Homemade Shaving Cream
Boys will be Boys ~
Having grown up with 3 men in my family, our bathroom, a constant hive of activity, was constantly stocked with different shaving products as they all favored different looks and had different routines.
One brother wears a well groomed goatee and loves his grooming products, another brother is always clean shaven and uses cream or gel and my dad I still find intriguing to watch after all these years with his shaving brush.
Having recently looked after dad for a few days after an operation on his Achilles tendon, he was more or less bed bound so his shaving ritual had to be brought to him.
He has always used a shaving brush in applying his cream daily so memories flooded back as I watched him with his bowl of warm water, good solid razor (he never uses disposables) and either his shaving soap or cream, usually Gillette.
No 5 o’clock shadow for dad he never goes a day without a shave whereas the love of my life wears the stubbly look frequently and wears it well I may add!
Shaving is for Ladies too
Unisex Shaving Creams ~
Plenty of reasons for me to turn my attentions to a homemade shaving cream which they all can test out and see if it cuts the mustard (or hairs!).
Often forgotten about, this idea came to me as I recently welcomed my brother’s new baby son into the family and wanted to give him a little gift too.
I always preferred waxing but now find myself using a razor so this recipe idea was a unisex version both I and my partner may use and equally find beneficial.
It saves us money too as many commercial shaving creams are not cheap and may contain chemicals, synthetic fragrance and toxins.
The essential oils used may easily be swapped if you fancy experimenting or wish to make a few different ones. Lavender is an excellent choice and blends well with either rosemary or peppermint. Frankincense is a gorgeous one for dry skins and blends well with patchouli and sandalwood.
Shea Butter from Shea Nut
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Recipe Ingredients ~
This wonderful extract hails from the Shea nut on the Karite Tree in Africa. An excellent skin emollient for all skin types, it is beneficial in healing scars, skin regeneration, anti-aging, nourishing, conditioning and soothes sunburn. This butter is used as a key ingredient in a range of beauty products including lip balm, facial products and body products.
Not recommended for those with an allergy to latex or nuts.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Smells delicious and is a super nourishing cream which liquidizes quickly at room temperature and when it is applied to the skin. Often used alone, it may also be applied and used in hair care products due to its moisturizing and conditioning properties.
One of the highest regarded oils for the skin it absorbs quickly into the skin, mimicking sebum, the skin’s natural lubricant. A light textured oil it has softening, nourishing and anti-inflammatory qualities. Excellent skin healing abilities it is suitable for all skin types including mature skin and may also be used in hair care.
Great for all skin types it softens soothes and moisturizes the skin. Extremely nourishing almond oil makes a wonderful addition to many homemade and commercial beauty products.
Not recommended for those with an allergy to Nuts.
Is a natural astringent, pimple treatment and great for revitalizing the skin. It is also great for sensitive skin so particularly good to incorporate into homemade shaving creams or even aftershave. It has antibacterial, antiseptic and antioxidant properties.
Not recommended to use if you have epilepsy, hypertension and while pregnant.
Adds freshness while helping to reduce any skin itchiness, inflammation and puffiness. This essential oil is also antibacterial, antiseptic and stimulating.
Avoid using with epilepsy and while pregnant.
Mint & Rosemary Shaving Cream ~
1/3 cup Shea Butter
1/3 cup Virgin Coconut Oil (solid)
1/4 cup Jojoba Oil or Sweet Almond Oil
8 – 10 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
3 – 5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
8 oz Glass Jar
Heat Safe Mixing Bowl
Hand Held Beater / Mixer
- Melt the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil in the saucepan over a gently heat until fully melted. This will not take very long, keep stirring to mix an even consistency.
- When fully melted, remove from heat, pour into heat safe bowl and add the Jojoba Oil (or Almond Oil). Mix well to combine ingredients.
- Add the Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils and mix in well.
- Pop the bowl in the fridge to cool and harden (not rock hard)
- Remove and whisk it with a hand mixer or stand mixer until the shaving cream is light and fluffy in texture.
- Spoon the cream into a sterilized, clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
- To store this, keep in a cool dark cupboard for up to a month.
Additional Grooming tips by Penelope ~
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Don’t expect this to lather, it won’t. It is more of a shaving oil cream than foaming shaving soap for example.
If shaving cream turns out a little thin add more Shea Butter, if too thick, add a little more Jojoba Oil.
Do not leave in the fridge overnight as it will be very hard and difficult to whip.
After a few hours give it a check and if solid enough, then carry on. If not, pop back into the fridge for longer.
To clean razor after shaving, Stand razor in a cup of warm water for a minute, give it a swirl and stand the razor to dry.
Run out of shaving cream? No worries, use olive oil as a natural quick and easy substitute, it works well but no need to use much as it is heavier oil. A little goes a long way when applying to the skin.
Utilize the ingredients if bought in bulk for other homemade recipes for cosmetics, fragrance and skin care. For example, Peppermint may be used in a homemade mouthwash and Jojoba used in Jojoba anti-wrinkle solution.
Would you try making shaving cream?
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