Spruce + Frankincense Aftershave
Much like beard oil, I had never given much thought to aftershave. For most of my husband’s life he’d never put anything on his face after shaving, and neither had my dad. The only experience I had with this foreign substance was when some cool kids in high school started shaving and doused their face with some Axe-like product before school, for the sole purpose of underscoring their manhood. *eye roll.* So, an expensive “luxury item” that smells of cologne-y chemicals (and is 90% alcohol, which dries out skin horribly) wasn’t appealing to me or my husband.
However, I realized later that for acne-prone, dry, or sensitive (…emotional buzzword, I know…read, “irritable”) skin, that dragging razor is brutal - no matter your manliness level. No matter who you are, your skin is subject to irritation, dryness, and even infection when rubbed the wrong way by your razor. A good aftershave seals your pores, locks in moisture, and lends its antiseptic properties to your skin when it is most vulnerable.
What's In It and Why
As always- the ingredients chosen here are not just slapped together to serve as a substitute for the store-bought cocktail. Each one here I’ve researched, and found that these not only are replacements for chemicals in the fancy bottle at the pharmacy - they actually do restorative wonders for your skin. (I steal some daily from my husband and use this as a toner!)
Witch hazel. Gently tightens pores and locks in moisture while soothing inflammation.
Aloe vera gel. Moisturizes and speeds wound healing. Soothes inflamed skin and is antimicrobial, astringent, and increases skin elasticity.
Vegetable glycerin. Softens and helps skin heal. Attracts and locks in moisture in the skin.
Moroccan argan oil. Moisturizes dry skin. Prevents and heals breakouts.
Jojoba oil. Moisturizes and balances oil production..
Vitamin E. Moisturizes dry skin. Reduces inflammation.
Cedarwood. Great treatment for breakouts. Mildly astringent, reduces irritation, soothes inflamed skin.
Frankincense. A powerful antimicrobial agent. Soothes and prevents inflamed skin, helps heal wounds, helps reduce scarring, helps prevent ingrown hairs, and balances oil production.
Sandalwood. Soothes irritated and inflamed skin.
Ingredients & Directions
- 1/2 tsp Argan oil
- 1/4 tsp Vegetable glycerin
- 1/8 tsp jojoba oil
- 1/8 tsp Vitamin E (either puncture and squeeze 2-3 capsules, OR buy a bottle in the skincare section of a natural foods store)
- 7 drops Young Living cedarwood oil
- 4 drops Young Living frankincense oil
- 2 drops Young Living sandalwood oil
- (optional: 3 drops spruce, fir, or pine oil for an amazing woodsy scent and more irritation-reducing astringent effects)
In a 2 oz. spray bottle, shake the above ingredients together, and add:
- 1 Tbsp witch hazel (preferably with low- or no alcohol to prevent over-drying)
Shake again, and add:
- 1/2 Tbsp of pure aloe vera gel
Fill rest of bottle with purified water (preferably distilled) and shake well. Spritz right onto face or into hand and then massage onto clean skin.