Ways to Replace Your Shaving Cream with these Soap Supplies!

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Another Way to Use Leftover Soap Supplies

Summer has arrived, which means shaving-and-grooming-body-hair-season is here too!

I have tried several store-bought ones, but a lot of people knows that these products may not be that effective, with all the chemicals that can do your skin more harm than good. A lot of women like myself want some rest from the frequent nicks, cuts, and burns from shaving, so I found a solution to silky smooth shaved face or legs for days.

This is just what I do to get the easiest and most affordable ways to get a new shaving cream fix. And that is using some soap making supplies! Because, why not use leftovers from my soap making kits. Below are some step by step guides on how to make soap, yes even handmade soap bars, and fragrance oils a better shaving choice than what you see in grocery stores.

COCONUT OIL AS SHAVING CREAM

Yes, you read that right! One of the easiest shaving cream alternatives ever is COCONUT OIL. While keeping the shaving process a breeze, it also helps reduce toxins from your body as it moisturizes. Whether you are a man looking for cheaper and faster shaving cream alternative, or a woman on the go who wants a quick way of keeping smooth, hair-free legs, coconut oil can do just that for you!

How to do it? Here’s how:

  • Make sure your skin is clean by washing with warm water (Warm water helps open up your pores) and handmade soap (To know how to make your own organic soap, click here.) Then dry the area that needs a shave by using a soft towel in patting motion.
  • Rub a small amount of coconut oil in between your palms, and massage the oil gently onto your skin. The clear nature of coconut oil makes it easy to see what you are shaving. Bye-bye nicks and cuts!
  • Use a sharp razor to shave (remember to shave in the direction of the hair growth to avoid burns) and enjoy the smooth glide of the razor onto your skin. Remember to rinse your razor from time to time for continuous smooth razor gliding experience.
  • Using a soft towel, pat your skin dry to remove excess oil from the skin. (Pat, pat, pat. Never rub.)
  • Enjoy your smooth and healthy skin for days!

START A PRE-SHAVE REGIMEN

What am I talking about? Is there such a thing? My answer is a big YES! If you’ve never heard of pre-shaving, you better read up and learn because this might just change your shaving experience for good.

Using pre-shave oil is not exactly a shaving cream alternative, but this can change your whole shaving situation. This might be the answer to your ingrown hairs and skin irritation problems.

So what does pre-shaving oil actually do? It is plain and simple. It softens all your unwanted hairs, so you can smoothly glide your razors onto your skin to get the hairs out easily and avoid ingrown hairs. Sounds great? Here’s more good news.

The best part is that you can use the pre-shave oil even when you have those dreaded nicks and cuts from your previous shaving nightmares. It is because it has anti-bacterial properties that can make the healing process faster.

Most of all, pre-shave oil creates some sort of protection for your skin by acting as a protective wall to your skin prior to shaving. Need I say more to convince you to start a pre-shave regimen?

DIY Pre-Shave Oil

Leftover ingredients in your soap making kit just got in handy. Just put all of these oils together and voila, your pre-shave oil!

  • 2.5 – 3 fl. oz. Castor Oil
  • 1 fl. oz. Olive Oil
  • 15 drops of Essential Oil for the skin
  • You may add Vitamin E oil for extra nourishment

How to use:

  • Clean the area that needs a shave with warm water and soap.
  • Add few drops of the oil mixture on the palm of your hand, and spread onto the area you want to shave. *Tip: Use moderately. You don’t need too much oil to make it work.
  • Leave the oil mixture on your skin for around 1 minute. If you have time, you can leave it longer for better results.
  • Apply and spread shaving cream and shave away. (Scroll down for DIY shaving cream recipes)

GET RID OF RAZOR BURNS

I know, I know. Razor burns are annoying. Who has never experienced them? Almost everyone in the shaving community has. Don’t you just hate it when you shave your legs for a special occasion to wear your newly bought dress, only to mess up the shaving part?

This nightmare might just end today! If you want to bid your razor burns goodbye, your probably should scroll up a little bit and follow the first two shaving tips I’ve already mentioned above (You might find shaving cream alternatives there).

Essential Oils for Razor Burns

Essential oils are not only for soap making.  Keep your soap supplies cabinet empty! Here are the top essential oils you can use to treat them razor burns.

Argan Oil

This glorious oil can help ease skin allergies and other skin irritations mainly because it contains polyphenols.

(What am I talking about? Polyphenols is a reducing agent and antioxidant that protects the body’s tissues from oxidative stress).

It also contains sterol, (another alien word, but what it does is to reduce the redness, itchiness, and inflammation on the skin.)

Tea Tree Oil

What can I say? Tea Tree Oil is the thing with almost everything nowadays, from pimple treatment to lice treatment and athlete’s foot treatment. Treatment of razor bumps is not an exception to the many benefits of tea tree oil.

First of all, it is a natural anti-bacterial agent. And, it is also a natural astringent, making it good for a treatment for any part of your body and even your face. So, rejoice everyone! You just found a new best friend.

Warning: Pure tea tree oil can be strong, so make sure you dilute few drops of tea tree oil first with water before applying to the skin.

Lemon

Essential oil extracted from lemon has anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Just like tea tree oil, it can also be an astringent. The cleaning characteristic of the lemon oil reduces oiliness (for the face) and tightens pores (which we all love.)

As it treats your razor burns, it has high Vitamin C content that helps boost your skin tone.

I must warn you though, that lemon oil can dry out your skin, so for men who are going to use lemon oil for the face, check your skin type first.

It is most suitable for those who have normal to oily skin only. If your skin type is normal to dry, you might want to try other razor burns solution, just like the next item, which is sandalwood oil.

Sandalwood

Sandalwood also moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin (which makes it glorious as well.) This oil is known for being a natural antiseptic just like the other essential oils mentioned above.

Sandalwood oil is also a natural skin conditioner along with its antibacterial and healing characteristics. So, this gives you an idea why this is one of the best solutions for razor burns.

Trivia: The soothing properties of Sandalwood oil coming from its warm, woody, and earthy aroma makes it known also as an aphrodisiac. That dual purpose might be of use for you too.

SHAVING CREAM ALTERNATIVES

A lot of times we may forget putting shaving cream on our shopping list. It’s a bummer if you can’t be bothered to line up the cash register for a single item. For this type of crisis, you can use shaving cream alternatives.

These alternatives are easily available at home. So, when you are in the shower and all ready for that battle with your razor, you can easily grab the following items in your bathroom that can actually be your temporary shaving cream.

Handmade soap

  • Soap has lubricating properties that can help to let you glide your razor smoothly on your skin. Just a word of advice, create a lot of foam first by rubbing your palms together, before applying to the skin. Shave your skin as usual and you have survived for the day. Remember, it is always best to use natural handmade soap. Find an all-natural soap you can use here.

Hair conditioner

  • If it can make the hair on your head softer, then it probably can soften the hair on your face or legs as well. Just spread some hair conditioner on the area of the skin you want to shave, and use it just as you use your usual shaving cream. Have an easy and quick shave while leaving a soft skin and smooth shave.

These two may temporarily suffice for a shaving cream, but I highly advice that you either stop forgetting to buy shaving cream or… make your very own shaving cream! Below are several recipes, so you can choose which ones are suitable for your skin or shaving commitment!

Read on for DIY shaving cream recipes.

MAKE A DIY SHAVING CREAM

While shaving creams are widely available in drugstores and supermarkets, the chemicals in those store-bought shaving creams may do you more harm than good as I mentioned earlier (You’ll never know what those chemicals you can’t read mean, right?) Always remember to check the ingredients in products that you use to make sure you are getting the best treatment for your skin.

One word of advice, if you are having a hard time reading the names of the ingredients, then they’re probably not good for you. So it is always best to use all-natural skin products.

So here are 10 easy all-natural homemade shaving cream recipes you can try at home, give as gifts, or even sell for your home-based business.

Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin

What you will need:

    • 2/3 cup shea butter
    • 2/3 cup coconut oil
    • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
    • 1/4 cup mild Castile handmade soap
    • A few drops Vitamin E oil
    • Glass bottle container (glass bottle container will help preserve the quality of oil longer than plastic bottle)

Procedure:

    • Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in low heat.
    • Pour the oil mixture into a bowl (ceramic or glass will do) and cool it down in the fridge.
    • Once it’s solid, remove the cooled down oil mixture from the fridge and add the sweet almond oil and the mild castile soap.
    • Mix up all the ingredients using an electric mixer and wait for it to be whipped.
    • Once whipped, it can be used as a regular shaving cream.

Homemade Shaving Gel

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Dissolve the salt in warm water.
  • Mix all the remaining ingredients together.
  • Put the mixture in a container of choice with a lid.

Lavender Coconut Aloe Vera Shave Gel

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Heat portions of coconut oil separately for 15 seconds each.
  • Combine the coconut oil with aloe vera.
  • Add vitamin E by poking a hole in a capsule and add the contents into your oil mixture.
  • Lastly, add an essential oil of your choice for additional aroma.
  • Place the mixture in an airtight container and always shake well before using.

Three- Ingredient DIY Shaving Cream for Your Legs

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Combine all the ingredients.
  • Blend the mixture on high in a blender for 3-5 minutes until the mixture turns yellowish and creamy.
  • Place the mixture in a glass jar or bottle. Store the mixture in the fridge to preserve.

Homemade Shaving Cream with Shampoo

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Mix the conditioner and shampoo in a glass bowl.
  • When fully mixed, you can add the oils gradually, and there you have it!

Two-ingredient Homemade Shaving Cream 

What you will need:

  • 1 cup oil (coconut oil, almond oil, or olive oil may work)
  • 1/3 cup moisturizer (choose between aloe vera gel, honey or rosewater)

Procedure:

  • Blend your two ingredients in a blender.
  • Set the blender on high for a few minutes until mixed thoroughly. Expect a loose and creamy mixture. When this texture is achieved, you may stop mixing.
  • Store your shaving cream in a squeeze bottle. Keep in mind to store it in a cool dry place to keep it fresh.

Heavenly Shaving Cream with Coconut Oil

What you will need:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive, jojoba or sweet almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid castile handmade soap

Procedure:

  • Melt the shea butter and coconut oil over low heat. Stir occasionally until shea butter is fully melted.
  • Add olive oil and stir until fully mixed. Remove the mixture from heat.
  • Transfer the mixture to a bowl or a jar and place in the fridge until it’s solid.
  • Remove the mixture from fridge and then whip it up using an electric mixer. Whip until fluffy for about 3-4 minutes then add castile soap and whip until fully mixed.
  • Place the shaving cream into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.

Homemade Foaming Shaving Soap

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup Natural Aloe Vera Gel
  • 1/4 cup Liquid Castile handmade Soap
  • 1 TBSP Olive or Almond Oil
  • 1/4 cup warm Distilled Water
  • Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract (to preserve)
  • Essential Oils of choice for aroma
  • Foaming Soap Bottle

Procedure:

  • Mix all the ingredients in your foaming bottle and shake gently until fully mixed.
  • Shake well before each use.

DIY Natural Bar Shave Soap

What you will need:

  • 1 bar of natural, handmade soap
  • 1 TBSP olive or almond oil or aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 TBSP white clay, french clay, kaolin, or cosmetic clay

Procedure:

  • Grate the handmade soap and melt it on low heat, with oil or aloe vera. It might take a while, so just check from time to time and stir often. (Patience is a virtue.)
  • Once melted, stir in the cosmetic clay to make a richer lather (great for the skin as well!)
  • Pour into molds or old mugs and wait for the soap to set. It might take several days until it re-hardens. (Again, patience will come in handy.) It pays to wait, so the long waiting time it will give you will last for months and will cure more over time. The long-lasting power of this bar soap saves your time, effort, and more bucks.

Want more handmade soap recipes? Click here!

Homemade Shaving Butter

What you will need:

Procedure:

  • Melt the coconut oil and Shea butter in a saucepan.
  • Remove from heat and then add in the Almond oil and other essential oils of your choice.
  • Let cool for several hours, and/or place in the fridge to harden. You may also opt to just let it solidify on its own by letting it stand for few hours.
  • Once it is solid, let it soften (if you refrigerated it) and you can whip with electric beaters for a few minutes it to give it that soft texture until it is creamy enough. If you let it harden on the counter, you can just stir it to get the same soft, creamy texture.

You can find the ingredients and materials you can use to complete your DIY and homemade products here.

SHAVING CAN NEVER BE THE SAME

So there you have it. Just a few soap making supplies needed and you can start making your own shaving creams at home. With low-cost ingredients for the recipes above, you can start homemade shaving cream business.

These recipes can also be perfect gifts for Father’s Day.

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