How to Use Essential Oils for the Perfect Shave
Do you know that essential oils such as chamomile oil and sandalwood oil can help you get a closer, smoother shave? Many of the same essential oils that people use for stress relief have serious benefits for your skin, making them a great addition to a wet shaving routine.
Whether you shave with a safety razor or a cartridge razor and use canned shaving cream or bar soap, adding a few inexpensive essential oils to your morning shave can help you reduce razor burn and get a closer, cleaner shave.
Use essential oils as a DIY shaving cream
When paired with a natural butter, essential oils can be used to formulate your own homemade shaving cream. This is a great option if you have sensitive skin that reacts poorly to commercial shaving gels and creams sold in supermarkets.
Making your own shaving cream with essential oils is simple. Start with a fatty compound, such as shea butter or coconut oil. We recommend a third of a cup of shea butter and a third of a cup of coconut oil for a good DIY shaving cream base.
From here, add five to eight drops of sandalwood oil, peppermint oil and tea tree oil to your mix of ingredients. Blend the ingredients together (if you live in a cool climate, you’ll need to gently heat the coconut oil first) to produce a smooth, 100% natural shaving cream.
Switching from commercial shaving cream to a homemade alternative is a fantastic way to get rid of the effects of razor burn. Since this formula uses peppermint oil, it also gives you a fresh, minty scent that certainly beats the chemical odor of most canned shaving creams.
Finally, the combination of sandalwood oil and tea tree oil soften your skin and reduce the risks of your daily shave leading to ingrown hairs. Try this homemade shaving cream for a noticeable reduction in razor burn and a smoother, closer and irritation-free shave every morning.
By the way, this formula doesn’t just work for men -- women with sensitive skin can also use this DIY essential oil shaving cream to simplify shaving. Just omit the peppermint oil, which gives the formula its masculine scent.
Use essential oils to prep your skin for shaving
If you aren’t quite ready to make your own shaving cream, you can still use essential oils to get a better, smoother shave by using them to prepare your skin before shaving.
Sandalwood oil is one of the most popular ingredients in most men’s pre-shave formulas, and for good reason -- it’s an excellent oil for both softening your skin and conditioning your beard hair before you start using your razor.
For a simple, inexpensive pre-shave formula alternative, rub five to ten drops of sandalwood oil into your skin after you’ve moistened your skin but before you’ve applied shaving cream to your face. Give it one to two minutes to soak into your skin, then apply your shaving cream as usual.
Use essential oils as a homemade aftershave
Most commercial aftershaves are filled with chemicals and formulated largely using alcohol. This is what causes them to sting when they’re applied to your skin after a shave, especially one that produces cuts and burns in your skin.
By mixing a few essential oils, you can create a homemade aftershave that’s better for your skin and less likely to sting than any commercial formula.
For a cleansing, moisturising aftershave, mix the following essential oils and organic ingredients:
- One cup of almond oil
- Half a cup of aloe vera juice
- Seven to 10 drops of neroli oil
- Seven to 10 drops of palmarosa oil
- Seven to 10 drops of patchouli oil
This creates a thick aftershave formula that heals shaving cuts quickly and prevents your facial skin from drying out after you finish shaving. If you prefer a thinner formula, you can add a cup of water to produce a less intense aftershave that’s ideal for daily application.
Used right, essential oils can help you get the perfect shave
Many of the commercial products that are marketed as giving you the perfect shave do the total opposite in practice, contributing to razor burn, dry skin and discomfort due to the use of alcohol and other chemical substances.When used right, the essential oils we’ve listed above can help you get a smoother, softer and closer shave. Better yet, they’ll help you get a flawless shave without the huge retail price of a commercial shaving cream or aftershave formula.