Trending:
Natural Men’s Care: Shaving Creams

Natural Men’s Care: Shaving Creams

As a man who cares about his appearance, you have your own set of concerns for the look and feel of your face when you shave.  Therefore, you want a shaving cream made to suit only you and your skin.

Shaving creamCommercial shaving creams all have pretty much the same basic ingredients. The main one is water, which is good. Some of the more questionable ingredients used are the following:

  • Propolene glycol: Frequently found in antifreeze and brake fluid.
  • Triethanolamine (TEA): Can be  a skin irritant. Often  contaminated with nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer.
  • Lauryl: Mimics estrogen (11)

It’s time to take complete charge of your skin care regimen and create you own shaving cream designed specifically for you. One that, after you are done with your short morning ritual, makes you feel refreshed, energized, and ready to tackle your day.

As part of our Natural Men’s Care series, this is the next installment.

 

Points of interest

  • Shaving your face is actually helpful in exfoliating your skin and neck.
  • If you have stiff, curly, thick facial hair and you shave regularly, you very likely get ingrown hairs easily. Ways to help avoid those are to warm up the skin with a hot shower or heated towel before shaving. This opens the pores and helps soften the hair. You can also apply one of the pre-shave recipes below.
  • Some men get a condition known as pseudofolliculitis barbae, which is when the tip of growing hair curves under the skin’s surface instead out the pore. They look like acne and can get very sore and inflamed when you shave every day. To help avoid them you can exfoliate your face once a week and shave after a hot shower. Follow your shave with the Myrrh and Aloe Anti-inflammatory Aftershave found in the upcoming aftershave article.  If possible, see if you can avoid shaving every day. Or grow a beard.
  • Straight edge razorFor those of you who would like to try a shaving soap, there are recipes in here for that too. To use, you will need a shaving brush and a mug like a coffee mug. Put some water on the soap, swirl it with the brush until you get enough foam to use on your face. Add enough water to get what you need. Brush onto face and shave. And if you’re really daring, get yourself a straight edge razor. I’ve been told you get an even closer shave that way.
  • When shaving, always shave in the direction of hair growth. Shaving against the growth can cause ingrown hairs.
  • Rinse razor blades well after every use and allow to air dry. It’s best to not keep them in the shower because if they stay wet, it often encourages them to rust.
  • Don’t shave the same area over and over during a shaving session as it can damage new skin growth.
  • While I have included some great recipes down below, you don’t have to use the exact oils in the recipe. If there is a certain scent or oil you prefer to use on your face, replace the oils in the recipe with that specific oil or oils. These are here as a guide if you want new ideas.
  • If you want to choose a carrier oil that is particularly suited to your skin type, check the lists in the articles on skin care. We have articles on maturedry, oily, normal, and combination skin, as well as ones involving chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, and acne. If there is a specific carrier oil you would rather use, you can replace the one in the recipe with that particular oil.

 

Best oils

  • Essential Oils: Bay Rum, Cucumber Seed, Carrot Seed, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Sandalwood, Elemi, Frankincense, Lavender, Melaleuca,  Tagetes, Tea Tree, Vetiver, Patchouli, Palmarosa, Yarrow, Red Mandarin
  • Carrier oils: Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, Jojoba, Almond, Olive, Flaxseed

Recipes

Always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your face. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Man using pre-shaveElectric Pre-Shave

  • 1/2 cup Witch Hazel
  • 2 tablespoons Distilled Water
  • 1 tablespoon Glycerin
  • 6 – 10 drops Ravintsara oil

Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean container with a lid. After washing face, rub a small amount on face and beard before shaving. Yields 6 ounces.  (3)

Pre-Shave 1

  • 2 drops Rosewood
  • 1 drop Allspice
  • 20 drops Flaxseed oil

Mix together and apply to area before shaving. (9)

Pre-Shave 2

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop German Chamomile
  • 20 drops Flaxseed oil

Mix together and apply to area before shaving. (9)

Basic Shaving Cream

  • 1/4 cup Stearic Acid powder
  • 1 cup hot Water
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • 2 tablespoons grated Soap
  • 5 drops Tea Tree, Lavender, Peppermint, or Roman Chamomile oil

In a double boiler, melt the stearic acid powder until it is a clear liquid. Mix together the hot water, borax, and soap, and stir until the borax and soap are completely dissolved. Pour the soap solution in a blender and turn on for about 1 minute, blending on low speed. Slowly pour the melted stearic acid into the soap solution. Add essential oil. Blend on high until a smooth cream has formed. Pour into a clean, open container and allow to cool completely. When cool, stir the cream and put into a container with a tight-fitting lid or cover with plastic wrap.

To use, soften beard with warm water and then smooth shaving cream over face. May need to give cream a good stirring from time to time before use. Yields 8 ounces. (3)

california-olive-oil-2Olive Oil Shaving Cream

  • 1/4 cup Stearic Acid powder
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 1 teaspoon Borax
  • 2 tablespoons Grated Soap
  • 1 drop Bay Rum
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Lavender

In a double boiler, melt the stearic acid and oil until a clear liquid forms. Mix together the hot water, borax, and soap. Stir until completely dissolved. Pour the soap solution into a blender and blend well for about 1 minute. Slowly pour oil and stearic acid mixture into soap solution. Add essential oils and blend on high until a smooth cream forms.

Pour into a clean container and allow to cool completely. Yields 8 ounces. Can also use Almond oil instead of Olive. Will help soften skin.  (7)

Shaving Rash Treatment

  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 10 drops German Chamomile
  • 3 drops Tagetes
  • 1 tablespoons Evening Primrose oil

Store formula in a dark colored glass bottle. Spread a small amount over the rash after shaving. Leave on for a few moments and then wipe off excess with a tissue. (4)

Shaving brush and razorShaving Soap

  • 1/4 teaspoon Rosemary oil
  • 2 teaspoons Lime oil
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba oil
  • 2 teaspoons Bentonite Clay
  • 1 pound Avocado Cucumber Melt-and-Pour Suspension Soap

Tools needed:

  • 2  shaving cups, or coffee mugs. 8 ounce
  • Spray bottle of Rubbing Alcohol
  • Double Boiler
  • 4 cup, glass Measuring Cup
  • Rubber spatula, measuring spoons, metal whisk or spoon for stirring.

Melt soap base in a double boiler on low heat. Keep soap under 160 degrees. Once soap is melted, remove pot from heat and stir in clay and jojoba oil, stirring gently to incorporate. Pour into measuring cup and stir in essential oils. Pour soap into cups. Leave at least 1 inch of space between top of cup and soap. Spray tops of soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles. Allow soap to cool and fully harden before using.  (10)

Other Possible Essential Oil formulas:

#1

  • 1/4 teaspoon Bay Rum
  • 2 teaspoons Cedarwood
  • 1 teaspoon Sandalwood
  • 1 teaspoon Jojoba

Shaving supplies#2

  • 1 teaspoon Lavender
  • 1 teaspoon Roman Chamomile
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E

JC’s Skin Care Shaving Soap

  • 2 teaspoons Cucumber Seed
  • 1 teaspoon Carrot Seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Mandarin
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 1 pound Olive Oil Melt-and-Pour Suspension Soap

Melt soap base in a double boiler on low heat. Keep soap under 160 degrees. Once soap is melted, remove pot from heat and stir in vitamin E oil, stirring gently to incorporate. Pour into measuring cup and stir in essential oils. Pour soap into cups. Leave at least 1 inch of space between top of cup and soap. Spray tops of soap with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles. Allow soap to cool and fully harden before using.

A last thought

What ways do you like to make your own shaving supplies? Which recipe do you want try from here first? Please tell us in the comment section at the bottom of this page. We’d all like to know!

Man shaving

References

  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. Natural Beauty at Home: More than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox
  4. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  5. Hands On Healing Remedies: 150 Recipes for Herbal Balms, Salves, Oils, Liniments, and other Topical Therapies, by Stephanie L. Tourles
  6. Aromatherapy Handbook for Beauty, Hair, and Skin Care, by Erich Keller
  7. Natural Beauty for All Seasons, by Janice Cox
  8. The Aromatherapy Companion, by Victoria H. Edwards
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. Soapmaking the Natural Way: 45 Melt-and-Pour Recipes Using Herbs, Flowers,& Essential Oils, by Rebecca Ittner
  11. http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/men/shaving-tips/chemicals-in-shaving-cream2.htm
email

About Admin

1 comments
LeahClaypoole
LeahClaypoole

I made the basic shaving cream and my husband has mentioned that it isn't thick enough. Any suggestions?

Trackbacks

  1. polo ralph lauren pas cher…

    Many thanks a great deal for taking pleasure in this splendor website with me. I am appreciating it really significantly! Looking ahead to yet another wonderful site. Excellent luck to the author! all the very best!…

  2. […] Making your own aftershave gives you the edge. You can make one that suits your own skin and gives you the scent you want. And it is a great finish to your natural shaving cream. […]

  3. […] beginning of the Natural Men’s Care articles. The first ones to come after this will be on shaving creams and aftershaves. We also have one on dandruff, the bane of all existence. The rest will be linked […]