Shave Soap and Cream

  • Homemade Shaving Soap

    1/4 cup Natural Aloe Vera Gel (not juice!)
    1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap (Kirk's Castille can be found at most stores)
    1 TBSP Olive or Almond Oil
    1/4 cup warm Distilled Water (or lavender infused)
    Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract (to preserve and beautify the skin)
    Essential Oils for Fragrance (optional)
    8 ounce or larger Foaming Soap Bottle

    How To Make It:
    Mix ingredients in foamer bottle and shake gently until mixed.
    Shake well before each use.

    Homemade Shaving Cream

    1/4 cup olive, almond or coconut oil
    2-3 TBSP Shea or Cocoa Butter
    1/4 cup Aloe Gel or Honey
    1 TBSP Kaolin clay or white cosmetic clay (optional)
    2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap
    Vitamin E or grapefruit seed extract

    Melt the oil and shea/cocoa butter in a double boiler until just melted.
    Remove from heat and add other ingredients
    Whisk or blend well for several minutes
    Transfer to jar or container to store
    Check while it is cooling to make sure it doesn’t start to separate. If it does, shake or mix well to re-incorporate.

    Homemade Shaving Soap Bars

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

    Grate soap and on low heat, melt soap down with oil or aloe vera. It will take a while, so be patient and stir often
    Once melted, stir in the cosmetic clay (this makes a richer lather and is great for the skin)
    Pour into molds (cupcake tins lined with paper, cardboard cut out molds lined with wax paper, a favorite coffee mug) Let set for several days until it re-hardens. This bar will last months and will cure more over time, making it last longer.

    ** Yardley Soap is a widely available commercial handmade soap. It can normally be found either next to the rest of the soap or in the natural section of your grocer. Typical soaps like Ivory, Dove, etc...will not work to make this shave bar.