On your marks… Get set… Let’s shave!
Are you dreaming of soft, smooth, hairless skin but dreading the dryness and irritation that follows your usual shave? We have good news: our new homemade shaving cream is exactly what you need to Shave the Day!
As razors can be harsh on skin, we wanted to create the gentlest shaving cream recipe possible. We chose protective, soothing, healing ingredients that provide good glide. Equipped with your new secret weapon, you’ll actually look forward to your next shave!
But if a homemade shaving cream doesn’t appeal to you, keep in mind that we also have shaving bar and cold process shaving soap recipes. There’s something for everyone who wants hair-free skin that’s healthy!
No need to fear razor burn… Just let Shave the Day save the day!
How to make shaving cream
- 17.25 g (15%) castor oil
- 11.5 g (10%) lanolin
- 11.5 g (10%) extra-virgin coconut oil
- 5.75 g (5%) shea butter
- 12.65 g (11%) jojoba oil
- 34.5 g (30%) Dr. Bronner’s baby-mild pure Castile soap
- 2.3 g (2%) zinc oxide
- 2.3 g (2%) colloidal oatmeal
- 12.75 g (11%) 99% aloe gelly
- 1.15 g (1%) elderberry extract
- 1.15 g (1%) rosemary oleoresin
- 1.15 g (1%) rosewood or Virginia cedar essential oil (as you prefer)
- 1.15 g (1%) true lavender essential oil
- Components to make two double boilers
- 2 small stainless steel bowls
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.01 g
- A few pipettes
- 1 thermometer
- A few ramekins
- 1 mini-mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- A few spoons
- 1 electric mixer
- 1 funnel
- 1 frosted tottle bottle
Good to know!
- We chose to use lanolin as it stabilizes the shaving cream and will protect your skin against irritation. The shea butter will both protect and nourish your skin. We use zinc oxide to benefit from its purifying properties and colloidal oatmeal for soothing.
- If you would prefer a thicker texture, you can omit the 99% aloe gelly and replace it with an additional 6 g of castor oil and 7 g of jojoba oil in the oil phase. If you choose this option, we advise you to store your homemade shaving cream in a wide mouth canning jar.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the oil phase ingredients in a bowl. Melt gently on the double boiler. The temperature of the oil phase should reach but not exceed 60°C.
- While the oils and butters are melting, weigh the aqueous phase ingredients in a second bowl. Disperse the powders into the soap using the mini spatula; stir very gently to avoid foaming.
- Weigh the cooling phase ingredients in a ramekin. Set aside.
- Gently heat the aqueous phase on the double boiler, while mixing with the mini spatula so that the powders do not stick to the walls. The temperature of the aqueous phase should not exceed 50°C.
- When the oil phase has reached 60°C, pour the aqueous phase into the oil phase while mixing with the mini-mixer. Remove from heat.
- Mix with the mini-mixer until a thick paste is obtained. Set the mini-mixer aside and continue to mix with the electric mixer.
- When the temperature of the mixture has cooled to 45°C, add the cooling phase. Continue to mix with the electric mixer until the texture is homogeneous.
- Pour into the tottle bottle using a funnel. It’s ready!
Use and conservation
This homemade shaving cream can be used on both body and face. It is suitable for all skin types, including highly sensitive skin.
When made in optimal sanitary conditions, this product will keep for at least three months. Store in a clean, dry place away from direct light.