Gifts for Him: Shaving Cream and Aftershave - Everyday Essentials

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Gifts for Him: Shaving Cream and Aftershave

The men in our lives need a little pampering too. Why not make a few things to stick in his stocking for Christmas morning? Mandi, from www.lifeyourway.net, joins us again with this fantastic combination gift for your special guy.

Plant Therapy DIY Gifts for Him Shaving Cream and Aftershave

What you’ll need:

For Shaving Cream

For Aftershave

  • 1-1/2 ounces distilled water**
  • 1-1/2 ounces hydrosol
  • 1 tsp Vegetable Glycerin
  • 3-5 drops Vitamin E Oil {optional}
  • 12 drops essential oils {see below for recipe ideas}

What you’ll do:

For Shaving Cream

  1. Melt butters & oils in sauce pan over low heat until melted {or use double boiler method}
  2. Remove from heat and add 30 drops essential oils of your choice
  3. Set aside to cool (cover to retain scent from the oils) – you can move onto the aftershave and come back to this
  4. Once completely hard, whip the mixture with a hand mixer until smooth and creamy
  5. Store in airtight container with lid
To use spread on skin & shave normally. Rinse well with warm water. Enjoy smooth, baby-soft skin!

For Aftershave

  1. Combine all ingredients in a 4 ounce spray bottle. Shake vigorously to combine.

**If you choose not to use a preservative you will need to store it in the fridge.  Optiphen plus is a preservative which reduces the instance of bacterial growth in water-based products. We recommend that a preservative be used in any water-based products that you make at home. This is a great choice since it contains no parabens, no formaldehyde, and are not formaldehyde contributors. 

To use spray directly onto your skin after shaving. Pat into skin. 

Recipe ideas for products per ounce of product:

We hope you are enjoying all these DIY projects so far! Let us know what else you’d like to learn how to make! We have the 25 Days of Christmas already lined up – but we will be making more new things after the first of the year!! Stay tuned for new ideas, packaging and other fun things coming up soon!

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14 thoughts on “Gifts for Him: Shaving Cream and Aftershave”

  • I made this shave cream and it’s way to oily for my liking with a razor, that said, I have found it makes a great dry skin lotion, so while I’ll make it again it will be a lotion instead of a shave cream.

  • I make this shave cream/shave butter for myself. I add a preservative since I make a large batch and I put it in a jar that I dip my hand to which will add water to the mix. I also blend it a few times during the cooling process, which I do with all my butter type products. I get a better fluff by doing this.

    This is a thicker product than shave cream and the commercial shave butters. If I shave in the tub I just rinse my razor in the tub but if I shave in the shower it is not as easy so I keep a small cup filled with super hot water to dunk my razor in. The hot water helps melts the butters off the razor. I also make sure to run it under extremely hot water when I am done and let it properly dry.

  • Having problems with this recipe. Hair and cream clog up the razor and it’s hard to wash off. Only used a little bit. Can I add Castile soap to save the product and make it easier to use? Any other tips to save the product?

    1. I would try adding more Olive Oil (or the carrier you chose), I’m not sure how well the castile would mix, I rinse my razor after each swipe when I use my homemade shaving creams because they do tend to be thicker. Hope this helps!

  • Is this FCO or solid coconut oil? And could you sub out the Olive oil for something more absorbing like Grapeseed or Argan or Hemp? And could you do the no heat method for this one? Oh that would be awesome! Please advise!

    1. Solid coconut oil, you can certainly replace for the carrier of your preference, and although I haven’t tried, it looks like a great recipe to use the no heat method with!

  • I would avoid olive oil as it is really heavy and doesn’t get absorbed by the skin. And I would add a little bit of castile soap. 🙂

  • Wow, I really wish my girlfriend had read this post and give me such gift 🙂 Very good idea indeed. I really like the “outdoor fresh” with the Coriander. Looking forward to try it myself.

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