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It seems logical for my first aromatherapy blog post to be about the very first product I made using my aromatherapy kit. Making a shave oil from essential and carrier oils is really easy, it achieves great results and will also save you money!
To make my own shave oil I just add 20 drops of essential oil to 40ml of carrier oil and shake the bottle to mix. I normally use the following oils:
What we are really looking for here are carrier oils which have a light texture and are easily absorbed. We don’t want anything too thick and greasy.
These essential oils have great therapeutic properties for the skin including; antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-depressant, de-toxifying, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory etc etc.
It’s also worth considering your skin type (oily/combination/normal/ageing etc) when determining which essential oils to use. For example, Ylang Ylang is good for oily skin where as rose is good for dry skin.
Making your own shave oil means that you won’t be putting any nasties on your face which are included in the shop bought gels and creams and it has been proven that shaving with an oil is better for your skin and should cause less irritation. I use to spend a lot of money on skin products after an x-girlfriend got me into the fancy brands but I have to say that this simple shave oil is at least as good as the best I’ve tried. I no longer suffer from shaving rash on my neck and my skin feels really smooth.
I would advise decanting the oil mixture into a brown glass bottle with a pipette lid for easy and controlled usage. If possible store somewhere dark and out of direct sunlight, such as a bathroom cabinet.