Seasonal Foods

Monday, September 14, 2015

Homemade Shave Soap


     You may think that this shave soap is just for men, but you'd be wrong. I use this on my legs, too. It lathers well, and leaves your skin feeling nourished and pampered. You just need some really hot water nearby, and you can create a truly decadent shaving lather with a natural-bristle shaving brush. Ray has always hated shaving until one year at Christmas, I got him this shaving set and made him this shave soap. Now he loves to shave, and it's pretty simple to make.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup unscented glycerin soap
1/2 tsp. almond oil
1/4 tsp. 100% pure shea butter
1/4 tsp. aloe vera gel
5 drops favorite essential oil (optional; we use patchouli)

Directions:

1. Melt soap in a double boiler over boiling water, or in a microwave safe dish, heat on low for about 20 seconds. Check. If not melted, try another 20 seconds on low. Continue to do this until completely melted.

2. Blend in almond oil, shea butter, aloe vera gel, and essential oil. This could take about 30 seconds or more to get the aloe completely incorporated.

3. Pour in  clean shaving mug or jar, or grease a muffin tin and pour in. Let sit until cool and set.

4. Use with a shaving brush. Hot water gets a better lather, especially water heated to the temperate you'd heat your coffee to.