There are so many ingredients that you can combine to make your Aftershave recipe. Honestly, the list is endless; but we need to select some basic and most common ingredient you can always add to your aftershave.
However, it important you know that not all of these ingredients must be used to get a perfect aftershave. That is why there is always a recipe; the recipe gives you the options to use your best ingredients to produce your decide Aftershave.
Alcohol can help increase penetration of key ingredients in an aftershave recipe. Some alcohols also act as slip agents, hydrators and/or emollients
This is the major ingredient in Aftershave replacing Alcohol. It is generally well accepted for its:
- Witch hazel is a main ingredient in several types of beauty products across both sexes. In terms of aftershave, the biggest advantage that it brings to the fluid is its ability to constrict pores – witch hazel is a natural astringent that doesn’t dry out your skin.
- Not only is witch hazel an astringent, but it also is a terrific anti-inflammatory remedy that will soothe any irritable skin. Witch hazel is commonly used in other products to treat bug bites, general rashes, etc. So if you have irritable skin after shaving, witch hazel can really help you out.
- Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins. When applied directly to the skin, witch hazel might help reduce swelling, help repair broken skin, and fight bacteria.
Aloe vera is one ingredient that you cannot go wrong with. Whatever might be your reasons for adding Aloe vera to your recipe – you will always be glad you did. Aloe vera is very useful to our skin and as no hurt whatsoever. That is why it is called the queen of skin soothers and healers.
An effective humectant, which means it attracts moisture to your skin and keeps it there. It’s a good solvent, many things dissolve easier into glycerin than in water or alcohol. Diluted with water, it will soften your skin
Essential oil is a concentrated liquid that carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant in question. You need to be careful with the use of essential oil as they can burn your skin even in bar soap.
Herbs & Spices
Cloves, Allspice, Rosemary, Chamomile, Lavender, Sage, Bay leaves, Cinnamon, Pepper Mint e.tc
The list is endless. You can combine one or two of these depending on the recipe you have decided to go with.