Let's get started so you can get your shave on!
Step 1: Materials
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/3 Cup Shea Butter
- 2 Tablespoons of Almond Oil (can sub with Jojoba or other oil)
- 2 Tablespoons Unscented Castile Soap
- Essential Oil of Your Choice (I used French Lavender)
- Kitchen Pot
- Electric Mixer
- Rubber Spatula
- Air Tight, Sealing Storage Jar
Step 2: Melt & Mix
Optional: You can melt your oils with a double boiler if that makes you feel more comfortable or you are worried about direct heat on the oils for any reason.
Step 3: Adding Oil
Other popular base oils include: apricot oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, and rose hip oil.
Step 4: Cooling
Step 5: Soap & Scent
Essential oils are optional. They are an easy way to add fragrance to your shaving cream. They can also have added skin care benefits as well. I chose lavender as my essential oil for several reasons. The first being simply that I like the scent it has. The second reason has to do with the essential oils beneficial properties. Among it's many uses, lavender is believed to help relieve stress as well as reduce dry and scaly skin.
Here are a few essential oils you could consider for your shaving cream. I have categorized them by benefits for skin types. They of course have other uses as well, look them up! You may also find there are others I haven't listed here.
- For Oily Skin: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lemon, Orange, Peppermint, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary, Tea Tree
- For Dry Skin: Carrot Seed, Clary Sage, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli Hydrosol, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang Ylang
- For Sensitive Skin: Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender
- For Normal Skin: Angelica, Cedarwood, Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Rose, Rosewood
Step 6: Whip It
Step 7: Storage
Step 8: Final Notes
As mentioned in the previous step, you'll want to keep as much moisture out of your shaving cream as possible since oils like coconut have a tendency to mold. Pat your hands dry before scooping your shaving cream out of your jar to prevent added moisture. Cover your shaving cream when you're not actively using it. For this reason, I also like to make small batches at a time.
Finally, your new shaving cream can be pretty slippery in the shower due to all of it's fresh oils and butters. Please be careful when you're using it!