04-30-2012, 12:15 PM
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I have been using this recipe for over 2 years and I think it works quite well and you are able to adjust the amounts to best meet your personal skin needs and preference.

8 ounces of Witch Hazel
3 ounces of Vaseline 100% Aloe Vera Moisturizing gel
3 to 4 Full Tablespoons of Vegetable base Glycerin
2 Full Tablespoons of your favorite aftershave I like Aqua Velva Ice Blue, or Old Spice and Aramis.

Mix in the above order and shake prior to use. Glycerin creates a sticky feeling to the skin so adjust it to a lower amount to reduce the sticky feel, but remember you should feel at least a hint of that stickiness. You can also add Vitamin E oil by cutting open several capsules and squeezing the oil into the mixture. Give it a try.

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 05-01-2012, 05:50 PM
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That's a lot of glycerin.

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 05-02-2012, 05:15 AM
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(05-01-2012, 05:50 PM)Johnny9 Wrote:  That's a lot of glycerin.

Yeah I realize it is more than what most people would prefer, but I get the best results for my skin with a large amount of glycerin added. You can adjust the recipe to several drops of glycerin until you reach the amount that you prefer.

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 05-02-2012, 06:12 AM
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(05-02-2012, 05:15 AM)mctmatt Wrote:  
(05-01-2012, 05:50 PM)Johnny9 Wrote:  That's a lot of glycerin.

Yeah I realize it is more than what most people would prefer, but I get the best results for my skin with a large amount of glycerin added. You can adjust the recipe to several drops of glycerin until you reach the amount that you prefer.

I'll give it a try, it's a simple recipe. I'll make a small batch with Proraso and one with Alt Innsbruck. My skin is complicated, some days it wants to be dry some days oily, but it's always sensitive. LOL

I've never tried the Skin Food because of the price. Maybe I'll break down one day and give it a shot.

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 05-22-2012, 06:33 PM
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My grandfather swears by a mixture of Corn Huskers and Skin Bracer

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 05-22-2012, 08:16 PM
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What's nice about this is that you can control how much of each ingredient you like. Good job on this!

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 05-23-2012, 06:07 AM
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I have been using more of my homemade skin food and I even added several splashes of Osage Rub to the mix that also includes Ice Blue Aqua Velva just for an added menthol kick. My skin has really responded well to this homemade mix. I have tinkered with it a little more added some more aloe gel, more cut up vitamin E oil tablets and little more Aqua Velva. I just make sure that I shake it up real good before every use. One benefit I have noticed is that after this is applied and dries on my face I then like to follow up with a small amount of aftershave balm. The glycerin in the skin food helps to draw in and retain the moisture from what ever balm, gel, or post shave cream I decide to use.

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 05-25-2012, 07:23 PM
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Sounds interesting. I normally use plain aloe juice or plain witchhazel instead of the gel as I find the gel sticky.

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 05-25-2012, 07:27 PM
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(05-22-2012, 06:33 PM)cryhavoc Wrote:  My grandfather swears by a mixture of Corn Huskers and Skin Bracer

I've heard Corn Huskers mentioned before to make your own skin food - it's supposed to work very well.

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 05-25-2012, 10:23 PM
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I mix a small spalash of cornhuskers with bayrums with good results , not quite as good as skin food but darn close

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 05-26-2012, 11:31 AM
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(05-25-2012, 07:23 PM)soapbuddy Wrote:  Sounds interesting. I normally use plain aloe juice or plain witchhazel instead of the gel as I find the gel sticky.

The gel was what I had already at the house and I just wanted it to add a little thickness to my mixture. I do now have some aloe vera juice and I use a few drops in this mix, but I still add the gel. Just my personal preference nothing more.

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