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DIY Shaving Cream

Making your own DIY shaving cream is so effective and could not be easier.  You will love how it conditions the skin, leaving legs smooth and moisturized.  Oh, and a close shave?  Yes.  This homemade shaving cream recipe will give you that close shave. It is also excellent for stubbly faces!  Men need shaving cream more than anyone so this is for the guys too!

Why Use a DIY Shaving Cream:

  • Conventional shaving creams are filled with toxic ingredients such as sulfates, fragrance, parabens, mineral oil, phthalates, formaldehyde, isopentane etc.
  • Shaving cream softens the skin, making the skin more elastic.  When the skin gives, you don’t have to press as hard for a close shave which helps with less cuts.
  • Shaving cream softens the hair, making it easier to shave.
  • Shaving cream reduces irritation because it nourishes and protects the skin from the razor.
  • Shaving cream lifts the hair making it easier to shave for a closer, smoother shave.
  • Using a shaving cream is a 3 in 1!  By using a shaving cream you are cleansing, shaving and moisturizing with one action and one product!

Using a shaving cream is an excellent way to replenish your skin.  It also helps smooth the hair in such a way that you tend to get a closer shave without nicks or cuts. Using sunless tanners or having a real tan gives your skin a healthy glow, but when your skin naturally exfoliates, you lose your color.  By moisturizing often you can help prolong your color and keep it from getting that “ashy” look!

You might be interested in my Razor Bump Spray recipe which works well with this DIY shaving cream!

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DIY Shaving Cream Benefits

DIY Shaving Cream Ingredients:

Coconut Oil helps to give the shaving cream a creamy, whipped consistency without having to use beeswax in our recipe. It is also incredibly healing and will protect the skin from irritation.  

Shea Butter is extremely moisturizing as well as healing and calming.

Lavender essential oil can reduce redness, get rid of the swelling of razor bumps, and prevent irritation from razor bumps.

Castile soap gives your cream a nice, fluffy texture and a lovely slip. It also helps for a cleaner shave and washes away that oily feeling you can get when using oil based shaving cream.

Glycerin is not absolutely necessary but it gives the cream a better slip and helps lock in moisture.

Vitamin E is another ingredient that is optional but adds extra nutrition as well as giving your shaving cream a longer shelf life.

DIY Shaving Cream

DIY Shaving Cream


  1. Fill a medium sized pot 1/2 way full with water.
  2. Place a glass pyrex cup in the water and add shea butter and coconut oil.
  3. Once butter and oil is melted, remove from heat and add castile soap.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Place glass cup in the fridge and allow your mixture to cool and harden slightly. 
  6. Add Essential Oil(s), Glycerin and Vitamin E.
  7. Once mixture is solid (but not hard) use a hand mixer to whip your cream.
  8. Whip until your shaving cream is light, smooth and white. 

To Use:

  • Apply enough shaving cream so that you can coat your skin. The white cream will turn into an oily consistency once it meets your skin. You do not need a thick layer.
  • I apply to both legs before shaving so that I don’t dip wet hands into my cream.
  • Wet your razor and begin shaving.
  • Rinse legs and follow up with a body oil! Thanks to the castile soap addition, the shaving cream rinses away easily. 

Do not get water in your shaving cream!!! Hello, bacteria!

DIY Shaving Cream

Can This Recipe Be Used for Beard Shaving?

Absolutely! My husband has very sensitive skin and barely shaves but when I complain loud and long enough (or refuse to kiss him) he will and without this nourishing shaving cream and my DIY after shave he can get very irritated. 

Take Caution:

  • Be aware that the shaving cream could make your shower or bath a bit slippery.  Only use enough shaving cream to coat the legs or face-too much will end up being a mess and a waste!
  • Do not use too much shaving cream. Coconut oil and shea butter in excess aren’t good for your drains.
  • The shelf life of this shaving cream (as long as you keep it water free) should be about 3-5 months.
  • Depending on the temperature of your bathroom, the cream could melt or harden-That’s OK, the fluffiness is only to imitate the texture of store bought shaving cream.  Texture will not effect the benefits.  You can re-whip it if you like.
  • This shaving cream will melt quite quickly once applied to your skin, that’s totally fine.

DIY Shaving Cream leg shaving

I love using this DIY shaving cream because it gives me a closer shave and doesn’t leave that burning sensation when I just use water. I also love that helps add hydration to my legs. If I’m going out in public in shorts or a skirt, I always take extra time to shave with this shaving cream.

This is an easy DIY and I love the consistency. It’s just one more product that you can make yourself and purge your beauty routine of toxic ingredients!

xx, Jenni


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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

12 thoughts on “Homemade Shaving Cream”

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  2. I love sandlewood but it’s so expensive! Is it really necessary for best results or could I sub something more affordable ?

    1. Sue-Sub it for sure! I like to experiment by using a drop on q-tips then smelling different combos together! You could just omit it all together but almost everything smells great with lavender!

  3. >I have struggled with finding the right razor.
    You’re not the only one. What’s happened to decentcheap disposable razors? I used to just grab a bag of pink razors and they worked well, now it’s like they rip every hair our individually!
    (I’ve tried every reasonably priced brand) The best I’ve found is Gilette Venus, too bu they cost so much for something that just gets tossed out, but they work well and are comfortable to use.

  4. HI jenni,
    Are all the ingredients just mixed together and you’re ready to use?
    I was thinking of using Lavender and rose geranium EO’s,Sandalwood is just too expensive as much as I love the scent.

  5. I just found your blog and website and I can’t wait to try all of these DIY!!! I love the idea of safe, natural ingredients. I do have a question; I am allergic to avocado and a few other things some of your recipes have like ACV (apples). What could I substitute in lieu of these ingredients?

    1. Elizabeth-Thank you!! Any oil could be substituted for avocado-I think Sweet Almond Oil would be a great substitute. Witch Hazel would be a good substitute for ACV!

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