07-01-2013, 07:42 AM
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I recently bought some Creed men's fragrances from one of our forum members. I love the scents, but my skin simply does not tolerate their high (10-20%) concentration of aromatic compounds (essential oils). So I am going to try to convert a small volume of one of them into an aftershave lotion. I hope not to waste the precious Creed.

Some aloe vera gel (actually a thick liquid) has arrived from eBay, so today I'll try mixing up an aftershave using the basic diluting formula C1V1 = C2V2. I'll start with 10ml (V1) of the 15% stock (C1) and mix it with 45ml of the diluent concoction to give a final volume (V2) of 55ml with a concentration (C2) of about 2.7%, pretty typical for aftershaves. The diluent will be made up of 25ml glycerine, 10ml unscented balm or distilled water, 5ml aloe vera, and 5ml witch hazel (those proportions based on a recipe I found somewhere here on one of the forums). Since I'm not adding more alcohol, I won't have to age the final product before using it.
Stay tuned.

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 07-01-2013, 07:56 AM
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I hope it goes well for you John!

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 07-01-2013, 08:31 AM
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Does your wife know you are playing with chemicals again?

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 07-01-2013, 08:56 AM
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I thought I needed inspiration, so I had some of our special Kona beans this morning. Two cups and the cosmos is mine.
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 07-01-2013, 11:50 AM
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Hope the experiment works out for you, John!

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 07-01-2013, 02:04 PM
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Well, I mixed up some Himalaya and some Original Santal, about 55ml of each. They smell great in the bottles. I'll try them as splash aftershaves in the next few days.

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 07-01-2013, 03:08 PM
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Very interesting John.

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 07-04-2013, 09:07 AM
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I tried the homemade Himalaya aftershave lotion for the first time this morning. It was actually pretty soothing and smells excellent. Now we'll just have to see how long the scent lasts and whether or not it causes itching or rash.
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 07-04-2013, 05:46 PM
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Keep us posted Smile this sounds good to me.

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 07-04-2013, 11:05 PM
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Definitely an interesting idea. Have you thought about mixing them with witch hazel instead? Maybe something a bit less heavy than aloe gel?

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 07-05-2013, 08:33 AM
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(07-04-2013, 11:05 PM)BarristerN_Mann Wrote: Definitely an interesting idea. Have you thought about mixing them with witch hazel instead? Maybe something a bit less heavy than aloe gel?

They do have some witch hazel in them. And actually, the first two came out quite liquid and light, probably because I used distilled water instead of unscented balm and because the pure aloe is actually a liquid rather than a true gel. And I find the aloe to be quite soothing. Sometime in the future I'll probably try making one or two even thicker by using balm instead of water, although I generally prefer splashes to balms.

The first one I tried yesterday, Himalaya, had a scent that lasted 2-3 hours and caused me no skin irritation at all. I'll try the Original Santal tomorrow.

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 07-07-2013, 09:11 AM
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The Original Santal aftershave yesterday had a wonderful scent that lasted a couple hours, it was soothing, and it caused no rash. Overall I'd call these a success; I really like them, anyway. My gratitude to whoever first posted the recipe for conversion. I'll continue to try this with the Green Irish Tweed and Silver Mountain Water.

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 07-07-2013, 10:14 AM
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John,would you suggest the same formula if using "regular" edts? Don't have (or expect to get) any Creeds, but might like to create an aftershave splash out of something like Rive Gauche (or others). Do not know what the concentration of essential oils would be in these compared to what you say of Creed.

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 07-07-2013, 10:36 AM
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(07-07-2013, 10:14 AM)john parker Wrote: John,would you suggest the same formula if using "regular" edts? Don't have (or expect to get) any Creeds, but might like to create an aftershave splash out of something like Rive Gauche (or others). Do not know what the concentration of essential oils would be in these compared to what you say of Creed.

Creeds are classified as eau de parfums, which typically have concentrations of aromatics of around 8-15%, although a Creed representative told me theirs are 12-25%. I used a concentration of 15% for the stock in my calculations, with a target of 3% in the aftershave. Most eau de toilettes have a concentration of 4-8%. So to use one of them, figuring for a stock of around 5%, I'd suggest adjusting your recipe to 30ml EdT, 12ml glycerine, 4 ml distilled water (or unscented balm), 2ml pure aloe vera gel, and 2ml witch hazel, to make about 50ml of the aftershave. Shake well.

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 07-07-2013, 11:46 AM
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(07-07-2013, 10:36 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote:
(07-07-2013, 10:14 AM)john parker Wrote: John,would you suggest the same formula if using "regular" edts? Don't have (or expect to get) any Creeds, but might like to create an aftershave splash out of something like Rive Gauche (or others). Do not know what the concentration of essential oils would be in these compared to what you say of Creed.

Creeds are classified as eau de parfums, which typically have concentrations of aromatics of around 8-15%, although a Creed representative told me theirs are 12-25%. I used a concentration of 15% for the stock in my calculations, with a target of 3% in the aftershave. Most eau de toilettes have a concentration of 4-8%. So to use one of them, figuring for a stock of around 5%, I'd suggest adjusting your recipe to 30ml EdT, 12ml glycerine, 4 ml distilled water (or unscented balm), 2ml pure aloe vera gel, and 2ml witch hazel, to make about 50ml of the aftershave. Shake well.

Thank you, sir!!

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 07-07-2013, 11:51 AM
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(07-07-2013, 11:46 AM)john parker Wrote: Thank you, sir!!

You're quite welcome. Please report on your experience if you make some aftershave from EdT.

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 07-07-2013, 04:54 PM
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Thank you John. Looks to be simple enough even I could try it.

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 07-07-2013, 05:04 PM
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Actually, after thinking a little more about it, I guess I'd recommend halving the volumes I gave above so as to make just 25ml total aftershave. That way, if you don't like it for some reason, you've only "wasted" 15ml of the EdT. That makes the measurements a little more difficult, but you can get graduated plastic 3ml titrating pipettes, which allow for measuring one ml at a time, at 10 for less than $4 on eBay.

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 07-09-2013, 04:31 PM
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Thank You for the post.

I am impressed with the calculations and the desire to modify the product to fit your needs.

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 07-09-2013, 04:41 PM
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(07-09-2013, 04:31 PM)Grumpy Wrote: I am impressed with the calculations and the desire to modify the product to fit your needs.

Sitting through those algebra classes so long ago was worth it after all....

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