Creamy and Soothing DIY Aftershave Balm for Men

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Tired of irritated and dry skin on your face? Did you know there’s a natural and affordable option to commercial aftershave balms that you can make at home?

Today we’re making a beautiful yet soothing homemade after shave balm for men! I’ll show you how to make aftershave balm in a few easy steps and what are the best essential oils for men’s aftershave balm. The best thing about it is that you girls can use it too!

Let’s get to it!

Soothing DIY Aftershave Balm for Men

DIY Aftershave Balm for Men

DIY post shave balm was something I had on my to-do list but for some reason waited a long time to make.

But one morning, I realized that we ran out of body lotions and aftershave balms, and all other body products apart from washing stuff. I have no idea how did that happen, but it was winter and my legs were very dry and my boyfriend’s face, freshly shaved, was irritated and annoyed. And that’s how this DIY men’s aftershave balm came to be.

Mind you, I still use this on my legs every time I shave because it’s luxuriously creamy, gorgeous, and leaves the skin calm, gently fragrant, and nourished!

Keep in mind though that it contains oils and butters mostly, so it leaves the skin greasy. I call it a balm because it contains aloe vera gel, but if you omit that, you’ll get a creamy body butter that makes the skin greasy!

After all, this is…

Vegan aftershave balm

Easy to make

Resembles the creamiest frosting



What is an aftershave balm?

Generally, an aftershave balm, unlike the lotion or a splash, doesn’t contain any alcohol. Its purpose is to nourish and moisturize the skin.

An aftershave balm formulation normally contains carrier oils, such as coconut, castor, and argan. What’s more, it also contains vitamin E oil for skincare benefits and to help prevent the carrier oils from going rancid.

Overall, after shave balms are oil-based and while they can be emulsions, our recipe isn’t.

How do you make aftershave balm?

This is an easy recipe that’s great for any level of DIY, apart from the “serious formulator” level, because in that case you’ll just go and make a real pro-like balm. We’ll make it here someday too. Someday.

Now, like I said, this balm can easily become a butter if you omit aloe vera gel, and I don’t recommend doing that. 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.

The recipe for this balm is very easy. All you need to do is prepare the ingredients, soften (or melt) shea butter, and throw them all into a bowl, where you turn on your hand blender and whip the mixture until it forms soft peaks and resembles frosting. And that’s it!

Let’s have a look at the ingredients in the after shave balm recipe 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 healingsmoothing, 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 hazelnut oil, hemp seed oil, or rosehip seed oil.

Argan oil

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 skinprotects it, reduces inflammation, and gives it a healthy glow with its dose of antioxidants.

Comedogenic rating: 0

Aloe vera gel

This is a must-have in my house. I use it in summer all the time since it’s great for sunburnrashes, itchy skin, and inflammation.

Aloe vera promotes the healing process of the skinhydrates 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 even stretch marks (although it’s most effective when eaten).

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-inflammatorydisinfectantantiseptic, and antibacterial among other things.

It’s very effective when it comes to healing small wounds, cuts, acne, and skin infections. All of these make 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.

Sweet 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 antifungalantioxidantanti-inflammatory, and antibacterial. It cleanses the skin and has anti-aging properties.

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 skintreats acne, is anti-inflammatory, and can help reduce redness and irritated skin.

Cedarwood essential oil

Antiseptictonicastringent properties of cedarwood essential oil make it very beneficial for your skin. It prevents infectionsreduces 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!

Soothing DIY Aftershave Balm for Men



  1. Melt shea butter on low temperature
  2. Once melted, add carrier 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!


Make sure aloe vera gel is already preserved. By using a preserved water-based ingredient you’ll avoid mold and bacteria growing in your balm. You can’t use fresh aloe vera plant gel or aloe vera juice instead of the gel in the recipe.

What essential oils are good for after shaving?

Apart from the oils already used in the recipe, you can change the scent of your shea butter aftershave balm to your own (or your guy’s) preferences, if you’re not happy with essential oils I chose for the recipe. Here are some of the best oils to use in an aftershave balm:

  • Blue cypress oil
  • Blue tansy essential oil
  • sandalwood oil
  • German chamomile
  • Frankincense oil
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Tea tree essential oil

This is a simple aftershave balm that anyone can make. Combine and whip the ingredients and your skin will love it, especially in winter!

DIY Men’s skin care recipes

I don’t have that much in terms of DIY men’s beauty products, but you can find a complete list of the best oils for beard here. Also, men’s skincare recipes:

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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Soothing DIY Aftershave Balm for Men

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    1. 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!

      • 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 find the recipe here, it’s a gentle facial cream; you can substitute the floral essential oils with cedarwood, bergamot, or another scent of your taste!) you can use on a daily basis and it’s less greasy and soaks into the skin fast. Hope this helps, Kat

    2. 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 🙂

    3. 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 🙂

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

    5. 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.

    6. do you have any brand recommendations for the aloe vera gel? I can’t tell if it’s preserved or not!

    7. Tammie Cruz

      I’m curious as to why aloe vera juice cannot be used if a preservative is added

    8. Hi, thank you for sharing this recipe, im really looking forward to try it. Will it be possible to ommit the aloe vera gel. Would i need to add a preservative then ?

    9. Really wana try this. I own my own men’s salon in Eastern Pennsylvania. I opened on April 4th of this year. I now wana start making my own signature products including a pre/post shave balm. I’ve already formulated my shave whip and beard oil. It’s exciting. I really love this recipe you shared however I have a question. Is there any way of incorporating bees wax into it? If so what would the benefits be with it on the skin?? Would it make the consistency too thick?? Etc etc…

      • Hey Niel, sounds lovely! Good luck with your salon :). Yes, you could add beeswax into the recipe, but I can’t really tell you how much because I don’t know what’s effect you want to achieve. Beeswax will make the product greasier and thicker, but it could be very lovely for the skin. Try with 5g and work from there. Hope this helps!

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