Creamy and Soothing DIY Aftershave Balm for Men

Hello there! Today we’re making a soothing homemade aftershave balm for men! I know we have some male readers and I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you for such a long time! Hopefully, you’ll enjoy the recipe!

I also know that we, the girls, like to make homemade skincare for the males in our lives as well- be it a brother, a boyfriend, a father, and a husband. So, you can make yourself or your man happy with this natural aftershave balm recipe.

Let’s get to it!

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Soothing DIY Aftershave Balm for Men

DIY Aftershave Balm for Men

Now, this balm is more like a lotion or a cream, to be honest. Still, it’s incredibly soothing and perfect for any skin type, including sensitive skin. I promise you, face after shaving will love it!

I made this after looking at dozens of aftershave recipes; some included witch hazel and vegetable glycerine, others jojoba oil, but I wanted something simple that nourishes the skin (and razor burn problems) and is still alcohol free.

It’s creamy, rich, and smooth, What’s more, this aftershave balm doesn’t have to be male-specific, ladies are welcome to use it too! Change essential oils to your liking and you can enjoy it as well!

Let’s have a look at the ingredients and how they benefit your skin!

Shea butter

This one is easily a must in this recipe. I don’t like to put coconut oil on my face, so I automatically assume no one does. But I have zero problems with doing the same when it comes to shea butter.

Shea butter is very moisturizing. It heals and nourishes the skin, protecting it from harsh weather conditions to a sunburn, a rash, and irritated skin. What’s more, it leaves the skin soft and smooth.

Above all, shea has anti-aging properties and helps to boost the skin’s elasticity.

Comedogenic rating: 0-2

Sweet almond oil

Promoting a smooth and flawless skin, sweet almond oil is perfect for you if you suffer from sensitive or dry skin. It’s a mild oil that is full of antioxidants that generally benefit your skin in terms of healing, smoothing, and anti-aging.

It can also remove dark circles and soothe irritated skin.

Comedogenic rating: 2

If your skin is prone to acne, feel free to substitute almond oil with camellia oil, hemp seed oil, raspberry seed oil, or rosehip seed oil.

Argan oil

You know I’m a fan. Like, a huge fan! So there’s hardly any recipe without argan oil that I make!

Argan oil is very moisturizing, high in vitamin E, which gives a natural kick to your skin. it’s easily absorbed as well.

With its anti-aging benefits, argan oil is also excellent for dry and irritated skin.

Argan oil promotes the healing of the skin, protects it, reduces inflammation, and gives it a healthy glow with its dose of antioxidants.

Comedogenic rating: 0

Aloe vera gel

You’re not the only one if aloe vera gel is your favorite and a must-have remedy in summer. It’s great for sunburn, rashes, itchy skin, and inflammation.

Aloe vera promotes the healing process of the skin, hydrates it, and has anti-infection properties. the best thing about it (among other things) is that it doesn’t leave any greasy film over your skin. it softens it but doesn’t clog pores.

It’s useful both for various skin conditions (acne and eczema) as well as acne scars and stretch marks.

Eucalyptus essential oil

I’ve neglected this oil for quite a long time, but I figured it would do great in this manly balm recipe. Eucalyptus oil is anti-inflammatory, disinfectant, antiseptic, and antibacterial among other things.

It’s very effective when it comes to healing small wounds, cuts, acne, and skin infections. All of these makes it an excellent addition to the recipe.

Yes, it has a refreshing smell, but it also boosts the healing process of the skin. Since there are always potential razor cuts when shaving, eucalyptus is there to heal it all! eucalyptus is in this recipe also because it soothes irritated skin and skin may get irritated after shaving.

Wild orange essential oil

For an extra kick of energy, there’s orange essential oil. The uplifting scent of this oil is one of the reasons I added it to the recipe. Because men need an energy boost as well!

Orange oil is also antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. It cleanses the skin and has anti-aging properties.

Wild orange oil can be phototoxic. Don’t use it before you face the sun. My boyfriend always shaves in the late afternoon/evening, so this oil doesn’t really matter. If you shave in the morning before heading out, omit this essential oil or substitute it with a non-phototoxic oil (bergamot FCF or steam distilled, blood orange, lemon, lime, and mandarin, all steam-distilled).

Lavender essential oil

Lavender has detoxifying properties for the skin along with skin-toning properties. It boosts circulation, promoting healthy and glowing skin.

Lavender oil can also disinfect the skin, that’s how it’s found its way into this balm for men. Manly or not, lavender helps to heal the skin, treats acne, is anti-inflammatory, and can help reduce redness and irritated skin.

Cedarwood essential oil

Antiseptic, tonic, astringent properties of cedarwood essential oil make it very beneficial for your skin. It prevents infections, reduces inflammation, and improves skin conditions.

Cedarwood supposedly treats acne scars and brightens the skin. It’s also moisturizing for the skin, which is why a lot of people choose to add it to their homemade skincare recipes for winter.

I simply adore its smell among other thing but you also may like the fact that cedarwood oil can minimize the appearance of pores!

Homemade Aftershave Balm Recipe

This is an easy recipe. Ever since I’ve made one for my boyfriend earlier this year, he can’t seem to get enough of it. And I’m very happy about it because his skin is quite sensitive and he’s always been using violent aftershaves that only made the post-shaving face worse.

Also, the essential oils are in there according to what I had at home (to his approval of course), but feel free to go with whatever you or your man prefers. You can also try DIY bay rum aftershave balm with the blend of essential oils you can find in this DIY beard balm recipe.

Soothing DIY Aftershave Balm for Men


– 4 TBSP shea butter
– 2 TBSP sweet almond oil
– 1 TBSP apricot kernel oil
– 1 TBSP Argan oil
– 4 TBSP Aloe vera gel
– 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
– 10 drops orange essential oil
– 5 drops cedarwood essential oil
– 5 drops lavender essential oil
– 2 drops vitamin E oil (optional)


  1. Melt shea butter
  2. Once melted, add natural oils (almond, argan, and apricot) and aloe vera gel
  3. Add essential oils and vitamin E
  4. Stir the concoction well
  5. Set in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes
  6. Once the upper layer has hardened a bit, take it from the fridge
  7. Whip the lotion for a few minutes, until runny and fluffy
  8. Set aside for 10 minutes and repeat the whipping again
  9. Apply after shaving and prepare for ridiculously nourished and smooth skin!


Let me know in the comments below, how the guy in your life is happy with this aftershave balm! (You’ve tried it too, haven’t you?)

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  1. Nichola

    Hi there,

    I am hoping to make this recipe (DIY Aftershave Balm for Men) as a Fathers Day Gift and I was wondering if it has a shelf life or does it have to be used straight after making it?

    Thank you 🙂

    Warm wishes

    • Hi Nichola, this balm has a shelf life :). The aloe vera gel I used already has a preservative and it works well in the recipe. Other ingredients are oils so this will easily last a few months. Let me know how the recipe worked; happy crafting!

  2. Leroy

    Hi, could I use this daily as a face moisturiser?

    • Hi Leroy, yes you can use it as a moisturizer for face. However, it’s a bit greasy (as it’s meant to nourish the skin after it’s been exposed to the razor and treat razor burns as well). If you’re looking for something lighter, stick around as I’m working on a facial moisturizer you can use on a daily basis and it’s less greasy and soaks into the skin fast. Hope this helps, Kat

  3. Leroy

    That’s great, I look forward to it thanks!

  4. James

    Katja, thank you for such informative article!

    May I ask a silly question: if I use a much more limited set of ingredients, such as just shea butter and lavender essential oil, will that work well too, or do you think that wouldn’t be enough?

    • Hi James, you can use limited ingrediets 🙂 , but add limited lavender EO (a few drops). If you don’t mind slathering just shea and EO, go for it! Shea is ridiculously nourishing by itself, but it’s greasy and it takes a while to sink into the skin. I use it plain whenever I need to treat sores, burns, and stuff like that, so if tou’re also using it for razor burns, it works beautifully. I’d only recommend you use it before you go to bed, otherwise your face will appear shiny 🙂

  5. David Promnitz

    If I dont have the Apricot Kernel oil but have all the other ingredients would it still work ?

    • David, it would still work. You can substitute apricot kernel with more argan oil. Grapseed oil would work great as well if you happen to have it on hand. Let me know how it works for you!

      • David Promnitz

        thank you very much for the prompt reply would coconut oil work?

      • Well, I don’t really recommend coconut oil for face as it’s comedogenic and there are many other oils that do so much better for the skin (in my opinion and experience). You can stil give it a try if you want though, and leave a comment on how it works for you! Any feedback is always appreciated :).

    • David Promnitz

      Hi I took your advice and used more argan oil and WOW this balm is fantastic, the only problem I have is I have to make more as my sons and their wife/girlfriend and my wife are after it. Thank you very much for this recipe it is fantastic and really works.

      • Hey David, I’m thrilled you like it (and all your family alike :))! I regularly “borrow” it from my boyfriend too and he’s not too happy about that either, hehe. Thanks for your feedback! Happy crafting 🙂

  6. Tony

    Hello, I’m going to be making this with a few adjustments of my own. How many servings does this make?

    • Hi Tony, this will make about 120g (4oz) of balm. Happy crafting :)!

  7. MaryAnn

    Made this recipe for my husband who has very dry skin. He loved it. I gave samples to friends and they each requested a jar. And I had my driveway and walkway cleared of snow by my neighbor and his son – guess what they’re getting? Everyone loves it. Thank you for sharing.

    • Hi MaryAnn, thank you so much for such a lovely comment :). I’m thrilled you love the recipe!

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