DIY Shaving Products
Make Your Own DIY Shaving Products
There are a host of benefits to making your own DIY shaving products. These include using all natural ingredients, avoiding harsh and possibly harmful chemicals, saving money, and being in total control of what you put on your body.
The products I am going to show you are also great for your skin. They contain ingredients made from natural sources that also have benefits for your skin to make it healthier.
The recipes I’m going to show you here use essential oils which are for men. However, ladies, you can use the same recipe and simply substitute some of the floral oils for the more woody and earthy oils I use in these.
You can experiment with them too as far as the oils used in the recipes. For instance, someone with more oily skin might want to avoid a heavier oil like Avacado seed oil in favor of a lighter oil like Grapeseed or Jojoba oil. Likewise, someone with dry skin might want to use an oil that is a little heavier and will penetrate and moisturize the skin while lingering a little longer. Sweet Almond, Avacado or Coconut oil might be best for drier skin.
I have seen recommendations for and against using a preshave oil before putting on your shaving cream or shaving soap.
Some say that water is all you need. They say that water will soften up the hair and make it easier for your razor to cut through it. In fact, water does soften the hair. This is why you should always wash your face before you shave.
The other camp says that while water is great, using a pre-shave oil is even better. The oil adds an extra layer of lubrication which helps your razor glide over your skin and helps to prevent razor burn and nicks.
In my humble opinion the best solution is to use both. Now before you start thinking I’m just trying not to pick a side and start an argument let me tell you why I believe this.
My morning routine is to first shower and then shave. Showering takes care of the water, as the hot water in the shower works to soften the hair on my face.
When I get out I apply a preshave oil and then brush my teeth and dry my hair. This allows the oil to work to further soften the beard and also allows the carrier oils to begin to absorb into my skin. Then I use one of the homemade shaving products below to shave with.
DIY Shaving Product- How To Make Preshave Oil
This is probably the easiest of all the DIY shaving products you will try to make. Basically, a pre-shave oil is simply a blend of two or more carrier oils along with some essential oils that are also known to be good for your skin.
As stated above you want to find complimentary carrier oils that also fit your skin type. What follows is a pretty good guide:
- For Dry Skin– Coconut, Sweet Almond, Avacado, Apricot Kernel
- For Normal Skin– Coconut, Rosehip Seed, Jojoba
- For Oily Skin– Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sunflower, Sesame Seed
This is not at all an exhaustive list of carrier oils. These are simply the most common and easiest to find. If you need to purchase carrier oils we carry them in our online store.
Once you have chosen your carrier oils to blend you simply measure them out 1:1 and then add several drops of essential oils to the mixture.
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Jojoba Oil
- 8 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 8 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Simply mix all the ingredients into an empty massage oil bottle or empty shampoo bottle. When you are ready to shave simply shake and squeeze out a few drops onto your hand. Massage into your face and let it sit for a few minutes.
Then apply one of these homemade DIY shaving products and enjoy a close painless shave.
DIY Shaving Product-Foaming Liquid Shave Soap
If you have very sensitive skin this may not be for you. This recipe uses liquid Castile soap which can irritate overly sensitive skin. Otherwise, this one is so easy your child could make it.
Some people suggest using shampoo or massage oil bottles for storing this shaving soap. I prefer to use foaming soap dispensers that you can purchase here.
Here is how to make it:
- 1/3 Cup Liquid Castile Soap
- 1/3 Cup Aloe Vera Gel (Gel, not Aloe Juice)
- 1/3 Cup Warm Water
- 3 Tbsp Carrier Oil ( I used Grapeseed because it is a light oil)
- 3 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 5 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Now add 1/3 cup of WARM not HOT water. Swirl around gently to mix.
Now add 3 tablespoons of carrier oil of your choice.
Finally add 3 drops Vitamin E Oil. Then add 5 drops each of the essential oils.
Place the top on and shake vigorously. This is the finished product:
You simply pump the bottle and apply the foam to your face. This will not foam like canned shaving cream. But then again, the chemicals used to make the canned shaving cream foam as it does is what we are working to avoid by making our own shaving soap.
DIY Shaving Product- Shave Cream
*NOTE: I made this and used it for a week so I could report on how well it works. It gives a really close shave but I have to say that it is more like the preshave oil in consistency. Although it is thicker in the jar it melts when you spread it on your face.
I also found that you should not rinse your razor in the water stream when using this. It contains an oil that turns solid below 76 degrees (the coconut oil) so I have no doubt it would clog your pipes with continued use. I suggest if you use this product you wipe it off the razor with a disposable towel and discard in the regular trash.
- 2/3 Cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2/3 Cup Carrier Oil (I use Sweet Almond)
- 4 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 1 Tbsp Bentonite Clay
- 5 drops Vitamin E Oil
- 5 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Place the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil in a double boiler. I simply use a glass measuring cup in a pan with several inches of water added.
Using a setting just above low heat gently heat and melt the ingredients.
When melted you will have this.
Now add the Sweet Almond Oil, baking soda and bentonite clay and mix using a hand mixer.
Once all the ingredients are mixed well you are going to start thinking you may have messed something up. This stuff looks more like mud than shaving cream. But don’t worry. Everything is going to work out fine.
At this point you want to place it in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. Just until it starts to cool and set up.
Once that happens take it out of the freezer, add the Vitamin E Oil and essential oils. Now use the hand mixer again to mix everything together. Keep mixing until it takes on the consistency of cake frosting.
Now you can place it into jars and it is ready for use. I use 4oz amber jars I get here.
Store them in the refrigerator until you get ready for use. Once you take a jar out it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and it should last 1-2 months without spoiling because we added the Vitamin E Oil as a preservative and it is also good for your skin.
The reason I add bentonite clay to the recipe is that it is said that it helps your razor slide over your skin to help prevent nicks and cuts. I don’t have any evidence that it does, but if it has the chance of helping prevent painful nicks I’ll take the chance.
Bentonite clay is also used in facial masks to help draw out impurities in the skin, so I can’t see any downside to using it in the recipe. But if you want a truly 100% white shaving cream, just leave it out.
I haven’t forgotten the ladies either. These DIY shaving products work great for shaving for the ladies too. Just substitute your favorite floral essential oils and they will make you smell great while giving you the same great shaving experience.
For all your essential oils please consider purchasing from us. We only sell 100% pure essential oils of the highest quality. As a certified aromatherapist myself, I only use the finest oils from a wholesaler I trust.
So visit our store to purchase all your essential oils and carrier oils.
If you try these recipes please tell us about your experience in the comments section.