If you’re looking for a gentle and smooth shave, you will love this DIY shea butter shaving cream with coconut oil!
Shaving is part of the regular self care routine for many people. It can however cause a lot of stress on the skin.
Our skin is covered with a lipid barrier layer which protects the skin and helps keep the moisture inside.
Shaving damages the protective layer, which can result in inflammation, ingrown hairs and razor bumps.
While you can’t entirely avoid this damage, you can minimize it with gentle care, good quality razor blades and a protecting product.
One of my favorite skin products is shea butter. It is a very nourishing, moisturizing and protecting cream which is rich in valuable vitamins and fatty acids. Its anti-aging properties help maintain the skin’s elasticity, stimulate collagen production and reduce wrinkles.
This natural butter helps with different skin conditions and is very soothing for dry skin.
This makes it a perfect addition to shaving products!
Shea butter is extracted from the nut of the Karite shea tree, native to Africa.
It is creamy and very rich in texture. The color ranges between off-white and light brown.
There are different types of shea butter available; unrefined and refined. Refined shea butter is more processed and contains less nutrients. It has a lighter color and almost no scent.
I only use raw unrefined organic shea butter because it contains the maximum amount of nutrients and hasn’t been chemically processed. This shea butter still has its characteristic, earthy smell.
Besides using it as daily facial cream, it’s an essential ingredient in this DIY shea butter shaving cream with coconut oil.
It’s a very pleasant unisex shaving product for girls & guys, that can be customized with essential oils to create your favorite scent.
Coconut oil is rich in antimicrobial properties that protect your skin. The antioxidant vitamin E and the healthy fatty acids support healing and tissue repair.
This moisturizing oil offers lots of other health benefits for your skin, which I explain here.
DIY shea butter shaving cream with coconut oil
3 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp shea butter
2 tbsp almond oil
optional: 10 drops essential oil
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil au bain marie in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water. Let it slowly melt on the lowest heat while stirring. Start with the shea butter which needs a bit more time than coconut oil.
Remove the bowl from the pan and let it cool off for a few moments. You can now add the almond oil and any essential oils like lavender.
Put the bowl in the fridge until the mixture becomes fully solid.
Whip with an electric or hand mixer until you reach a light, airy texture.
Your shaving cream is now ready to use!
Store it in a container in a cool, dark place.
Aftercare is also very important. Try this almond oil shea butter after shave cream while you’re at it!