DIY Pre Shave Oil

This recipe uses olive oil for the ultimate moisturizing shave experience.

DIY Pre Shave Oil
DIY Pre Shave Oil

We're often suspicious of new bath and beauty products that seem unnecessary. Do you really need to use a pre shave oil? My bathroom can't handle one more beauty product!

Well, it's of course not necessary to use a pre shave oil. But the next time you've got an unpleasant case of razor burn, you might consider giving it a try.

Using pre shave oil helps condition your skin before shaving so that you get a smoother, closer shave. Most importantly, the added moisture will reduce razor burn. That's something everyone will appreciate.

When we heard about all of the benefits of pre shave oil, we knew we had to make a DIY version! This DIY pre shave oil is easy to make, and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already.

It's easy to customize the fragrance for yourself or for a friend. This recipe makes a great DIY gift idea.

Estimated Cost$11-$20

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Primary TechniqueBath and Beauty


Materials List

  • 3 or 4 oz. glass or plastic bottle (with a pump top if desired)
  • 2 oz sweet almond oil
  • 1 oz olive oil
  • 18 drops essential oils of choice

DIY Pre Shave Oil Recipe


  1. Combine the sweet almond oil, olive oil, and essential oils in your bottle. 

  2. Shake to combine. That's it!

To Use

  1. To use, rub a small amount of the oil onto your skin. Wait a minute or two, and then shave as normal.

  2. Store in your bathroom and try to use within about 2 months. The olive oil can start to get funky after that. Toss it if at any time you notice a bad smell, cloudiness, discoloration, or mold. Your pre shave oil will last longer if you limit exposure to heat and light (i.e. store it in a cool dark place if possible).

Editor's Tips

  1. If you're looking for a quick way to measure out ounces, remember that 2 Tablespoons equal 1 ounce. This can come in handy if you don't have a measuring cup with 1 ounce marks.

  2. It's very easy to find 3 oz. bottles in the travel section of Target, Walmart, and similar stores. But you won't find 4 oz. bottles there because of the TSA limit for the amount of liquid you can bring on an airplane. A 3 oz. bottle will probably work fine for this project because the volume of the essential oils is so small. But if you are worried, you can always combine the oils in a separate measuring cup and then pour it into the bottle. That way you will get the correct dilution, and you can always throw out the tiny bit of extra. Or you could just use it immediately!

Tips for Using Essential Oils

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can use your favorite essential oil to make a custom fragrance. You can choose soothing lavender or energizing orange. Men might prefer fragrances like fir needle or sandalwood.

However, some essential oils, like cinnamon, may be irritating to sensitive skin. If you are worried, be sure to test this shave gel on a small patch of skin first and only proceed with use if you don't have an adverse reaction.

In this recipe we recommend a 1% dilution of essential oils, which is safe for sensitive skin like the face. You should always dilute essential oils before using them topically.

Learn more about essential oil dilutions here!

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