There’s something about a jug of infused water in the fridge.
Maybe it’s the colors.
Maybe it’s the sound of crushed ice in a long drink glass.
Maybe it’s the fact that it’s hyped and everyone’s doing it and I feel part of a bigger purpose in this universe when I brew my own magical happy potions.
At any rate, here’s my fav ones!
(Put each of these in the fridge for a good 4-6 hours to achieve full flavor powarrrr!)
1. Mint & Citrus: herby and sharp
Add your ice, your stuff, your liquids and gulp!
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Ah man you know what feeling I love? Having razor burns and then showering.
NO. NO I don’t.
The main reason for razor burns is the hair being too rough, and the skin being too dry. Imagine dragging a blade over dry earth, you get stuck behind the uneven parts, and take some of the surface with you. Not healthy for your skin and not comfortable either!
Aka we need an emolient, something to soften up the skin before we shave, and to make the razor glide over or skin as we shave!
I love just getting a shaving cream sometimes, it’s handy, stays good for ages, and is easy to store. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean they’re as good for your skin as their completely natural DIY counterparts. There’s tons of crap in commercial creams, plain and simple. Sorbitol for example, because natural glycerin is “too expensive”.
Well here’s some recipes to try out for yourself! Oils and creams galore, depends on what you like!
I enjoy the infused oil, and wax recipes the most. They’re easy and do their job!
First of all, scrubbing is essential for a really close shave without razor burns! Especially for a beard! There are tons of natural DIY scrubs, or just get one at your local drugstore.
If you use something like my sugar scrub though, with oil in it, you can double it up as a lubricant for shaving as well!
Rinse your skin with water (warm if you can, that softens your skin up even more) to remove the sugar, and shave!
You can use grapeseed, castor, almond, sunflower, coconut, baby, extra virgin olive oil, any oil you like! Natural oils work great for softening up the skin, and making your razor glide right over.
There’s different ways of doing this, let’s do the “hard” one first:
- Dried herbs (they make your oil stay fresh longer)
- Olive oil (or any other oil, I love using olive oil though because it’s been used since early times, even in bath water in Greece!)
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, pour everything into a bowl, turn off the oven and place it in there for a couple of hours.
When everything is soaked up nicely, get the oil into a jar by pushing it out of the herbs.
Then the easy way:
- Essential oils
- Olive oil (or again any other oils)
Mix them up, done!
Keep it in the refridgerator, and it’ll stay good for months on end! (if you used an oil that became hard in the fridge, just warm it up in your hands before using it)
Oils are so nice and economical to use, just wet the area where you need to shave, add a few drops of oil, let it sink in for a couple of minutes, shave, and rinse!
You’ll smell good too, hmmm…
Your normal moisturizer works great, one with aloe or roses in it would be even better, those soothe the skin even more. Works just the same as oils, let it soak in and ready to razor!
Another thing you can try, is hair conditioner!
First of all, you can use soap. However that’s not as moisturising, this is:
- 8 ounces grated castile soap
- 8 ounces rose water
- 2 ounces cocoa butter
- 4 ounces of liquid vegetable glycerin (available at drugstores and pharmacies)
Add essential oils to this as well if you like!
Soak the soap in the rose water overnight. Heat the cocoa butter and glyerin so that they melt, then remove from the heat and add the soap mixture. Blend those all together with a mixer and done!
As with all fresh products, store in your refrigerator.
What herbs/essential oils to add
Anything you like really, but here are some suggestions:
- Rose: soothes, antiseptic
- Helichrysum: strong anti-inflammatory, pain relief, heals bruises
- Jojoba: soothes, balances
- Calendula: wound healing
- Rosemary: healing scars
If you have problems with acne, try adding some of these to your face-treatments:
- Tamanu oil: heal skin damage
- Rosehip: healing, reduce wrinkles, fights redness
- Emu oil: healing, pain, anti-infammatory
- Lavender: balances, great for combination skin, heals
- Neroli oil: against scarring
- Sage oil (don’t use when pregnant, dilute it, and look up if it’s suited for you first): anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, you name it. Extremely potent oil.
- Tea tree: anti-bacterial, great for face oils or underarms (no bacteria = no smell!)
- Olive oil: vitamin e, antioxidants
- Peppermint oil: vitamin a, against irritation
- Green tea: powerful antioxidant
- Aloe vera: soothes, cooling, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial
- Camomile oil: calm skin, tissue regeneration
- Mandarin oil: helps heal, improves circulation (and smells great!)
- Sandalwood oil: natural remedy for scars (expensive though)
- Frankincense oil: disinfectant, astingent
These can be found in organic stores! You can add them to millions of things, but i’ll keep that for another post haha!
Making your own wax
One more thing, for those of us who don’t like to shave, I make my wax myself!
It’s a sugar wax, i’m sure a lot of people are familiar with this recipe:
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp water
Put this on the stove and let it simmer for 45 minutes to make the sugar caramelize.
This washes off so easily as well, unlike hard wax!
Learning about essential oils is a passion of mine, tell me your favorites below! :)