The market is overflowing with shaving products: gels, creams, waxes… but here’s the secret: you don’t have to use those to shave. Just because it’s in a store, on a shelf, doesn’t mean that’s your only option, nor does it mean it’s safe for your health.
I’ve used the below recipe on myself for a very long time. I don’t buy commercial shave cream due to all the chemical and synthetic ingredients (fragrance, lauryl sulfate, stearic acid, triethanolamine, glycerin, alcohol). Also, the cans shaving products come in are a waste of resources in my opinion. This recipe I created doesn’t give me razor burn or dry my skin out. It leaves it soft, hydrated and bright/clean looking. You can use it for whatever body part you shave and you won’t need a post-shave moisturizer (like aftershave or lotion).
Here’s a quick recipe I invented to make your own, sustainable shave cream. It’s safe and it keeps your skin hydrated even a day later after you’ve shaved. You’ll wonder why you ever wasted your money buying synthetic, commercial shave cream in the store; I promise!
**Use within 1-2 weeks.
1. Get a recycled or reused glass bottle with a lid like the one pictured (I use one about the size of a beer bottle. And for travel, I’ve also used an old spice bottle/container).
2. Divide the bottle into 1/4ths,
- 1/4 part U.S. Grown & Certified Organic, Peanut Oil
(excellent emollient and lubricant for easy glide and hydration)
- 1/4 part Certified Organic, Olive Oil
(nourishes the skin)
- 1/4 part Certified Organic Almond Oil
(conditions and brightens skin)
(softens & moisturizes)
3. Shake bottle before use to mix oils together.
4. Pour into hands carefully and lather between hands. Once you have a good lather, apply to wet skin/the area you want to shave.
*Note: If you’re allergic to peanut, you can substitute peanut oil for pure vitamin E or tomato seed oil.
-Pour out of bottle slowly otherwise it will be runny (like olive oil when you cook). This isn’t anywhere near the consistency of commercialized shave gels, so if you want it to be a little more thick or lather-y, you can add about 10 drops of Dr.Bronner’s soap into it. I’ve done this before, but I don’t do it on a regular basis.
-First, shave with the direction of your hair growth. Shaving against it right away pulls the hair up and away from the skin, causing stubble or roughness.
-Second, lather up again and now shave ‘against the grain’ if you feel you still need a closer shave.
-If you’re a male and shaving your face with this and have oily-type skin, you can probably skip the aftershave or moisturizer; this recipe takes care of all your hydrating needs.
-So, if it’s made up of oils, won’t these oils make my skin greasy? No. Just give yourself a good rinse with water after you shave and you can even skip moisturizing post-shower (I often moisturize with lotion right out of the shower, but when I shave my legs with this, I don’t always need it). Your skin needs oils and using this for shaving will only serve to nourish it and balance with your body’s natural oils. This is why using essential oils to shave won’t cause acne-prone or oily skin.
-At start up, this recipe costs more than a can of commercial shaving cream, but it will save you money after the initial buy, due to the simple fact that this mixture will go a long way when dispersed properly; my bottle lasts about 6+ months shaving every 2 days. Also, if you’re like me, you might already have olive, coconut, or almond oil in your kitchen already.