I’ve been wanting to try making homemade shaving cream for some time now. In college I experimented with those cans of foam for women. But they never went very far, were expensive, and had all kinds of crazy ingredients I couldn’t pronounce. I usually just defaulted to bar soap. It works, but it isn’t great. And I have crazy sensitive skin and the bar soap usually resulted in a bad shave and a nasty rash.
Way Better Than the Junk in the Can!
Not too long ago, my husband was checking out his can of sensitive shaving cream (the kind for guys) and was amazed at how much of it was unpronounceable. So we started experimenting and found him a more natural version in a tube that works great, but is still a little too chemically for me. He loves it, but I’ll convert him!
I made him the homemade shaving cream from the recipe below and gave it to him for a trial run. It’s a little harder to work with than the foam (doesn’t stay put in quite the same way), but he got the closest shave I’ve ever seen on him.
Next I tried it on my legs…oh wow! I’m a lotion junkie because of my dry skin and I didn’t even have to use lotion afterwards with this stuff! It is amazing!
Ready for that recipe?
Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe:
- 2/3 Cup Coconut Oil
- 2/3 Cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 Cup Olive Oil (Sweet almond or jojoba oil can also be used here)
- 10 drops Clary Sage essential oil
- 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 3 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
Feel free to substitute your own mixture of essential oils. Lavender would be lovely! Although I would stick to around 10-15 drops no matter what combination you use.
One additional side note – I’ve read that citrus essential oils can increase your sun sensitivity. So maybe not the best choice for this recipe, although they do smell wonderful!
Homemade Shaving Cream Directions:
1. Combine coconut oil and shea butter in a saucepan over low heat. Heat until combined.
2. After removing from heat add olive oil and essential oils. Stir it all up.
3. Pour into a heat-friendly container (something that won’t melt!) and refrigerate until solid. (It’s in the blue jar…the one next to it has coffee in it!)
Looks like butter now!
4. Once your concoction is solid, pull it out of the fridge and let it soften a tiny bit then transfer contents to a mixing bowl and add your baking soda.
5. Now whip it! I did this in my stand mixer for a few minutes with the whip attachment. You’ll know when it’s done because it gets all fluffy.
Store in a cool dry place in a sealed container. I love my little squatty mason jars for this purpose! If you live in a super hot climate (like me) and the mixture gets too soft, pop it in the fridge to firm it up again (also feels really nice on the legs when the shaving cream is cold and it’s hot outside).
A Few Notes:
This shaving cream doesn’t feel like regular foam because once you apply it to your skin, it will turn into an oil. It’s a bit disconcerting to those who are used to seeing the “line” where they just shaved. That’s what got my husband – the way the cream melts with body heat was something he wasn’t expecting.
However, I think this is so much better than using bar soap or canned shaving cream. Once you get used to the texture it feels wonderful. Although I do think it’s probably best for legs and men with very dry skin on their faces.
I hope you give it a try!