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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.)
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.
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.