Easy Homemade Aftershave Recipe

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Easy Homemade Aftershave Recipe

I have been making homemade aftershave for Mike for the last 18 years. It’s so simple! Now whenever he needs more aftershave he just sets the bottle on the counter and I know it’s time to make more homemade aftershave!

Here’s our favorite homemade aftershave recipe. I just put it in an old aftershave bottle and then I’m done. If you don’t have an old aftershave bottle you could put the homemade aftershave in a small jar with a lid, a spray bottle to spray it on, or in a small squirt bottle.

Easy Homemade aftershave

Homemade Aftershave Recipe

1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. cologne, more or less*

Mix rubbing alcohol and water. Add favorite cologne. I just put several squirts in the mixture until it looks like about a teaspoon or two.

*Or add one or two little cotton cologne samples (like Avon samples).

I use and old aftershave bottle like this.

Do It Yourself After Shave Recipe


With this kind the lid just pops off. The first time you might have to use a pair of pliers but after that it’s loose enough that you can just pop it off with your hands if you pull firmly.Do It Yourself Aftershave Recipe

Spray about 20 squirts in the bottle until there is about 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite cologne.

Homemade Aftershave Recipe

Then add the water and alcohol. I just pour about 1/3 bottle of alcohol and then fill to the top with water. Pop the lid back on and you have aftershave for about 20 cents!!!

Homemade Aftershave Recipe

By the way, I think we’ve been using this same bottle for 6-8 years now.


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  1. Joy says

    Wow…that’s way cool….we’ve been looking for make your own as hubby is allergic to the strong smelly store kind…

  2. Lorri says

    I would probably substitute the water in this recipe with witch hazel. Witch hazel is a wonderful, inexpensive astringent. We use it all the time for our face, or on scrapes and bug bites, on sunburns or after we shave our legs. (Note: a soaked cotton ball/pad held in place for a minute or so also helps soothe and shrink hemorrhoids)

  3. JAMES R. says

    why the cologne? Why not essential oils or something of that nature? Now keep in mind, that all this homemade stuff lifestyle is all new to me…I’m totally uneducated about all this…

    I will say one thing though, it sounds fantastic, & anything that can keep more of my money away from the corporate monsters & the government, I’m all for it.

    • says

      You could probably use essential oil but usually men’s scents have more masculine smells to them then what you can readily find in essential oils plus we love layer scents. For example women will use lotion in a scent then layer it with perfume or powder to help make it last longer etc. With guys you can the same scent in your aftershave and cologne so nothing clashes.


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