My dad is one of those men who takes a surprising amount of joy in grooming. In fact, one of the first memories I have is of standing in the bathroom doorway watching him shave. Like a pro, he’d fill the bathroom sink with warm water, pat some shaving cream on his scruffy face and wield a razor with surgeon-like precision. It was our slow Sunday night ritual and I was absolutely mesmerized.
With Father’s Day coming up, what better gift to give the special fathers in your life than a homemade shaving kit. Homemade gifts that are both thoughtful and useful go a long way towards showing loved ones exactly what they mean to you. And this DIY shaving kit, complete with a cleansing face scrub, hydrating shave cream, and soothing face lotion, does it all.
DIY Shaving Kit for Father’s Day
As an adult, I often find it hard to tell those I love exactly how I feel—especially when it comes to all the dads in my life. But if there’s one thing I learned from my husband, it’s that a handmade gift and a card are always appreciated—especially if it includes a handwritten note.
My own dad is an obvious choice on Father’s Day, but these recipes will work for all of the husbands, brothers, fathers-in-law and all the other dads you may know and love.
This shaving kit is super easy to make and it doesn’t require as many ingredients as you might think. If you have a few dads on your list, you can save money by making a large batch of each of the recipes, then spooning it into single-serving glass jars.
The scrub, shaving cream and lotion are chock full of natural ingredients that are perfect for all different skin types. When used together, the scrub cleanses pores, removes dead skin cells and primes skin for a smoother shave. Meanwhile, the shaving cream refreshes skin and the lotion locks in moisture. They’re even perfect for sensitive skin since everything’s made without harsh chemicals or weird ingredients. (Pro tip: Save the leftovers for yourself—it’s that good.)
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 5 drops bergamot essential oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well, then spoon into a small glass jar.
- 1/2 cup melted shea butter
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera
Combine the shea butter, coconut oil and lavender oil in a small bowl. Stir together, then put it in the refrigerator until it’s solidified.
Remove from the refrigerator, add the aloe vera, then use a hand mixer to whip. Transfer to a glass jar.
- 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Combine both ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk until the mixture turns white and smooth. Transfer to a jar.
Put it all together
To assemble the kit, I used a small wooden craft box I found at Target and stained a light gray. Then, I placed the jars inside (I made sure to choose jars that would fit perfectly), placed the card on top, and put the lid on. Voila!