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DIY: Whipped Aftershave Balm

abykm91 April 19, 2013

Written by Nina

I remember begging my mom to let me shave my legs. I was in the 6th grade and felt embarrassed whenever I wore shorts around my friends. They always had silky-smooth legs, a stark contrast to my hairy ones, which were ever-so-noticable thanks to the dark hair caused by my Latina genes.

My mom told me no, saying that I would just scar up my legs if I did. My 6th-grade response? “I don’t care! I can’t wait to scar up my legs because they won’t be hairy anymore!” I should never have said that because scar my legs I did.

When she finally gave in (I’m a little… persistent), she let me figure it out on my own. It didn’t take long before I realized I would need shaving cream and some kind of lotion/aftershave to prevent the horrendous razor burn and the pain from having too-dry skin. I also learned that dull razors = lots of cuts and that sharp razors = fewer cuts (I’m accident-prone).

Since then, I’ve learned that food intolerances actually caused a lot of my skin issues. Since addressing those, shaving my legs is more pain-in-the-rear than painful.

Now, when I shave, I use bar soap (I made a healing herbal castile soap that feels wonderful) for lather. My legs no longer burn afterward, and my skin just feels a little dry. Really, if I didn’t want to, I don’t think I’d need to apply any kind of aftershave moisturizer.

But then I wouldn’t get to use this whipped aftershave balm, so I just tell myself that I still need a little something to moisturize my legs after shaving. 🙂

This beautiful aftershave blend soothes and moisturizes post-shave skin by combining shea butter and coconut oil. Separately, these two ingredients are moisturizing, and the shea butter makes your skin feel soft. Together, they make a delightful moisturizing balm that soaks into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. The essential oils add a lovely, non-skin-irritating scent.

Whipped Aftershave Balm


  • 1⁄8 cup coconut oil, softened (It will lump up if it’s too cold)
  • 2⁄3 cup shea butter, softened
  • 12 drops of orange essential oil (even more if you want a really strong scent)
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil


Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a blender, stand mixer, or bowl.

Step 2: Setp to either blend, mix, or whip by hand until you reach the desired consistency.

Step 3:  Store in a jar in a cool place. Let me emphasize cool here, as it will melt but looks just like butter when solid.

That’s it. The end result will look like frosting. Don’t eat it, seriously.

To apply, start by scooping a small amount and letting it warm a little in your hand. A little bit goes a long way, so experiment with how much you need.

What are your shaving must-haves?

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  1. That sounds like a great smelling aftershave cream. Can’t wait to try it. Since I don’t use soap, I use coconut oil to shave and love the feel. My husband tried it and likes it better than his shaving cream. He says his blades last longer, too. Maybe your recipe can be a before and after shave!


  2. Ooh, Nina! That sounds wonderful, definitely have to try that one. I think I even have some Shae butter left in my soapmaking box 🙂


  3. Will there be an issue with the orange oil being photosensitive if my husband puts this on his face and goes in the sun? Or is it diluted enough to not matter?


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