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 is so simple to make and leaves your skin silky smooth. 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.
Easy Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe
What You Need:
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil (I buy mine on Tropical Traditions or 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 or jojoba, whatever you have on hand)
- Essential Oils (optional)
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 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.
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.
And now that you’ve purchase 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.
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 for Women. It features an alternative recipe that has a few more ingredients but it’s just as good!
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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 December 2018.