Republished with permission from draxe.com.
Ready to have silky skin after a shave with this amazing homemade shaving cream? I bet you are, especially because you’ll be avoiding the multiple chemicals in that can of shaving cream stuffed in your medicine cabinet.
Studies show that parabens and phthalates, which are frequently used in personal care/beauty products, as potential endocrine disruptors. These disruptors can not only affect your body, but they can affect a developing fetus for anyone who is pregnant.
With a homemade shaving cream, though, you can avoid these potential concerns. I have created a recipe for you that nourishes and protects sensitive skin while providing a good shave. This can be used for both men and women. You will love how soft your skin feels and feel satisfied knowing that you are using healthy ingredients.
Let’s jump into making the best homemade shaving cream. Using a small saucepan, melt the raw shea butter and coconut oil on a very low heat setting on the stove. Stir until fully melted. Raw shea butter is amazing because it’s extremely moisturizing and very hydrating, and when applied to the skin, it provides immediate softness and smoothness. It is also a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor promoting compounds.
You can’t go wrong with coconut oil. Not just a superfood, coconut oil is a super-moisturizer containing lots of anti-aging benefits that protect the skin from free radicals.
Next, we will add the olive oil or grapeseed oil and stir until fully blended. Remove from heat. Olive oil is great at preventing dry skin and contains moisturizing vitamin E. Grapeseed oil is also a great source of vitamin E and loaded with moisturizing fatty acids.
Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized bowl and place in the fridge until it becomes solid. Now, we are going to whip it. Remove the mixture from fridge. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip the mixture until fluffy; probably about 3–5 minutes.
Now let’s add the Castile soap and whip again until fully blended. Castile soap is the perfect ingredient for adding a bit of texture, and it’s an all-natural chemical-free soap.
Once that is nice and fluffy, add the essential oils. I like adding 10 drops of both lavender and frankincense. Lavender oil restores skin complexion, slows aging with its powerful antioxidants, and improves eczema and psoriasis. Frankincense has amazing benefits, too, helping to improve circulation, lower symptoms of arthritis, and help decreasemuscle aches. Did you ever think you could get all of that out of your shaving cream?
You now have your very own chemical-free, age-defying, homemade shaving cream that your skin is going to love!
Using a spoon, transfer the shaving cream into a glass jar with a lid and store in a cool, dry place. You can even store it in the fridge. To help preserve it, be careful to not get any water in the container while you are showering. Simply pat your hands dry with a towel before scooping the shaving cream out. Because we are using oils, it can make the tub or shower a bit slippery so please use caution.
You may be expecting a big lather. This homemade shaving cream does not lather. It’s more like a cream or lotion-like texture and should be applied as a thin layer. There are a few things you can do to ensure a good shave, such as using a quality, clean razor.
Once you step into the shower, wait a few minutes before you start shaving to allow your skin soften. Rinse the blades throughout the shaving process to help keep them clean. Using a cup of warm or hot water in the shower can make rinsing the razor a bit easier.
Homemade Shaving Cream with Coconut & Shea Butter
Total Time: 15–20 minutes
- 2/3 cup unrefined coconut oil
- 2/3 cup pure shea butter
- 2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
- 2 tablespoons liquid Castile soap
- 10–20 drops of lavender or frankincense essential oils
- Using a small saucepan, melt the shea butter and coconut oil on a very low heat setting on the stove. Stir until fully melted.
- Add the olive oil or grapeseed oil and stir until fully blended. Remove from heat.
- Transfer the mixture to a medium-sized bowl and place in the fridge until it becomes solid.
- Remove the mixture from fridge. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip the mixture until fluffy; probably about 3–5 minutes.
- Add the Castile soap and blend.
- Add the essential oils and whip again until fully blended and fluffy.