If you shave regularly, you probably know the side effects all too well: dry skin, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. Here’s some good news: you can make your own DIY shaving cream, and it will combat all of those issues. Homemade shaving cream is also more environmentally-friendly and wallet-friendly than commercial, store-bought shaving cream. What’s not to love?
There are plenty of DIY shaving cream recipes floating around online, but my personal favorite is also the simplest and easiest. It calls for just two ingredients: coconut oil and shea butter.
Yes, the same ingredients that regularly nourish your skin and hair can also be transformed into a smooth, easy-to-use shaving cream. This particular DIY shaving cream won’t foam – instead, it’s like a whipped cream that you apply directly to the skin.
Unlike most shaving creams, this version basically doubles as a moisturizer, thanks to the power of coconut oil and shea butter. It’ll leave your skin softer, smoother, and razor-burn-free. It lasts well, and is easily stored.
The only downside? Shea butter and coconut oil are both pretty heavy oils, so if your pipes are easily clogged, be careful and use this shaving cream sparingly.
Onto the recipe!
1/4 cup Coconut oil
1/4 cup Shea butter
1. Combine equal parts coconut oil and shea butter in a stand-up mixer. If the ingredients are too solid to mix easily, melt them on the stovetop together first, then place the mixture in the refrigerator until it’s firm.
2. Whip the ingredients until the texture resembles whipped cream.
3. Store in a glass jar at room temperature.
4. To use, apply a thin layer on the skin.
You can also add extra ingredients to this “base,” if you’d like. Popular choices include extra virgin olive oil (1/8 cup) and baking soda (2 tsp), which lead to a lighter consistency. You can also add liquid castile soap (1/4 cup) and baking soda (2 tsp) if you prefer a foamy, soapy shaving product.
Other possible extras include your favorite essential oils, vitamin E oil, clay, honey, or aloe vera gel.
Keep in mind, though, that your choice of ingredients will impact the shelf life of the final product. If you use water-based ingredients, for example, the cream won’t last as long as long and may need to be kept in the fridge.