Natural Shaving Soap Recipe for an Eco-friendly Shave

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Many modern day shaving creams don’t deliver a close shave like traditional shaving soaps. Even worse, their aerosol based packaging is bad for the environment. Making the switch to a homemade shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. My natural shaving soap recipe is not only a great green alternative, but it’s also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

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Shaving soaps have been around since the 1800’s and, of course, were exclusively used by men. However, as conventions changed and women began shaving as well, we were eventually introduced to shaving creams.

Why Use a Homemade Shaving Soap?

While traditional shaving soaps are still used by a smaller part of the population, they are making a comeback. And with good reason. Not only do shaving soaps allow for increased hydration and a closer shave, they are also more environmentally friendly than shaving cream. So if you’re ready to start making greener changes to your lifestyle, homemade shaving soaps are an easy adjustment and a great way to make a small, but cumulative difference.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

In addition to reducing packaging and aerosols, my natural shaving soap recipe is eco-friendly in another way. Because this natural shaving soap recipe is palm free, it doesn’t contribute to the deforestation of the rainforests. In addition to the environmental effects this has on the earth, it also threatens the habitats of endangered animals like orangutans and Sumatran tigers.

Learn more about the use of palm oil in soapmaking.

Ingredients that I do include in my homemade shaving soap recipe are lanolin and neem oil. I use lanolin for its moisturizing properties. Not only does lanolin prevent skin from drying out with repeated shavings, it also lends to a rich, creamy lather that helps prevent knicks and razor burn.

Learn more about the benefits of lanolin in skin care.

Neem oil on the other hand helps to promote skin health and speed up healing times should irritation or knicks occur.

Learn about the skin care benefits of neem oil.

Ready to give my natural shaving soap a try to see the difference it can make for your skin? Find my cold process soap recipe and instructions below!

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.8 oz. castor oil (5%)
4.8 oz. refined coconut oil (30%)
.8 oz. lanolin (5%)
6.4 oz. pomace olive oil (40%)
1.6 oz. shea butter (10%)
1.6 oz. neem oil (10%)

4.8 fl. oz. distilled water
2.15 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1 oz. patchouli essential oil
.5 oz. lavender essential oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to take safety precautions when making my natural shaving soap recipe. This includes wearing proper eye protection and gloves as well as long sleeves. Additionally, you should use only heat safe containers. None of your containers or your utensils used for soapmaking should be aluminum as when aluminum comes into contact with lye it produces a toxic gas.

My natural shaving soap recipe is made using the cold process soapmaking method. If you’ve never made cold process soap, be sure to check out my tutorial on how to make cold process soap. If this recipe then seems a little daunting to you, then I encourage you to start with a beginner’s cold process soap recipe.

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Begin by preparing your lye solution. To do this, measure out the distilled water in fluid ounces into a heat safe, non-aluminum container. Then, in a separate container, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye. Pour the lye into the container of water then mix until all of the lye has dissolved. Set aside.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

Next, weigh out the carrier oils, lanolin and shea butter and combine in a separate heat safe container or stainless steel pot. Heat either in the microwave (for non-metal containers) at 50% power or over medium-low to medium heat on the stove top. Alternately you may also use a crockpot. Once melted remove the soapmaking oils from heat and set aside to cool.

Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Hydrating Lanolin and Neem Oil to Promote Skin Health! Making the switch to a natural shaving soap is a more environmentally friendly choice. This homemade shaving soap recipe with lanolin and neem oil is not only a great green alternative, but it's also budget conscience so you save money in the long run over purchasing a commercial product.

While you are waiting for the lye-water and the soapmaking oils for this natural shaving soap recipe to cool, weigh out the (optional) essential oils and set aside.

When both the aloe-lye mixture and the soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F, you’re ready to make soap!

Pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils then mix with an immersion blender until the soap reaches a light trace. Add the essential oils, then continue mixing until the essential oils are fully incorporated into the soap batter.

Then, once the soap has again reached a light to medium trace, pour the soap into a round silicone soap mold of your choice. Cover the mold with plastic cling wrap or parchment paper if desired, then set aside in a safe location where it won’t be disturbed.

Your natural shaving soap should be ready to unmold 24-48 hours later. Once removed from the mold, allow your shaving soaps to cure for 4-6 weeks prior to use.

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More Natural Soap Recipes

If you like my natural shaving soap recipe, then you may also enjoy some of my other natural – and palm free! – cold process soap recipes that focus on promoting skin health. Here are some of my favorites.

Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe with Skin Soothing Witch Hazel & Natural Shaving Soap Recipe with Moisturizing Lanolin and Neem Oil for Skin Health

Alternately, you may also want try my homemade shaving cream recipe with skin soothing witch hazel. I created this natural shaving cream recipe as a guest post for The Nourished Life blog. You can learn how to make it here.

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Homemade Cold Process Glycerin Shaving Soap Recipe

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This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra glycerin that's added to this homemade shaving soap recipe during the soapmaking process for its humectant properties.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra vegetable glycerin that’s added to the regular soapmaking oils during the soapmaking process. Typically this is usually only done for shaving soaps as the extra glycerin contributes to the bar’s humectant properties. As glycerin is naturally created as a byproduct of the saponification process, there’s already some level of glycerin in every bar of cold process soap. This glycerin shaving soap recipe simply expands on that.

In addition, using palm kernel oil in a cold process soap recipe also helps to boost the naturally occurring glycerin already found in cold process soap. I chose to use palm kernel flakes as I had that particular ingredient on hand. However, you’re welcome to swap it for regular palm kernel oil.

In addition to the vegetable glycerin included in this cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe, I also used marshmallow root powder. Marshmallow root powder has been shown to soothe and lubricate skin as well as soften and heal.

I’ve also included sunflower oil which is naturally high in vitamin E and helps to lend a stable lather with conditioning properties to cold process soaps.

If you’re interested in creating your own glycerin shaving soap recipe, I recommend using .5 oz. by weight of vegetable glycerin per pound of soapmaking oils.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra glycerin that's added to this homemade shaving soap recipe during the soapmaking process for its humectant properties.

Homemade Cold Process Glycerin Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

18 oz. sustainable palm oil
5.4 oz. palm kernel flakes
7.2 oz. refined 76° melt point coconut oil
1.8 oz. castor oil
3.6 oz. sunflower oil

10.8 fluid oz. distilled water
5.1 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

1.15 oz. vegetable glycerin
1.8 oz. marshmallow root powder
2.25 oz. fragrance oil of choice, optional

Soap Notes:

Because of the extra vegetable glycerin added to my glycerin shaving soap recipe, I discounted my water more than normal with the water at 30% of the oil weight.

Superfat/Discount = 8%

If you’re resizing this homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe the vegetable glycerin was used at 3.19% of the oil weight and the marshmallow root powder at 5%.

If you are substituting palm kernel oil for the palm kernel flakes in this glycerin shaving soap recipe your lye amount won’t change. However, if you are sizing this recipe either up or down, you will need to run the numbers back through a lye calculator.

This cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe will yield 10-12 bars of soap approximately 4 oz. each depending on how they are cut and fits inside my DIY wooden loaf soap mold.

Instructions:

To make this homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe, you’ll need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking method instructions. (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe you can try.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

You’ll begin the soapmaking process for this glycerin shaving soap recipe by first measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the palm oil, palm kernel flakes, coconut oil, castor oil, and sunflower oil using a digital scale and combine in a stainless steel pot. Heat until all of the oils have melted, then remove from heat and set aside.

Next weigh out your fragrance oil and vegetable glycerin in separate containers. Set aside. Also weigh out the marshmallow root powder and set aside. (You can also use essential oils in lieu of a fragrance oil, but you’ll want to use half the amount.)

Once the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 90°-95°F you’re ready to make this glycerin shaving soap recipe.

Begin by adding both the glycerin and marshmallow root powder to the soapmaking oils. Mix with a stick blender until the ingredients are fully incorporated.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils. Using your stick blender, mix until you reach a light trace, then add the fragrance oil. Mix again until the soap starts to thicken again and all ingredients are fully blended into the soap, then pour the soap into your prepared mold.

Because of the high palm content and the extra glycerin this cold process soap recipe does get rather hot. So you’ll either want to avoid covering and insulating this soap or pop into the fridge lightly covered to keep it from overheating and cracking on top or forming a heat tunnel.

This homemade cold process glycerin shaving soap recipe includes extra glycerin that's added to this homemade shaving soap recipe during the soapmaking process for its humectant properties.

After 24 hours you’re ready to unmold your glycerin shaving soap and cut it into bars. Allow your soaps to cure 4-6 weeks before use, then wrap and label as desired.

For more of my homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen. You can also follow me on Pinterest for collections of not only my homemade soap recipes and beauty DIY’s but also some of my favorites from around the web.

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Vanilla & Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

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Vanilla and Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

This simple homemade shaving soap recipe is great for beginner soapmakers still getting their feet wet. It combines some pretty basic oils along with lanolin and marshmallow root powder for that extra slip. It’s then scented with a dreamy vanilla and fig fragrance oil.

Vanilla and Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe with Marshmallow Root Powder and Lanolin

Vanilla & Fig Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

13.5 oz. pomace olive oil
6.6 oz. sustainable palm oil
13 oz. 76°F melt point coconut oil
2 oz. rice bran oil
1.5 oz. refined shea butter
1 oz. lanolin

5.1 oz. sodium hydroxide/lye
12 oz. distilled water

2 oz. vanilla fig fragrance oil
2 Tablespoons marshmallow root powder

Instructions:

This homemade soap recipe will fit into my DIY Wooden Loaf Soap Mold and  yield approximately 10 – 12 homemade soap bars depending on how thick they are cut. To make this homemade soap recipe follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions.

Prepare and mix the lye-water using a digital scale to weigh out the ingredients. Set aside to cool.

Now weigh out the soapmaking oils, shea butter and lanolin and combine in stainless steel (non-aluminum) pot. Heat on the stovetop over medium heat until all the ingredients have melted, then remove from heat and allow to cool.

Once both the lye-water and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 95°-100°F you can mix the two together using a stick blender. At light trace add the fragrance oil and marshmallow root powder and mix well to fully incorporate both the fragrance and powder, then pour into your prepared mold. Keep in mind that this fragrance oil will turn the soap a dark brown due to its vanilla content.

Cover and insulate the soap loaf for 24 hours, then unmold and cut into bars. Wrap and label as desired.

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Natural Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe

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This lanolin shaving soap recipe combines moisturizing ingredients to help prevent dry skin and a rich, creamy lather to help prevent nicks and razor burn.

In my previous post I shared a natural homemade lanolin salve recipe and explained the benefits of using lanolin due to its moisturizing properties. As a natural humectant able to attract and retain water, it’s also valuable in soapmaking when creating natural shaving soaps. (Learn more about lanolin.) This natural lanolin shaving soap recipe combines natural moisturizing ingredients to help prevent skin from drying out even with repeated shavings while at the same time giving you a rich, creamy lather to help prevent nicks and razor burn. The end result of this recipe is a nice, hard bar of soap that is lightly scented with a slightly spicy unisex fragrance created from a combination of natural essential oils perfectly suited for everyday shaving. For this recipe I used lanolin acquired from Nature’s Garden.

DIY Natural Cold Process Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe - This lanolin shaving soap recipe combines moisturizing ingredients to help prevent dry skin and a rich, creamy lather to help prevent nicks and razor burn.

Natural Homemade Lanolin Shaving Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.75 oz. kokum butter
2 oz. pure lanolin
2 oz. refined shea butter
10.5 oz. 76° melt point (refined) coconut oil
7 oz. palm kernel flakes
10 oz. rice bran oil
3 oz. cold pressed organic wheat germ oil
1.15 oz. avocado oil
1 oz. cold pressed virgin pumpkin seed oil

5.2 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
12 fluid oz. distilled water

At trace:

1 oz. aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon chamomile extract
1 teaspoon marshmallow root powder
5 grams bergamot essential oil
2 grams pine essential oil
4 grams frankincense essential oil
4 grams dark patchouli essential oil
5 grams lavender spike essential oil

Instructions:

For this homemade lanolin shaving soap recipe, you will need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions mixing the lye-water into the soapmaking oils at between 110°  – 115° F. This recipe fits inside one of my wooden loaf soap molds and will yield approximately 10 bars weighing around 4.8 oz. – 5 oz. each.

Start by lining your soap mold. Next prepare your lye water by measuring out 12 fluid ounces of distilled water then stirring in  5.2 oz. of lye weighed out using a digital kitchen scale. Set aside to cool.

Prepare your soapmaking oils, butters, and lanolin next. Weigh out the kokum butter, shea butter, lanolin, coconut oil, palm kernel flakes, rice bran oil, wheat germ oil, avocado oil and pumpkin seed oil and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the post on the stove and heat over medium heat until all of the ingredients have melted, then remove from heat.

While the lye-water and oils are cooling, prepare the ingredients to be added at trace by measuring out a level teaspoon measure each of chamomile extract and marshmallow root powder. Set aside. Next weigh out the aloe and essential oils and set aside.

When the temps of your oils and lye-water reach between 110°  – 115° F stir the chamomile extract and marshmallow root powder into the oils using a stick (or immersion) blender. Then slowly pour the lye-water into the oils and stir with the stick blender until trace is achieved. At trace stir in the aloe and essential oils until well blended then pour into your prepared, lined mold, cover and then insulate for 24 hours.  After the insulation period, unmold your loaf of soap, cut into bars of your desired size, and allow to cure for 3-6 weeks before use. Then wrap, label, gift or enjoy!

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DIY Father’s Day Gifts – Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave and Handmade Bay Rum Soap

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. And just for dad, I recommend giving the gift of homemade! A bar of handmade bay rum shaving soap from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and a container of homemade bay rum aftershave you’ve made yourself ties together perfectly as a great Father’s Day gift!
The Handmade Bay Rum Goat Milk Soap for Men from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen makes the perfect gift for dad on Father’s Day! This incredible handmade men’s soap boasts a masculine fragrance perfect for men with dry or more sensitive skin. This handmade soap is scented with a masculine, old time barber shop blend of bay leaves and orange peel. It is strongly scented so you are left with a light fragrance on your skin afterward. Men love this in the shower and for shaving too!

This handmade goat milk soap is specially formulated for normal to dry skin and is hand crafted in small batches using the cold process soapmaking method. It contains rich, wholesome goat’s milk, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, rice bran oil and even colloidal oatmeal. (It’s the same great recipe as Rebecca’s bestselling Handmade Unscented Goat Milk Soap.) You’ll find this bar is highly scented for a fragrance that lasts even stepping out of the shower. Use it on your face, hands, and body and even try it in your hair! It’s all natural expect for the fragrance and contains no color. This soap is available now from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

Now that you’ve got your soap, why not try your hand at a homemade bay rum scented after shave for dad with this easy aftershave recipe.

BAY RUM AFTERSHAVE

Recipe courtesy of SpaIndex.com: Guide to Spas

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup vodka
2 tablespoons Jamaican rum
2 dried bay leaves
1/4 teaspoons whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
zest from a small orange

DIRECTIONS:
Mix together all the ingredients and place into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Place the jar in a dark, cool place for 2 weeks. After two weeks, strain liquid through several layers of cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Discard solids. To use, splash on the face after shaving.

Organic herb, oils, and spices  are available in bulk and at great prices at Mountain Rose Herbs.

(Shaving Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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