03-20-2014, 06:50 AM
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  • jshnks
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The BIG howto.

When I started into wet shaving about a year ago, It was just a way to make shaving cheaper from the multi-cartridge razors. However like many of us here at shavenook, I just started accumulating more and more, razors here, soaps there etc etc.. There is a plethora of good products out there, Captain's Choice, Kramperts, Myrsol, MdC, Pre de Provence just to name a few. However, I love to DIY things when I can, so I thought to myself 'Hey lets try to make an aftershave!' At first, since I have a few things medically wrong with me, medically (parry-romberg syndrome) I thought I would try to market it, I figured I would probably never make enough to have surgery to fix my face, however I might have been able to make enough to fix my teeth that have decayed because of the tissue underneath dying. But after this long journey it has been so much fun that I just want to share with everyone what I have learned.

At first, I just scoured the internet looking for recipes which yeilded recipes that I really didn't like personally. Most had to do with just straight Witch Hazel, Aloe Vera Gel, and Essential Oils, and I particularly didn't like having to shake the bottle just to get the oils to mix with the water before each application so I looked further. I finally came across a post on another forum from the maker of the 'Fine' aftershave brand, as he is a believes in open source, and being open about his formula. And that's where I started.

My first recipe I tried was a complete knock-off of what he had posted.

70% SD-Alcohol 40b.
27-28% Water
2-3% Fragrance
and just a touch of menthol.

As much as this excited me when I first saw it, I knew I wanted to do more with it. So I tried..

70% SD-Alcohol 40b.
22% Water
5% Glycerin
3% Fragance
1% Menthol

Which felt a lot better with the added glycerin. But was too much menthol for me and at this point, I had picked up some Musgo Real, and knew I wanted some extra benefits But I couldn't figure out if I wanted to have a completly "natural" product or with some added chemicals. I chose to go natural at this point. So I tried..

60% SD-Alcohol 40b.
3.5% Water
15% Witch Hazel
15% Aloe Vera Juice NOT GEL!
5% Glycerin
1% Fragrance
.5% Menthol

This recipe was getting good, but I really wanted to try dropping the alcohol content even more, and since it was already getting close to the fragrance not mixing with the alcohol at 60% alcohol and 1% fragrance(oil doesnt mix with water!) So I knew that I would have to introduce some PEG 40 Hydronated Castor Oil.

45% SD-Alcohol 40b.
6.5% Water
20% Witch Hazel
20% Aloe Vera Juice NOT GEL!
5% Glycerin
2% PEG 40 Hydronated Castor Oil.
1% Fragrance
.5% Menthol

Now I love this recipe, the PEG 40 Hydronated Castor Oil felt like heaven on my face. Now I will say, that you can play with the PEG from 1 to 2% as I found it can feel a bit sticky if you use too much. However I still did some modifications.

45% SD-Alcohol 40b.
5.5% Water
20% Witch Hazel
20% Aloe Vera Juice NOT GEL!
5% Glycerin
2% PEG 40 Hydronated Castor Oil.
1% Fragrance
.5% Menthol
.5% Citric Acid
.5% Grapefruit Seed Extract

The reasons I added the citric acid was it brings the PH back into balance, and the grapefruit seed extract has a lot of benefits, just make sure you get a full strength GSE 60% GSE. Some of the benefits of GSE are but not limited too, Powerful natural antiseptic, Antiviral and anti-fungal agent, Promotes the healing of wounds and scar tissue, and also a PH adjuster.

First let me say that I can't stress enough to make sure you get Aloe Vera Juice and not Aloe Vera Gel, Also use SD-Alcohol 40b as it is a 200 proof perfumers alochol a rubbing alcohol wont work as well, plus the denturates in rubbing alcohol make the odur really hard to get rid of. As for mixing I measure everything out and put it into a jug/glass and shake or stir till everything is blended, and then filter and transfer to my final bottle. Another tip would be if you use the low low alcohol method, mix the menthol into the alcohol before hand, as it will mix easier in pure alcohol. Also if you feel like you need more menthol, just take away from the overall water content.

SOURCING.
Here are some links for you to check out.
SD-Alcohol 40b : https://www.saveonscents.com/advanced_se...ol&x=0&y=0
Witch Hazel : https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
Aloe Vera: http://www.vitacost.com/georges-always-a...OgodoksAZA
Glycerin : https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
Peg 40 HCO : http://www.makingcosmetics.com/PEG-40-Hy...p2152.html
Menthol Crystals : http://uspmentholcrystals.com/products-p...als-u-s-p/
Citric Acid : http://www.makingcosmetics.com/Citric-Acid-p29.html
GSE : http://www.fromnaturewithlove.com/soap/p...GSE60US413

I'll give you some links to some knock off perfume fragance oil sites, but I made my own essential oil combinations some good, some bad.

Essential Oils : http://www.edenbotanicals.com/
Perfume Oils : https://www.saveonscents.com/ | http://www.haywardenterprises.com/

I work for none of these companies, and you can most likely source these aside from a few things, locally.

I know most people dont want to DIY, but for those that do want to give this a shot, please remember to always support the community as well, as there are so many good products out already.

And if you all like this post enough, i'll do some more on Lotions, Balms, Waxes, and Soaps!
Have fun!

Joshua

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 03-20-2014, 07:44 AM
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Great info and thanks for posting! I've accumulated several lifetimes worth of hardware and now I'm moving into the software - looking to keep it under control and this will certainly helpBiggrin

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 03-20-2014, 11:47 AM
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  • OldDog23
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most interesting, and thanks for the links !!

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 03-20-2014, 01:59 PM
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  • Sanch
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First thanks for sharing, I oddly enough have had great luck with the GEL aloe vera 100% pure so why the cautionary statements? does it not dissolve properly for you? please elaborate...

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 03-20-2014, 02:33 PM
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  • jshnks
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Thanks for the question, and I will first say that I grow my own aloe plants and thats what I personally use being in a beach town in florida growing aloe is almost a must! Anyway anytime I would stop in at the local walgreens id look for some of the other ingredients and end up looking at the gels, all of them had some other ingredients in it like menthol alcohol etc etc I spose if you have pure 100 percent aloe gel go for it. Ive just never cound it here. The only time I seen 100% aloe was a juice at health food store. Long story short every aloe gel I have seen at a store had other ingredients the juice didnt have anything!

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 03-20-2014, 05:20 PM
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  • Sanch
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nice to know and thanks for the reply the label of the gel I use says 100% pure and the ingredients read as such I have seen the "juice" and shied away as in my mind I was thinking additives maybe I will have to try it thanks again!
(03-20-2014, 02:33 PM)jshnks Wrote: Thanks for the question, and I will first say that I grow my own aloe plants and thats what I personally use being in a beach town in florida growing aloe is almost a must! Anyway anytime I would stop in at the local walgreens id look for some of the other ingredients and end up looking at the gels, all of them had some other ingredients in it like menthol alcohol etc etc I spose if you have pure 100 percent aloe gel go for it. Ive just never cound it here. The only time I seen 100% aloe was a juice at health food store. Long story short every aloe gel I have seen at a store had other ingredients the juice didnt have anything!

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 04-05-2014, 06:21 AM
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This is exactly what I wanted Smile

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