Despite the other alternatives, there are for getting rid of unwanted body hair, shaving continues to remain a popular option for many women (and men). However, the routine of shaving is oftentimes a daily one, which means constantly buying shaving cream. Spending money on this product does end up becoming quite an annoying expense in the long run. Want to save money? Why not try a DIY approach?
Before diving in, it is important to keep in mind that any new DIY recipe should be used with caution. That means testing the product on a small patch of skin first and waiting a few hours to see if there is any negative reaction. Ideally, it is best to wait a full 24 hours, since it sometimes takes longer for negative skin reactions to occur. When following DIY shaving cream recipes, stick to the ingredients, especially if they are specific. Substituting could lead to less than stellar results.
(Exercise common sense by staying away from any DIY shaving cream recipe that contains ingredients you know will upset your skin.)
FYI: To make your life a lot easier, purchase plastic dispenser bottles with a pump lid to pour your shaving cream into. It’ll mean less of a mess to deal with during use, easy for storage and looks a lot nicer in the bathroom.
The easiest DIY shaving cream recipe that virtually anybody can throw together requires combining 1 cup of your favorite shampoo with 1 cup of your favorite conditioner, along with 5 tablespoons of baby oil and 5 tablespoons of lotion (to avoid a watery mix, choose a thicker lotion or add less baby oil). Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl and allow it to sit for one full hour. Now pour into the plastic dispenser bottle and it’ll be ready for use.
Another fairly easy DIY shaving cream recipe to choose from only requires 3 ingredients: coconut oil (1/3 cup), olive oil (1/4 cup) and shea butter (1/3 cup). The instructions for putting together this particular recipe is a bit more involved but perfect for DIY types that want more of a challenge. Add the shea butter and coconut oil together in a pan and heat on low over the stove. Next, pour the melted mixture into a plastic container and then slowly stir in the olive oil. Once it’s mixed together, place the container in the refrigerator until it hardens.
The last step requires taking the hardened block out and placing it in a mixer and whipping it until the shaving cream becomes creamy and light in texture/appearance. Because of the consistency of this DIY shaving cream is different than the recipe described above, it’s better to house this mixture in an airtight container with a lid instead of a plastic dispenser bottle. Make sure to keep it in a dark and cool place in between uses.