Groom Like a Grownup – Make Your Own Pre-Shave Oil

After that rant I gave on wet shaving, I thought I’d share a little DIY trick that could make a world of difference to your face and how effective your shave is; a pre-shave oil.

A very popular yet expensive lavender pre-shave oil is sold at the Art of Shaving for $25 for 2 ounces. It contains 3 ingredients and nothing more.

You can make more than 12 ounces of the exact same essential oil pre-shave oil (with the same ingredients) at home in less than 3 minutes and for less than $20! This will last you about 6 months. Here’s how.

Acquire your 3 ingredients:

1 part Castor oil: $3 at Publix for 6 oz. (Next to the mineral oil/digestive remedies in the medicine aisle.)

1 part olive oil: Buy mid-range virgin olive oil. Price varies.

15 drops Lavender essential oil (sold in the nutrient/vitamin aisle at Publix, CVS, Walgreens for about $10 for 30 ml.)

For the size of the bottle you want to use, your measurements may vary. I havev the 2 oz. bottle of AOS lavender pre-shave oil, so I use 1 oz castor oil, 1 oz olive oil, and 15 drops of lavender essential oil. You may want to use less or more essential oil depending on your preference.

In a small container (I use a tea cup) combine all 3 ingredients, then pour carefully into your glass shave oil bottle.

Once prepared, apply a damp hot washcloth to to your face for a minute or so then,apply a small amount of your shave oil to your face, rub it in, then go ahead with your normal shave routine. That’s it. The natural emollient oils along with the essential oil help soften the skin and open up your pores for a close and comfortable shave with fewer nicks. Enjoy your luxurious shave!

Olive oil and castor oil provide a safe and natural lubricant for a close shave, while lavender soothes skin and smells fantastic. You may want to experiment with other essential oils like clary sage, orange, rosemary, or tea tree oil. All of which can be purchased at or my favorite soap making store.
Just make sure to read the descriptions and uses for each essential oil so you know you’re using one that’s that’s safe for your skin type.

Try it out, see if this little recipe can help you smoothen the places on your face you want to be smooth, and please comment below and let us know if this helped you keep looking like a grownup.

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Richard Buznego

Punk rock stepdad. Plays rock and roll, works retail, wears bow ties.

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