You might remember this post on pre shave oil that I made for Jay. We’ve both been using it and have found that we’re constantly refilling the bottle. Jay has even said he wants to make his own mix next time! For the current mix I chose the following oils:
Lemon – this fresh-smelling citrus oil is a natural astringent with anti-fungal and detoxifying properties that are great for the skin.
Orange – just like lemon oil, orange oil has anti-fungal properties but is also anti-inflammatory and smells amazing.
Bergamot – another member of the citrus family, this oil is widely used in cosmetics for deodorising and aiding with the healing of scars and other skin marks.
Lavender – lavender is pretty much great for everything but here we’re focusing on shaving and this oil actually helps to heal nicks and cuts you might get while getting rid of facial or leg hair.
Carrier oils (very important as some oils can irritate skin if not diluted):
Olive – though it has a strong smell, it’s easily found in most kitchens and it’s a great moisturiser.
DIY Citrus Burst Pre-shave Oil
Makes 1 oz of pre-shave oil mix
2 tsp good quality olive oil
1 1/2 – 2 tsp melted organic coconut oil
5-7 drops each of lemon, orange, bergamot, and lavender essential oils
Combine and pour into a glass container. When ready to use, pour a small amount and rub between your hands before applying to your face or legs. I like to let the oils absorb a little before I lather with soap to shave.
What I love about using this oil is that it’s all natural and it leaves my skin feeling soft and healthy. And I absolutely love the way it smells – ah, citrus!
Keep oil away from direct light. Also, because bergamot, lemon, and orange oils are photosensitive (this means they react to light/UV rays) make sure you don’t expose your skin to sunlight after applying. This oil mix should only be used on the skin so please don’t ingest it. If you are pregnant or have medical conditions please check with your health care provider before using.
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