DIY Pre-Shave Oil

Happy Father’s Day to all my fellow North Americans out there (and any other country that celebrates Father’s Day)  In honour of their special day, I am going to share a little recipe for a pre-shave oil that has the same feel and benefits of the Art Of Shaving pre-shave oil but without the chemical preservatives and nasty chemical fragrances.  (ladies, this one is also great for a post-shower body moisturizer)

Ingredients:

1 part Olive Oil

1 part Jobjoba Oil

2 parts Castor Oil

a few drops of your favourite essential oil.  Sandalwood is a good one to use.  Nice and manly.

For those of you who are new to the pre-shave oil scene, it is a beneficial way to prep the skin, soften the hair, and reduce razor burn.

Benefits of Olive Oil: Not only is this oil loaded with vitamin A and E, it also has hydroxytyrosol which is a potent antioxidant.  This absorbs deep into the skin and fights free radicals as well as inflammation.  It’s a great natural treatment for acne (in reasonable amounts).  The oil is hydrophillic which means that it helps to form a protective barrier that allows moisture to stay balanced within your skin without becoming too high, thus clogging your pores.

Benefits of Jobjoba Oil: (pronounced ho ho ba) Also rich in vitamins and antioxidants, this oil penetrates the skin easily and creates long-lasting hydration.  It is of a very similar structure to our natural skin sebum and adds to skin elasticity.

Benefits of Castor Oil:  This viscous oil is exceptionally moisturizing and has been used for thousands of years as a way to soften both skin and hair.  Because of the large amount of fatty acids this oil also provides a protective barrier, locking moisture in and keeping dirt and bad oils out.

As for the price of this little gem, you really can’t beat it.  The most expensive thing will probably be the olive oil if you go for the extra virgin cold pressed variety.  The Art of Shaving sells 60mLs of pre-shave oil for $25.  I made a little over two cups of this recipe for about $20.  DIY for the win!

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