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Homemade Shaving Cream

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Silky Soft Skin…

Is possible, even without weird foaming agents, antifreeze and hormone disruptors in your shaving cream. (source) This alternative nourishes and protects sensitive skin while helping you get a good, close shave. Say goodbye to dry, itchy skin and razor burn!

Tips For A Good Shave

1. Use a good quality razor that it easy to clean

2. Shave toward the end of your shower/bath so that the pores of your skin have plenty of time to warm up.

3. Rinse the blades as needed while shaving. I keep a little cup of water in the shower to swish the razor in or wipe it on a wet washcloth.

Note: This homemade shaving cream does not lather and should be applied as a thin layer. The texture is a cross between shaving oil and shaving soap.


Homemade Shaving Cream Recipe

To use, apply a thin layer to skin and shave. Makes about 4-6 ounces whipped.


* HUGE thanks to Sarah Crawford for suggesting this addition to the original formula!


Step 1: In a small saucepan, melt shea butter and coconut oil over the lowest heat setting on the stove. Stir occasionally until fully melted. 


Step 2: Add olive oil and stir until fully blended. Remove from heat.


Step 3: Transfer mixture to a medium-sized bowl or any size jar and place in the fridge until it’s solid. homemade-shaving-cream-step-3

Step 4: Remove from fridge and get ready to whip it up. If it’s in a jar you’ll need to transfer it to a medium-sized bowl first. Whip using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Scrape sides down as needed. Whip until fluffy ~ about 3-4 minutes depending on how cold your mixture is – then add castile soap and whip until fully combined.



Step 5: Spoon shaving cream into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place.




The ingredients in this recipe are shelf stable for quite a long time on their own without a preservative. However, if water gets into the jar they will spoil much more quickly. I pat my hands dry with a towel hanging right outside the shower before scooping the shaving cream out.

This formula can make the tub/shower floor slippery. It usually doesn’t if you’re just using what you need to shave with – about a quarter-sized amount for each leg – but it can. Take extra care and/or consider using a non-slip surface like a bath mat.

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How to shave with coconut oil 

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121 Responses to Homemade Shaving Cream

  1. sam says:

    is there any alternative for shea butter???i live in the philippines and shea butter are way too pricey and im just a college student .

  2. Renata says:


    I’d like to know if instead of the castile soap I could use johnson’s baby liquid soap. I’m from Brazil and I can’t find it anywhere.


    • MA says:

      Castile soap is a vegetable based, natural soap. Though I haven’t tried it, I’m sure that substitution would work fine–texture and function are similar.

    • corinne says:

      Johnsons Baby soap is full of the bad chemicals that you’re trying to avoid by making it yourself.

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  4. Melissa says:

    Is there a replacement for the coconut? I am allergic to it and many natural body product recipes have it. Thanks

  5. Kathryn says:

    I made this shave cream today. I think my Shea butter was off – it was dry and flaky – so the shave cream was a bit gritty and didn’t fluff as it should. Even still it made for an incredibly smooth shave and my legs are so very soft! All in all I’m extremely pleased with it and am sure it will be even better the next time I make it! Thank you so much for the recipe and for this amazing site.

  6. Heather says:

    Are you using RAW shea butter? I clicked on your link, but it looks like I could buy a bigger portion for less if I used Raw shea butter.

  7. Unique says:


    I know this is great for shaving the legs but can I use this to shave my bikini area (I am sensitive there) and under arms as well?

    Thank you …

  8. Avni says:

    Can this shaving cream also be used for men? And can we add essential oils to give it a nice scent?

  9. Rach says:

    Hi there, this looks amazing, cant wait to try it! Just wondering, how much does this recipe make? Sorry if this is a silly question, I know you have given the meausrements, I was just thinking that it might increase in size once it is whipped! Thanks :)

  10. Clare Benfield says:

    Hello, I just made this recipe for shaving cream today. I even doubled up the recipe. I am very disappointed in the results. My batch is nothing but lotion texture. It’s not fluffy and shaving cream constancy at all. Can you give me some advice? I was really hoping this would make plenty of shaving cream for gifts for the guys on my Christmas list. Thanks!

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  12. Emily says:

    Would this mixture be ok stored in a metal tin?

    • Niki says:

      Hey Emily. I have used Castille soap by itself in metal handsoap containers. I love Castille soap, but realized the combination with metal wasnt the best. The spout turned blue/green and clogged. Since this is one of the ingredients in the shavecream I wanted to let you know about my experience. But it might work for the mixture…

  13. Leita says:

    Hi! I was just wondering if I can whip by hand as I do not have an electric mixer??

  14. steph says:

    I love this recipe :) I made all my Christmas presents this year and this was something I could give to all the men :) I tried posting a picture but it didnt work, so here is a link to the picture :)

  15. vicki says:

    I use coconut oil to brush my teeth with daily and it can clog your sink…so to stop that we dump baking soda followed by vinagar,wait 30 minutes or so follow that (carefully) with boiling water….about once a month…

  16. Stephanie says:

    I really like this recipe! However, as is it completely clogs razor with one swipe up your leg! I Found it needed significantly more of the soap to stop this from happening BUT when I added more soap it worked GREAT. I’d suggest at least doubling the amount or else you basically just have a good lotion.

    Also I keep it in a 2 oz silicone squeeze tube with the remainder in the refrigerator. The tube keeps it dry!

    Thanks Mommypotamus!!

  17. Leah says:

    I made this for my husband around Christmas time to use for shaving along with brand new razors. He was nice about telling me, but said that it clogged the razor up and pretty much tore up his face. Maybe his pores weren’t open enough? I don’t know. Anyone else make this for a man and have it work or not work? Did you try something different? Open to suggestions, as I am really looking to find a natural shaving cream that I can make and that works! I just use it as a moisturizer now, and it works great for that:)

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  20. Marisa says:

    Has anyone tried making this using cocoa butter instead of shea butter?

  21. dana says:

    nice recipe but a print button would help greatly

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