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Let's face it. Men can be really difficult to shop for during the holiday season. They can even be really difficult to make homemade products for too.I originally created my beard conditioning oil specifically for the Hippy Hubby and his grizzly beard that he has worn since the day I met him (I almost think he was born with that beard!), but not all men like to wear a beard. So, in an effort to help the rest of you out with a nice homemade gift, I have made an aftershave and shaving cream just for the guys who shave in my life.
A quick gift that can easily be customized
I know this is a little last minute for a gift, but if you have the ingredients on hand, this gift can be made in a flash. When I am making this homemade aftershave, I usually like to first steep the witch hazel in a handful of peppermint leaves (fill a mason jar 1/3 of the way full with peppermint leaves and then cover all the way to the top of the jar with witch hazel.) and let it sit (sealed of course) for two weeks (giving it a shake every day). I then strain the herbal infused witch hazel and use it in my recipe.
First, you shave and then, you aftershave…
This last year, I wrote a post on making your own Skin So Soft Shaving Cream. This shaving cream has been dude tested and approved to be a fabulous clean shave for the face. If you are giving this aftershave as a gift, it would make a great gift if given along with a jar of the shaving cream too!
Homemade Peppermint Tea Tree Aftershave
- 4 oz. spray bottle (I buy mine here because they have no minimums so you can buy a couple instead of 48)
- 1/4 cup witch hazel (If you have the time you can infuse the witch hazel with peppermint leaves first)
- 1 Tbsp. vegetable glycerin
- 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel
- 2 Tbsp. filtered water
- 10 drops MRH peppermint essential oil or PT peppermint eo
- 10 drops MRH tea tree essential oil or PT tea tree eo
- Combine ingredients in 4 oz. spray bottle and shake to combine.
- For Use: Spray on freshly shaven face and either air dry or pat dry with a towel.
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