This is a sponsored post from GEO Essential. While I was sent samples of their products to review, all opinions, recipes, and words are my own. I would never endorse a product that I would not personally use or that I do not totally love. I am very pleased with the GEO Essential Oil line and am happy to share their oils with you.
One upon a time there was a face. It was a happy face. With lots of facial hair. For years, the face and the hair got along just fine. But then one day, the hair disappeared. Just like that it was gone. And the face, not realizing that the hair didn’t choose to be gone, decided to get back at the hair follicles for not holding onto the hair more tightly. The face created some serious irritation, raised bumps, and topped it off with a burning sensation. From that day forward, anytime hair was removed from the face, this same irritation would occur.
This is totally a true story of how shaving rashes began. Ok, maybe not. But the story behind razor burn is pretty boring in comparison. It pretty much comes down to friction and how sensitive your skin is.
I don’t envy anyone who has to shave hair off their face. Unlike other shaveable areas that you can cover up, your face is on display 24/7. Razor rash and shaving irritation not only looks scary but it doesn’t feel all that great.
So what’s a person to do?
Apply a Pre-Shave Oil and a Coconut Oil Aftershave Lotion
Yep. That’s all there is to it. Avoid razor burn and shaving irritation by making sure the delicate facial tissues are conditioned before and after shaving. (This concept also applies to shaving just about anywhere but typically the face needs a little more care and concern.)
Since men comprise the vast majority of face shavers, I am tailoring my recipes for Pre-Shave Oil and Coconut Oil Aftershave Lotion to my male audience. Plus, I have gotten a lot of requests from my wonderful male readers for these recipes and I hate to ignore their personal care needs. Women are welcome to use this recipe for their shaving needs but may want to change the essential oil blends to something a little less earthy, if they are so inclined. Unless of course you are like me and love earthy scents over flowery scents. And no – I am not at all saying that all women love flowery perfumes and men need to smell all rugged. Let’s not get into that discussion right now.
I digress. Let’s get to these recipes (which may have affiliate links) and then I want to talk a little bit about the essential oils I choose. Because it actually matters quite a bit.
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 5 drops soothing essential oil like lavender or chamomile (optional)
- Mix oils thoroughly then transfer to a container with an airtight lid.
- Store in cool area away from light.
How To Use
- Wash your face using warm water.
- Apply a few drops of oil into the palm of your hand and rub palms together.
- Massage oil onto area to be shaved.
- Let the oil sit on your skin for at least a minute to allow it condition the skin.
- If you use a special shaving oil or cream, apply it and shave away.
Coconut Oil Aftershave Lotion
- 1 cup or more solid coconut oil
- 1 cup shea or cocoa butter, softened but not melted
- 2 teaspoons sweet almond or grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon Vitamin E oil
- 1 drop cinnamon bark essential oil (omit if sensitive)
- 5 drops clove oil
- 15 drops sweet orange oil
- Whip coconut oil on low speed for 2-3 minutes. You want it to be smooth.
- Add the shea butter, almond oil, and vitamin E and turn up the speed to medium.
- Whip until all small lumps are out.
- Add the essential oils and whip for another minute.
- Store in a glass or plastic jar.
- Use after shaving to soothe, condition and moisturize skin.
Why did I pick this specific blend of oils?
I have a method to my madness when using cinnamon bark, clove, and sweet orange essential oils in my Coconut Oil Aftershave Lotion. First, they smell fantastic blended together. In fact, this is the blend I use most in my homemade deodorant recipe. Honestly, I get more compliments about the smell.
Second, these oils all have some wonderful skincare benefits that are important in an aftershave lotion. You don’t want to slap on anything that will irritate the skin further. And while these oils might be viewed as warming oils, they actually offer a lot to newly shaved skin. Check out their awesome skincare super powers!
Clove Essential Oil:
- Promotes blood circulation, helping to reduce the puffiness of razor bumps
- Kills infection-causing bacteria
- Can counteract irritation
When it comes to clove oil, a LITTLE goes a long way. So please do NOT increase the number of drops in this recipe.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil:
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory, calming those newly shaved follicles
- Inhibits microbial growth
- Promotes the production of collagen
- Increases the blood flow to the skin
- Helpful at soothing dry, irritated skin
A warning. This is important. If you are going out in the sun for a prolonged period of time, you will want to skip sweet orange oil. It can be photo-toxic meaning you will get burned.
Cinnamon essential oil is not typically the first choice when it comes to skin-friendly oils as you really can’t use a lot of it. However, it lends a wonderful hint of spiciness to this recipe and it actually does promote circulation. It is an amazing immune booster to boot and can help the skin fight off any shaving funk that might occur. This is why I included it in such a small amount.
What’s with this GEO Essential brand of essential oils?
I’m not married to one particular brand of essential oils but I am super picky about quality and the origin of the essential oils I use. Essential oils are very powerful and I don’t take using them lightly.
When the good folks at GEO contacted me about sampling their oils, I was intrigued. Their website said all the right things about WHY I should trust them with my essential oil needs but I always like to dig a little deeper.
And so I dug. From everything I could find, GEO is the real deal. They aren’t just talk. The Founders of GEO really do care about quality, where the herbs are grown, how they are harvested, how the oils are extracted, and even how the oils are packaged. Phew!
GEO stands for Genuine Essential Oils. Cool right? I thought so. I also thought that this company in general is pretty impressive because they go above and beyond what most essential companies do for their customers. What’s that you ask?
On the bottom of each bottle, they have the corresponding lot number stickered. The customer can use the last four digits of the lot number as a reference to look up GCMSFID on their website for each lot number.
This is very helpful because the customer can see for themselves what each of the 80 plus chemical constituents are, and to ensure that there isn’t some obvious problem, such as cinnamaldehyde being too low, or too high, using cinnamon bark essential oil as an example. Additionally, it gives the layperson confidence that their product really is Pure, Natural, and Complete, as they are disclosing all the chemical constituents in each lot they sell. (I personally know that other companies only disclose a partial report, but never the complete GCMSFID, as GEO does.) Lastly, they even teach the layperson how to read a GCMSFID report on the Essential Oil Information pulldown . This tells me that GEO has nothing to hide. I love me some transparency.
Spending the money on a GCMSFID report for each lot of each oil GEO sells, PRIOR to even purchasing the oil, is just one way that GEO Essential ensures that each of their essential oils really is among the highest in quality and efficacy.
I like these folks. I love the GEO oils. I can use them with confidence. The aroma is spot on and the oils do everything I expect the oils to do. While their essential oil selection is limited right now, I see big forward movement in the EO lineup in the near future.
Why not give the GEO line of essential oils a try? Everything about them is wonderful. Plus they have YOUR best interest in mind.
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