10/10/2013

Sprygg ... Cooling Aftershave Tonic

Consider this: Mentholated Witch Hazel

Great! So I bid on some menthol crystals which and won for the princely sum of 99p.

While waiting, I got to thinking ... Olbas Oil?

Ingredients are essential oils: cajeput, eucalyptus, peppermint, juniper, wintergreen and clove.

You get a strong peppermint and eucalyptus hit (something like 30% each) backed up with cajeput oil (around 20%) which is a close relative of tea tree; good for anti-infection and anti-inflammation. Clove and wintergreen are both soothing oils, albeit very low in concentration, as is juniper, an astringent.

I reckoned on 100ml bottle of Witch Hazel with eight drops of Olbas Oil and a touch of glycerin (one capful), top up with a couple of capfuls of gin to boost the juniper astringency and assist evaporation with the light alcohol.

... and so I made it up, splash some on my face and it felt good.

The glycerin does give it a lubricious feel. I don't think the gin added anything at all and five drops, while it smells good, was not immediately the menthol burn I had hoped for.

But ...

Leave it a while and that gentle but quite perceptible tingle starts to build. Lovely as a pick me up after a shave with a mentholated cream or as a cool breeze following a non-mentholated shave.

So, there you go ...

Household aftershave, which I call Sprygg, the etymology of spry: lively, active, brisk.

Formula

75ml bottle of distilled Witch Hazel BPC (top up)
20ml London Dry Gin (4 tsp)
5ml Glycerin (1 tsp)
10 drops Olbas Oil

Options

Juniper essential oil as an anti-inflammatory berry top note ... 3-4 drops?
Lavender essential oil as a soothing floral mid-note ... 1-2 drops?
Tea Tree essential oil as an immune boosting cooling top/mid-note ... 1-2 drops?

Try out some options and let me know how it goes for you ...

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