With Father’s Day just around the corner, it seemed fitting to share an idea that I think would make a perfect Father’s Day gift! Today I’ll be sharing how to make a rich, smooth shaving cream that’s packed with naturally nourishing ingredients. Your Dad or husband would be sure to love a homemade gift like this, especially since it’s so useful. But I highly recommend whipping up a batch for yourself as well! :-) We all gotta shave, right?
In addition to being so nourishing for your skin, another benefit of this shaving cream is that it’s customizable. You can customize the scent by using whichever essential oils appeal to you most. And if you’ll be whipping up a batch for Dad or your husband, you can never go wrong by using earthy sandalwood oil! It has a “manly” scent with just the right amount of musk, and it isn’t overpowering.
And the most obvious benefit of any homemade shaving cream is that it’s pretty inexpensive to make! Because of all the high-quality ingredients in this recipe, the finished product could easily run you anywhere between $15-30! And once you have all the ingredients for it, you’ll be able to make endless batches of shaving cream over time (or as gifts!)
I think the shaving cream alone would be great as a gift for Dad. But if you want to make it extra special, package your homemade shaving cream up with a nice razor or a fancy shaving brush. Guys like to feel pampered too, and your Dad has certainly earned a bit of pampering! :-) Here’s how to make this gift-worthy homemade shaving cream at home.
Homemade Shaving Cream
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp carrier oil (sweet almond, jojoba, etc.)
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 Tbsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup castile soap
- 2 vitamin E capsules
- 1 Tbsp bentonite clay
- 10-20 drops essential oils*
*Note: You can use any essential oil you like here. Sandalwood oil is great for your skin and it has a woodsy smell. You could also use something more standard like lavender oil or peppermint oil if you have those on hand. (But be warned, peppermint oil will sting a bit if you accidentally nick yourself while shaving!)
Place the coconut oil, carrier oil, and shea butter into a small pan. Put the pan over low heat on your stove until everything has melted together.
Transfer the melted oil mixture into a room temperature bowl, then stir in the honey, baking soda, castile soap, the liquid from the vitamin E capsules, clay, and the essential oils. Stir well, then let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
Once the mixture has cooled enough to start setting, use an electric mixer to whip it up for 3-5 minutes. You’re looking for a light and creamy texture, like whipped butter.
Store the finished shaving cream in an airtight container, and keep it in a cool, dark place when not in use.
Also, keep in mind that the mixture may separate over time. Just whip it up again with your hand mixer and it will be good as new!