Man or Woman – You need a DIY shaving cream in your life!
Here me out,
Once you’ve stepped into a warm bath or stood in the shower for few minutes, your pores begin to open. Which allows whatever is laying on the surface of our skin or what we
When we add shaving to this equation the outer layer is exfoliated, revealing new fresh skin underneath. The skin is more tender and vulnerable to outside elements, including shaving cream.
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Vulnerable Skin + Shaving is a bad equation
The truth of the matter is most shaving creams are not good for the skin. Even those that are labeled as paraben-free or advertise that essential oil is included.
You see, in most cases, there are still many harmful ingredients in the product and the heavily promoted essential oil is one of the
Turn your focus to the first handful of ingredients in a product and it will give you a bigger picture of what to expect.
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What Ingredients Should You Avoid in Shaving Creams?
Learning how to truly read skin care product labels can be overwhelming. Use this quick list as a guide to help you decipher what’s inside the bottle. The following are all common ingredients found in shaving cream.
This one might sound familiar. It’s the same chemical used to make Teflon non-stick cookware. You’ll find it listed as “PTFE” in shaving cream ingredients.
What’s it doing in shaving cream? I’m not sure, but it is linked to a multitude of health issues including heart disease, breast cancer, and early-onset menopause (Mozes 2013).
This is term on product labels companies use to get away with including a lot of chemicals – without including each on the label!
How many you ask? 1000s of different ingredients under one term!
Why? Because fragrance is considered a trade secret. Many of which are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors (FDA 2011).
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Linked to hormone disruption and cancer, this ingredient is often found in skin care products that foam (EWG 2010). So, if you’re using a shaving cream that foams… it’s probably in there. Check the label for triethanolamine or (TEA).
Yeah, that one fooled me in the past. Thinking it was tea…
Present in a number of skin care products, sulfates are used to cleanse and help a product foam.
You’ll find them listed as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium
A toluene-based ingredient, butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is used as
Toluene was rate the 37th most toxic chemical by the Federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Linked to eye, skin, and lung irritation in addition to hormone disruption (Sciammacco 2014).
With so many harmful ingredients found in shaving cream – why take the risk?
You Can Make DIY Shaving Cream for Him or Her
While many believe shaving cream is only for men. I’m here to tell you – it’s quite incredible for women! Your legs will feel softer than they’ve ever been after shaving when you use this DIY shaving cream!
This recipe for whipped shaving cream does not lather or foam. It’s more of a
I love the combination of lavender and eucalyptus essential oils. But, you can leave out the lavender essential oil and just increase the drops of eucalyptus. Or swap for cedarwood essential oil for a nice woodsy scent for him.
DIY Shaving Cream Ingredients:
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup shea butter
- 2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 airtight container
How to Make Whipped Natural DIY Shaving Cream:
In a double boiler, melt fourth a cup of coconut oil and a fourth cup of shea butter on medium heat until melted. Promptly remove from the heat and add two tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Whisk together and place in the fridge to cool.
Let cool until mixture is the consistency of soft butter. Then remove from the
Please note this DIY shaving cream recipe can result in a slippery shower or bathtub. Less is more in this case!
I always recommend a non-slip bath mat or having your shower floor texturized with a hidden non-slip surface. (That’s what my husband and I had done to our cast iron bathtub when I was expecting our daughter.)
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What’s the best way to apply shaving cream?
Follow these five steps for the best shave with homemade shaving cream:
- Wet or soak shaving brush in warm water before shaving
- Dip your brush in shaving cream
- Apply natural shaving cream to damp skin in a thin layer
- Beginning at the ankle, carefully and slowly shave upward toward the knee
- Rinse the blade and repeat
4 TIPS FOR A GREAT SHAVE
- Shaving upward A.K.A against the direction of hair growth will give you a closer shave. But, it’s inadvisable in the bikini are due to potential irritation, cuts, or nicks. And if your skin is notably dry or sensitive avoid shaving “against the grain”.
- No matter where you’re shaving wait until the end of your bath or shower. This allows the pores of your skin plenty
oftime to hydrate and warmup, resulting in less irritation.
- Rinse the blades of your razor while shaving, keeping the blades clean and ensuring a closer shave. Swish in the water of your bath or sink. Or let the water run through it in the shower.
- Use a quality razor like this one. Cheap disposable razors are not only bad for our environment they aren’t great for the skin either!
This DIY shaving cream happens to be one of those natural skin care recipes my friends keep asking me to make for them. It’s one of my favorites as well. You may like it so much you’ll never buy store-bought shaving cream again either!
Alan Mozes, “Chemicals in cookware, carpets may raise arthritis risk in women,” Health Day, February 14, 2013, http://wn.wjhg.com/story/21196098/chemicals-in-cookware-carpets-may-raise-arthritis-risk-in-women.
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“Spring Clean Your Cosmetics: Go Without These 6 Ingredients.” Environmental Working Group (EWG), 2 April. 2010, https://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2010/04/spring-clean-your-cosmetics-go-without-these-6-ingredients.