When you begin to read labels on everything, (this is seriously becoming a habit of mine) you can't help but wonder what those weird named chemicals are. How can any of that be okay? Adding with label reading, making my own versions of everyday stuff is also becoming a habit. I honestly didn't realize how sensitive my family's skin really is, until we began to get rid of the store bought stuff and go natural. Acne and eczema healing, roughness and redness going away. It's so cool!
My next adventure in homemade health and beauty items is a new and incredibly simple homemade aftershave lotion. Not sure about any other ladies out there, but I REALLY hate shaving because my skin hates it so much. I typically breakout, no matter what I do. So I wanted to dive into this and also why I wanted to make a uni-sex version that both my husband and I could enjoy together. His skin is super dry, and shaving makes is 238743 times worse! My version not only helps heal the little nicks on your skin, but keeps in moisturized too.
You won't believe how easy, and wonderful, this stuff is!
There are only two ingredients that you will need to make this homemade aftershave lotion: virgin coconut oil (no surprise there!) and witch hazel. If you don't have coconut oil, you could also use goat's milk lotion. Now, it's preferred to purchase the witch hazel without alcohol, but I know this can sometimes be hard to find. If you can't find it, you can substitute organic apple cider vinegar (Bragg's is my go-to brand).
Choose a container you want to use and fill 3/4 of the way with melted coconut oil. This is pretty easy to do. If you have a microwave, you can nuke the oil for a few seconds, or you can ever use a hair dryer to melt it since it doesn't take much heat. Having the oil melted makes it easier to mix in the witch hazel. I would recommend a 3 parts coconut oil to 1 part witch hazel mixture. If you skin is extremely oily, add a bit more. Let the oil set up again and its ready to use! Just take a little after shaving and massage in until absorbed. Coconut oil sticks around a bit longer so if you don't like that, take a warm damp cloth and wipe off the excess.
**Note**It's best to make in small batches and keep in the shower with you. That way, the coconut oil will melt from the heat of the hot water (the oil and witch hazel WILL separate once it hardens, but it doesn't take much for them to melt right back together!)
I adore this stuff. And with only two ingredients, it's easy to make and doesn't drive my skin bonkers! My skin actually CLEARS UP when using this combo!!
Have you ever made homemade aftershave lotion? Or any kind of lotion?
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