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The Art of Shaving for REAL Natural Men… Homemade Shaving Cream

Homemade  Shaving Cream

 How cool is our God!  I mean think about it… He has provided us with so much that we can use from the Earth to keep us healthy, to maintain our wellness, and protect even our delicate skin!  I get blown away when I really sit and think about all he is created for us!  There is so much beauty when you just take a minute to look around.  There are so many simple and natural remedies to just about any health issue that he has provided for us.  He is so amazing, so creative, so beautiful!  He paints the sky each morning and evening with glorious beauty that just astonishes me.  We have a really cool God.

I love making my own homemade body care products for myself and my family.  They are simple to make, with minimal ingredients, ingredients our God has given us to use.  I love knowing that what we are putting on our bodies are safe and non-toxic.

Our skin is an organ and it absorbs what we put on it. Most cosmetics contain terrible chemicals, chemicals that are known to cause cancer (read about them here)!  This is why I am so passionate about natural health, this is why you need to be as well!  What is approved and deemed safe by the FDA is appalling.  I have lost so much hope in our government and their standards, however I have found so much hope in our God!  I use his ingredients.  His ingredients are safe.  His ingredients heal.

Now, to get my husband on board 100%, that is the battle.  I keep trying and failing, trying and failing.  I try this “potion” and that “potion.”  What can I say?  He likes what he likes.  Finally… I made something that was approved by my very Italian hubby’s coarse facial hair and sensitive skin (See picture HERE).  Not only is this cream made for ultra sensitive skin (thank you coconut oil and raw shea butter!), you will feel like you are at the spa with each shave, thanks to the eucalyptus and mint!

 

Homemade Shaving Cream… For Real Natural Men

Ingredients

Add raw shea butter and coconut oil to a double boiler and melt over low to medium heat.
Add raw shea butter and coconut oil to a double boiler and melt over low to medium heat.

 

Once melted, remove from heat.  Stir using a whisk.
Once melted, remove from heat. Stir using a whisk.

 

Once the oils have cooled a bit, add aloe and castle soap.
Once the oils have cooled a bit, add aloe , castle soap, E and soda… whisk.

 

Add your essential oils of choice. I used 10 drops of each. If you choose to only use one oil, use 15-20 drops.
Add your essential oils of choice. I used 10 drops of each. If you choose to only use one oil, use 15-20 drops.

 

Your shave cream should be thickening and a little bubbly from the soap.
Your shave cream should be thickening and a little bubbly from the soap. Let it sit for about an hour until completely cooled, string periodically to ensure it doesn’t separate.

 

Pour into your favorite container, or reuse an old jar!  I found these swing top jars at Hobby Lobby for $2.
Pour into your favorite container, or reuse an old jar! I found these swing top jars at Hobby Lobby for $2.

 

I know it is investment to start making your own products.  But, if you notice, all my body products, contain [mostly] the same main ingredients. There is a little investment upfront, but you will not only save mega bucks by making your own products, you will have piece of mind, and most importantly better health!

So, ladies and gentlemen, make some for the ones you love!  We all have those special people in our lives that make us smile… your boyfriends, husbands, brothers, sons, grandfathers, uncles!

Keep it Clean, keep it natural!  From my Natural Health Blog to you!

Homemade Mens Shaving Cream

 

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33 thoughts on “The Art of Shaving for REAL Natural Men… Homemade Shaving Cream

  1. I am a dedicated wet shaving male so this article was of particular interest to me. I like what you are doing here Sara and yes we men are sadly stuck in our ways. If you look at all the really high quality shaving creams that are actually quite expensive, then most of them contain eucalyptus, so nice to see that you have included that. Some of those products also contain different types and levels of mint so that is also good.
    Coconut oil I know works really well but I would never have thought about using shea butter. I am going to be giving this a whirl and will let you know what I think.

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    1. Yay!! I’m so excited Shaving Guy! Thanks for your lovely comment! Definitely let me know your thought 🙂 My husband definitely loves it! We were previously buying The Art of Shaving Cream for $30 and going through it pretty quick. My homemade shaving cream is lasting a lot longer and is much more cost effective! Happy shaving 🙂

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  2. Wow, I am impressed. I never knew you could make shaving cream at home and it would be this easy! Thanks Sara, your work here is much appreciated! I will have to try this myself…my best friend (I am actually the godfather of his child) is turning 35 next week and I was looking for something special to give him…and this homemade shaving cream i just perfect as part of my “old man’s present package” I am putting together. thx!! 🙂

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  3. I have been using Art of Shaving product for a short time, and really like them.
    But, they are mighty expensive.
    I found a recipe to make the pre-shave oil using castor oil, avocado oil and I chose to use patchouli essential oil.
    My question is: Do you think I could replace the coconut oil in your recipe with the avocado oil I already have? Not sure if there are properties in the coconut oil that would make it better for the shaving cream.
    Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it.

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    1. Hey Phillip that is great! Ya, my husband was using their shaving cream too but choking up $30 was tough to swallow 😉 you really need to use the coconut oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temp and that helps to solidify the shaving cream. I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!! :))

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      1. Perfect, just what I needed to know. The preshave oil I make works great, if your husband likes using it. It’s pretty much two parts castor oil to one part avocado oil and as much essential oil as you like. I’m a big fan of patchouli

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      2. Hi.
        Made my first batch and can’t wait to use it.
        I have question about what the consistency should be like.
        Mine came out the consistency of mayo or maybe sour cream. Is that too thin?
        Also, there was a bit of grit to it. Not at all sandy or rough, just a grittiness.
        Thanks for all your help so far.

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      3. Yes. It is going to solidify as the coconut oil cools. Throw it into the refrigerator for a couple hours to speed the process! The grit from the baking soda helps exfoliate your face as you shave and gives you a closer, cleaner shave! 🙂

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  4. Can I use something else in substitute of castile soap? In my country, coconut oil is in liquid form and hardly solidifies due to our humid weather. Anything else I can use?

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    1. Can you not find Castile soap where you live? I’ve been brain storming trying to find a replacement… You can try an all natural liquid face soap! As for the coconut oil, that is okay! I melt it anyway, you may just need to refrigerate the shaving cream once its made until it solidifies 🙂 Let me know how it turns out!

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  5. This looks like a fun project and would definitely make a great gift for the men in your life! I noticed in previous comments you mentioned that your husband used to use The Art of Shaving. Has he noticed a difference between that and this natural recipe you make?

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  6. What would you say the usable shelf life is of this shave recipe? It feels really nice on the skin (just made my first batch) but wanting to know how long it will last in this mayo/gelatin form? Thanks!

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    1. Awesome!! It is going to solidify within a day, or you can speed the process by putting in the refrigerator to cool for an hour or two. I would say it has a shelf life of 3 -4 months. I usually make a new batch for my husband every 3 months or so. Can’t wait to hear how much you love it… Or the man in your life does 🙂

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  7. LOVE this recipe. I actually used it on my legs as a trial. I’m making it for Christmas gifts. I wanted my husband to try it too and he is wondering if there is any way to make it foam or lather more. It is really the consistency of conditioner, which is fine with me, but he says he would like it to be thicker. Any suggestions?

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    1. Did you let it solidify? It takes about 24 hours or you can speed the process by putting it in the refrigerator. It thickens as it cools. That is also funny because I don’t like it for shaving my legs (I have another recipe for legs on the blog), but it works great on my hubby’s course hair and sensitive skin. Please keep me posted!

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      1. It never solidified. I’ll try the frig next time. And I’ll look for your other recipe too. But I do love this one! Thanks and happy thanksgiving!

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