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for our men – diy all-natural products

the vast majority of AE followers are female (thank you so much for your support!), but we do have male followers as well!

men – this post is for you.

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these recipes are made to be simple, practical, and cusomizable (or scentless if you prefer)!

please leave your favorite versions and additional recipes for the crunchy guys below!

MOISTURIZING SHAVINGΒ OIL

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil (argan, jojoba, sweet almond, kukui nut, etc)
  • optional – 5-7 drops of any EO/combo of EOs you want

mix ingredients in a bowl using a hand-held blender. whip until fluffy. scoop into air-tight container. you may pop this in the fridge to help it solidify. store at room temperature away from sunlight.

to use, apply a thin layer to damp skin. shave. no need to rinse (but you may need to wipe the little hairs away).

LATHERING SHAVING CREAM

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  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • optional – 8-10 drops of any EO/combo of EOs you want

like the shaving oil, mix ingredients in a bowl using a hand-held blender. this mix will fluff up considerably! scoop into an air-tight container and store at room temperature away from sunlight.

to use, dampen skin and rub a thin layer to shaving area. shave and rinse well with cool water.

AFTERSHAVE TONIC

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel (preserved/stable at room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup witch hazel (alcohol-free; thayer’s has different types)
  • optional – 5-7 drops of any EO/combo of EOs you want

the easy way – put all ingredients in the airtight bottle you’ll be storing it in. shake vigorously. store at room temperature.

to use, dab a small amount on face after shaving.

AFTERSHAVE BALM

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  • 2 tablespoons raw shea butter
  • 5 tablespoons of your favorite carrier oil (argan, jojoba, coconut, sweet almond, kukui, etc)
  • 1 tablespoon preserved aloe vera (the kind that is stable at room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon unfiltered beeswax
  • optional – 8-10 drops of any EO/combo of EOs you want

over a double boiler on low heat, melt the beeswax and raw shea butter. this will happen fairly easily. remove from heat and m ix in all other ingredients (except EOs, if you choose to add them) with a spoon or whisk. put into an airtight container and let solidy in the fridge for a few hours. remove from fridge, and whip using a handlheld blender, adding in EOs as it whips up. store in the airtight container away from the sun.

to use, apply a very small amount after shaving and gently rub into skin. done!

BEARD OIL

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  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon of another carrier oil (argan, coconut, kukui nut, grapeseed, and avocado are perfect)
  • 8-10Β drops of any EO/combo of EOs you want

again…. the easy way – put all ingredients into your airtight bottle. shake vigorously. store at room temperature, away from sunlight.

you can dab this on your beard/scruff/etc every day for a softening effect.

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we love our men, right?! especially the crunchy ones πŸ˜‰

leave your favorite EO combos below, along with your favorite DIY all-natural product recieps for men!

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shaving cream picture – mine; aftershave balm picture from popsuagr; beard oil picture from mommypotamus

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3 thoughts on “for our men – diy all-natural products

  1. I’d love to hear from any men who try this great sounding shave cream (or maybe Alex you can answer my question). My husband has rejected the store-bought non-toxic ones in the past because they “disappear” on his skin and he finds he can’t tell where he’s shaved or not shaved the same way he can with old fashioned “white” shave cream. This looks like it might work like the old-style stuff and that would be great but before I make it, I’d like to know that there’s a chance of it meeting my husband’s criteria! Thanks much.

    1. Hi. I’ll answer my own question here. I went ahead and tried this and it’s the first “natural” shaving cream my husband agreed to use. The advantage of Alex’s recipe to my husband is that it remains white and visible as he’s shaving. So, he’s able to tell where he’s been and where he needs to go. He said he’d give it a score of 85% for functionality (compared to the toxic canned stuff which would get 100% for functionality) but of course it gets a higher rating overall since it’s not the least bit toxic. (As a point of reference, anything natural he’d tried previously he gave a failing grade.) So, thank you Alex for coming up with a clever recipe that eliminates one more toxic product from my husband’s body. It’s a nice bonus that you’re using products that we stock anyway!

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