Body & Soul: Herbal Aftershave

| February/March 2011

  • CUTS AND NICKS: Grab a clean cotton cloth or tissue and apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding. Avoid that area the next time you shave. You may also apply a bit of vitamin E oil to the spot to help it heal.

Aftershave helps refresh and close your pores after cleansing or shaving. Used as a final facial splash, the combination of herbs in this recipe will help tighten pores and keep your complexion clear. They are all naturally antiseptic and cleansing. 

• 1 cup witch hazel
• 1 teaspoon dried yarrow
• 1 tablespoon dried lavender
• 1 tablespoon dried sage
• 1 teaspoon dried mint
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 tablespoon vegetable glycerin (optional)

1. Mix all ingredients. Pour into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. Place the jar in a dark, cool place for 2 weeks.

2. At the end of 2 weeks, strain off the liquid and discard any solids; pour into a clean container. After shaving or cleansing your face, pour a small amount into your hands and pat on your face.

Note: You may also use fresh herbs in this recipe; use three times the amount called for and store in the refrigerator for 1 week before straining.

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt and Company , 2002). She and her daughter, Lauren Cox, co-authored a book, EcoBeauty (Ten Speed Press , 2009).  Find them at

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