Handmade gifts are the best aren’t they? Have you ever handmade cosmetic products before? If not, you’re in for a treat! I’ve teamed up with the wonderful Militza of Little Green Dot (Queen of all things green and good for you!) to put together a series of 3 all-natural, beautifully aromatic DIYs that are a cinch to make, and look fantastic as gifts as well.
This week, we’re making Aftershave!
Patchouli & Petitgrain Aftershave, perfect for that hard-to-buy-for man in your life! Militza and I had so much fun making this product, and kept testing it out on our legs and arms while we were shooting hehe :)
Why Patchouli and Petitgrain you might ask? Well, we’ve consulted an amazing Herbalist, Alina from Abundant Earth, to give us the low-down on which essentials oils will work best (and smell best!) in an Aftershave! So it’ll not only be cooling and fresh on your man’s face, but the essential oils picked have benefits of their own: Patchouli is fantastic for the skin as it moisturises and regenerates the skin, and Petitgrain has a toning effect, and helps keep oil production in check.
How perfect is that! OK. Let’s get started…
Here’s what you’ll need:
– 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel (100% pure is best!)
– 1/4 cup Witch Hazel
– 1 Tablespoon Glycerin
– Water to thin if needed (2-4 Tbs)
– Petitgrain Essential Oil, and Patchouli Essential Oil
– Small bottle
– Small jug
Combine the Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, and Glycerine in a bowl and whisk until all combined.
Add 12 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil, and 6 drops of Petitgrain Essential Oil. Whisk again to combine. If it’s thicker than you’d like, add some water, a little bit at a time, mixing in as you go until the desired consistency is reached.
Make sure your small jug is completely clean and dry. Transfer the mixture into your jug, and then from the jug into the clean bottle. You can also use a funnel if you have one.
Give it a test! Trust me – your skin will love it!
NOTE: If you don’t add any water and use bottled aloe vera versus gel straight from a plant – then this aftershave should last for a good month since bottled aloe vera generally has a food grade preservative. If you do add water, it’ll probably last a week or two. You can also keep it in the fridge to be on the safer side and the cooling sensation might even be nice!
Now let’s make it gift-ready! I’ve created some lovely black and white labels for you to download and use as you like. Once you’ve downloaded the file you need (A4 or Letter) you’ll noticed that there are two pages – one with the labels the right way around, the other with the labels in reverse.
Page one: Labels the right way around – Print on sticker paper.
Page two: Labels in reverse – Below you’ll see some cute little gift bags we created to package your Aftershave in, and for this you’ll need Iron-On transfer paper, and the reversed labels.
So here’s what you’ll need to recreate ours exactly. Get creative though, I’ve included lots of different tags so you can mix and match :)
– Finished Aftershave, sealed
– Plain Muslin Bag
– A printed sheet of labels (the right way around) on sticker paper. Cut out the ones you want.
– A printed sheet of the reversed labels on Iron-on Transfer paper. Cut out ones you want to use according to packet instructions.
For the bottle: start by measuring out some ribbon, and securing it on the bottom with tape.
For the Gift Bag: Iron your cut out iron-on transfer label onto your bag according to the instructions. Put the bottle inside the gift bag, and give it to some lucky man! :)
That’s it! Simple, and effective :)
I hope you’ll enjoy making/using this beautiful, all-natural aftershave! And more importantly – I hope someone you know will love using it! :)