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« on: December 17, 2010 10:42:00 AM »

Okay so I never make homemade beauty products. I confess, I fear I will make a mess and waste supplies.
But in searching for homemade gifts for guys I came across tons of recipes for aftershave. I amalgamated a few and took my chances...here they are....

I put them in flasks and put tags with various names such as Spiked! and Spiced and spiked.

This is so easy but you should start today if you want these to be gifts for Christmas.

You need 1/2 cup of vodka
              spices mix for scenting
              1/2 cup mineral water non carbonated
              Small glass jar with lid
This makes one cup of aftershave.

In a clean jar place vodka and spices. Store in a cool place..I used the fridge. Steep for one week or longer. Shake gently sealed jars each day.

When you are ready strain the scented vodka. I used a coffee filter to make sure I removed all bits. Then I added the mineral water.
Funnel(..I had no funnel so I twisted a piece of paper into a cone) the aftershave into non porous containers of metal or glass. This should last up to 3 months. I recommend keeping it in the fridge it adds a cool sensation when using and lasts longer.

Because of the alcohol this acts also as a toner and antibacterial for nicks and cuts. The light scent lasts only an hour or so making it perfect for cologne wearers.

Here are some spice mix ideas.
#1 -- 2 bay leaves
        15 whole cloves
        1/2 tsp white peppercorns

#2--  star anise 1 or 2
        1 cinnamon stick broken in half
        10 cardamon seeds
        2inch piece of vanilla

#3-- 1tsp cassia buds
        1 star anise
        1/4 tsp white peppercorns
        2inch piece of vanilla bean
        2 bay leaves
Try out whatever you like in the way of spices and then let me know. This is also great for a cheap Valentines or Fathers Day gift!
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010 11:28:51 AM »

Sounds like a fun, and different idea!

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2010 01:52:20 PM »

How fun, I haven't seen a recipe for aftershave before! Please report back on how your guys liked their presents (I'm guessing they will love them!) Grin

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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010 02:35:45 PM »

 Do you think the quality of the vodka makes any difference? Or will a generic brand be sufficient?
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010 06:46:25 PM »

Do you think the quality of the vodka makes any difference? Or will a generic brand be sufficient?

Nope. Any cheap kind will do. I live in Canada and it is expensive due to hidden taxes on booze. I just used cheapest I could find and local. Oh and I have seen some made with dark rum but it is said to be slightly sticky so I stuck to the vodka. Let me know if you make some. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2011 08:07:38 PM »

What an awesome idea. The possibilities could be endless!

« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2011 02:07:03 PM »

I absolutely HAVE to try this Smiley It seems I'm going to have to go and buy myself some vodka lol, I have been itching to try out some perfume, and this would be perfect for hubby/brother/dad and just the harder to make for males at work who end up getting peppermint creams for xmas LOL!

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