A few good things come from making your own shaving cream. You don’t have to deal with the unnecessary chemicals in the products, it’s green, you’re saving money and you receive the satisfaction taking one more step in the direction of getting back to basics.
Shaving cream is a special product that is applied to the parts of the body with hair. This cream is very helpful to offer lubrication as well as to prevent burns caused by razors. To save money, it is best that you use cream that is made from substances that are usually present in homes. To make homemade shaving cream easily, you can follow the simple pointers and guidelines below.
4 tbsp liquid castille soap
2 tbsp rose water
1 tbsp cocoa butter
2 tbsp vegetable glycerin
1 tbsp castor oil –gives it a creamy lightness
1 tbsp grapeseed oil–contains high amounts of Vitamin E
25 drops of lemon essential oil–natural preservative to extend its shelf life.
Basic Homemade Shaving Cream
To make this cream, you need eight ounces glycostearin or diglycol stearate, eight ounces of heavy mineral oil, 40 ounces of water, two large pots and a double broiler. The initial step is to pour the mineral oil and the diglycol stearate in the pot. Set the temperature of the double broiler to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat the mixture in the broiler. Pour the water in another pot. Heat the pot to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. As soon as the water reaches the temperature, add the mineral oil mixture to the pot that contains water. Stir the mixture and remove the pot from the broiler. Wait for the mixture to cool down. Transfer the mixture into several bottles, jars or containers. Cover the containers and keep in cool and dry place.
In a bowl mix the castille soap and rose wate. In a double boiler or melting pot melt the cocoa butter. Once it is melted take it off the heat, add the castor and grapeseed oil and stir. Pour into the bowl that contains the soap and rose water. Add the glycerin. With a hand mixer on high mix for 4 minutes. It should get light and creamy similar to a light whipped cream. Add the essential oil and mix for a few seconds.
Put shaving cream in a container. Make sure you have a tight lid.
To extend the shelf life using a natural preservative is a nice option. Some include : grapefruit seed extract, 100% essential oils that are microbial (like lavendar, ylang ylang, lemon or violet), neem oil, vitamin E, honey, & rosemary extract.
Old Fashioned Homemade Shaving Cream
You can try this recipe if you are interested in trying traditional cream. The ingredients for the recipe are ½ teaspoon sunflower oil, ¼ cup unscented glycerin soap, a double broiler and a decorative mug or cup. Get a knife and cut the soap into several portions. Place the soap in a double broiler and melt. Add the sunflower oil and transfer the melted soap in a mug or cup. Let it cool down before using. Always store in cool and dry place.
40% Olive oil – stable lather and good skin conditioning
30% Coconut oil – rich, bubbly lather
22% Palm oil – stable, creamy, hard bar (can substitute lard or tallow)
8% Castor oil – for lather and creaminess
For 3 lb. batch of soap, this works out to be:
13 oz. Olive oil
10 oz. Coconut oil
7 oz. Palm oil
2.5 oz. Castor oil
4.7 oz. Lye
9.4 oz. water
2 Tbs. of Bentonite Clay
1 to 1.4 oz. of fragrance or essential oil
Special Homemade Shaving Cream
This shaving cream contains three capsules of vitamin E, ½ tablespoon of glycerin, two standard round bar soap molds, 10 drops of peppermint fragrance oil, 10 drops of cinnamon fragrance oil, three drops of orange coloring liquid and five ounces of coconut soap base. Place the soap in a microwaveable dish and put inside the microwave oven for 50 seconds. When the soap melts, open the capsules and add the vitamin E into the melted soap. Stir and add the glycerin, fragrance oils, witch hazel and colorant. Transfer the mixture to the soap molds and cover the molds with plastic. Put the round molds in the freezer and wait until the mixture forms into gel.
Make the soap like you would any other Cold Process Soap recipe. You can add the clay pretty much any time you want in the recipe. Some people add it to their lye water. Others just mix it into the oils as they are melting. You can also take a half cup or so of your melted oils, put them in a measuring cup, a mix your clay into the oils. Then add this pre-mixed clay/oil mixture to the soap once you’ve reached trace. Any method works fine. Pour the soap directly into coffee mugs or tins. Another option is to pour it into lengths of 3″ PVC pipe that has one end plugged up. This will give you a disc of soap that can be placed into a mug or tin. Let the soap cure as normal, and when it’s done, enjoy a wonderfully old-fashioned but terrific shaving soap!
1/2 teaspoon of sunflower oil
1/4 cup of unscented glycerin soap
A cup or mug for the cream
In your double boiler, melt chunks of the glycerin soap.
Stir in the sunflower oil.
Move the mixture into a mug as soon as all of the glycerin chunks are melted.
This formula will set quickly. When you need to shave, simply work water against the soap until a lather builds and use it the same way you would regular shaving cream.
Shaving cream is almost a necessity for your household. Everyone needs it, men and women alike. Why not save some money by having homemade shaving cream? It just makes sense. This is a great alternative to expensive brands that might not smell how you want or cause an allergic reaction. It’s also an organic or green way to spruce up your life! I for one, enjoy experimenting with smells and consistency. Remember, this isn’t a store bought foam, it will be more of a cream with a thicker consistency.
2 ounces almond oil
1/2 ounce beeswax
4 ounces water
2 ounces liquid castile soap
1 ounce glycerin
1 teaspoon borax
1/3 teaspoon grapefruit seed extract
20 drops essential oils: Thyme, lemongrass, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, or lavender—or a combination—are highly antiseptic as well as delicious-smelling.
Combine oil and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. Once the wax has melted, remove from heat and stir in the water, soap, glycerin, and borax. Blend with a whisk or handheld beater until creamy. Add grapefruit seed extract and essential oils and stir to blend.
Makes 1 cup of shaving cream. This formula will keep 6 months in a glass jar with a screw top.
So what’s the important stuff to remember about shaving cream that you can put into your homemade shaving cream. Let’s see: Moisturizes your skin, prevents irritation, and allows the blade to move smoothly.
Four tablespoons of an essential fatty acid-rich oil. Sweet almond, jojoba, and apricot all work really well.
Two tablespoons of a natural skin nourisher and moisturizer, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, or beeswax.
One and three-quarters cup of water; use a distilled or filtered water for the purest source.
One teaspoon of baking soda, which acts to soften and protect the skin.
Four tablespoons of castile soap. Castile soap is vegetable oil-based, usually from olive oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil. It can be found in liquid form, which is easier to use for this shaving cream recipe; if you have it in bar form, simply grate the soap. Dr. Bronner’s is probably the most popular manufacturer of this eco-friendly, natural product.
One-half cup of either aloe vera gel or honey, this ingredient is optional, but really beneficial for people with sensitive skin.
Essential oils, again, they are an optional, natural aromatic. For men’s shaving cream, use three drops of pine essential oil and three drops of bergamot; for women’s shaving cream, use three drops each of rose essential oil, and lavender.
First heat the oil and skin nourisher over a double boiler or melting pot at a low heat. Stir until the mixture is clear, then pour into a large bowl and let cool. In another pan, heat the water, then add the baking soda, and castile soap, stirring until completely diluted. Add the aloe vera gel or honey to this solution and stir. Pour the soap mixture into the bowl with the now room-temperature oil and skin nourisher. Add essential oils if desired. Blend everything very well with a hand mixer, or throw into the blender. For best results, blend for two minutes, stop, and then blend again for another two minutes. It may be liquidy and can be put in refrigerator to solidify. Store the cream in an airtight container in a dry, cool location. This natural cream can be stored for about three months; none of the ingredients are perishable but oils such as sweet almond and apricot have a limited shelf life. It is a ittle difficult to apply since it is a little liquidy.
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