3 Ingredient Homemade Shaving Cream – Easy DIY Recipe
Want to make your own easy Homemade Shaving Cream that you can whip up anytime you run out? You only need 3 ingredients and a few minutes to put together this recipe!
Easy Homemade Shaving Cream
It feels like forever since I wrote down the note on my idea board: “Homemade Shave Cream”. I think for some reason I was thinking it would be difficult to make or require something I didn’t have on hand. Turns out that neither of those things was true, and I’m glad I finally took the plunge!
This recipe for easy Homemade Shaving Cream alternative is so simple to make and leaves your skin silky smooth and full of moisture. No more irritation or razor burn that is common on sensitive skin!
You can add essential oils to give it a little scent or just leave it unscented for those with fragrance issues.
Tips and Tricks to Making Easy Homemade Shaving Cream
- I love this recipe because it’s so simple but it’s not one that you want to put down your drain. This particular recipe works best for men or for those that do not shave in the shower.
- It’s totally fine to use this as a “dry” shaving cream, meaning you don’t need to be wet to put it on and when you are done, you can simply wipe off the excess and enjoy the smooth lotion effect from what’s left on your skin.
- If you do want a homemade shaving cream/gel that you can use in the shower. I recommend Castile Soap.
- This easy homemade Shaving Cream does not lather. That’s ok, it doesn’t need to!
- A little goes a long way. You only need a small amount to shave with.
- This shaving cream will store for several weeks if left in a cool, dry area. If you get water in the jar of cream it will spoil faster.
Instructions for DIY Shaving Cream
What You Need:
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil (I buy mine from Azure Standard)
- 1/3 cup Shea Butter (I buy mine on Amazon)
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil (you could use a different oil like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil, whatever you have on hand)
- Essential Oils (optional)
- Vitamin E Oil (optional)
- Aloe Vera Gel (also optional but nice for sensitive skin)
The ingredients! I order shea butter in bulk, buy my olive oil in bulk, and order coconut oil from Azure Standard. (I used to order from Tropical Traditions as seen in the pic, but found a better price from Azure.)
You can read all about coconut oil and why it’s important to buy a good brand on my Coconut Oil Lotion post. Let’s talk for a minute about Shea Butter though….
Just like with coconut oil, with Shea Butter you want to pick a good unrefined, unprocessed kind. You can choose between ivory and gold shea butters.
One is not better than the other, but I prefer the different colors for different things. (I can usually get gold shea butter for less than ivory so I mostly stick with that, but ivory shea butter is good for things like Diaper Rash Cream because it’s less likely to stain.) **Note that shea butter does not smell like the “shea butter lotions” that come from the store, it has a very earthy smell which is normal.
There are so many uses for shea butter that it’s worth keeping on hand. If stored in a cool dark place, shea butter will stay good for over a year.
Start by melting the shea butter and the coconut oil on a low heat on the stove top. It doesn’t take very long to melt.
Once it’s melted, pour into a container and add in the olive oil and stir. Set this mixture in the fridge and let it harden.
Once it’s solid again you can take it out of the fridge and put it into a bowl that you can whip it in. It kinda looks like a block of butter, doesn’t it?
Whip it! I did this for about 3 minutes with a hand mixer or you can do it until it’s light and creamy.
Add in essential oils here if you wish. Lavender or peppermint are a good fit but you can try any essential oil of your choice as long as you don’t have a sensitivity and as long as it’s not phototoxic (like lemon oil).
Isn’t it beautiful? Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark area when not in use.
Follow up your shave with a good Homemade Aftershave Lotion.
Use this homemade shaving cream the same as you would any store-bought shaving cream! This could be used for shaving for men or women. I’m so glad I finally worked up a recipe for this and that it’s so effective.
More Recipes with Shea Butter
And now that you’ve purchased Shea Butter to make this Homemade Shaving Cream recipe, you might want to try out these other projects we’ve posted that use it as well.
- Vanilla Lip Balm. This is SUCH an easy recipe! If you don’t already make your own lip balm you should definitely try it.
- Homemade Shea Butter Lotion. This is a nice simple lotion with shea butter as it’s main ingredient.
- White Chocolate Whipped Body Butter Recipe. This body butter smells so good!
- DIY Body Butter. This is a tutorital on how to DIY your own body butter. Great for customizing to what you like!
If you are looking for a good combination of essential oils to put in your easy homemade shaving cream, you also might want to read my mom’s article on how to make Homemade Shaving Cream Alternative for Women. It features an alternative recipe that has a few more ingredients but it’s just as good!
Need to print this recipe for DIY Shaving Cream so you have it to make later? Grab it below!
DIY Shaving Cream
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil you could use a different oil like sweet almond oil or jojoba oil, whatever you have on hand
- Essential Oils optional
- Vitamin E Oil optional
- Aloe Vera Gel also optional but nice for sensitive skin
Start by melting the shea butter and the coconut oil on a low heat on the stove top. It doesn't take very long to melt.
Once it's melted, pour into a container and add in the olive oil and stir. Set this mixture in the fridge and let it harden.
Once it's solid again you can take it out of the fridge and put it into a bowl that you can whip it in. It kinda looks like a block of butter, doesn't it?
Whip it! I did this for about 3 minutes or you can do it until it's light and creamy. Add in essential oils here if you wish.
Isn't it beautiful? Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark area when not in use.
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This tutorial for Easy Homemade Shaving Cream was originally posted on Little House Living in January 2013. It has been updated as of January 2023.
Yep, this looks delicious enough to eat and also looks like it would be better to shave with then regular shave cream.
Agreed! You can’t go wrong with three natural ingredients vs. the 20+ ingredients in regular shavin
g cream. I love the idea of adding essential oils to the mix for scent–totally beats the chemical smell of the stuff in the can!
than shaving cream.
You mention creating a gel by using Castile soap. Do you have a lingering recipe for a shave gel?
Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful recipes and DIY inspirations.
I don’t have a recipe for shave gel but I do use straight castile soap as a “shaving gel” on its own. It’s works great for something simple!
I bet this smells wonderful! I just bought some shaving cream and was thinking that it was very expensive. I will have to give this a try. I like a cream for shaving better anyway.
Another winner. You keep teaching this grandma new tricks! Love, love, love, your blog. Hope 2013 is a great one for you and yours.
I don’t need shaving cream, but this recipe is so brilliant that I went ahead and posted a link to you to share it anyway. Gee, maybe I’ll even start using shaving cream just to try this!
Thanks for sharing! Maybe you will find some kind of use for it in the future anyways!
Do you have any idea how long this will keep? I support troops fighting overseas and cannot send canned (aerosol) shaving cream and thought if this held up very long I might try send it instead. It is pretty cool/cold out now – so the dark, cool place for storage shouldn’t be a problem. If it will last that long to send.
Any ideas if it would make it?
I’m not sure how long. It should keep fairly well at least for a few weeks in a cool dark area.
Why isn’t there a ‘soapy’ element to it? Normal shaving creams have some cleansing element in it isn’t it?
I’m not aware that shaving creams have a cleansing element but I suppose some might. This recipe isn’t like the foaming “gels”, it’s a cream based, used to get a close shave, not to be used as a body wash.
If you’re going to ship it, you’ll have to add a preservative into it. I make a different shave cream, and when I shipped it just stateside, it went sour during the summer months. The stuff I have in our house, now, has lecithin in it and has been used since last June with success.
Also, I used to ship aerosol cans to my husband all the time while he was deployed. lol
You could also add a little Vitamin E oil to preserve it 🙂
Vitamin e is not a preservative, but rather an antioxident that can help retard rancidity.
Having used shea butter quite extensively, one issue with shipping it overseas is the heat factor. Shea butter, along with the coconut oil, will melt in warmer temps and could arrive as a very oily mess unless you can acquire leak proof containers where the liner is not effected by the oils.
What percentage of Lecithin did you use in your recipe? How long did your shaving cream last with Lecithin?
I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for sharing!
Won’t this clog your drains?
It’s the same as any other shaving cream so I’m not sure why it would. Plus all the ingredients are natural and will dissolve.
It does clog the drain. I made it for my husband and son and they loved it, but had to put lye down my son’s sink to get rid of the blockage from the oil. My husband had to put dish washing soap and hot water to keep the sink draining. Need to figure out how to avoid that as they both love the recipe.
We have had drain blockage also— any suggestion??
The coconut oil will solidify at room temp. That’s the culprit. I use a DIY toothpaste with coconut oil and routinely clean out the gook in my trap below the sink. Hot water regularly down the drain after you shave will help a lot.
I used oil based shaving creams for some time, and they make the bath tub extremely slippery and the drains do clog over time. I prefer shaving soap I purchase locally.
It is never a good idea to put any oil down the drain. You could have a trashcan nearby and just tap the razor out or rinse it in a cup of water and dump it outside.
Great recipe, Merissa! It’s basically the same one I use for body lotion on my blog, and I make mine the same way. That’s what’s so cool about natural products – they are so multi-purpose that it really saves money, doesn’t it? Great post!
I had the same question about the drain clogging. Oil solidifies when cold so wouldn’t it in the pipes?
If you pour it down your drains, it might. But, if you shave with warm/hot water there won’t be any problems. My husband has been using his shave cream (different recipe, though) for months, and we’ve never had any clogged drains.
I do love the idea though:)! Thanks for sharing!
I would imagine that if it’s being watered down as it goes down the drain, it would be fine…just like if you rinsed olive oil or coconut oil off your hands.
I don’t think this would work for people in the military overseas, if they’re in hot desert areas. Even if they had somewhere cool to keep it, it would likely melt while in transit, and re-solidify in a non-whipped condition. At least, that’s my thought.
Merissa this sounds wonderful. I’m going to make it for my husband and of course me 🙂
Hi, I will try this.love your blog.I see you are country girl,so am I. Thank You!
I wonder if my hubby would use this on his head? He does use homemade deodorant! Just gotta break down and buy shea butter:)
I bet it would feel nice! It’s much softer than regular shaving cream.
Wondering if my guys would use it?
My husband finally tried it out the other week and LOVED it!
This is pure genius! Seriously, best DIY I’ve seen in a long time! Definitely doing this as I have really sensitive skin and I react to almost everything. So excited about this. : )
Just wondering if there was an alternate ingredient for the Shea butter? I’d love to try this but I really don’t like the smell of Shea butter.
Have you tried Kokum butter? I love the stuff!
Cocoa butter or mango butter should work fine.
I also wonder if there is a possibility to sub for Shea butter. I hate the smell as well and its sooooo oily!
I tried this recipe as written today and it works awesome. Ledt my skin very moisturized. It’s just a bit too oily for me with the shea, I gunked up my tub pretty bad! Next time I’m gonna try cocoa butter. 🙂
I haven’t used anything besides shea butter but if you try something else let us know how it goes!
I think I’m going to try it with the Shea butter and try to cover the smell with essential oils. Is it better to use refined or unrefined Shea butter? Our homesteading store has both.
Definitely unrefined 🙂
I thought shaving cream (for men anyway) should have some clay in it? Currently I use a soap which was expressly made for shaving. It just lathers up when I rub my shaving brush on it. It does contain some clay, which is what distinguishes it from other soaps. The clay helps to lubricate the blade across the skin.
You could always add clay if you’d like to but you don’t have to with this recipe.
I love this! I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this!
My boyfriend currently uses shaving soap, would it be possible to make this and leave it in it’s hardened state to use as soap?
You could try it!
I was wondering about leaving it hard as a soap myself. I wonder how that turned out?
I don’t have EVOO, just “light tasting olive oil” that my husband didn’t know he grabbed, lol. Since I don’t want to use that oil, I do have jojoba, avocado and grapeseed oil. I’m thinking jojoba would be the best substitute, what do you think?
NM, I just read your alternate suggestions in the actual recipe, lol!
Yes, I think Jojoba would work great!
I love your blog! It’s full of great ideas and recipes, and inspiring me to follow my dream to get back into the country life and simple living. I actually made this shaving cream, and then handed it to my fiancee to try. He wasn’t happy with it because it totally melted on his face and didn’t foam up. I didn’t expect it to foam up, of course, it takes soap and one of those foam-making pumps for that, but I thought it was interesting that he was so against it because it didn’t do that! Well, it did not go to waste! It’s actually a fabulous body butter that I have been using every morning! I probably should try it as a shaving cream for myself, but I keep forgetting to take it into the shower with me!
I just made this yesterday. It works pretty well on my head and face. Unlike the store bought cream it still pulls pretty hard, like using bar soap, but there was a major advantage.
I use a very cheap razor and cut myself EVERY time I shave. With this recipe I didn’t have even one nick. It was quite wonderful. 🙂
It is a bit of a greasy mess to clean up though.
Use DE razor, its the best and super cheap!!
Wow! I’ve been searching for a shaving creme for The Man. However, he can’t use olive oil on his face (think skin problems). Can you recommend a substitute (healthy) oil? Thanks much!
I would try jojoba oil instead. 😉
avocado oil feels amazing on the skin- pricey but worth it 🙂
Does this work well for wet shaving, i.e. with a brush and double edge razor (for men)? Also, for wet-shaving, can the whipping step be skipped so it can be used like a traditional shaving soap such as Williams, etc?
I haven’t used it as a bar but I’d assume it would be fine, maybe a little harder to use…and yes it works for wet shaving with a men’s razor as my hubby can attest to! He said it made his face feel the smoothest it’s ever been.
I have to tell you this is not only good shaving cream, but the best facial cleanser you will ever try!!! I rub it on a dry face (eye-make up too) and remove with a warm washcloth. It is awesome!
Awesome! I’m so glad it’s working for you!
Just wondering if there was an alternate ingredient for the Shea butter? I’d love to try this but I really don’t like the smell of Shea butter
It was lovely after i whipped it up, but it soon went flat and gooey. My husband shaves in the shower & it makes the shower floor slippery. Still searching for a good alternative, sad to say this isn’t it.
I’m sorry that happened for you Jean! My shaving cream stayed fluffy for months and months (until we used it up) so I’m not sure why it would do that for you. 🙁
Would cocoa butter be a viable replacement for the shea butter?
It should work but I’m not sure if it would whip up the same. If you try it let us know!
I wonder why you wouldn’t be able to mix like fells naps a (spelling not sure )soap to the recipe ?..I definitely want to try this but think I will use cocoa butter in place of Shea!…thanks
I’m not sure if you’d want to mix a bar soap with this recipe. I don’t think it would whip up the same and the consistancy wouldn’t be as smooth for shaving. Cocoa Butter should work fine in place of shea though!
I tied this with cocoa butter instead of shea…it whips the same, but it does melt easier then with the shea. I like this for my friction burn (because I sit on my feet I get this on my ankles) I use it as an overnight butter. I use the shea butter one as a shave crème but it gets melted and is more like a shaving oil then a crème, but either way I like it better then the store bought stuff.
I’m wondering what one could use as a substitute for coconut oil? I have extremely oily skin that is acne prone, and coconut oil is highly comedogenic. Could I simply mix jojoba and shea butter together?
You can try but I’m not sure it would whip up the same. It should still work though!
Coconut is non-comedogenic? I use it on my oily, break out prone (42 y/o) skin and have no problems at all…
I made this recipe with cocoa butter because I’m allergic to shea butter–I cannot get it to become fluffy at all–it turns back into a liquid when I try and mix it…if I let it set longer in the fridge it gets too hard to mix–super frustrated with this. My tub also became super slippery from using it and that is a concern for sure. If I can feel it on my tub to that degree then what is happening to my drains. I do like the idea of adding the clay–maybe that’s the key for my recipe, but super duper frustrated right now.
Sorry, I know it works with the shea butter because that’s all I’ve tried!
Amazing!!! I’m going to give this a try.
I just love your blog – THANK YOU.
I’ve shared this with all my friends in Scotland
Trying this. I wonder if putting a bit of Castille soap would make it lather up for the guys that need lather??
I made this for my son who has very oily skin. We used avocado oil instead of the olive oil and mango butter (unrefined) in place of the coconut. I also added two tablespoons of Dr. Bronners peppermint castille soap (which should contain olive oil since that’s what castille soap is) and he loves it! It stayed fluffy and doesn’t make his face oily.
Hi Marissa, I followed your recipe however I’ve spent over 5 minutes whipping it and it has turned into a greenish thick liquid but not creamy and foamy like in your pictures. Any troubleshooting ideas?
Wow, I’m not sure, I haven’t heard of that happening before.
The first time I made this I used an organic shea lotion instead of shea butter. It smelled Wonderful! It did not stay whipped but became more of a thick oil, I put it in one of those picnic catchup bottles and it worked great. I have since went on line and purchased the african shea butter. But the smell is not so wonderful! Any suggestions on making this smell more like store bought shea butter before I make my next batch would be appreciated.
I’m sure it’s created by an artificial fragrance unfortunately. You could always add in a vanilla or another essential oil to make it smell good 🙂
Merissa……OMG!….You have made a convert of me on this one!. I am currently eliminating “Chemical Concoctions” from my regimine. We absorb what we put onto and into our bodies, you know. I found your Recipe and site via Bing Search. Took the “Recipe” and went out shopping for ingredients. Shea Butter I found at Natural Grocers. But I am sure most any health foods stores will carry it in their cosmetics area. The product is extremely simple, even an old man such as myself put it together..(64 y/o that is but do not consider myself old yet!!) I melted the Shea Butter and Coconut oils together …then as the recipe called for, added the Olive Oil…It did not wanna harden so quickly in the fridge so, in my anxiety to test it, I put it into the freezer. Wallah!. 30 minutes later it was buttered. Took out my old mixer and whipped it all up to a creamy frosting texture. I seriously thought of just eating it instead..hehe It looks lucious!.. Put it into a ZipLock round container with screw on lid and placed it into the bathroom counter. Curiousity got the best of me. Since my previous shave with Mug and Brush and single blade Safety Blade was not all that great, I Greased up! Yeah, it is a bit greasy, fatty. But after all, we are dealing with pure fats now. The shave was the best I have had in many months!!Razor glided much easier than with standard cosmetic shave creams. Even better than my glycerine shave soap with mug and brush lathering. Mug and Brush are now in the dumpster. Never again will I go back to them!! This preparation is an all natural concoction. No harmful chemicals for your body to absorb and the liver to process. Thank you Merissa!! You now have a loyal fan! As I continue my journey into Naturals, I know I can find a recipe for Bay Rum Aftershave. WooHoo!….maybe is a bit old fashoned. But still very popular and sexy as it was then ….
From what I have read, the shave cream becomes transparent when applying. Is there anything that can be added to the current recipe to make it more of cream that you can see? Is clay and option, and how much?
I haven’t found that this was transparent when it was used but I did make mine with a gold shea butter which probably helped.
Thank you Merissa
this sounds fab. I’ve recently started an aromatherapy course and i’m planning making natural body products for my family for christmas.
I was wondering at which stage you add the essential oils when making this?
Thanks so much for posting.
I would add them during the whipping stage.
Hello, I was just wondering how many is ounces of shaving cream does this recipe make?
About 8 ounces.
I tried this for my husband, but it didn’t have enough protection. I LOVE it as body butter 🙂
I am wanting to try out this recipe but I am finding it all over the internet with the following measurements
1/3 shea butter
1/3 coconut oil
1/4 olive oil.
But also posted alot with these measurments.
2/3 shea butter
2/3 coconut oil
1/4 olive oil.
Which one is correct?
The recipe I use is the one above:
1/3 c. Coconut Oil
1/3 c. Shea Butter
1/4 c. Olive Oil
I love your ideas! I do have a question, though. You use a lot of coconut oil in your recipes. I’m allergic to it. Is there a good substitute for coconut oil in your shaving cream, lip balm, etc. . .? Thank you!
I’m really not sure as I haven’t tried a substitute but you could always try a few different things like cocoa butter or mango butter and see if they would work instead.
Does it lather?
No, this isn’t like a foaming shaving gel, it’s like a lotion/cream.
I can’t wait to try this. I currently buy a lot of my body products from The Body Shop because it is all natural. In the past 3 years I have become much more health conscience and recently treating my skin with more natural alternatives since our skin is the largest organ. I personally use skin care that contains moringa oleifera, French clay and snowflake flower (just to name a few). The anti-aging benefits are amazing. No more coloring my hair and I have even found a couple sulfate free hairsprays. I love living natural and sharing with others!
I wanted to know what the shelf life on the shaving cream is??
It lasts at least 6 months to a year.
Just tried the recipe this evening. As soon as I applied it to skin the whip melted into the skin and it was like oil. Is this correct? Did I mix to long or?
It will feel like a oil lotion because it’s mostly made of oil and coconut oil tends to melt when it touches skin (because of body heat), so yes, that’s what it should do.
Is there something besides Coconut o? I would love to try a lot of ur handmade recipes!!
My husband just switched to a straight razor yesterday. Would this work? Would he still need brush and mug? Thanks for the help….
This should work with any razor, you shouldn’t need a brush, although I’ve heard of some that have used this recipe that way and they enjoy it 🙂
I bought the supplies to make this and can’t wait to try it! I was wondering how you measure the shea butter though? Mine is a hard block! Didn’t know if I should warm some of it, then measure it or melt it and then measure. Same with the coconut oil…if it is more solid then liquid, do you melt then measure?
I just scoop it as well as I can into a measuring cup to measure. If you place it in a fairly warm area for a bit it should soften quickly.
I made this right before Christmas. Every year my feet get so dried out in the winter they bleed. We heat with wood and this year has been cold here in NH! I use this every time I get out of the shower as a moisturizer on my feet. It is wonderful! I follow it up with a coating from a lotion bar before bed each night. Amazingly, my feet are smooth as silk! No dryness whatsoever! I know that you developed this as a shaving cream, but it is wonderful as a moisturizer – and no weird chemicals! Thank you so much!
I loved this recipe and i love the way it made my skin feel. Through problem i had was that it kept clogging our razors. Do you know how to fix this? Thanks Sandra
I’m curious if this will aggravate a sensitive skin condition. My husband gets the occasional pimple outbreak and has to be vigilant about what he uses for shaving.
I have very sensitive skin and so does my husband and it seems to work fine for us.
What a wonderful body butter recipe! Though I do have concerns about using it as a shaving cream due to the water exposure and the high probability of mold, yeast & bacteria growth. With the use of a preservative this would be awesome as a shaving cream. Vitamin E will prevent your oils from going rancid, but it is not a preservative. Mango butter could be used in place of the shea, but a little more soft oil may be necessary due to it being a bit harder than shea.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts about homemade shaving
Would you mind telling me which brand Shea Butter you buy on Amazon. It seem like there are too many choices for me. I want to try the shaving cream and appreciate your help. Thanks Jeannie
I’ve gotten several different brands. I just look for one that is raw and unfiltered. 🙂
What would you say the shelf life is of this shaving cream?
It will last at least a year or more depending on the temperature it’s stored at.
Can you substitute baby oil for the olive oil??
– The Couple
I wouldn’t, baby oil can clog up pores. You could sub jojoba or almond oil though if you have those instead.
I am making this recipe for my father and father-in-law. I followed the directions but, I have a question.
How long do you leave it in the refrigerator? Mine feels cool but it not hardening. It’s been in there for a good 30 minutes.
I don’t leave it in very long, just enough to become solid again.
I was wondering how the shaving would look like once you applied it. As in would it look like a clear oil or would it look like a cream?
As a cream when applied then becoming clearing as it warms up next to your skin.
I did enjoy making it, the consistency of it and how my legs felt after using it. However, I didn’t like the smell (but can overlook that part) but the worst thing was the buildup left on my bathtub. It was awful! It also made my tub slick after using it. I will have to find another recipe.
I would think straight coconut oil or EVO applied to your legs, face or underarms would be fine to shave with, without all the mess and extra ingredients. I think the razor just needs something to drag thru so it doesn’t drag your skin.
I havent tried it yet tho as coconut oil is expensive and right now I just buy the super cheap men’s cream to shave with lol. I use coconut oil for a moisturizer after shaving tho—so light and not greasy, and for a hand moisturizer too—no need to wear gloves afterward. It’s also a nice makeup remover. I make deo out of it too. For now, I dont shave my legs in the winter :0 so maybe I’ll break down and try it when warm weather comes lol SOOO many things coconut oil is good for! And EVO works great too, a few drops on ur hands or legs is a nice moisturizer.
I use just straight coconut oil. It doesn’t take much and gives me the best shave ever! Just an FYI that I found the other day on how to get a smooth, bump free shave. Shave first thing when you get in the shower. If you wait until last thing, your hair will soak up some water and expand. When you shave it off and it retreats under the skin as the water evaporates it can get caught under the skin causing a bump as it grows.
Thank you for every other informative blog.
The place else could I get that kind of information written in such a perfect
way? I have a project that I am just now operating on, and I’ve been on the look out for such information.
This sounds fabulous, but does it clog your drain or do you have to use it in a way that it doesn’t go down the drain????
We have never had a problem with it clogging the drain.
I’m 80 yrs old, lost my wife recently and now I have to learn homemaker things. I really like the shave cream, I’m right now making some, it’s in the fridge cooling. So far so good, but how much peppermint essential oil should I add??
Thanks for your help
I would add at least 5 to 15 drops depending on how strong you want the scent to be.
Merissa, thanks for the speedy reply. Looks good so far. Jim
I have an aging Mother who grows a beard if not shaven. I made this for her on her 80th birthday. We accidently got some in her eye while shaving. This turned out to be both good and bad. Her eyesight in the eye with your cream increased by 70%. She loves to go for long walks in our small community. She was walking her usual path when she came upon tree trimmers working in the area. By mistake she walked straight into a tree shredder and was killed. I want to think the creator of this website for helping her see better before she died.
Um…. Sorry for your loss?
This shaving cream looks great but when I mixed this up it stays a thin, runny texture, not light and fluffy. I added baking soda, three times to try and thicken it, probably 1 tsp. total and used a mixer about 15 minutes total over about 3 sessions and it is still thin and runny. Any thoughts on why this is not thickening up and getting the fluffy texture?
Is your house warm? You may want to stick it in the fridge for a bit before whipping.
I don’t have the machine to whip it. Is there anything else I could use?
I would like to make some shaving cream for my daughter, who breaks out in a rash from every shaving cream on the market. She even tried using hair conditioner as was suggested by someone. I was wondering if the cocoa butter has a strong smell? I would like to add some lavender essential oil. I don’t have the other essential oils (except tea tree oil) and I am not able to purchase a bunch of oils as they are quite expensive. I don’t want it to be too thin and yet I don’t want to put things in that might irritate her skin. Any thoughts?
You could leave out the essential to save money if you wanted to. Cocoa butter doesn’t have a strong scent but it does have a natural chocolate like scent.
This is my first time doing this and although I loved the initial idea, as I tried it feels to oily for me and there’s a particular smell that I don’t like. I was wondering if one can add esencial oils and if there’s something that can be changed so it won’t feel like that. Also, mine melted and I wanted to know if I can put it in the fridge and go over the same procedure (whip it)? Help
Yes, you can add essential oils, although you will probably want to stay away from the ones that would make your skin photosensitive. You could add more shea butter and less coconut oil and that would help solve the oily issue and make it a bit more solid, although like anything with coconut oil you will still want to keep it in a cool place.
I love it! It works great. It does not however travel well. Mine got too hot on a road trip and became liquid!
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I just made some uding your recipe as inspiration.
I dont like the feel of sheabutter on my skin so I used more coconut oil and added a bit of beeswax to hopefully prevent it from turning liquid to easily. Added almondoil (infused with calendula flowers from my garden)
It looks nice and fluffy. I put it in the fridge now and hopefully it will stay that way and not get to solid.
Used the leftovers in the bowl as cream for my feet and legs 😊
Update: fridge is not a good idea, it becomes to hard. Took it out and mixed it again, now its nice and fluffy creamy again. My husband tried shaving with it. Makes the razor slide over the skin smoothly but it totally clogs up the blade and he could not rinse it out with hot water, sticky mess…so no succes unfortunately.
I will try to use it to shave my legs and use a bowl with hot water and baking soda, hopefully that will make it easier to rinse the oil out between the blades.
Wow i badly need this! Thanks for giving me an idea!
OMG, this recipe looks and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the share.
I love the recommendation for traditional shaving, as well as your point on not shaving against the grain, many people get this wrong!
Can one make this in a blender? I don’t have an electric mixer.
This recipe would be difficult to make in a blender because it would just stick to the sides.
Can you substitute Beef tallow for the shea butter ?
I haven’t tried it. It may be a little bit firmer than the shea butter but it will probably still work.
With aloe being a water based product, final product wont be as stable for which will cause bacteria growth and faster rancidity. I don’t see where you speak to this….did I miss it?
What are your recommendations for addressing this
Aloe is only an optional ingredient in this recipe. Should you choose to add it I would store it in the fridge (for fresh aloe), shelf stable aloe shouldn’t change things.