Homemade Chemical-Free Shaving Cream

Not a food post, but kind of a food post if you count the fact that half of the ingredients in this recipe are edible on a daily basis. 

I've recently been converting to a "chemical-free" lifestyle. My guess is this is a side effect of living in Northern California for 3 months..or at least a side effect of becoming more aware and educated about the chemicals I am absorbing into my body. 

If I cook my own food to prevent eating processed ingredients, why shouldn't I make my own skin-care products as well? After all, your body absorbs up to 60% of everything you put on your skin.


As far as the essential oils you choose to use in this shaving cream or any homemade skin care item, I highly recommend researching the quality of the brand and the functions of the oil for different skin types before using it in any recipe. 

For example, since this particular shaving cream was made specifically for Luis to shave his face with, I used lavender (antiseptic and skin-calming) combined with sandalwood (anti-inflammatory, heals and fades scars, fights bacteria). 

Other oils good for calming sensitive or acne-prone skin include tea-tree oil, cedar, chamomile, rosemary, and rose. 

Chemical-Free Shaving Cream
Yield: 2 cups
Original recipe by: everydayroots

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup Shea butter
  • 2/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oil(s)
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 2 vitamin E capsules (optional)
Method:
  1. Bring a pot of a small amount of water to a simmer over the stove. Melt the Shea butter and coconut oil together in a heat-safe bowl by placing it over the pot of simmering water. 
  2. Once melted, let cool for 5 minutes. Then, stir in the olive oil. Place the bowl in the fridge until the mixture turns solid (about 2-3 hours). 
  3. Remove from the fridge and let soften slightly. Then, use an electric mixer with a whisk attachment to blend the softened oils with the essential oils, baking soda, and the contents inside the vitamin E capsule (cut the capsule open with a knife and squeeze out the liquid). Continue whisking for about 2 minutes or until the mixture is light, fluffy, and white. 
  4. Store contained in a jar in a cool, dark place (*see note). The added essential oils will prevent the shaving cream from spoiling. 
*Note: If your house is warm, the cream may melt down slightly causing it to "un-whip." No worries, the cream is still fully functional and can be re-whipped at any time. However, do not store in the fridge because it will harden completely. 

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Meanwhile, school resumes in one week and I'm not so thrilled about being buried in projects and papers once again, but I really hope that I still make the time to have Saturday (or Caturday) morning coffee with my little lion friend. 

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  2. That is an amazing tip!! Love these ideas for shaving... It'll be helpful! Thanks

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