DIY Minty Astringent Aftershave Recipe

Did last winter feel like an eternity to anyone else?  I can barely remember last summer, but I do remember the high heat and humidity that makes me feel icky.


I don't mind getting sweaty while I'm working, but I do enjoy coming in and cleaning up for the evening.  This minty astringent is perfect to use after washing your face because it cools you off so well.

It also doubles as a great aftershave for men and women.  Women can use it on their legs, underarms, and bikini line, but it may sting sensitive areas.  Try it in a small spot to see how well you tolerate it before using it all over.  It can  help prevent ingrown hairs when used regularly.

This takes two weeks to steep, so start it soon for summer.  It's great for all skin types.  Use after washing and follow with moisturizer.

DIY Minty Astringent Recipe

What You Need

  1. Crush fresh herbs with a mortar and pestle.  
  2. Combine vodka, witch hazel, and herbs in a glass jar with a lid.  
  3. Allow to sit in a dark place for 2 weeks.  Shake daily.
  4. Strain the herbs out.
  5. Will store on the shelf for 6 months.  
Apply to your skin using a cotton pad.  You'll use about 1 teaspoon for your face and more for other parts of your body.  Do not get product in your eyes.  

This is an easy recipe, but you'll need to plan ahead and make it shortly after you open a jar.  Since it lasts so long, it won't hurt to have a little extra on hand.  

Have fun creating! 

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