DIY Homemade Pre Shave Oil Recipe

Making your own homemade pre shave oil is a great way to find the perfect shave oil. We all have our own unique interests and personal taste so creating your own pre-shave oil is one way to get the perfect mixture you can use again and again.

I'm going to give you a homemade pre shave oil recipe, in fact I'm going to give you several. However I'm also going to teach you about the process and about the oils enough where you can take what you've learned to venture out and make your very own pre shave oil recipe.

What You're Going to Need

Amber Glass Bottles - This bottle set comes with 12 bottles each 1oz in size. This is the perfect bottle to create your pre-shave oil. The color helps keep the oil mixture safe from external heat from lights and the dropper is excellent for application.

Essential Oil Pipettes - This comes with 100 disposable plastic droppers. It's important to not mix your droppers with other oils. So pay careful attention and make sure one dropper is only used for one oil. You'll use these to dispense different oils into your amber glass bottles to create your pre-shave oil recipe.

Essential Oil Combo Box - This box comes with several different essential oils that will get you started off on the right foot. Each oil comes with 4.73oz of liquid and it comes with 14 different essential oils.

Castor Oil - This is your base oil but you don't have to use castor oil. There are other types of base oils you can use. I'll go over these oils in more detail and show you more of your options for oils below.

Understanding Your Oils

There are three types of oils that are going to make up your pre-shave oil recipe. You'll have a carrier oil, essential oil, and vitamin oil. You won't always use a vitamin oil but you'll often you more than one essential oil or sometimes even multiple carrier oils depending on the recipe.

Carrier Oils

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  • Almond, Sweet Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Borage Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Cocoa Butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Hazelnut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Kukui Oil
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Peanut Oil
  • Pecan Oil
  • Rose Hip Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Walnut Oil
  • Wheatgerm Oil

Carrier oils are you most important ingredient in pre-shave oil. These oils will make up 90%* of your homemade pre shave oil recipe. Carrier oils provide a wide range of skin benefits and they go a long way to make your shave much more comfortable.

There are many carrier oils out there to choose from. Our list above displays some of the more popular types of carrier oils but feel free to experiment with carrier oils not on that list.

This is the oil that assists your razor during shaving. It provides the glide your razor needs to move across the skin and reduce your odds of nicks and cuts. It also helps with dryness, skin irritation, and keeps you moisturized.

If you're uncertain on which carrier oil to start off with I would recommend Jojoba Oil or Castor Oil. Both of these oils are highly popular and are used in a wide range of hair care, skin care, and shaving products.

You can use a mixture of carrier oils in your recipe as well. You can find carrier oils that mix well such as Coconut Oil and Grapeseed Oil. To provide you with a unique base to dilute your essential and vitamin oils.

Essential Oils

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  • Allspice
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    Angelica
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    Anise
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    Basil
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    Bay
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    Benzoin​​​​
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    Bergamot
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    Birch
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    Bitter Almond
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    Black Pepper
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    Boldo
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    Buchu
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    Cajuput
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    Calamus
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    Camomile
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    Camphor
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    Caraway
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    Cardamom
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    Carrot Seed
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    Cassia
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    Catnip
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    Cedarwood
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    Cinnamon
  • Citronella
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    Clary Sage
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    Clove
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    Coriander
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    Cumin
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    Cypress
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    Davana
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    Dill
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    Elemi
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    Eucalyptus
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    Fennel
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    Frankincense
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    Galbanum
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    Geranium
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    Ginger
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    Grapefruit
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    Helicrysum
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    Hyssop
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    Jasmine
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    Juniper
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    Lavandin
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    Lavender
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    Lemon
  • Lemongrass
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    Lime
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    Mandarin
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    Manuka
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    Marjoram
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    Melissa
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    Mugwort
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    Mullein
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    Mustard
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    Myrrh
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    Myrtle
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    Neroli
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    Niaouli
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    Nutmeg
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    Oakmoss
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    Orange
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    Oregano
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    Palma Rosa
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    Parsley
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    Patchouli
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    Pennyroyal
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    Peppermint
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    Petitgrain
  • Pimento
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    Pine
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    Ravensara
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    Rose
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    Rosemary
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    Rosewood
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    Rue
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    Sage
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    Sandalwood
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    Spearmint
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    Spikenard
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    Tagetes
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    Tangerine
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    Tansy
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    Tarragon
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    Tea Tree
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    Thuja
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    Thyme
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    Tuberose
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    Vanilla
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    Vetiver
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    Wintergreen
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    Wormwood
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    Yarrow
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    Ylang Ylang

Believe it or not but essential oils aren't actually essential to your pre-shave oil. Essential oils provide the fragrance in your recipe but don't do much beyond that. However I would recommend using them because they can make your pre-shave oil compliment your cologne or natural scent.

In my opinion essential oils provide your recipe with much needed value and it's the key ingredient that makes it stand out from the rest. This is where your mad scientist can come out and experiment with a combination of scents that pair well with your carrier oils.

Some of the more popular scents are cedarwood, sandalwood, pine, and tea tree. For a surprisingly great scent try mixing either orange or mandarin with a woodsy scent. It's one of my personal favorites and you may enjoy it as much as I do.

If you're new to experimenting with essential oils you should know these oils need only to make up 10%* or less of your recipe. It only requires a few drops of essential oil to make a big impact and overdoing it can kill your recipe.

Having to much essential oil can cause skin irritation and that's the opposite of why you're creating your own homemade pre shave oil recipe. If you have highly sensitive skin you may want to consider using the lighter oils such as tea tree oil.

While essential oils are typically used only for the scent some of them do have added benefits. Rose oil can help sooth skin and even help heal nicks and cuts. So if you're looking for more natural benefits like these do some research and choose those oils but don't forget they contain scents that will change the smell of your recipe.

The key to success here is experimentation.

Vitamin Oils

Vitamin oils are frankly not used enough in pre-shave oils. Mainly because they are seen as costly even though they are cheaper than essential oils. For major brands trying to sell a product essential oils provide an attractive scent which helps them make sales while vitamin oils do not.

If you're making a homemade pre shave oil recipe you should include a vitamin oil such as vitamin E in your recipe. Vitamin E has tons of benefits for your skin and is the main vitamin you see in skin products.

It reduces inflammation, helps new skin growth, soothes shaved skin, and many other things. This is one oil you want to make sure is in a homemade recipe for maximum comfort and skin benefits.

Before You Begin Mixing

homemade pre shave oil recipe

Once you have all the required things in place you want to begin by sterilizing your bottles. To sterilize your amber bottles fill a pot of water on the stove and place the bottles in it. You want the bottles to be the same temp so they do not break.

With the bottles in the water in the pot on the stove bring the water to a boil. Allow a couple minutes to pass for the bottles to boil and clean. Then you want to carefully remove the bottles from the water using tongs and allow them to air dry.

Do not try to wipe the bottles down with any paper towels or cloth. This can leave behind small pieces of paper that will effect your recipe. Once the bottles are dry replace the lid.

Now before you begin creating your homemade pre shave oil recipe you want to separate everything. It's very important to not cross contaminate your oils. Use new pipettes for each oil and even label everything in different zip lock bags after being used. Be as organized as you possibly can to prevent mixing where you don't want it.

DIY Homemade Pre Shave Oil Recipes

Classic Barbershop

  • 15ml of Castor Oil
  • 10ml of Olive Oil
  • 5ml of Vitamin E Oil
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    10 drops of Sandalwood

Art of Shaving

  • 10ml of Castor Oil
  • 5ml of Olive Oil
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    15ml of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 5 drops of Lavender
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    5 drops of Geranium
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    5 drops of Lemon

Citrus Sweet

  • 20ml of Jojoba Oil
  • 10ml of Grapeseed Oil
  • 1 drop of Lime
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    4 drops of Grapefruit
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    5 drops of Orange

Wilderness Pine

  • 15ml of Castor Oil
  • 15ml of Jojoba Oil
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    5 drops of Tea Tree
  • 5 drops of Pine

Holiday Blend

  • 15ml of Sweet Almond Oil
  • 15ml of Argan Oil
  • 5 drops of Nutmeg
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    2 drops of Vanilla
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    3 drops of Bay

Hawaiian Air

  • 15ml of Avocado Oil
  • 15ml of Coconut Oil
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    5 drops of Mandarin
  • 5 drops of Tea Tree

Southern Hospitality

  • 10ml of Castor Oil
  • 10ml of Sunflower Oil
  • 10ml of Argan Oil
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    3 drops of Cedarwood
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    1 drop of Dill
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    5 drops of Oakmoss

Ping's Garden

  • 15ml of Sesame Oil
  • 15ml of Rose Hip Oil
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    2 drops of Lavender
  • 3 drops of Jasmine
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    2 drops of Rosewood

Minty Fresh

  • 15ml of Jojoba Oil
  • 15ml of Hazelnut Oil
  • 1 drop of Peppermint
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    2 drops of Ginger
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    1 drop of Spearmint

Momma's Pecan Pie

  • 15ml of Pecan Oil
  • 10ml of Sweet Almond Oil
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    5ml of Peanut Oil
  • 3 drops of Nutmeg

Unlock Your Mad Scientist

While the 10 homemade pre shave oi recipes above will get you going I highly encourage you to experiment for yourself. This is what makes DIY pre-shave oils so fun and addicting. When you come up with your own special recipe you've got something that's great for gifts, yourself, or even selling.

The ideas for your own pre-shave oil are nearly limitless. You could make a pre-shave for different holidays, events, and purposes. While experimenting can add up in costs you will eventually find something you really enjoy and making your own pre-shave oil saves you money in the long run.

Before You Go!

I hope you like our homemade pre shave oil recipe and better yet I hope you've been encouraged to experiment and make your own recipe. There's a lot of benefits to creating your own recipe and if you do remember that you can add Vitamin E oil to any recipe without altering the core much.

If you have a recipe you would like to share with everyone please leave it in a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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