Gifts for Guys – DIY Shave Set

DIY Aftershave and Pre-Shave Oil

Eric has been using some high-end shaving products that he’s been mostly happy with, but when I stumbled upon recipes for pre-shave oil and aftershave I thought it was worth making up a batch for him to try.

Pre-Shave Oil:

* 1 oz. Olive Oil
* 4 drops Vitamin E
* 8 drops Young Living Lavender Essential Oil
* 4 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil

Pre-shave oil is used to prepare your skin for shaving so that the razor glides across it without dragging.  Lavender is great for the skin and pairing it with Orange oil makes for a fantastic smell.  The Vitamin E is also great for the skin.

For the After Shave, you want something that is pleasant smelling since it’s the last thing that gets applied.  The original recipe called for Valor Essential Oil, which is a Young Living Blend that includes Rosewood, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, and Spruce Essential Oils. It’s a blend that helps encourage confidence and courage, and I couldn’t argue with that. Witch Hazel is an astringent which tightens pores and is also anti-inflammatory.  The first time I made this for Eric I used Valor, but when he asked for a refill, I switched over to Palo Santo which he has been very happy with.

After Shave recipe:

* 1 oz. Witch Hazel
* 4 drops Vitamin E
* 12 drops Valor Essential Oil (or another oil of your choice – Sandalwood would be awesome!)

*Shake before use

I have to say that after Eric used up the first batch of Aftershave, he went back to his old store bought aftershave to use up what he had left.  He quickly found though that those red bumps and ingrown hairs that he’d fought with previously were now back.  So, that was the end of the store bought aftershave.  Now Eric only uses this DIY version, and since it’s chemical-free, that’s a huge bonus!

Then I was down to what to do for shaving cream/shave soap.  The original post I found the pre-shave and after shave recipes on didn’t have a shaving cream recipe, so I went in search of one.  Eric uses a shaving brush and shaving soap, so I had to find something that would lather up but not gum up the bristles of the brush.  I found this recipe online that looked like it might be good.

Minty Fresh Shaving Cream
* 1/3 cup of Shea Butter
* 1/3 cup of Coconut Oil
* 3 TB raw olive oil (I used Jojoba oil)
* 1 tsp. Castile soap
* 7-8 drops of Peppermint or essential oil of your choice (I used lavender and orange again)

Directions
Put your shea butter and coconut oil in a double burner. Put on low heat and let the fats melt. Take off of heat and pour your oils into a glass bowl. Add your olive oil. Let slightly cool and add your Castile soap and essential oil. Put in refrigerator for about an hour or until the solution starts to solidify. Then remove from fridge and whip your solution with an immersion blender until it forms a whipped cream texture. Scoop into your glass container. Close with lid and store in a dark, cool place.

Unfortunately, my first run at this recipe was 90% of the way there, but needed some tweaking.  I ended up adding a little more of the Castile soap so that it would lather up a bit better and not be quite so “gummy” on the brush.  That worked much better.  I will probably tweak this a little bit more the next time around.

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Exfoliating Facial Cleanser and Body Butter

Facial Cleanser and Body Butter

One of the best things about using essential oils is discovering that you can use them to make your own chemical-free beauty products.  I’d been wanting to try my hand at homemade body butter and after seeing a recipe for one on Instagram, I decided to give it a go.

Body Butter:
1 cup raw coconut oil
1/2 cup shea butter
1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
15 drops of your favorite essential oil

*Mix on high until light and fluffy.

For mine I decided to use lavender and Joy.  Lavender is wonderful for your skin and I thought Joy would give it a nice bonus as a mood booster.  Joy is a blend that contains Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Rose, and several other luxurious oils.

Joy Essential Oil

My batch made a ton, so I put a little bit in a small jar I could keep on my vanity and then put the remainder in a big canning jar that I could re-fill from.

Eric had also asked if I could make him some sort of facial cleanser because he was about to run out of what he had been using.  So, I looked around online and found a super simple recipe to try.

Exfoliating Facial Cleanser:

1/4 cup Castile soap
1 T baking soda
3/4 tsp coconut oil
10 drops lime
10 drops tea tree

*doubled this for 1 jar
*shake before using

I followed the recipe, including using lime and tea tree oil.  Because lime is a citrus oil, you must put it in a glass container as it will break down plastics.  But I thought lime would be a great invigorating scent to use in the shower.  I did get a bit concerned about using a glass container in the shower, especially if your hands get slippery, so next time I make this I’ll use something other than a citrus oil.  But if you’re using this at the sink, glass is just fine.  And the baking soda in this recipe is a very gentle exfoliator.

Tea tree oil (Melaleuca A.) is also excellent for skin along with other healthy properties.

I hope you give these a try – let me know if you do!

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Fall is in the Air

September ER OrderHere is what came in my September Essential Rewards monthly order.  I had to replenish our Lime because we literally use this oil like it’s going out of style.  I love it in the diffuser, or putting the Lime Vitality in my water.  So good!  I got Taste of Italy for Eric to try when he cooks.  I have heard great things about this one and am anxious to see how it is!  Then I ordered a couple new-to-me oils that are seasonally appropriate – Nutmeg and Cinnamon Bark.  I thought they would be perfect to put in the diffuser, maybe with a little Orange too.  And even better, I thought I could put them to good use in a couple of DIY recipes I found on Pinterest.
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I’m not a huge fan of room sprays, but I thought the Clove, Orange, Cinnamon combo would be awesome in the diffuser.  My mom used to put cloves and cinnamon sticks in a pot on the stove during the holidays just to make the house smell yummy and I love that using the oils in my diffuser brings back those cozy memories.

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And of course, I can’t forget Christmas Spirit.  I have a friend that diffuses this all year long because it’s just that good.  I definitely stocked up on it!  It was a big hit at our annual Eggnog & Dessert Party last year and I’m looking forward to it filling the house this year too.

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