shaving soap

You can make your own homemade shaving soap recipe, using the recipe below, and avoid all those fake scents and chemicals. At the store, we had a friend ask about a shaving soap, which we didn’t have. So we started testing and were happily surprised at how good these natural bars were!

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This shaving soap was poured right into a metal tin that has a lid, and this type of shaving brush would be used

Homemade Shaving soap recipe:

  • Basic #2 recipe: (other soap base recipes here)
    51.2 oz Olive oil or an Olive/Canola blend
    6.2 oz Coconut oil
    6.2 oz Palm oil
    23.4 oz water
    8.6 oz lye crystals
  • for this scented bar, add:
    2 T of sandalwood fragrance oil (or your choice of scent)
    1/2 tsp of cocoa powder for the base color (or use a color that matches the scent) (add clay before color)
  • Remember to mix the base color in one cup of base, mix well, and add back in
  • for a shaving bar:
  •  add 3 tablespoons of bentonite clay, first mix very well in 1-2 cups of base then mix back into the soap base. You will probably need a wisk. Do this before adding the color. If you forget, that’s okay.
  • Some people use fullers earth as the barrier ingredient in a shaving bar, it does work too, but I found it less uniform in size. Whereas the bentonite clay is sorta like a heavy talcum powder, always microscopic pieces and no larger grains making it feel a little gritty.

Different scents for men or women:

For men, we scented bars with Lime-Cilantro and Sandalwood. Men’s shaving equipment consist  of shaving cups with those shaving brushes, so this means that they will prefer a round bar that fits the shaving cup. Although they probably could cut a regular bar in half and stuff it in the cup. Other scents you could consider are Lime, Bay Rum, and Basil & Lime.

This shaving soap would have been poured right into the non-metal tin. Looks good!

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For women, we made Rose is a Rose and Lavender, and made these in the regular bar shape, as most women shave in the shower or bath. Women also liked the Lime Cilantro scent too.  The soap image below shows a very pretty label.

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The special ingredient that makes natural shaving soap so effective is bentonite clay. This clay is found only in a few spots globally, and locally in Wyoming. This clay is leftover volcanic ash and it has numerous uses including many health improving ones. Image of this soft and healing clay from the cretaceous period below:


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Here is the Rose is a Rose soap recipe, here you can check the scent and color amounts and apply it to this homemade shaving soap recipe.  If you are interested in a different, check the list of scented soaps and use that as a guide to the amount of scent and color you would need.

More about bentonite clay here.

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