These days, I make nearly all of my own beauty products. It’s easy. It’s inexpensive. It’s eco-friendly.
Until recently, however, I hadn’t had any luck finding or creating a shaving cream recipe that lived up the commercial product. But I finally found a homemade shaving cream recipe on the food for my family blog that works, although I changed it slightly to suit my taste, and I can live with the compromises using this homemade version requires.
If you’re going to use this recipe instead of a commercial product, there are two compromises you must be willing to make.
First, you must be willing to give up lather, which I believe might be the case for any natural product. I’m not aware of any natural ingredient that would create a lather like commercial shaving creams and gels.
Second, you will probably want to shave in the back of your shower or over the drain. The shea butter and oil mixture is slick and can make the surface of the bathtub slippery. Shaving at the back of the tub keeps residue in areas where you probably don’t walk.
The recipe I worked from had three main ingredients – shea butter, coconut oil and a liquid oil. It suggested sweet almond oil or jojoba oil, so I went with the more cost effective sweet almond oil. It also suggested rosemary and peppermint essential oils, but I didn’t have rosemary oil on hand and peppermint oil can be a little harsh for sensitive skin. You can use any essential oil you’d like, but I used lavender essential oil.
The second time I made the recipe, I didn’t have enough shea butter so I added a tablespoon or two of cocoa butter. It made the final product a little thicker which I cant’ say made a significant difference – good or bad – but it’s an option.
All of the ingredients have a pretty long shelf life, but you’ll very likely introduce impurities to the product when you’re using it. I find it impossible to keep all drops of water out of the jar. For that reason, you may want to mix the shaving cream in relatively small batches and keep an eye on it. I haven’t had any problems with mold, but if you see any mold start to form in the product or it smells off, throw it away and mix a fresh batch.
Or if you want to make a big batch by doubling or tripling the recipe below, spoon it into several small jars and store the extras in a cool, dark place until needed.