DIY Shaving Cream: Moisturizing Shaving Cream Recipe with Aloe Vera

September 8, 2014
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Add this DIY shaving cream to your natural skin care routine. This moisturizing, homemade shaving cream recipe contains skin soothing aloe vera gel to help hydrate skin and reduce your chance of razor burn. This easy recipe for homemade shaving cream is also made with other natural ingredients like vegetable glycerin, grapeseed oil and shea butter to hydrate skin and lock in moisture. It’s perfect for sensitive skin too. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY shaving cream today to use as part of your natural beauty regimen!

DIY Shaving Cream: Moisturizing Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe with Skin Soothing Aloe Vera. Add this DIY shaving cream to your natural skin care routine. This moisturizing, homemade shaving cream recipe contains skin soothing aloe vera gel to help hydrate skin and reduce your chance of razor burn. This easy recipe for homemade shaving cream is also made with other natural ingredients like vegetable glycerin, grapeseed oil and shea butter to hydrate skin and lock in moisture.

How to Make Homemade Shaving Cream

In my recent quest to come up with a great natural makeup remover, I actually ended up with a fantastic recipe for DIY shaving cream with hydrating and skin soothing aloe vera. This all natural DIY shaving cream is perfect for those with both sensitive and/or dry skin issues and really does the job to help prevent razor burn better than commercial shaving creams especially in those sensitive areas. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

DIY Shaving Cream: Moisturizing Shaving Cream Recipe with Aloe Vera. Add this DIY shaving cream to your natural skin care routine. This moisturizing, homemade shaving cream recipe contains skin soothing aloe vera gel to help hydrate skin and reduce your chance of razor burn. This easy recipe for homemade shaving cream is also made with other natural ingredients to hydrate skin and lock in moisture. This DIY shaving cream is perfect for sensitive skin too.

Moisturizing DIY Shaving Cream with Aloe Vera

©  Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

.5 oz. stearic acid
.5 oz. shea butter
2 oz. grapeseed oil
1 oz. sweet almond oil
.2 oz. emulsifying wax
.5 oz. aloe vera gel (or witch hazel)
.5 oz. glycerin or.5 oz. unscented liquid Castile soap

Instructions:

To make this natural DIY shaving cream, begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the stearic acid, shea butter and butter and emulsifying wax into a large glass Pyrex measuring cup or bowl. Heat in a either a double boiler or at reduced heat in the microwave until the ingredients have melted.

Remove from heat and weigh out the sweet almond and grape seed oils and stir into the melted ingredients.

Allow to cool until the ingredients have thickened to a creamy consistency. You can speed this up by placing the contents in the fridge.

Once the oils, butter and wax have thickened, weigh out and stir in the aloe vera gel, glycerin or liquid Castile soap into the DIY shaving cream base. (I used the aloe vera gel from Mountain Rose Herbs as it has a natural preservative. If you aren’t using aloe with a preservative you’ll want to use a broad spectrum preservative like phenonip or optiphen which is paraben free based on the manufacturer’s recommended amounts. For easier rinse off, you may also want to use Polysorbate 80 at 6%.)

Now whip your DIY shaving cream with aloe vera with a hand mixer until it becomes creamy and fluffy. (It will no longer look like petroleum jelly at this point.) Whip longer for a fluffier shaving cream. (Should you choose not to whip your shaving cream it’s likely to be difficult to rinse all of it out of your razor. Therefore I don’t recommend skipping this step. It also allows you to use less shaving cream for each shave.)

You can customize this recipe for homemade shaving cream with aloe vera for men by adding up to 2% of your favorite masculine fragrance oil or up to 1% of your favorite essential oil blend.

To use simply this DIY shaving cream, simply apply the desired amount to wet skin and shave as usual. Rinse then pat dry after shaving.

You can discover more of my natural skin care recipes here. Or follow my DIY Bath & Body board on Pinterest for more great homemade bath and body recipes! Or check out my Father’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest board for homemade gift ideas just for men!

6 Comments

  • lisa

    October 12, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Does this recipe require a preservative due to the aloe vera gel content? What is the self life?
    How should it be stored

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      October 12, 2014 at 10:50 am

      I used an aloe with a preservative in it so mine lasted for several weeks while I used it up. However if you are selling it or gifting it a preservative is wise.

  • Erin

    November 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hoping to gift this, how much preservative?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      November 23, 2014 at 10:24 am

      It depends on the preservative you choose. Follow guidelines for usage rate and when to add as different preservatives are added at different temps.

  • Justin Kane

    February 10, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Can you use borax and beeswax instead of emulsifying wax for this recipe?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 11, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      You can sub with beeswax, however, it’s going to stick to skin and not rinse cleanly away. (You’ll have to wash it off.) If you don’t mind this it does work as I tried it. I don’t know why you’d need borax. Typically borax isn’t recommended for skin products although I do know it is sometimes used.

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