During my third trimester I read that one should stock their freezer with food, so that cooking won’t become a burden during those sleep-deprived early months. Seeing as how Portland broke records for heat that summer, the only thing I was able to do in the kitchen was open the refrigerator and let the cold air envelope my pregnant belly. I found solace in the air conditioned big box stores and instead stocked up on ridiculous amounts of toiletries. What does this have to do with shaving cream? Because last week we finally ran out of our last can of shaving cream, and I was stoked to whip up a diy version.
This literally whipped up in less than 30 minutes, including a quick shave in the tub. These luscious suds left my legs smooth and silky, protected them from nicks, and left no need for moisturizer afterwards. After the suds mellow down, it turns into this wonderful shaving lotion (as depicted in first photo), that suds up nicely, but not too over-the-top.
Moisturizing Shaving Suds
Adapted from recipes found in Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living and Readymade*.
- 1 oz. olive oil
- 1 oz. coconut oil
- 1 oz. beeswax
- 4 oz. water (room temperature)
- 2 oz. liquid castille soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild)
- 1 oz. vegetable glycerin
- 1 tsp. borax
- 1/3 tsp. grapefruit seed extract (or substitute either tea tree oil or vitamin E)
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 8 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
Melt the oils and wax over a double boiler over medium heat. Combine the water, liquid soap, glycerin and borax in a small bowl, stir to dissolve and slowly pour into the melted oils, using a hand mixer to whip until frothy. Drizzle in the grapefruit seed extract (or tea tree oil or vitamin e) and add the essential oils, stir and pour into a shower-friendly container until the suds settle down. Now get silky!
Update: Once the suds settled down I transferred the mixture into one a super shower friendly bottle.
My husband used this and requested something richer and creamier for his needs, though indicated that “this doesn’t suck as much as that other stuff,” referring to the store-bought hippy shaving soap he’d been using. So I’ll make something richer and creamier for him and report back.
*Did you know that Readymade is no longer? Sad day. I’m still savoring the last issue.