There is one product, which will remain nameless, that I have used with much success. You can probably figure out what I'm talking about, but I am not posting the name because I'm basically giving away their recipe. I got a free sample of it with some makeup I ordered from Sephora. It's a wonderful product, and it allows me to shave my legs without getting ingrown hairs. However, the price tag is pretty shocking: For an 8-ounce bottle, it's $35.00! Someday, when I have a better-paying job and thus disposable income, I will totally buy this stuff. However, until then, I found a recipe to make my own version. It's not exactly the same, but the active ingredients are the same. Mainly, that's aspirin. I found a recipe on an online forum, the website it linked to was long gone, but luckily she put the full recipe in the post. I modified it slightly, just to make it easier to make. Here's how I made it:
Ingredients: 5.5 ounces rubbing alcohol, 2.5 ounces witch hazel (I eyeballed the measurements), 8 uncoated aspirin tablets (available at the dollar store), crushed in a mortar and pestle. You will also need an old bottle to put the product in, at least 8 ounces in size. I used an old 12-ounce astringent bottle that I washed out with hot water. It has a nice spout in the lid that will work well for this application.
First, I poured the alcohol and witch hazel into the bottle.
Next, I put 8 uncoated aspirin in my mortar and pestle. I crushed up the aspirin as finely as possible, as shown below:
I made a funnel out of a piece of paper and dumped the crushed aspirin into the bottle. Most of the aspirin dissolved immediately, and only a little bit was left in the bottom of the bottle. I shook it up to mix the ingredients. That's it: 8 ounces of after-shave skin treatment for less than three bucks. Just shake the bottle well before each use. Apply liberally to any freshly-shaven area with a cotton ball, and enjoy never having ingrown hairs again!