There are a host of benefits to making your own DIY shaving products. These include using all natural ingredients, avoiding harsh and possibly harmful chemicals, saving money, and being in total control of what you put on your body.
The products I am going to show you are also great for your skin. They contain ingredients made from natural sources that also have benefits for your skin to make it healthier.
The recipes I’m going to show you here use essential oils which are for men. However, ladies, you can use the same recipe and simply substitute some floral oils for the more woody and earthy oils I use in these.
You can experiment with them too as far as the oils used in the recipes. For instance, someone with more oily skin might want to avoid a heavier oil like Avocado seed oil in favor of a lighter oil like Grape seed or Jojoba oil. Likewise, someone with dry skin might want to use an oil that is a little heavier and will penetrate and moisturize the skin while lingering a little longer. Sweet Almond, Avocado or Coconut oil might be best for drier skin.
I have seen recommendations for and against using a pre-shave oil before putting on your shaving cream or shaving soap.
Some say that water is all you need. They say that water will soften up the hair and make it easier for your razor to cut through it. In fact, water does soften the hair. This is why you should always wash your face before you shave.
The other camp says that while water is great, using a pre-shave oil is even better. The oil adds an extra layer of lubrication which helps your razor glide over your skin and helps to prevent razor burn and nicks.
In my humble opinion the best solution is to use both. Now before you start thinking I’m just trying not to pick a side and start an argument let me tell you why I believe this.
My morning routine is to first shower and then shave. Showering takes care of the water, as the hot water in the shower works to soften the hair on my face.
When I get out I apply a pre-shave oil and then brush my teeth and dry my hair. This allows the oil to work to further soften the beard and also allows the carrier oils to begin to absorb into my skin. Then I use one of the homemade shaving products below to shave with.
DIY Shaving Product- How To Make Pre-shave Oil
This is probably the easiest of all the DIY shaving products you will try to make. Basically, a pre-shave oil is simply a blend of two or more carrier oils along with some essential oils that are also known to be good for your skin.
As stated above you want to find complimentary carrier oils that also fit your skin type. What follows is a pretty good guide:
- For Dry Skin– Coconut, Sweet Almond, Avocado, Apricot Kernel
- For Normal Skin– Coconut, Rose hip Seed, Jojoba
- For Oily Skin– Grape seed, Jojoba, Sunflower, Sesame Seed
This is not at all an exhaustive list of carrier oils. These are simply the most common and easiest to find. If you need to purchase carrier oils we carry them in our online store.
Once you have chosen your carrier oils to blend you simply measure them out 1:1 and then add several drops of essential oils to the mixture.
- 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Jojoba Oil
- 8 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 8 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Simply mix all the ingredients into an empty massage oil bottle or empty shampoo bottle. When you are ready to shave simply shake and squeeze out a few drops onto your hand. Massage into your face and let it sit for a few minutes.
Then apply this homemade DIY shaving soap and enjoy a close painless shave.
DIY Shaving Product-Foaming Liquid Shave Soap
If you have very sensitive skin this may not be for you. This recipe uses liquid Castile soap which can irritate overly sensitive skin. Otherwise, this one is so easy your child could make it.
Some people suggest using shampoo or massage oil bottles for storing this shaving soap. I prefer to use foaming soap dispensers that you can purchase here.
Here is how to make it:
- 1/3 Cup Liquid Castile Soap
- 1/3 Cup Warm Water
- 3 Tbsp Carrier Oil (I used Grape seed because it is a light oil)
- 3 drops vitamin E Oil
- 5 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 5 drops Cedarwood Essential Oil
Now add 1/3 cup of WARM not HOT water. Swirl around gently to mix. Next, add 3 tablespoons of carrier oil of your choice.
Finally, add 3 drops vitamin E Oil. Then add 5 drops each of the essential oils.
Place the top on and shake vigorously. This is the finished product:
You simply pump the bottle and apply the foam to your face. This will not foam like canned shaving cream. But then again, the chemicals used to make the canned shaving cream foam as it does is what we are working to avoid by making our own shaving soap.
I haven’t forgotten the ladies either. These DIY shaving products work great for shaving for the ladies too. Just substitute your favorite floral essential oils and they will make you smell great while giving you the same great shaving experience.
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So visit our online shop to purchase all your essential oils and carrier oils.