Jun 25, 2008
Cooling Aftershave
* 1/2 C pure Aloe Vera Gel
1 Tbsp. water
2 tsp. 100 proof vodka
2 tsp. witchhazel
1/4 tsp. fo or eo of choice
Simply blend all together and put in a container of choice

This recipe is from "The Herbal Body Book" by Stephanie Tourles.
2 cups witch hazel
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig mint of choice
1 stick cinnamon
5-10 whole cloves
2 strips fresh orange peel cut into spirals
2 strips fresh lemon peel cut into spirals
15 drops of tincture of benzoin
Place all in bottle. Cap tightly and store for 2 weeks. Use and enjoy.
I would assume skip the herbs and add FO. Don't think you would need tinc of benzoin. Probably used for preservative while using fresh herbs.

This month's issue (Aug '97) of the Herb Companion has an article by Janice Cox on herbal skin care for men. Most of the recipes are pretty basic, with just two or three ingredients. The following is one I want to try:
1 C Vodka
2 tsp Dried yarrow
1 Tbls dried lavender flowers
1 Tbls dried sage leaves
1 dried bay leaf
1 Tbls honey (optional-add for dry skin)
Mix ingredients together, and pour into a clean jar with tight fitting lid. Place the jar in a dark, cool place for two weeks. At the end of two weeks, strain off the liquid and discard any solids; pour the strained liquid into a clean container. You can also create stronger scents by adding a few drops of essential oil, or by adding more dry herbs and allowing the mixture to sit another week.

1 cup distilled water
1/2 cup vodka
2 tsp vegetable glycerin
1 dropper full of scent
The scent and the glycerin have to be put into the vodka before the water is added and stirred up real nice. Then add the water. The glycerin does make the solution white though so I ended up using 2 drops of yellow food color and 1 drop of red to make a peach color. Turned out really great!

Bay Rum Aftershave
For a nice Bay Rum Aftershave you can fill a quart size canning jar with bay leaves. Then fill it up with your Vodka or Everclear and leave about 2 inches of room at the top. Fill up the rest of the way with a nice oil like olive, or maybe fractionated coconut oil. Put the lid on the jar and let it sit for a couple of days shaking it now and then.
After your couple of days have passed strain out the bay leaves and pour your liquid into a gallon size container.
Then add 10 ounces of Rum
1 pint of Vodka or Everclear
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 ounce of tincture of benzoin
1 oz of glycerin
3 quarts of distilled water
Let this sit for a few days and its done and you have a whole gallon of it!

This blend of EOs to add to your favourite aftershave base recipe.
4 parts rosewood eo
4 parts orange eo
2 parts vanilla eo
4 parts patchouli eo
4 parts ylangylang eo
2 parts oakmoss eo
2 parts lavender eo
4 parts grapefruit eo
2 parts clove bud eo
1 part cinnamon leaf eo
Mix in a dark bottle and leave for 4 days to blend.


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