Okay, we all know the stereotypes: women love to shop and men do not. They like to hunt and do manly things. Women like small little gifts and trinkets where as men don’t like “stuff” and prefer to have bigger presents like tools and tractors. As much as we love the men in our lives, we prefer to offer them gifts that aren’t going to break the bank. Fortunately for those of us who have good men in our lives, we now have an opportunity to give them a present that costs little, they can actually use and that is homemade! With the help of Plant Therapy, a business who sells essential oils and oil diffusers at low cost, you can make the man in your life be, it a father, son or husband, very happy with this shaving cream and after shave recipe found on Plant Therapy’s blog.
Alright, let’s start with the shaving cream. All you will need is 1/3 cup of shea butter, 1/3 cup of coconut oil, 1/8 cup of olive oil and then 30 drops of the essential oils of your choice. If you are stumped, don’t worry; Plant Therapy offers several different essential oil combinations for you to choose from.
For the shaving cream, you melt all the butters and oils together in a sauce pan on low heat. You can also use a double boiler. You will remove the mixture from the heat once it is melted and then you will add the essential oils. Let it cool and then move on to the after shave (see recipe below). Wait until the shaving cream is hard and then using a beater or mixer whip it up until it is light and fluffy. Store in an airtight container.
Now on to the after shave! You will need 1 – 1/2 ounces of distilled water, 1 – 1/2 ounces witch hazel, 1 tsp vegetable glycerine, 3 – 5 drops vitamin E and only 12 drops of essential oils (that is all you will need).
This is fairly easy! All you do is combine each ingredient together in a 4 ounce spray bottle and shake well. Then you spray it onto your skin after shaving. Voila! You have a pampered man.
If you are curious about different essential oil recipes, here are some of the ones that Plant Therapy provides with your man in mind:
- Manly: 3 drops bergamot, frankincense, and cedarwood.
- Outdoor Fresh: 2 drops fir needle, coriander and 3 drops of cedarwood.
- Deep Peace: 3 drops of sandalwood, 1 drop of vetiver and patchouli.
- Bright and Spicy: 7 drops of lemon and 1 drop of ginger and clove.
- Mister Clean: 4 drops bergamot and 2 drops black pepper and patchouli.
The “Manly” recipe is perfect for the shaving cream because you will want to wash off the bergamot and then frankincense oil is just so refreshing!
Challenge gender stereotypes by making a present for the man in your life this year that will make him just as giddy as a girl going shoe shopping. For more interesting and healing Christmas present ideas, check out Plant Therapy’s 25 Days of Christmas blog.