Homemade Aftershave Lotion

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If you find yourself struggling with razor burn after shaving and are looking for a quick-to-make solution, this homemade Aftershave Lotion is the perfect recipe for you. With just 3 ingredients this can be made in less than 5 minutes. It’s so smooth and creamy that your skin will thank you!

Incredibly easy (just 2 ingredients!) homemade Aftershave Lotion. Makes your skin so smooth and creamy! #diyaftershave #shavingcream

Homemade Aftershave Lotion

When you begin to read labels on everything, you can’t help but wonder what some of those odd ingredients are that you can’t even pronounce. How can any of that be okay unless you dive into a lot of research to find out just exactly what it all is? Of course, in our home, we love to make everything we can from scratch, just like this homemade aftershave lotion that I’m going to show you today. It saves money, saves trips to the store, and I usually just feel better knowing what is going in and on my family’s skin. Over the years, it’s been amazing to see the healing power of homemade and natural goods within our home. We’re seeing acne and eczema healing, roughness and redness going away, among other issues.

–Looking for more homemade body products? These 7 Homemade Body Products can all be made with just 5 ingredients or less!

My next adventure in homemade health and beauty items is a new and incredibly simple homemade aftershave lotion. Not sure about any other ladies (or guys!) out there, but I really hate shaving because my skin hates it so much. I typically break out, no matter what I do. So, I wanted to dive into this and I also 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 238,743 times worse! My version not only helps heal the little nicks on your skin but keeps it moisturized too.

You won’t believe how easy, and wonderful, this stuff is!

There are only two ingredients that you will need to learn how to make homemade aftershave balm!

Homemade Aftershave Lotion

Aftershave Lotion Ingredients

All You Need for the DIY Aftershave Lotion Recipe:

If you don’t have coconut oil, you could also use a sensitive skin lotion or a Homemade Lotion. Witch Hazel without alcohol is preferred for this recipe. (Alcohol will have a drying effect on your skin and can burn sensitive skin.) It can sometimes be hard to find, but you can always purchase it on Amazon. If you want to use what you already have, you can substitute organic apple cider vinegar, although it may not have all of the same effects on your skin.

–Find more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar here!

Making homemade Aftershave Lotion

What To Do to Make Homemade Aftershave Lotion:

Choose a tall container for mixing and add in softened 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 even use a hair dryer to soften it since it doesn’t take much heat. Having the oil softened makes it easier to mix in the witch hazel.

For amounts… I recommend a 3 parts coconut oil to 1 part witch hazel mixture. So if you add 1 cup of coconut oil to your container, you will need 1/3 cup of witch hazel for the recipe. If your skin is extremely oily, add a bit more witch hazel. Stir all of the ingredients together until everything is blended. You can add a bit of Vitamin E oil if you’d like at this point for some extra moisturizing.

As long as you’ve partially softened the coconut oil, you should be able to blend the ingredients together easily. If you are having trouble or if your coconut oil just will not soften, go ahead and blend with an electric mixer or immersion blender.

Homemade Aftershave Lotion Recipe

To use this homemade Aftershave lotion, just take out a little after shaving, when you step out of the shower and massage into your skin until absorbed. Coconut oil tends to give the lotion a bit of an oily feel, so if you don’t like that, take a clean, dry cloth and blot off the excess oil.

Aftershave Lotion Storage

I store my lotion in these little inexpensive tins. They can be used for many different purposes and re-used after they are cleaned out. You can store this homemade aftershave lotion right in your bathroom but be sure that it doesn’t get too hot or too cold as that will affect the consistency.

Essential Oils to Add

Lavender Essential Oil – For a nice calming scent and effect.

Juniper Berry Essential Oil – Great alternative to Lavender for more of a “mens” scent.

Cypress Essential Oil – Perfect for oily skin. Nice “woodsy” type of fragrance.

Blend of Jasmine Essential Oil – This works well for mature skin types.

I love this stuff. And with only two basic ingredients, it’s easy to make and easy to use. You will be surprised at how soft and smooth this will make your skin after regular use.

Up next you will want to make easy homemade shaving cream and coconut oil lotion!

Don’t forget to check out all the DIY and Make Your Own Recipes we have posted.

Have you ever made homemade aftershave lotion? Or any kind of homemade lotion?

This Homemade Aftershave Lotion was originally published on Little House Living in December 2013. It has been updated as of September 2019.

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  1. If I wanted to add aloe vera gel, how would you recommend I do so…also, do you have a source for organic aloe vera gel? Thanks in advance.

  2. I’m wondering if you were to whip up the oil and witch hazel and really incorporate a lot of air into it, would it still separate after cooling down?

    1. I tried making this recipe and as the coconut oil re cooled the two ingredients separated. Very disappointing. And yes, i only warmed the oil gently, did not melt it.

  3. Hi,

    Why not use fractionated coconut oil instead? That way the mixture may separate, but it won’t solidify. I tried your recipe substituting fractionated coconut oil for the regular stuff, but won’t find out what it’s like until tomorrow after my husband tries it out. For the moment, it seems to be maintaining its liquid form. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Hi I just found this page and its great so far. In reading the comments I was wondering if Vitamin E could be added to this aftershave and did anyone try whipping it so it wouldn’t separate after cooling down?

  5. I have to try make this for my hubby. He suffers terribly when he shaves, hence the long beard 😉 But it’s so hot here at the moment he wants to shave it off but he’s worried about the awful shave bumps. Thanks for the recipe Merissa

  6. Hi Merissa, I’m featuring your project at the Friday Favorites linky party this week as one of the DIY Christmas presents because I’m actually planning to give my uncle a homemade aftershave balm for Christmas! Funny, eh? Come check out the party! Hope you pop by and visit again this week 🙂

  7. thanks merrissaa, i am glad you’re ever responding to our queries, I am wondering what is holistic enough to fit all sorts of people, i.e PWD, WOMEN, CHILDREN etc thanks in advance.