Pre-Shaving Oil DIY: Essential Oil Shaving Oil for Smooth Skin

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His and Hers Pre Shaving Oil

His and Hers Pre-Shaving Oil DIY

Time to get silky smooth! Adding a pre-shaving oil into your bathroom routine might be just what you need to get the most comfortable, closest shave ever!

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With nourishing carrier oils and skin-loving essential oils, you and your partner are going to love how soft and hydrated your skin feels after shaving.

His and Hers Pre Shaving Oil

His and Hers Pre-Shaving Oil

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Blend ingredients together. Put a few drops in the palm of your hand. Gently massage into skin prior to lathering and shaving.

DIY his and hers pre-shaving oil

Missing an oil and need to find a good substitution? Check out our Constituent Chart or our Fragrance Wheel to help you out!

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And don’t forget to check out the Safe Essential Oil Recipes group on facebook! So many recipes, so many ideas, and so much fun!


82 thoughts on “His and Hers Pre-Shaving Oil DIY”

    1. You can substitute those carrier oils. Just keep in mind that the carriers you have are a little thicker, but that shouldn’t be a problem.

  • i love this idea- I’ll have to modify the oils and scents since i dont have them all. Do you think the oils will clog up my razor?

    1. Since you’ll just apply a few drops as a moisturizer that you’ll apply before you shave, it shouldn’t be enough clog your razor. Good luck with your modifications!

  • My husband is constantly looking for a pre shave oil. This will be the next one he tries. Very excited to make this and try it as well.

  • I can’t wait to try this. I don’t quite have all of the ingredients, but I’m sure I can find a substitution for kunzea, and I have been waiting to get grapeseed oil for a while now. Thanks a bunch for providing this recipe along with the extra links, I have some more reading to do!

  • So glad I found this! I have always had horrible problems with skin irritation after I shave!!

  • I didn’t have kunzea so I swapped for eucalyptus, and swapped vetiver for cedarwood, and just used FCO. Love it so far! Keeps my legs nice and soft and not irritated after shaving!

  • This sounds wonderful! I’m so happy that you linked the constituent chart to help with subbing oils! Made it easy for me to find what I needed!

  • So excited to try this! I have everything at hand except for Kunzea but I will substitute Wood Spice to make some for my husband.

  • Can’t wait to try this diy. Love the conversion chart. Plant Therapy is great company. Quality products, good prices. So many helpful hints. Great customer service. I’ve got to say Plant Therapy has got a me as a customer for life.

  • I love that this recipe is simple! & thank you for linking the constituent chart, I don’t have Kunzea, but I do have Balsam fir. Can’t wait to try it!

  • I made this and was just able to try it out the last two times I shaved…AMAZING. Our water is so incredibly hard and coupled with the very dry winter air here, my skin suffers terribly this time of the year. This worked great as a pre-moisturizing method and my skin looks so much better after just 2 uses, about 4 days apart! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • I can’t wait to have to shave again so that I can try this out. I love anything that leaves me feeling fresh and soft.

  • I am definitely going to have to try this! I get the red bumps on my legs after shaving- hoping this helps prevent them!

  • I will definitely be making this one! I had not heard of Kunzea before; I’ll take any excuse to order a new oil hehe.

  • I’m redhead with sensitive skin so I’m excited to try this. I tend to get red bumps after shaving and I’m hopeful this can help.

  • This looks great! Also, thank you for linking the substitution charts! That’s especially helpful since I won’t be able to add tea tree due to an allergy in the home.

  • I like the idea of using this as an after-shave treatment since I use an electric shaver. I can’t wait to try it.

  • I love these recipes! But I would like to see some explanation for ingredients in them, like why you chose both sunflower and grapeseed oil rather than just one? Do they have distinct properties for this application? I’d love to know more about the components of carrier oils and why you may chose one over another.

    1. Callie, I’m going to link our carrier oil comparison chart for you as well as a couple blogs we have on carrier oils, so that you can get to know each of them a little better 🙂 Often, carrier oils in recipes are chosen related to the goal of the recipe. In this case, grapeseed and sunflower carriers are used because they have wonderful skin supporting properties, absorb quickly, and have little to no aroma–so we can smell the essential oils better! Of course, you are more than welcome to use your own favorite carriers or a mixture of several! If you find some carriers that you prefer for this recipe, let us know! We always love to hear what our customers come up with 🙂
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  • This sounds like exactly what I’ve been needing!!! I don’t have all of the oils, but I’m excited to use the wheel to see if I can make a substitution or two. I’m very excited to try this!!

  • Both my husband and I suffer from sensitive skin, so you can tell when we just shaved. This blend seems like it would be a big help and reduce irritation, redness, etc. Super excited to try this out!

    I’m just wondering, could you use different carrier oils with the same effect?


    1. Absolutely! If you have carrier oils that you already know your skin loves, that would be a perfect substitution for the ones we recommend 🙂

  • This recipe prompted me to find out more about kunzea! As it turns out this is an oil that I need to try! It seems perfect for what’s been going on in my neck! Sure I’ll also try it in the shave oil. I’m excited to have softer legs! But I’m most excited to be introduced to new oils through the recipes posted on this blog!

  • I have Sweet Almond oil as my carrier oil for essential oils. Can I use that in this recipe? Can I use what essential oils I already have?

    1. Jennifer, you can use your Sweet Almond oil if you would like. The carrier oils chosen in this recipe are especially skin nourishing, but Sweet Almond is a suitable substitution. Also, if you are using only essential oils that you have I can’t really guarantee the effectiveness, or even the overall outcome, of what you make, since I’m not sure what oils you already have 🙂 But please feel free to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] if you need more guidance!

    1. Yes! The carrier oils and essential oils in this recipe are wonderful for supporting healthy skin, making it great as a skin conditioner 🙂

  • I am really keen to try this and some great suggestions for substitutions. I am most excited about the discovery of the Frangrance Wheel, such a great way to see what I could swap out if there is an oil I don’t have….yet! Just getting into EO so this will be a big help, thanks.

  • So excited to see this. My kids are swimmers and my 16 year old hasn’t shaved her legs in months. She needs to shave in a few weeks for her championship meet, and I have all the ingredients for this. Yay!

  • Im SOOOOO excited to try this one!! Ive been trying to cut out store bought items with CRAZY words I cant even Pronounce & go a more natural way! This one is going on the top of my list once I can collect all the items!!

  • This’ll be a great addition to shaving in the winter! My skin is always so dry and shaving can be really irritating. Hopefully this will help!

  • So if I don’t have Kunzea, any of the oils in the same category on the constituents chart would be an equal substitution? The same number of drops?

    1. Megan, the choices in that category are close to Kunzea in terms of a primary constituent, but not necessarily an “equal” substitution as each essential oil has their own unique quality. If you are missing Kunzea, you can either just not use anything in place of it or use one of the oils listed. I looked through each of those in the section with Kunzea (Balsam Fir, Cypress, Frankincense Carteri, Juniper Berry, etc.) and they are fine to use at the same number of drops. Nutmeg cuts it close as it is a 0.8% dilution, but 4 drops in an ounce of carrier is a safe amount 🙂 I hope this helps!

  • Oh, I never through about doing a shaving oil, definitely going to have to give it a shot. Also very excited about the fragrance wheel!

  • Ok, I’m definitely going to try this!! But I don’t have vetiver so i will have to substitute that… or order it lol! Thank you!

  • My husband is in the Navy and has to shave every day, so this is perfect. I can’t wait to try this out and see how he likes it.

    1. We hope he loves it! Make sure to thank him for his service for us, and of course thank you as well, Kristen. Being a Navy wife isn’t always a picnic 🙂 Being a Navy veteran myself, I understand the struggle! 🙂

    1. Louann, you’re more than welcome to leave Kunzea out, but if you would like some substitution suggestions try Juniper Berry, Frankincense, or Balsam Fir 🙂

  • Looking forward to trying this out. I always get super dry legs after shaving. I have coarse hair and it is never smooth after. Hope this helps even a little bit. Thanks!

    1. Keri, this recipe was designed as a pre-shaving oil, which is typically used alongside a regular shaving gel. I can’t guarantee how this pre-shaving oil would work in place of a shave gel, but you’re welcome to try and let us know how it works out for you 🙂

  • Can you substitute the grapeseed carrier oil for fractionated coconut oil? I already have that on hand and want to make this!

  • This is great! I love the link to the fragrance wheel, which I previously didn’t know about! I can’t wait to go home and make this tonight and report back! <3

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