A friend of mine mentioned that most homesteading blogs are geared toward women. He’s not wrong. Most homestead bloggers are female, with male writers tending to lean a bit more towards prepping than day-to-day living. I have some inside info though…
Prepping is self-sufficiency (if all hell breaks loose tomorrow, I’ll be ready). Homesteading is self-sufficiency (I would rather control what I eat and use in my home than government or other parties). I think prepper just has a more manly vibe to it.
In my head I am picturing these two tough looking guys saying “Dude, I just canned some asparagus and I am stoked to eat it this winter.” “Really, dude? I just pickled some rock star beets.” I digress…
Today’s post is on homemade men’s products. Men have to stay clean and well-groomed. They are often just as opposed to harmful ingredients as women (plus, who doesn’t love to save a buck). So here we go…
MYO Men’s Products
Wow, I probably just lost half the crowd starting with that.
Many standard recipes go from being “girl-friendly” to “guy-friendly” just by the essential oils you add. While some essential oils serve purposes, such as tea tree for antimicrobial properties, many just smell nice. Here is a list of oils I would deem perfect for men’s products:
- Bay Laurel
- Juniper Berry
- Tobacco (no, not bar room smell)
Keep these in mind when checking out the following recipes. I like to get my oils from Plant Therapy because of their great prices, high quality products, and availability through Amazon, but if you’ve got a favorite distributor, go through them.
After Shave Spray
- 1 cup Witch Hazel
- 1 tsp. Vegetable Glycerin
- 6 drops Sweet Orange Oil
- 3 drops Essential Oil (in the manly scent of your choice)
Mix all of the ingredients and pour into a small spray bottle. To use, spray into you hand, rub hands together and smooth on face post-shave.
Soothing After Shave Cream
Soften the shea butter and coconut oil, mix by hand or using a blender. Store in the fridge. I discovered that those travel soap containers that they sell at most box store are perfect for storing this cream.
Old-School Shaving Cream
This one is perfect if you’ve got a straight razor, but it works with standard razors as well.
- 1/3 cup Shea Butter
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Almond Oil
- 10 drops Essential Oil (again, scent of your choosing)
Soften the shea butter and coconut oil. Add in the almond oil and essential oils. You can mix by hand, but I’ve found an electric mixer does a much better job. Let it chill in the refrigerator until it’s solid. Put it in a blender (or use an electric mixer) and whip until it’s a light and fluffy cream consistency. Spoon it into a jar and you are good to go. This is a rinse-optional cream. Rubbing dry is sufficient, but if you want to rinse after, you certainly can.
Caution: If stored at a high temperature, coconut oil may cause separation. It’s wise to keep this is a cool dark closet or somewhere not exposed to bright sunlight or heat.
Dry shampoo is great for everyone’s hair. You can use this recipe and use your man-friendly essential oils.
You can use this recipe for homemade deodorant, again using essential oils more appropriate for men. I have noticed that switching out the corn starch for arrowroot has had better results for men.
I hope you all enjoyed these recipes for homemade men’s products.
Before I go, I want to do a shout out to my favorite male homestead bloggers. These are guys you’ll want to follow.
Patrick at Survival at Home is also a rock star in my book. He’s got a great balance going between survivalist/prepper content and the day-to-day do it simple content. I’m always getting great ideas from his site and if I ever have questions, he’s right there with the answer.
Brandon of Lonestar Farmstead is also a great guy to be keeping tabs on. He covers a wide variety of homesteading topics and the recipes he shares are ah-may-zing. My kids absolutely loved his Boy Scout Meals, of course they love any opportunity to play with fire. Boys…
Blake of Daddy Kirbs Farm brightens up my day. Not only are his posts incredibly helpful, but I am in love with this YouTube videos as well. With his son, Luke, by his side, Blake shows you how he homesteads where he lives and you can tell he has a lot of fun doing it.
Gregg of The Rural Economist dabbles in all aspects of homesteading, from how-to’s to food production, and yes, even hunting. Gregg is a down-to-earth guy and he’s wonderful about answering any of the questions I pepper him with. He’s got a forum on his site where you can engage with other homesteaders.
Husband and wife duo, Jo and Eddie, have a blog called Homestead Chronicles that is really worth checking out. They cover pretty much everything a budding homesteader could want. If anything, be sure to follow their Facebook page where the two of them have so much fun interacting with fans.
Jared of J&J Acres is my YouTube guy, and not even always on purpose. I’m a visual learner and often when I google a how-to video, it’s Jared who shows up first on the list. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen every one of his videos at least once. What I absolutely love is his transparency about what works and what doesn’t.
Do you have a male homesteader’s blog you enjoy reading? Comment below.