DIY All-Natural Aftershave

November 28, 2013 | Christmas, DIY

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!

DIY 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…

DIY Aftershave

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
– Bowl
– Whisk

Step 1.
Combine the Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, and Glycerine in a bowl and whisk until all combined.

DIY Aftershave

Step 2.
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.

DIY Aftershave

Step 3.
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.

DIY Aftershave

Step 4.
Give it a test! Trust me – your skin will love it!

DIY Aftershave

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.

DIY Aftershave

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
– Ribbon
– Tape
– 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.

Step 1.
For the bottle: start by measuring out some ribbon, and securing it on the bottom with tape.

DIY AftershaveStep 2.
Bring the ribbon up the bottle, over the lid, and down the other side. Peel the backing off the sticker you want to use, and stick it over the ribbon.

DIY Aftershave

Step 3.
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! :)

DIY Aftershave

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! :)

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  1. You are so creative! I love how you follow through with everything you make including tags and gift-wrapping and all that. Just lovely.

  2. jet

    thank you, i never thought to make aftershave myself for a friend. But i like t his. thank you for the recipy and the free printable,and the greate tute and sharing;-D

  3. Anne

    My husband is allergic to perfume but could he use this after shave ?

    • ffadmin

      Hi Anne! I’m afraid I really don’t know – it probably depends what exactly it is in the perfume he’s allergic to.. might be best to consult a dermatologist or doctor. Sorry I can’t be much help!

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  6. Valerie Lim

    Hihi, yeah very lovely & creative! :)
    But i have a question: how long can this bottle of aftershave last? as in like is there an expiry date? And also do we need to refrigerate it?
    Thanks! :)

    • ffadmin

      Hi Valerie! If you don’t add any water and use bottled aloe vera versus gel straight from a plant – then it 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 certainly keep it in the fridge to be on the safer side and the cooling sensation might even be nice!

  7. Anne

    Hello, What is the shelf life of this After-Shave? Also will it sting? Thank you

  8. ashleigh

    Hi! This is the best aftershave recipe I’ve hunted down so far.
    Before I go and waste a bunch of products experimenting, do you think that I could add an oil such as sweet almond oil to make it a bit more moisturising?
    Thank you :)

  9. Awesome recipe! Will definitely make it next week. I have already made a diy aftershave with aloe vera, however I did not like it at that time.

  10. Anthony

    I have been using witch-hazel alone as an aftershave, but wanted something more.
    I used your recipe without the essential oils because I didn’t want the aftershave to conflict with my cologne.

    The recipe using just the 3 basic ingredients makes my face feel great all day long. I apply it to my face rub it in lightly and let it absorb into my skin.

    The price to performance ratio beats anything I have used before and has really raised the bar for another product to unseat this one.

  11. Made it. Love it. I hope my man does too but if not I’ll surely use it! I used 3 drops each Young Living Lavender and Thieves.

  12. Joey


    Im curious – why do you suspect a 1 month shelf life? Aloe Vera has a good 1 – 2 year shelf life, Witch hazel I assume is the same?

    So without adding water, why would it be any less than a year?

    Thanks! :-D

  13. This is absolutely gorgeous, the recipe is great but your presentation is AMAZING! Sooo clever!! Thanks for sharing! <3