Why Homemade Shaving Cream?
Store bought shaving creams and gels are full of harmful ingredients. Why take the risk, when there are better options? Homemade shaving cream or All natural shaving cream is a great alternative, and you know EXACTLY what is going into your product.
You spread shaving cream on your skin, shave it and rinse it off, why should you worry what’s inside the product?
When you apply warm water to your skin, it softens your hairs, which opens your pores. This is allowing more of what is on the surface to sink in. When you shave your skin, you are exfoliating the outer layer, and revealing new fresh skin underneath that can be more tender and vulnerable.
Ingredients to avoid in shave gels
Along with DEA (diethanolamine) and MEA (monoethanolamine), are often found in most foaming products. All three have been linked with hormone disruption and can form cancer-causing nitrates and nitrosamines.
Companies don’t have to release what is in their fragrances, meaning they can get away with adding a lot of UNLISTED chemicals. Fragrance has been linked with headaches, dizziness, rashes, and skin irritation. And it is one of the most common allergens.
An emulsifier keeps formulas evenly mixed. This ingredient has been linked to contact dermatitis, which can cause allergic reactions in the skin.
Works as a solvent that helps ingredients dissolve into others. It can cause contact dermatitis, dry skin, headaches, dizziness, and nose, and throat irritation.
Also listed as propylene glycol, butylene glycol, and ethylene glycol. They are meant to help the skin absorb and retain moisture, and allow spreading more evenly. They’ve also been found to cause rashes, dermatitis, and dry skin. High levels can contribute to blood and kidney disorders.
Sulfates (or sulphates):
This ingredient will also be listed as sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, or ammonium lauryl sulfate, or by the abbreviations SLS or SLES. They are added as cleansing ingredients, or to help the product foam. Sulfates have been linked to rashes, dermatitis, dry skin, and impaired hair growth.
This chemical is also used to make Teflon, the non-stick lining in cookware. It has been linked to a number of health problems, including heart disease, osteoarthritis, breast cancer, and early-onset menopause. Polytetrafluoroethylene will often be listed as PTFE.
BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene):
A toluene-based ingredient (toluene was rated 37th most toxic chemical by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in 1992) used as a preservative. It’s been linked with eye and lung irritation, hormone disruption, and been shown to be a potential carcinogen.
Why take the risk?
Most women and men shave every day, meaning that it is a lot of exposure to harmful ingredients. Most ingredients cause skin dryness and shaving irritation. These can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and making fine lines more noticeable. By even touching your skin and being rinsed down the drain immediately, the exposure has already happened.
Use the following tips for finding natural products, or for making it homemade for you.
Whatever is on the front of the product, IGNORE IT! That is all for marketing. Manufacturers know people want natural ingredients; so they are throwing a tiny bit of aloe into the formula and then saying “aloe” all over the front of the product, so you think it’s all natural. Always turn around and read the ingredients.
2. First 5:
The first 4-5 ingredients on the ingredient list make up the majority of the formula. Some manufacturers advertise an essential oil and advertise it all over the front, but then when you turn the product over, you find that the oil is one of the last ingredients. That means there’s hardly any in there.
Look for this word on products. Manufacturers are starting to say sulfate-free or fragrance-free. This is a good start. But be sure to read the ingredient label, there are probably more harmful ingredients listed.
4. Make it yourself:
You can try making your own shave cream. Read below to see the recipe I use to make my shaving cream.
5. Natural oils:
Look for ingredients like natural essential oils. Some that are great moisturizers in shave creams include jojoba, coconut, sesame, soybean, olive, and macadamia seed. Other oils, like chamomile and aloe, are soothing and healing.
6. Organic brands:
Many organic brands of personal care products make shave creams that have a lot more nourishing all natural ingredients.
7. Can you pronounce it?
Chances are if you can’t pronounce it, it is a harmful chemical.
A warning: This recipe makes a fluffy body butter to spread to make for a smooth shave. You will be putting solid oils straight down your drain. There is a big chance on clogging, even when hot water is poured down the drain after.
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- 1/3 Cup Shea Butter (Buy Here)
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil (Buy Here)
- 1/4 Almond Oil (Buy Here)
- Drops Rosemary Essential Oil (Buy Here)
- Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (Buy Here)
- 12 Pack Jars (Buy Here)
In a double boiler or a large mixing bowl placed on top of a saucepan with a little water, melt the shea butter and coconut oil.
Remove from heat, and let the mixture come to room temperature. Add the Almond oil, Rosemary, and Peppermint Oil.
Place bowl in the refrigerator and chill until sold.
Remove from the refrigerator and whip using a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
Put your shaving cream into a glass container of your choosing. I like to reuse canning jars.
Rosemary Peppermint Shaving Cream
- 1/3 Cup Shea Butter
- 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 Cup Almond Oil
- 10 Drops Rosemary Oil
- 5 Drops Peppermint Oil
- Measure out shea butter, and coconut oil and melt in a double boiler or heat friendly pan of your choice.
- Remove from heat and transfer to heat friendly bowl. Measure out and add almond oil, and essential oils, mix well
- Place bowl into fridge and chill until solid
- Remove from fridge and whip using a hand mixer or standup mixer until light and fluffy
- Spoon into a jar with lid, and keep in a cool, dry place.
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