It’s summertime and that means shorts, skirts and swimsuits. That also means we ladies need to shave more often, which is a total pain!! Shaving requires a lot of tools – a razor, shaving cream, after shaving lotion – and then, if you are like me, I always end up with razor bumps in those “sensitive areas.”
In an effort to rid my bathroom cabinet of chemicals, I have found two easy recipes to help me with the tasks of shaving – homemade shaving cream and razor relief serum.
Elusive as making shaving cream may seem, creating your own blend of simple ingredients can result in your very own-and it’s free from any preservatives, chemicals, or strange perfumes and dyes added to cream sold in stores.
Homemade Shaving Cream
- 2/3 cup Shea nut oil or Shea butter
- 2/3 coconut oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil or grapeseed oil
- 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils/oil blend
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- Contents of 2 vitamin E capsules (optional)
Melt 2/3 cup of coconut oil and Shea nut oil together, and then turn off the heat and stir in 1/4 cup of olive oil or grapeseed oil. When melted, add in 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (we used chamomile-lavender.) Pour it into a container or leave it in the bowl (if you were using a double boiler.) Give it a good stir, and then set it in the fridge to harden. Once it has solidified, remove and let it soften slightly. Add this, the contents of 2 vitamin E capsules if you’re using them, and 2 tablespoons of baking soda to an electric stand mixer (or use an electric hand beater, or a lot of elbow grease) and beat until it’s super light and fluffy and looks like you could spread it on a cupcake.
How to Use:
Apply generously to wherever you’re shaving and rinse when done. You can omit the baking soda and, if you want it odorless, the essential oil as well. Store in a cool dark area when not in use, it can keep up to a month.
Razor Relief Serum
Shaving may be essential, but razor bumps are not. Provide relief to your skin with this Razor Relief Serum enhanced with calming essential oils that will help your skin look and feel beautiful. I use doTERRA essential oils.
- 1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup rosewater (can be purchased at health food stores)
- 5 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops Melaleuca essential oil
- 5 drops Helichrysum essential oil
- 5 drops Myrrh essential oil
- Place Fractionated Coconut Oil and rosewater in glass spray or pump bottle.
- Add essential oils and shake.
- To use, spray directly on skin or place 2-3 pumps in palms and rub on affected skin.
You can buy doTERRA essential oils here: http://mydoterra.com/beehappyessentials