Aftershaves and Colognes- Whats the difference, Please any natural recipes for both are welcome.

  • Okay so I'm relatively new to shaving being that I'm only sixteen and have only been doing it for 4 years. I started shaving with a straight razor my grandpa gave me but alas it broke so now I use a safety razor. Anywho as of late I have been trying to avoid the chemical goops they call shaving products sold at Walmart and I have purchased a shaving brush and soap from a local old-timey drugstore, but they do not carry any aftershaves that I can pronounce the words in the ingredient list.So I, being ignorant of shaving, have come to inquire as to the difference in aftershave and cologne and request natural recipes for both. I have read the recipe for bay rum but I lack both bay leaves and rum. So please any assistance. 

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I don't have any recipes, but I can tell you, aftershave is a much lighter fragrance than a cologne.  Actually, there are several strenghts of fragrances.  Aftershave is really light and of course is intended to be applied to the entire area of the face that was shaved to relieve irritation.  Cologne is stronger, and should only be applied sparingly.  One fingertip dab on each side of the neck and on the wrists is usually enough.  Anything more, and you risk suffocating your date.

Specifically, fragrances are classified as (from lightest to strongest):


Eau de Cologne
Eau de Toilette

Eau de Parfum

Pure Parfum.

Most of your men's colognes will be labled Eau de Toilette.  Some fragrances come in only one strength, and others come in multiple strenghts.  Old Spice can be bought as an Aftershave or Eau de Cologne.  Stetson has an Aftershave and Eau de Toilette.  Drakkar Noir can only be bought as an Eau de Toilette, as far as I can find.

Brett has an article on some good colognes and aftershaves that you can get at your local drugstore.

I have visited my local drug store and I can remember just a few years ago them carrying these types of products but alas I was naive and thought of them as old man products. Now the drugstore doesn't carry the products and so I have resolved to make them. I do not believe it can be to difficult as I already make my own shampoo and anti-persperent, I have found many recipes for aftershave but they are all made by women and not only do they smell awful but they leave my face feeling sticky. 

What Does it smell like. If you can give me a general idea please.

Haha i'll try it thank you very much.

I use Clubman, very light and very masculine.  You'll like it.

Aftershave is two things actually.

First part, a skin toner such as witch hazel to clear and clean your pores and deal with any nicks you gave yourself.

Second part, a skin conditioner so you don’t to rebalance the oils and sooth your face after you scraped a micro layer of skin off.  I use American Crew Shave post-shave cooling lotion.

The cooling lotion should not have alcohol in it.  

Use both a toner and a conditioner so you can keep your skin in good shape.

Cologne is another name for perfume.  I don’t use it unless I’m on a date.    


I have used american crew products and found an after shave I greatly enjoyed the scent but as I said earlier I would like to avoid the over used over advertised and especially over priced chemical conglomerates. I have come to learn that what I am really searching for are manly aftershave recipes even if you do not know any can anyone tell me what a good smell will be.

I use witch hazel after a shave, its excellent, followed by an unscented conditioner.  For scent I use a little Clubman or Old Spice on the back of my neck.

Aftershave helps heal the skin on your face after you drag a blade across it.  The smell is just an bonus, not the purpose.  Cologne is just for smell.


Anywho as of late I have been trying to avoid the chemical goops they call shaving products sold at Walmart and I have purchased a shaving brush and soap from a local old-timey drugstore, but they do not carry any aftershaves that I can pronounce the words in the ingredient list


Wal-Mart "chemical goops" work fine.  If you absolutely must be able to pronounce the ingredients of your aftershave ... you'd probably be better served by just learning to pronounce the chemicals rather than learning to fashion makeshift aftershave from booze, incense, and treebark.  At least you'd only have to learn pronunciation once.  You'd have to spend time making that hippie aftershave for the rest of your life.


Aaaah yes so tell me what do those chimical names on the back of that aqua velva mean exactly.

Hey.  You should give this site a go  The 'Step Right Up' is a nice scent; and it's nice on your skin. 

Exactly how did the straight break?  Was it the edge, the scales (handle)?  You know it could be repairable.  There is some nice natural-ish Bay Rum products out there too if you want to buy rather than make.  I guess your age is a barrier in regards to getting alcohol to use.  You could make a base of Witch Hazel.

The tang on the back end of the blade broke off. My guess is that the metl was tempered to hard thus the blade never held edge and it broke.


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