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Here’s how to make a homemade shaving cream with essential oils so you can customize the exact scents that you love. You don’t have to go buy some expensive product to enjoy a nice smelling, soft feeling shave.

After researching and experimenting with several recipes I concluded that there are hundreds of different ways to put together a homemade shaving cream that works great. The very simplest shaving cream to make is to whip some coconut oil and add your favorite scent.

DIY Shaving Cream Tips

The following recipe has a few other ingredients that add to the fun and healthy quality of the homemade shaving cream. I’ve suggested some amounts to get you started, but don’t feel like you have to stick to them. You can vary the amounts and still get a successful product. You can also add things like aloe vera or castile soap with success. Have fun with it and try different combinations and scents until you find the combination that works best for you.

Here are some ideas for scents that most people think of as more masculine: sandalwood essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, bay rum essential oil, peppermint essential oil, vanilla oleoresin or absolute, orange essential oil, and clove essential oil.

Homemade Shaving Cream
  1. Fill a saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and place over medium-low heat. Add the coconut oil, shea butter, and carrier oil to a double boiler or glass jar. Place in the saucepan to melt.
  2. When the ingredients are melted, remove them from heat and cool until it reaches a soft consistency.
  3. Using a whisk, whip the shaving cream until light and fluffy. While whipping the mixture, add essential oils. Start with 10 drops, and adjust to your liking.
  4. Once your mixture has doubled, place in an airtight glass jar and store in a cool place.
  5. Use as you would any other shaving cream!
Masculine essential oils include: Sandalwood, eucalyptus, bay rum, peppermint, vanilla extract, and orange.

Feminine essential oils include: Lavender, geranium, rose, helichrysum, rosemary, frankincense, clary sage, and ylang ylang.

Tips for Homemade Shave Cream

  1. The homemade shaving cream does lose some of its volume over time, but will still work just fine.
  2. It will last longer if you keep water out of it. So dry your hand, or use a scoop.
  3. Please use caution if using it in the shower because it does have a tendency to make the shower/tub floor slippery.

While you’re at it you might want to whip up a batch of this natural aftershave to use, and if it’s close to No Shave November you should check out this DIY natural beard oil!


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