Pre-Shave Oil & DIY After Shave Spray for Men

Does your guy have a skincare routine or does he neglect his skin? An easy way for men to keep their skin healthy is by adding nourishing pre-shave oil and DIY after shave spray to their skincare routine. These recipes are simple, easy, and can be used by both guys and gals!

DIY After Shave Spray

Just make sure they use an after shave spray that’s going to keep their skin hydrated, moisturized, and looking great! The pre-shave oil and after shave spray will add very little time to their skincare routine but will have major benefits, especially for those who struggle with any skin issues.

This shaving set will help get your man’s beard ready for shaving and help soothe and moisturize it after the shave is over.

This set avoids razor burn and shaving irritation by conditioning, moisturizing, and soothing the delicate skin tissue on the face, before and after shaving, with witch hazel and aloe. It also calms skin after shaving, invigorates without the use of alcohol, and its subtle scent refreshes like nothing else.

Use these recipes just about anywhere you shave but the face typically needs a little more TLC. It’s truly the best preshave oil and DIY after shave spray recipes ever!

These two recipes smell incredible—a combination of cedar and citrus—a manly, earthy smell, making them a great DIY Father’s Day gift or DIY birthday gift for your favorite guy!

Pre-Shave Oil & DIY After Shave Spray for Men

DIY After Shave Spray

The amazing skin-nourishing and skin-moisturizing ingredients are what make this preshave oil and DIY after shave spray work so well.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower oil is a great source of vitamin E plus it’s rich in antioxidants and nutrients, making it effective in combating skincare issues like acne, inflammation, skin irritation and redness. It also has emollient properties that help your skin to retain its moisture.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is packed with antioxidants that work to fight skin damage caused by free radicals (the bad guys) and protect your skin against harmful UV rays. It’s also super moisturizing—leaving your skin barrier extra smooth and soft—and it prevents premature aging! (Remember that whole antioxidant thing?!)

Despite its benefits, olive oil does have the potential to clog pores so it isn’t recommended as a moisturizer, especially if your skin is prone to acne. But it works great as a pre-shave oil that’s rinsed off afterwards.

Coconut Oil

All the hype surrounding coconut oil is kinda true. It’s your one-stop shop for having amazing skin and hair! Coconut oil reduces inflammation, repairs and restores skin, keeps skin moisturized by slowing down evaporation, and helps heal wounds. It also possesses antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne, protect the skin from harmful bacteria, and help maintain your skin’s natural flora—which is the good bacteria!

Coconut oil contains Vitamin E and essential amino acids, and is quite light as an oil so it soaks into skin well without feeling greasy. It’s also likely to clog pores and cause blackheads so if your guy is prone to acne or blemishes, he should avoid regular use on the face as a moisturizer. But as a preshave oil it’s OK to use.

Avocado Oil 

Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids, which give you a plumper, more youthful look by helping your skin stay smooth, strong and elastic. It’s also excellent for moisturizing the skin and has been shown to help skin conditions like psoriasis.

In addition to being packed with vitamins B and E, avocado oil also contains potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients that nourish, soothe and moisturize the skin. Plus using avocado oil doesn’t leave a greasy feeling behind!

Witch Hazel 

Witch hazel is an all-natural toner that’s great for the skin. It’s a strong antioxidant and astringent. Not only does it remove excess dirt and oil from your skin, it shrinks your pores, tightens and tones, and helps fight acne and eczema. It also nourishes dry skin, reduces inflammation, and promotes the healing of cuts and bruises. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, witch hazel soothes skin and prevents razor burn—making it a great addition to a DIY after shave spray!

Witch hazel’s antioxidant properties can help fight premature aging by preventing free radical damage to skin from sun exposure and by protecting skin’s elasticity and collagen.

Aloe Vera 

Aloe vera is a miracle skincare ingredient! It’s an amazing natural moisturizer that can be used to reduce skin irritation and inflammation caused by acne and eczema.

Aloe is ideal for sunburned or irritated skin. It features cooling properties that are soothing for skin that’s razor burned. The immediate relief you get if you have razor burn or after spending the day in the sun is one reason why aloe is a must-have ingredient in this DIY after shave spray!

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E has a range of benefits, making it a staple in skincare products. It’s believed to have hydrating and protective properties for the skin as well as the ability to prevent premature aging. It heals and moisturizes skin by locking in moisture and keeping your skin happy and hydrated—even if your skin is dry. It also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be soothing and calming to irritated or razor burned skin.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, a natural barrier to the sun. It protects your skin by fighting off free radicals (remember, those bad guys!) from daily environmental stressors such as the sun’s harmful UV rays and air pollution. By fighting off these bad guys, vitamin E protects your skin from damage by breaking down the collagen that keeps your skin smooth and bouncy.

Bergamot and Cedarwood Essential Oils 

Bergamot essential oil is helpful if you struggle with oily skin, have uneven skin tone, or a dull, dry complexion. It’s a natural cleanser that removes dirt and impurities, unclogs pores, and balances oily skin. On top of that, it combines easily with other essential oils, making it a no-brainer for natural skin care formulas.

It also helps to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth. And its clean and refreshing citrus scent enlivens and eases the mind. Bergamot oil does, however, have a slight tendency to increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so always wear sunscreen when using it.

Cedarwood is an amazing oil for skin because of its toning, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. It’s also an astringent that’s effective in helping acne-prone skin plus treating minor wounds.

Cedarwood essential oil is a common ingredient in natural aftershave—not only does it have a unisex scent with calming and sedating effects on the mind, it also calms razor bumps and pimples as well as reduces oil production, a great benefit when you have razor burn or other skin issues.

DIY Pre-Shave Oil 

Preshave Oil

Using pre-shave oil before you shave helps to minimize razor burn and skin irritation associated with shaving.  Pre-shave oil doesn’t have to be expensive. And making your own natural DIY pre-shave oil with this simple recipe will help you save money and your face. This coconut oil-based pre-shave oil blend is light and won’t clog razors. You’ll be amazed how easily the razor glides and how soft your skin feels without any nicks or cuts.

This blend of oils is nourishing for both the skin and hair, and it works well on all skin types. It’s ideal for use on all areas, including the face, legs, underarms, and groin region. You can choose to leave the recipe unscented or simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for a custom blend. I used a combination of cedarwood and bergamot essential oils because they smell incredible and it’s a scent that both men and women love!


Preshave Oil

  • 1/2 ounce sunflower oil
  • 1/2 ounce olive oil
  • 1/2 ounce coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 ounce avocado oil (castor oil also works great)
  • 3-5 drops each bergamot and cedarwood essential oils (optional)


1. Add sunflower oil, olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, and essential oils (optional) to the two-ounce bottle. 

Preshave Oil

2. Close bottle cap tightly. 

3. Gently roll the bottle between your palms for approximately five to ten seconds. 

How To Use

Place a small amount (about the size of a dime) of pre-shave oil into your hands and rub evenly into the beard or over cleansed area to be shaved. Use straight or lather up with shaving cream or gel on top of the oil and shave as usual.  After shaving, rinse area thoroughly with cool water and gently pat dry with a towel.

Note: Be sure to wipe hands after applying as they will be greasy.

Store your pre-shave oil in a cool area, away from direct sunlight.

DIY After Shave Spray

DIY After Shave Spray

Thanks to the witch hazel and aloe vera, all the guys in your life—dads, husbands, brothers, uncles, grandpas, sons, fathers-in-law—will love the skin soothing, moisturizing, and softening properties of this DIY after shave spray. They will also love its rich earthy smell.

It’s incredibly easy to make, and it uses just a few natural ingredients including a blend of incredibly-smelling essential oils that make it even better than anything you can buy at the store! It’s the perfect gift for the guy in your life—one that calms his skin after shaving, invigorates his skin without the use of alcohol, and has a subtle woodsy scent that’s refreshing.

If you have ever wondered what makes an aftershave different from a facial moisturizer, wonder no more. Aftershave has both antiseptic and astringent properties while most moisturizers don’t. The antiseptic properties are necessary to prevent any infection while the astringent properties help calm the irritation that may result from shaving. This DIY aftershave spray has both antiseptic and astringent properties thanks to the cedarwood essential oil. So this is a DIY gift that dad, hubby, brother, son, or grandpa can really use!


DIY After Shave Spray

  • 1 ounce alcohol-free witch hazel
  • 1/2 ounce aloe vera gel
  • 1/2 teaspoonful coconut oil, melted
  • 2-3 drops vitamin E oil
  • 4-6 drops each bergamot and cedarwood essential oils (optional)


1. In a small glass bowl, mix together the witch hazel and aloe vera gel until they’re fully combined.

DIY After Shave Spray

2. Add in the coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Whisk well until the ingredients are completely incorporated.

DIY After Shave Spray

3. Transfer the mixture into your spray bottle.

How To Use

Shake the bottle well and spritz a little bit on face or skin after shaving to nourish, moisturize, and soothe. And to add an incredibly-smelling subtle scent! You can also choose to store this spray in a 2-ounce glass jar. Just pat the DIY aftershave spray on with clean fingers. My hubby prefers the spray bottle as he finds it more convenient.

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DIY After Shave Spray

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