This super simple and remarkably effective Magic All-Over Aftershave was inspired by a post I read on Reddit. Somebody had posted, desperate for ideas for helping with her chronic razor burn and ingrown hairs from shaving her bikini area. It sounded like her skin seriously hated all kinds of hair removal, and she was at her wits end. Somebody suggested a product I’d never heard of before—Tend Skin. They swore by it. A dozen other people chimed in to say it was a lifesaver. I checked out the ingredients and it was a prime DIY candidate. Bam.
The original is mostly rubbing alcohol, butylene glycol, and acetysalicylic acid (aspirin!), plus some glycerin and silicone. I thought I could improve on that—and for a fraction of the cost! I used mostly rubbing alcohol and a bit of water (though you could also use aloe vera juice or witch hazel), with some added aspirin and glycerin. I also decided to boost the healing and soothing properties of the aftershave with some added allantoin and vitamin E oil.
This whole thing comes together in a flash and works like a charm. It’s amazing. The alcohol disinfects, and the aspirin helps with swelling, and since it’s acidic, it also helps counter ingrown hairs with a bit of chemical exfoliation. Allantoin helps soothe irritated skin, and vitamin E oil helps boost healing. If you have aloe juice or witch hazel on hand you can use those instead of water for added soothing (aloe) or astringent properties (witch hazel).
Really all you’ve got to do is smash up the aspirin in a mortar and pestle, pop everything in a bottle, cap, and shake to combine. To use it, just douse a cotton ball in it and swipe it over any areas that need a bit of post-hair-removal love. Repeat as needed—I’ve found once a day for a few days afterwards works really well. I’ve also found this stuff works really well on acne. BAM. (And you’re welcome 😉 )
Magic All-Over Aftershave
Using a mortar and pestle, crush the aspirin tablets to a fine dust.
To use, wet a cotton ball with the toner and swab it over your skin post-hair-removal. You’ll need to swish the liquid around before use to get the aspirin bits to jump back into suspension (mine didn’t dissolve fully). Repeat as needed—I find using this daily for the first few days after waxing is hugely helpful.
Thanks to the high alcohol content this project doesn’t need a preservative, and the vitamin E oil dissolves into the alcohol so we don’t need an emulsifier.