I've polled the guys in my circle of friends and they all agree that shaving creams or aftershave products that contain some kind of minty, menthol ingredient feel the best on their face. An aftershave splash is cooling, soothing, and it serves as an antiseptic against dirt and germs as the pores begin to close.

For those of you looking for a homemade Father's Day gift, this peppermint aftershave recipe (tweaked from this one) is thoughtful, inexpensive and easy to create. Just remember to go light on the mint. The goal is to create a little tingle and an overall calming effect, but if he nicks himself shaving, too much mint (or alcohol) will sting. Here's what you'll need:



  • 1/8 cup peppermint essential oil
  • 2 cups rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup witch hazel
  • 1/8 cup lavender essential oil
  • 1/4 cup glycerin
  • 1/16 cup eucalyptus essential oil
  • A clean, empty bottle
  • For four easy step-by-step directions, read more.

    • STEP 1: Combine the ingredients (except the essential oils) in a jar and mix thoroughly.
    • STEP 2: Add the essential oils in slowly, especially the lavender since you don't want to overdo it.
    • STEP 3: Close the jar and shake thoroughly. Refrigerate the ingredients for three or four days and shake it about once a day.
    • STEP 4: Your aftershave is ready. Tip: Tell whomever you are gifting it to that it is important to shake the container before each application. The bottle should last about six to eight months.