For the last couple of years I have been trying to make whatever items I can instead of buying them and perpetuating the cycle of waste, toxins and quite frankly the spending of our hard earned dollars. Regular shaving cream is full of undesirable ‘stuff’ like parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, propolene glycol (apparently frequently used in antifreeze and brake fluid) to name a few and quite honestly I don’t need to know about anymore negative side effects that they may cause – I am done being a guinea pig and my answer is NO. If I can’t pronounce it and I don’t recognize the ingredients then I’m not going to use it. I’m going to go without or try to make it myself and if I can’t do either of those options then I will research more environmentally/body friendly options to buy. My answer to shaving cream has been to just use water or castile soap but this has left my legs with red bumps and/or ingrown hairs and irritated skin. I decided I would try to make my own shaving cream and see what came of it and to be honest it’s pretty good so far. It’s light and creamy just like shaving cream and it leaves my skin nourished and free of the fake stuff.
3/4 cup of almond oil, or olive oil or safflower oil
3/4 cup of coconut oil
3/4 cup of shea butter
3/4 cup of cocoa butter
1 tsp of vitamin E oil essential oil
In a double boiler (or in the microwave if you aren’t opposed to that) melt your oils (except the vitamin E oil and essential oil). When it is all melted pour it into a bowl or your stand mixer bowl and add your vitamin E oil and your favourite scent of essential oil (I like grapefruit) and put it in the fridge until it solidifies again (an hour or two). Use your stand mixer with the whisk attachment (or a hand mixer) and whip it for about 5 – 8 mins. The longer you whip it the fluffier it will get. That’s it folks. Put it in a nice glass jar and keep in a cool place (coconut oil melts at 25 degrees celsius) and then just lather it on and shave it off. Just be careful because it will make the bottom of your tub slippery. The best part is that is that you don’t need to lotion your legs afterwards.
We aren’t kidding ourselves and don’t want to kid you either in saying that we will completely eliminate everything from our home that has toxic chemical compounds, quite frankly that is a huge task. But we can say that we are trying to do better by ourselves and the planet and hope that you too will make whatever small changes you can to care for the future as well. Besides DIY body care products are so easy to make at such a fraction of the cost. “You work hard for the money, so hard for it honey” so why not keep more of it.