Natural Pre-Shave Oil

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One such useful DIY I came across one morning was for pre-shave oil. Pre-shave oil? I’d never heard of such a thing. I read the post and saw that it was designed for men, so of course I decided to use Jay as a guinea pig. Oh the benefits of being married to a crafter…

For this particular project I didn’t write it down on my “to-do someday” list (read also: pin it for later and forget about it). Instead, I looked at the ingredients: castor oil, olive oil, and choice of essential oils. I didn’t have castor oil so I did a quick search for alternatives. Almond oil, which I already had, was one of them. Basically you want a carrier oil that is safe on skin and is primarily used directly on skin.

Of course I already had olive oil and for essential oils I decided on lavender and lemon. *Note: the only caution with using lemon oil is you shouldn’t apply and then immediately go out in direct sun (or tanning bed) because it will apparently burn your skin. I haven’t tried this, nor do I want to, so just be aware of this. Of course, you can always use another essential oil, just make sure it’s safe to use on skin.


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For my first attempt at making pre-shave oil, I went for a very small batch.

Pre-shave Oil

2 tbsp almond oil

1 tbsp olive oil

15 drops essential oil: 10 drops lavender and 5 drops lemon

Mix together and pour into small glass jar, preferably one made of dark coloured glass (to keep the oil out of direct light).

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To use, rub a small amount of oil onto face (or legs), leave it on for about a minute and I like to rinse the oil off very briefly before lathering and shaving but you can skip the rinse and shave away.

I’m happy to say that Jay loves his pre-shave oil and has, on different occasions, said the following:

“This oil somehow keeps a nice lather on my face.”

“I seem to get a smoother, closer shave.”

“Smells nice!”

I decided to give it a try myself, on my legs of course, and they felt so smooth after. Once this batch is done I’ll definitely be making another larger batch.

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