DIY Men’s Grooming Products are Better and Economical
Whether for the holidays, a birthday or just because, DIY men’s grooming products are great gifts for your man and yourself. Gay’s too often spend too much money on name brand products because we’re sold on status when natural and organic DIY men’s grooming products are healthier, better and more economical.
We have an amazing life and it’s not because we’re frugal or cheap, but because we spend consciously and choose not-so-expensive (NSE) options when possible. DIY men’s grooming products are one of those NSE options and perfect for any gay and straight man concerned about his mug.
As with all grooming products, including men’s grooming products, the saying goes if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, you shouldn’t put it on your face. You shouldn’t need a doctorate in chemistry to understand what you’re putting on your body.
For the past several years, we’ve made our own men’s grooming products, some of which are below. These easy recipes will make you look and feel great and save you money. Make these for yourself and share them with your friends. It’s nicer to say, “I made this and I want to share it with you,” rather than handing your hubby eye cream from Target and saying, “Bitch, do something with those bags.”
Below are our favorite products for our faces and hair.
Men’s Grooming Products: Recipes and Instructions
1. Night Eye Cream
Our eyes are usually the first thing to give away our age and some men’s eyes suggest they’re older than they are. We use eye cream nightly, not because we’re afraid to grow old. We just want to put up a good fight.
If it’s not already in a liquid form, lightly warm the Coconut Oil on the stove. When the Coconut Oil is fully melted, transfer it to a bowl. In the bowl, and add the Vitamin E capsules by poking a hole in the capsules with a pin. Then, add the Rose Hip Seed Oil and mix all ingredients.
For storage, I pour our nightly cream in our ever-growing number of contact lens cases. This makes for easy travel and gifting.
Coconut Oil is an anti-aging agent that fights inflammation and helps with skin problems, such as burns, eczema and dermatitis. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that improves cell structure. Rose Hip Seed Oil is great for providing a healthy glow and replenishing damaged skin.
2. Face Oil
We use this oil daily. It’s important to stay moisturized and Colorado’s climate is dry. This simple recipe is great for keeping us moisturized and smelling good.
- 3 parts organic, Coconut Oil
- 1 part organic, Hemp Seed Oil
- 5 drops Tea Tree Oil per 4 oz mixture of the above
- 3 to 6 capsules of Vitamin E
- 3 to 6 drops of Rose Hip Seed Oil
Mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour into a bottle with a dispenser. Dab a small amount on your face, but not too much or your face will appear greasy.
Coconut oil re-hydrates the skin and is especially helpful in the winter. Hemp Seed Oils fights skin irritations and abrasions. An added benefit for the hygienic, man is that Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-acne treatment. Even at 40, we still fight the occasional blemish.
3. Hair Balm
Spending $25 on hair conditioner not only wrecks your budget, but traditional conditioners use toxic chemicals that wreck your hair. Plus, if you’re not sold on the man bun, you’re regularly cutting your hair and that makes expensive conditioners a waste of money
We like Humble Bee and Me’s Hair Balm. We switch out the Lavender, Rosemary, and Lemongrass for Tea Tree, Peppermint, Sandalwood or Eucalyptus for a more manly scent. Gay men still like to smell like men.
4. Face Exfoliator
No one likes dry flaky skin. Keeping your face looking bright and fresh is simple with this Exfoliator from Inhabitat that’s man-approved. Remember to follow it up with a DIY face oil to soothe and replenish your skin.
5. Shave Cream
The hipster has died and bought a razor. Our Shave Cream is from Little House Living. We suggest adding a bit of Eucalyptus Oil to sooth and freshen your face as you shave.
6. After Shave
If you’ve turned from the dark side of being uber-hipster to the light side of the clean shaven, this PopSugar After-Shave is a fav. It makes for a baby soft face that’s extra smoochable for your special guy.
7. Lip Balm
We know you want to be Suzy Chapstick, but it’s not the 70s! So, whip up a batch of this Lip Balm from Living Well, Spending Less. We add a tablespoon of Honey and a drop of Cinnamon Oil just for date night.
8. Hair Pomade
If your hair is like mine, it’s unmanageable until it’s as stiff as, well . . . . Momtastic shows us how to whip up a smooth operator for your wild style. This is not only simple, it’s much cheaper than the $20 brown tubs at the salon.
Not only will these men’s grooming products save you immediate money on the traditionally expensive men’s grooming products we gay men give away to the beauty industry annually, but they’ll save you money long-term by avoiding harmful chemicals. So, grab your man, get in the kitchen and whip yourselves up several batches of age-defying men’s grooming products.
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