Homemade shaving cream
Homemade shaving cream is made from ingredients found at home and in the kitchen. These are usually plant based ingredients. The numourous brands of shaving creams and their popularity across the world maks it important for us to know more about them.
With rising concerns about using products which have chemical ingredients that might harm our health or the health of the planet, the popularity of homemade options have been increasing.
 Why should I be aware of this?
Shaving creams are an item of necessity. It is important to know the ingredients of the product you are applying twice if not once daily on your skin. Brands across the world do not list all the ingredients used in their products under the pretext of it being a trade secret.
 How does this affect me?
There are many ingredints used in the shaving cream, some of which are neurotoxin while some are skin or sense organ toxin and some are both. It is important to make an informed choice. Making shaving creams at home is also an option.
Homemade shaving cream does not stay as creamy as normal shaving cream but people have found it is effective if not better than its commercial counterparts.
 All about homemmade shaving creams
Shaving cream is applied to the skin to facilitate hair removal. It softens and moistens the skin and the hair, thus making shaving more comfortable.
Here is a recipe for a shaving cream prepared completely from plant based ingredients.
A basic shaving cream that is easy to make at home, requires the following ingredients:
- 8 ounces glycostearin (diglycol stearate)
- 8 ounces heavy mineral oil
- 40 ounces water
- double boiler
In the double boiler, combine the heavy mineral oil and glycostearin and heat to 150 degrees. In the other, separate pot, heat the water to 150 degrees, and then slowly stir in the glycosterian/mineral oil mixture. Once mixed, remove from heat and let cool. When the mixture is cool, you can add perfume if desired. Any extra cream that you have left over can be stored in jars or decorative tins.
For a more traditional, old fashioned shaving soap:
- ½ teaspoon sunflower oil
- ¼ cup unscented glycerin soap
- double boiler
- decorative cup or mug
In a double boiler, cut the glycerin soap into chunks and melt. Quickly stir in the sunflower oil and move from the double boiler into a cup or mug. The mixture will set very quickly. To use, wet a shaving brush with warm water and rub against soap until a nice lather is created.
 Homemade shaving cream and the environment
Your homemade shaving cream is very environment friendly. It is not adding chemicals to your waterways or adding to your carbon foortprint.