The BEST Homemade Shaving Cream (for Guys & Gals)

The Best Homemade Shaving Cream

Summer is here, which means shaving-and-grooming-body-hair-season is here too! I figured that I should hurry up and post this recipe for the BEST Homemade Shaving Cream before summer is over and we slip back in to our furry, not-so-groomed selves. Of course, it’s my personal opinion that this is the BEST Homemade Shaving Cream, so if you happen to disagree….well, let’s be honest, you’ve probably messed it up somehow.

A couple of months ago, I had a reader ask me if I had a recipe for shaving cream that both her and her husband could use. I said no, because, at the time, I was just using a plain ol’ bar of soap, and my husband, to this day, shaves his face under a hot stream of water in the shower, sans mirror and soap of any kind! It’s actually quite impressive (and scary) to watch.

Nonetheless, I began testing homemade shaving cream recipes. I tried out a recipe that called for coconut oil and shea butter–it was like body-butter and shaving-cream in one, which sounded like a great concept, but I was disappointed because my razor kept getting clogged! I also tried shaving with straight honey, like I’d scene on Thank Your Body, but I found it hard to apply and store in the shower, although it didn’t clog the razor and left my legs smooth–worth a try, but wasn’t for me.

Little did I know, that the Best Homemade Shaving Cream was right under my nose (literally.) My new shaving cream has been in disguise as my Homemade Facial Cleanser this whole time!

Why I Love to Use my Facial Cleanser as Shaving Cream

  • It lathers
  • Doesn’t clog up my razor
  • Goes on smooth
  • Leaves my legs moisturized (unlike my old bar-of-soap method which left them looking like aligator skin)
  • It’s relatively in-expensive and and easy to make
  • It’s easy to store in a pump bottle in the shower
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Eco-friendly!
  • Convinced?

Although my husband refuses to change his method (which doesn’t bother me because water and a razor is as non-toxic and eco-friendly as it gets), he has tried shaving with the Best Homemade Shaving Cream, and Man-Approves it!

 About the Ingredients

The ingredients for this Shaving Cream recipe are the same as the Homemade Facial Cleanser (honey, oil and castile soapIngredients), although I’ve slightly changed the ratios to create more of a lather, reminiscent of shaving cream.

You don’t have to use raw honey for your shaving cream, as it’s more expensive than generic store-bought honey, however, men may want to use the good-stuff on their face–especially those with acne-prone skin. For the oil component, olive, avocado, grape seed or almond oil will all work nicely, but not coconut oil because it will clog up you razor.

Lastly, I use Dr. Bronner’s, lavender scented, liquid castile soap, although guys may be happier with the citrus, tea-tree or peppermint scents.

Make sure to check out my Homemade Facial Cleanser post to find out why I LOVE to use honey, carrier oils, and castile soap in my homemade, health and beauty recipes!

Happy Shaving!

The Best Homemade Shaving Cream

The Best Homemade Shaving Cream (for Guys and Gals)
 
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Recipe type: Health and Beauty
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and rapidly whisk for several minutes until all of the ingredients have fully emulsified.
  2. Transfer to a pump or squeeze bottle.
  3. A Little Goes A Long Way! You only need a pea-sized amount to create a nice lather!
Notes
This shaving cream will not expire, as all of the ingredients have a very long shelf life.
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94 comments on “The BEST Homemade Shaving Cream (for Guys & Gals)

  1. Excited to try this!!! I’ve dabbled in making my own hand soap but I’m ready to take the leap into true DIY recipes! Thanks Carly. Any recommendations on where to buy a good Eco friendly glass pump bottle?

  2. I have been using this for a two week or so, this is great! Not only have I stopped buying aerosol cans, but it moisturizes my skin at the same time. Can’t wait to see how my skin feels during the winter!

    1. Hi Rose,
      I use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap, which has no chemicals, is bio-degradable, gmo-free, and fair trade. It’s really as good as it gets unless you make it yourself. What chemicals are you concerned about?
      Carly

    2. Hello I live in South Africa and the Liquid Castile Soap they use is not tjo be used on the body.I do not know what chemicals is in the product and do not want to make anything unless I know what is in it.

      1. I quality, liquid castile, soap should contain oils (coconut, olive, shea etc.) and potassium hydroxide – and that’s it. Try to keep an eye out for something like that 🙂

      2. Rose, there is a simple way to make “Castile Soap” at home simply by grating a bar of soap and dissolving it in hot water. You use one cup of water per ounce of soap. It is not true Castile Soap but works just as well if you don’t mind the cloudiness!

  3. This shaving cream holds up to its name. It is the best homemade shaving cream & is simple to make with few ingredients! It didn’t take much, it wisked away the hair without clogging my razor, & moisturized my legs at the same time. I have tried many oils to shave with but they all clogged my razor to the point that it would take me forever to shave. Thanks so much for this awesome recipe!

  4. Has anyone had problems with ants from this?!!? I have been using it for a few weeks and love it but today there were small little ants and fruit flies all over it! I’m guessing they are attracted to the honey. Any thoughts?!? Help I love this stuff!

  5. Could you please give me suggestions on where to purchase a good bottle for this recipe. So excited to try it!! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Really glass bottles with pumps: my local Michaels store carries ball jars and these cool pumps that screw on just like the normal lids 🙂 the middle has a hole and a gasket, and comes with a screw top sleeve and a pump. Cheap and easy!

  6. Will this work without the honey? Is there something I could use instead of the honey? I want to gift it to my sister and I don’t want to gift something that may attract insects. Thanks!

    1. There is no substitute for honey in this recipe. If you don’t want it to attract ants, perhaps consider storing it in a sealed bag.

  7. This is my first try and DIY shaving cream. Hubby is a bit skeptical so I knew I would only get one shot at converting him from his can of foam. To his surprise he likes it, been using it for a couple of weeks now and still has a untouched can of foam under the sink. I also used on my legs and loved it. Thanks for a great and easy recipe.

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback. I know how challenging it can be to convert the hubby! So glad you both like it.

    2. My husband was skeptical too, but after using it he loves it. Said his skin felt soft all day, he couldn’t believe it!

  8. What a great idea! I just made this, personalized it with essential oils and found a clean, old soap dispenser to put it in. Thank you!

  9. People experiencing issues with ants…. Keep the mixture in an emptied honey container (the kind you squeezed). Mine is in an adorable bear from whole foods. I just had my first shave with this stuff and LOVE IT!

    1. The oil really is transformed when these three ingredients are mixed together. Once you’ve lathered the cleanser on your face, it looks like a light, sudsy soap and goes down the drain just like that… you’ll really just have to try it to find out! But trust me 🙂

      1. Have you tried cocoa butter to replace the shea butter? Do you think this would work? I would really like to make homemade shaving cream for Christmas gifts that is good for all skin types.

  10. I just made a homemade body wash using the exact same ingredients – only difference is the ratios are a bit different. (1/3 cup of each) I haven’t tried it yet, but a body wash & shave cream in 1 would be nice 🙂

    1. hmmm… I haven’t had a problem with that, so I’m not sure. Make sure to rinse your razor under hot water, and your using a quality blade.

  11. This IS the best. I am giving away most of my drug store shaving gels now. I love this formula so much. I store mine in a glass soap pump.

      1. Hi! I was so happy to find this super simple recipe! I have to admit that I wondered about adding honey, but the recipe whips up beautifully! Yesterday my daughter and I made it, and one recipe perfectly fills 3 3-ounce (rubbery plastic) travel squirt bottles from Target!!

      2. is there any way to make it prettier in color? without dye? is it okay i used 2 parts olive oil, 1 part raw honey, and 1 part unscented dr bronners castile soap, a few drops of vitamin e 45,000 iu and a teeny bit of tee tree oil?

        1. You could try adding come mineral micas for colour but I’m not sure how they would look mixed with the yellowy colour of the shaving cream. The concoction you listed sounds just fine 🙂

  12. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’ve been using it for a couple of months now and it’s the first time in my life I’ve shaved without getting razor burn. I’ve also started using it as a face wash since you mentioned that’s what you originally developed it for, and I’m also using it as a baby wash for my little girls. We have hard water and live in Utah, so our skin is pretty dry, and this has helped relieve some of the eczema on my baby’s arms. I just put it in an empty hand-soap bottle and haven’t had any problems with flies or ants. Thanks again!

    1. Hi Maerwhyn,

      Thank you for your feedback! I’m so happy to hear that this has helped your baby’s eczema – as an eczema sufferer myself, I know how uncomfortable it can be!

      Carly

  13. Has anyone else ever had problems with coconut oil clogging sink drains?? I would like to use this recipe with the honey and maybe some coconut oil or….. am I wrong?

    1. Hi Courtney,

      I wouldn’t use coconut oil, actually, it won’t work in this recipe unless you use fractionated coconut oil. Because of it’s solid state, regular coconut oil will just solidify and probably clog up your razor. Better off using olive oil, grape seed oil, or some other liquid, carrier oil.

      Carly

  14. I made this and have been using this for about a month. I am obsessed!!! It works SO WELL. It’s super easy to make, and it actually works! I don’t get razor burn using this gel. Thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. It turned out like whip cream because you whipped air in to it and created tiny bubbles…but then the bubbles popped. There’s nothing you can really do about that. If you can it to go on “whippy” just lather it in your hands before you apply it.

  15. Hello! This seems really good. I was looking for some sudssuds though?? I did use Dr. Woods almond castile soap. Could that be the issue?? Should I add water to it in my hand before applying???

    1. I’m not familiar with Dr. Woods, but I can’t see that being the problem. It should have a mild suds if you apply it on wet skin, but it’s not going to foam up like store-bought shaving cream, of course. I promise, it does get the job done, though 🙂

    2. Suds are an invention from the 50s/60s that fooled people into thinking soaps and toothpastes were “doing something”… lol my homemade laundry detergent doesn’t suds a bit and works fine, as does the Dr Bronner soap 🙂

      1. I know. Mine doesn’t suds either. Nor does my shampoo. It took me a while to get used to it but sudsing bubbles are not an indication of their effectiveness.

  16. I’ve been thinking about making a shave cream for a while and stumbled upon your recipe today. Since it was super stormy outside, I decided to go ahead and whip some up since I had all the ingredients. I have to say that this is perhaps the best shaving product that I have ever used. I made a few adjustments – a little more castle soap and a little bit of water, then put it in a soap dispenser with a foaming pump – et voila! best shave cream/foam ever! I have always suffered from razor burn – always, and there isn’t even a hint of irritation on my skin (even the sensitive bits). Even my husband loved it! He shaved half his face with the homemade foam and half with commercial (poison) shave foam and it worked equally well overall and better in the more difficult areas (neck/upper lip). Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

  17. Made this twice but still not getting a decent lather. Skin felt great after but minimal lather… Any suggestions?

    1. Lather doesn’t really mean much if it’s working, but if you prefer more lather, just try adding more castile soap 🙂

  18. I am curious about the honey. Does it crystallize within the shaving cream or do the other ingredients keep it smooth? I like that this recipe does not use coconut oil, so I am anxious to try it out.

  19. How do you make it smell better. I have tried several different things, but I think the honey and the castile soap together give it a musty smell. Shaves great but not appealing

    1. It doesn’t work with coconut oil because it’s too temperature sensitive. It would work with fractionated coconut oil, though.

  20. Heeyy. 🙂 I was just wondering if I could use regular hand soap instead of liquid castile soap? I don’t really have any money to buy any, all I have is hand soap.

    1. If that’s all that you have, and can afford, then I say… it doesn’t hurt to try! Let me know how it works out 🙂

  21. Hello, is it okay if I used agave nectar instead of honey? I didn’t have any on hand and decided to use agave since there pretty much the same consistency. It works great and makes my skin super soft so I guess it’s almost the same? Just wondering. : )

    1. Hi Ally, yes, I don’t see why not! I’m all for using what you have on hand, and if it tastes good, then go for it!

  22. This shaving cream is awesome!!! I have tried many recipes but this definitely is the BEST! So easy to make too 🙂 Thanks!

  23. Sooooo glad I stumbled upon this recipe. This is hands down my new favorite thing in the shower. It lathers, it does the job, but it doesn’t dry out my body. I absolutely love it! So do the ants, so be careful with that. 😉 Otherwise, I’m making some for all of my friends. Thank you!!!

  24. This stuff is awesome! Found your recipe today, tried it, loved it and immediately made some for my best friend to try. Doesn’t clog up the razor! Smooth. Fantastic. Thank you.

      1. Hi there. This is really late but I just made this last night. This morning it’s all separated in 3 parts. It’s totally liquid. Is that normal?

  25. This stuff really is the best. I use it to wash with because I have horrifically dry skin. I come out of the shower not feeling tight and itchy all over. Great for shaving, great as a face wash. Just plain great. I want to make a bottle for everyone I know for Christmas. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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