Shaving cream has never been at the top of my list of must-buy toiletries. I usually just shave my legs with straight soap and water because it’s fast, easy and super cheap.
But I have always battled those pesky ingrown hairs and razor bumps that come with a quick, soapy shave. Although it may be convenient, conventional soap is extremely irritating to your skin and hair follicles and can leave skin dry with red bumps.
And especially in the winter when my skin is already parched to begin with, drying it out even more with harsh suds and piping hot water isn’t doing me any favors. So, I recently ditched my bar soap and started making this creamy, nourishing homemade shaving cream instead. Trust me when I say it’s so rich and moisturizing you may never want to use anything else again.
Rich + Moisturizing Shaving Cream
I love this homemade shaving cream recipe because it is the best of both worlds. It contains non-drying Castile soap that still suds up like a bar soap, but it also has a mixture of rich ingredients that soothe and nourish the skin.
Add in a few drops of tea tree oil for its antimicrobial properties and lavender oil to calm irritated skin. And last but not least, a good helping of coconut oil leaves you with perfectly soft, flake-free legs.
But the real secret ingredient in this shave cream is the aloe vera. Aloe is a potent anti-inflammatory that has long been used to treat everything from wounds and burns to skin infections and psoriasis, and, when applied to freshly shaved legs, it keeps them razor burn-free. It’s also incredibly moisturizing, so it soothes post-shave skin and keeps itchy flakes at bay.
To get the best shave possible, apply the shaving cream 5 minutes before you start shaving and let it soak in. It will help soften the hair follicle and nourish the skin so you don’t have as much irritation.
And don’t forget to replace your razor as often as possible. A sharp blade allows you to get a close shave without the nicks and scratches.
Not only that, but a fresh blade doesn’t contain as much bacteria, thus preventing painful bumps, rashes, and infected follicles. If you still have post-shave irritation, this razor burn spray provides cooling relief.
Your shaving cream should keep at room temperature for up to a month. If you’re worried about it going bad before you have had a chance to use it, try making smaller batches or storing it in the refrigerator in between uses.
Moisturizing Homemade Shaving Cream with Aloe
- Small bowl
- Electric mixer
- In a small bowl, use an electric mixer to whip the coconut oil until it's fluffy and smooth
- With your mixer on low, whip in the remaining ingredients until blended
- Store in a plastic container in the shower
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.44