nicks and cuts

Make This Aftershave Recipe Your Own

If you don't like the smell of vinegar, you can cut the recipe with witch hazel to dilute the smell, or infuse the vinegar with your choice of herbs or essential oils Cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves and cedar are all common aftershave scents. Use them individually or mix and match to create your own custom scent.

To fragrance your aftershave, just add the herbs, or essential oils you chose; then put the lid on your container, and set it aside for several days (or longer). This will give the oils time to infuse the apple cider with their fragrance. I would suggest staying one bottle ahead on your aftershave, if you'll be infusing with herbs.

Herbs need a month or more to fully infuse liquids. 

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Just Need a Stand-In for Your Regular Aftershave, Until You Can Get to the Store?

If you don't have any apple cider vinegar on hand, you can also use coconut oil, aloe vera gel or even cold water to soothe your skin and seal your pores.

Vodka, or any other type of alcohol will also serve to seal your pores, but it will sting when it goes on, and could slow the healing of any shaving mishaps. Of course, it seemed to work for our grandfathers.

More Homemade Skincare Product Recipes

Whether you're trying to save money, eliminate chemicals from the products that you use (or both), there are lots of other skincare products that you can make yourself. Here are some to consider:

See Also:

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