Father's Day gift to make : Aftershave

                                                                                                  My dad and I 

Many people buy aftershave for their dads/husbands for Father's day but these can contain harmful chemicals. The worry is that more than half these chemicals can be absorbed into the blood within minutes of application and in fact absorption through the face is higher than the rest of your body.  Shaving also increases circulation to the face which again aids absorption.  An example of a chemical used is propolene glycol, which is the same stuff as in antifreeze!  Other ingredients in aftershave include ones that disrupt hormones and some that are carcinogens.

This year then, why not make dad an aftershave using essential oils. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years.  They are generally safe, easily excreted by the body and do not leave toxins in the body.  

Below is a recipe for aftershave using essential oils - it has a spicy, earthy sweet scent. Clove and bergamot essential oils are antiseptic, sandalwood is astringent and lemon is refreshing and rejuvenates the skin.  Use a glass roller bottle or a glass spray bottle not plastic to prevent chemicals from the plastic leaching into the blend.

Essential oils aftershave
You will need

20ml witch hazel
60ml rosewater
10ml apple cider vinegar
10ml tincture of benzoin
4 drops clove essential oil
6 drops sandalwood essential oil
12 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil

Safety note - do not use essential oils without professional advice if you have any medical condition.

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