All-Natural Shaving Cream

As you have probably picked up from previous posts, I am trying to get rid of all of my conventional beauty products and create my own all-natural regimen. I have nixed the shampoo and conditioner, made my own body wash, went all organic mineral makeup, tossed the deodorant sticks and created a new toothpaste (more on that in an upcoming post).

I still have a long way to go, but my next step was to create a shaving cream! I have been researching and pricing it out for the past few weeks. I tend to tailor my recipes for my specific needs, and when it comes to my skin, I need moisture to the max and gentle for my sensitivities. So, here it is! All-natural shaving cream!

Ingredients:


2 tbs glycerin soap
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tbs cocoa butter
2/3 c. distilled water
1 tsp baking soda
2 ounces rose water (make your own, instructions found here)
1 tbs castor oil
lemon*Sorry about the inaccurate photo. I was going to use honey, but opted not to.

Directions:

Take glycerin soap bar ( can be found almost anywhere, actually, even Meijer! Just make sure it is unscented.) and cut up into two tablespoon approximate cubes.

Place cubes in a double boiler. In my case, I didn’t have one, so I filled the bottom of a sauce pan with water and placed a heat-safe bowl that fit on top of the pan. Now add the tablespoon of cocoa butter and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and let them melt completely–will be almost clear.

While you are waiting for them to melt, mix together 2 ounces of rose water and 1 tablespoon of castor oil in a bowl. Once the oils are all melted, remove them from heat and set aside until they have cooled to room temperature.

While this cools, start boiling 2/3 cup distilled water. Once it has begun to boil, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix until dissolved. Turn off and let cool. Now add the oil mixture to the rose water mixture, and add the baking soda mixture to the rest and whip up until light and frothy.

This is when I began to get nervous. While my concoction seemed nice and moisturizing on my skin, it was very runny. I literally set it aside in failure and went to make dinner. After dishes were done ( I was about to dump my concoction into the trash) I noticed it had changed! After stirring it up a bit more, my shaving cream had become, well, cream! I was pretty excited!

So, I gave it a test run. And I’m pretty happy with the results. My legs feel super smooth. This shaving cream isn’t like a normal canned cream. It doesn’t froth or foam up, so don’t set your heart on that. But it does run nicely over your skin and leave it feeling very nourished.

 

In my research, I noticed that a lot of people were having problems with their shaving cream clogging up their razor. No such luck here! My razor came out perfectly clean after rinsing! Overall, I am very satisfied with my newest bathroom product addition.

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