Shea Butter Shaving Cream Recipe
This is a simple recipe for making your own shea butter shaving cream. It is suitable for use by both, man and women. By adding different combination of essential oils you can make it to perfectly match your own needs and taste.
What do you need?
- 4 oz. (120 ml or ½ cup) Stearic acid
- 4 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 oz. (2 tablespoon) unrefined Shea Butter
- 16 oz. (480 ml or 2 cups) distilled water
- 2 teaspoon Borax
- 2 oz. of soap; “natural” soap recommended
- 10-20 drops of organic essential oils total
- cheese grater
- electric hand mixer
Using a double pot, melt shea butter and add olive oil and stearic acid. When blended together remove from the steam.
Put the other pot with distilled water on a fire and boil it. Grate the soap with cheese grater.
Put grated soap and borax in a big mixing bowl. Add slowly hot distilled water. Adding water will cause mixture to fizz (like champaign), so make sure your bowl is big enough. Stir it a bit with a spoon and let it cool down for a few minutes.
Mix this water solution with electric hand mixer for approximately one minute. While mixing it, add slowly previously prepared oily mixture (shea butter, olive oil and stearic acid).
Add essential oil(s) and mix it again for 2 to 3 minutes. Put it in a clean jar(s) and keep it closed on a room temperature.
Do not mix the cream for too long, because you will make it too hard. With little experience you will be able to achieve degree of hardness that matches your own taste.
If you put it in a well closed bottle, cream will be probably good for a long enough time to use it completely. You can additionally prolong its shelf life by adding few E vitamin capsules or/and few drops of Rosemary essential oil.
Recommended combination of essential oils for a shaving cream is following: Tea Tree because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Lavender which has relaxing tone, refreshing Peppermint, and Vetivert due to its moisturizing effect and somewhat ‘manly’ scent.
You can find stearic acid at a pharmacy. Depending on where you live, you can probably find Borax at a pharmacy and/or in the laundry/detergent section of a supermarket.