So I have ventured into the making of yet another body product – shaving cream! I have to admit that usually when I shave I use soap, but when I do use shaving cream I love the feel of my skin and the shave is closer. Winter is coming so I do not worry as much about shaving, but it is the time that I need more moisture for my skin.
Before going into this venture I wanted to find out more about the ingredients in shaving cream. The more expensive the shaving cream the better the ingredients, but still not completely good for you and/or the environment. Not all these ingredients are in all shaving cream, but most shaving cream has at least one.
- Triethalolamine – when combined with other chemicals has been linked to cancer and non-reproductive organ toxicity.
- Isobutane – has been linked to cancer in lab tests.
- Phthalates – this is what makes shaving cream smooth, they are endocrine disruptors and research has linked it to neurotoxicity, neurodevelopmental disorders, asthma and allergies.
- Methylparaben – has been linked to tumor growth and they are considered endocrine disruptors.
- Triclosan – is an antibacterial agent, hormone disruptor and is bad for septic systems and natural water systems.
- Sodium lauryl sulfate – this is considered bad for you and the environment, causing irritation of the skin and eyes, organ toxicity, development/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, cellular changes, is deadly to fish and can cause birth defects in animals.
I had all of these ingredients on hand because I make our sunscreen and several types of sugar/salt scrubs. Most you can get at your local health food store, but you might have some difficulty getting the shea butter.
4 Tbl shea butter
3 Tbl coconut oil
1 Tbl jojoba oil
1 Tbl vitamin e oil
5 – 6 drops lavender oil
5 – 6 drops patchouli oil
1. Place the shea butter and coconut oil into either a double boiler or a glass bowl that will fit into a sauce pan. Melt the butter and oil on the lowest setting, mix several times during the melting process.
2. Once the butter and oil is melted, move the bowl to the counter and add the jojoba and essential oils – mix. Many of the recipes I found used 2 Tbl jojoba oil, but I did not have enough, so I added Vitamin E oil, but you could also you almond oil.
3. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and allow to harden.
4. Once hardened, take out of the refrigerator and allow to sit for a few minutes. With you hand held mixer, whip the mixture until is looks like frosting.
5. Transfer to an airtight container. I used a washed plastic, honey jar. You can use a mason jar, but I thought plastic was probably a better bet in the shower!
This shaving cream does not foam like tradition shaving cream. When you put it on it is a little foamy, but the heat of your skin and the room will cause it to be more like a shaving oil. It works really well and leaves your skin feeling nourished and silky!