You want to smell good when you walk out of the house. But if you’re like a lot of guys, spraying on cologne feels a little excessive for a day at the office.
Aftershave, on the other hand, tends to be lighter and fresher (not to mention cheaper) than cologne. It also helps moisturize and protect your face from damage caused by your razor, wind, sun, and anything else that dries out your skin and makes you look old.
You could stick with the inexpensive, chemical-heavy options at your local drug store. But plenty of independent companies are now making small-batch aftershaves from essential oils and other non-synthetic ingredients. Here are 10 that are worth slapping onto your freshly shaved mug.
MIDNIGHT & TWO AFTER SHAVE BALM
Made with a mixture of black spruce, cedarwood, and nutmeg essential oils, this woodsy, slightly smoky aftershave also includes argan and hemp oil to tone and smooth your skin post shave.
JUNIPER RIDGE DESERT FACE OIL
The people at Juniper Ridge make all their products by distilling or extracting oils from real wildflowers, barks, mosses, and other plants. For outdoorsy dudes, this soothing face oil works as both an aftershave and a beard oil.
BROOKLYN GROOMING ANCHOR AFTERSHAVE TONIC
Made with cucumber extract and aloe vera gel, this tonic moisturizes while knocking down the redness and inflammation that can result from a close shave. The scent is distinctive—a mixture of wood and blood orange that’s both warm and subtle.
OTTER WAX CRANBERRY SEED FACE OIL
A combination of cranberry seed, sweet almond, macadamia, and several other truly natural essential oils and extracts make for an aftershave oil that moisturizes and protects without shine or greasiness.
PROSPECTOR CO. K. C. ATWOOD AFTERSHAVE
Named for the “citrus pioneer” who helped popularize Florida grapefruit throughout the U.S., this bright, citrusy aftershave is heavy on skin-toning witch hazel. It’s a refreshing, bracing cap for your morning routine.
CHAGRIN VALLEY SOAP & SALVE AFTER SHAVE BALM
This certified-organic balm is on the heavy size. But for men with dry skin or those looking for a little more moisture and protection during the colder months, this balm’s combo of coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter can’t be beat.
PORTLAND GENERAL STORE SEA MINERAL AFTER SHAVE
Sea kelp extract and blue-green algae are two of the ocean-derived ingredients that give this bracing aftershave some of its skin-calming properties. The masculine “whisky” scent is bold but not overpowering.
IMPERIAL BARBER PRODUCTS BERGAMOT AFTER-SHAVE
Much lighter than most of the products on this list, Imperial’s bergamot-scented offering feels more like an old-school liquid tonic than a contemporary cream aftershave. Splash some on your face and chest to moisturize and invigorate your skin without any heavy residue.
URSA MAJOR FACE BALM
Made with witch hazel and willow bark among other natural ingredients, this Vermont-made product is especially good for men who tend to have oily skin. The scent is fresh but low-key.
FELLOW BARBER AFTERSHAVE LOTION
Juniper berries, pine needles, and lemon oil are just a few of the natural ingredients included in this ultra-soothing aftershave lotion.