How To Make Homemade Shaving Cream

Have you been unsuccessful with some of the branded, store-bought shaving creams on the market?

Well, maybe you should try some DIY shaving cream. When making a homemade shaving cream you can know exactly what’s going into it and ensure all ingredients are suitable for you and your skin’s needs resulting in a natural shaving cream that soothes your skin before you shave.

Now, you’re going to be wondering how to make homemade shaving cream and at first, it sounds like it’ll be a challenge. However, if you follow the homemade shaving cream recipe, tips, and information you’re about to read in this article then you’ll soon be on your way to making your own shaving cream. this DIY shaving cream will beat all the other skincare products and prevent the horrible side effects of shaving like razor burn and razor bumps.

If you’re in need of a new shaver to go with your DIY shaving cream then be sure to check out our guide on the best women’s electric razor.

 

Why You Should Make Homemade Shaving Cream

Here are some reasons that a homemade shaving cream will benefit you much more than a store-bought one.

  • Fewer Toxins – What we put on our skin ends up in our bloodstream and harmful chemicals used in some shaving creams seep into your bloodstream. Reducing toxins can have a powerful impact on your overall well-being.
  • Easy to make – It’s relatively easy to make homemade shaving cream.
  • Moisturizing – Homemade shaving cream both protects from nicks and razor burn and it moisturizes your skin.

 

Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe 1

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/2 C Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 C Shea Butter
  • 3 TBSP Aloe Vera
  • 1/2-1 tsp Sweet Almond Oil (or substitute)
  • 20 drops of essential oils

 

Recipe:

  1. First, you’ll need to set up a double-boiler in order to melt down the coconut oil and shea butter. A double-boiler can be made by bringing water to boil in a medium-sized pan on the stovetop.
  2. Then place an empty bowl into the pan, so that the heat from the boiling water can melt the contents of the bowl. Be sure to use a heat resistant bowl, to prevent any melting.
  3. Once cool enough to safely handle, place the mixture into the refrigerator until firm.
  4. Remove the firm mixture from the refrigerator and place it into the bowl of your stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment to beat until it looks like the consistency of traditional shaving cream.
  5. Next, switch your mixer’s attachment to the beater attachment. Add aloe vera, sweet almond oil, and essential oils. Mix until well incorporated. The texture won’t change too much, although it will look slightly more wet/shiny.
  6. Scoop into a jar or other container for storage and use!

 This homemade shaving cream can be used on the face, legs, and armpits when you are ready to shave, wet the area and then apply the shaving cream. You will quickly notice that you won’t need a lot as a little goes a long way.

 

Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe 2

Ingredients needed:

  • 2 1/2 oz mango butter (can substitute shea butter, if desired)
  • 2 1/2 oz coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp castile soap (I use peppermint, but any scent will work)
  • 2 Tbsp jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, or grapeseed oil

 

Recipe:

  1. Place coconut oil and mango butter in a pot and warm over low heat until melted.
  2. Once melted, allow to cool briefly. Add the oil and soap. Stir to combine.
  3. If the mixture is cool enough, pour into a mixing bowl. If not, then let it cool until it’s close to room temperature, before transferring to a bowl. After that place in the fridge until completely cool.
  4. Allow hardening which can take up to an hour.
  5. Once hard, remove the bowl from the fridge. If the mixture is too firm to beat with an electric mixer, allow it to soften a little.
  6. Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture for at least two minutes. If the mixture is not fluffy after two minutes, whip for another minute until it resembles whipped frosting. The cream will vary in volume depending on how long it is whipped.
  7. Once sufficiently whipped, transfer shaving cream to a container with a lid.

 

Applying Shaving Cream: A Step By Step Guide

  1. Rinse your skin with warm water – Step into the shower or grab a wet washcloth, then soak the part of your body that you’re going to shave for about 5 minutes as this will help open up your pores and soothe your skin so that you get a smoother, cleaner shave.
  2. Lather some shaving cream on your hands – Apply an almond-sized dab of shaving cream onto your hands, then rub your palms together. Do this for about 5 seconds until the shaving cream looks smooth, frothy, and covers your palms and fingers.
  3. (Optional) Use a shaving bowl for smoother cream – While this one isn’t essential if you’d like a smoother application, squirt your shaving cream into a shaving bowl, then use the shaving brush to swirl it around. Keep doing this for about 1 minute until the shaving cream looks white and frothy.
  4. Rub in the shaving cream – Taking your foamy shaving cream, apply a thick layer all over the area you’re going to be shaving.

 

Risks Of Not Using Shaving Cream

When you shave with a hand razor or safety razor, you’re dragging a sharp surface over your skin’s soft, sensitive surface. It’s possible to do this carefully and safely. But there are some risks and side effects caused by dry-shaving.

Razor burn

Dry-shaving has the potential to scrape off skin cells, even if you don’t visibly nick or cut your skin. This can cause razor burn, itchy bumps, and redness after shaving.

Razor bumps

Shaving without shaving cream can cause razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Razor bumps can be itchy and pus-filled and in rare cases, they can become infected.

Nicks and cuts

When you shave without any lubrication (dry-shaving), there’s less protection on your skin when you shave which can lead to the razor blade getting caught on your skin more causing nicks and cuts on the skin.

 

Benefits Of Shaving Cream

Hydrates the skin

Before shaving it is extremely important for both the skin and the hair to remain hydrated. So that shaving is done easily. Using soap during shaving only removes dirt and oil from the skin, causing the skin to turn dry. Therefore, shaving cream should be used so that the skin and hair can stay hydrated as well as clean.

No irritation

Using soap and water for shaving causes irritation of the skin and hair can not be properly removed. But when you use shaving cream, the problem of irritation is less.

Hair is easily removed

Using shaving cream helps in shaving hair. It doesn’t matter what you apply the cream as long as you use it before shaving.

You can avoid razor burn

Shaving on dry skin increases the likelihood of a cut on the upper layer of the skin, which causes irritation. But shaving cream works like a barrier between the upper layer of the skin and the razor, which reduces the possibility of razor burning.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does homemade shaving cream last?

DIY shaving cream is not meant to withstand the test of time. It’s best not to keep it any longer than two weeks in a dry, cool place. If water gets into your shave cream, discard it and make a new batch.

How do you thicken homemade shaving cream?

If you prefer a shaving cream so thick that it’s like a shaving gel, you’ll need to work with non-castile soap bases. If you have goat’s milk soap on hand, crumbling this and heating it until it melts will give you an excellent non-castile soap to use.

Can I use oil instead of shaving cream?

Body oil is another great substitute for shaving cream. It’s lightweight and has multiple benefits that can nourish your skin and keep it moisturized. Look for body oils made with ingredients such as fruits and flowers, which will help enhance your skin after shaving.

Can you shave with just water?

Can you shave with just water? If you don’t have any options for a shaving cream alternative, you can shave with only water. Steaming up your bathroom with a hot shower will help open up your pores and hair follicles. Then switch the stream to a warm (not hot) temperature before shaving carefully.

Can I use lotion instead of shaving cream?

Just like hair conditioner and shea butter, regular old lotion can duel as an alternative to shaving cream when needed. Although we would not recommend using lotion every time you shave but instead when in a pinch is a good way to go.

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