Our goal now is to make or purchase a fragrance-free, relatively inexpensive shaving cream that goes on smooth, leaves your legs moisturized without clogging up your razor, and nourishes and protects sensitive skin while helping you get a good, close shave.
This recipe seems to be the most popular recipe for homemade shaving cream floating on the internet these days, and one well worth trying as we make the switch to organic and natural products.
Homemade Shaving Cream…makes about 4-6oz
- 1/3C coconut oil
- 1/3C shea butter
- 2Tbsp oil—olive, jojoba, sweet almond, or grapeseed
- 2Tbsp liquid castile soap
Melt shea butter and coconut oil over the lowest heat setting on the stove. Stir occasionally until fully melted. Add oil. Stir until fully blended. Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a medium-sized jar. Refrigerate overnight or until solid. Remove from fridge into mixing bowl. Whip using a hand mixer or stand mixer for about four minutes. Add castile soap. Whip until fully combined. Spoon shaving cream into a glass jar with a lid. Store in a cool, dry place.
Now let’s talk about the specific ingredients and why they are good for your skin.
1. Coconut Oil…Coconut oil is a great moisturizer that contains lots of anti-aging benefits and protects the skin from free radicals.
2. Raw Shea Butter…Raw shea butter is extremely moisturizing and provides immediate softness and smoothness. It is also a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds.
3. Oil…There are several options available as far as the oil to use when making your shaving cream. These include…
- Olive oil is great at preventing dry skin and contains moisturizing vitamin E.
- Jojoba oil is great for combatting skin scarring, fatty tissues, and facial lines.
- Sweet almond oil is great for dark circles.
- Grapeseed oil is a great source of vitamin E and moisturizing fatty acids.
4. Liquid Castile Soap…Liquid castile soap is an all-natural chemical-free soap, and adding it to your shaving cream provides a bit of texture so that the shaving cream is more effective..
5. Essential Oils…There are also several options as to essential oils to add to your shaving cream. Popular essential oils to use include…
- Lavender oil is a soothing oil that restores skin complexion, slows aging with its powerful antioxidants, and improves eczema and psoriasis.
- Frankincense helps improve circulation, lowers symptoms of arthritis, and helps decrease muscle aches.
- Tea tree oil is a good antiseptic if you should cut yourself.
- Peppermint oil gives a cooling sensation.