The best part about making your own shaving soap at home is that you can add the perfect ingredients for your skin type without paying a fortune. The process is very similar to making your own bath and face soap, with a few extra elements to keep it in place and encourage a rich lather. Cosmetic clay forms the base of this recipe, so begin with two tablespoons for each pound of soap you plan to make. Add 2 ½ ounces of castor oil to create lather, along with 10 ounces of coconut oil.
To keep the mixture stable, include 7 ounces of palm oil, as well as 13 ounces of olive oil to keep skin soft and smooth. A little lye, about 4 ½ ounces, will give your soap cleansing properties, 9 ½ ounces of water will help everything dissolve and combine, and finally, some essential oils in your favorite fragrance will make this a refreshing pick me up, any time of day or night.
Once all of the shaving soap recipe ingredients have come together, pour the liquid into the mold of your choice. If you don’t have one, feel free to improvise with ice cube trays for small bars, or Tupperware containers for larger ones. You can either leave it in the container and dip it out to use, or you can pop it in the freezer until it easily releases into a wrapper or bag.
Essential oils are available at your local health food store or online. Some suggestions to get your started are lavender for tranquility and relaxation, rose for feeling feminine, or tea tree oil for refreshment and skin-soothing properties.
Consider your homemade shaving soap for gifts that everyone will appreciate. Wrapped up in a festive box, it will be a daily reminder for your friends and family of how much you care for their health and comfort.
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