Thursday, October 20, 2011

Manly Shave Cream



I was so delighted when my husband ran out of his favored shave cream.  It was my chance to trick him into agreeing to allow me to craft a homespun pot of shave cream for him.  I fashioned my first batch from a recipe I found on the internet.  I tested it out by shaving my legs with it and was not 100% impressed. I tweaked it a bit by adding a few of my own favorite oils and ingredients and the final product was slick and super moisturizing. My husband is truly enjoying my version, plus he is saving a great deal of money. I made my version for less than $10 compared to his store-bought boutique brand that cost almost $30.

Manly Shave Cream
10 grams E-Wax
17 grams Boabab Seed Oil (*if your guy is acne prone then Hazelnut Oil is a good choice)
62 grams Aloe Vera Gel
6 grams Xanthan gum
15 grams Glycerine
29 grams Witch Hazel
5 grams Grapefruit Seed Extract (natural preservative)

In a large glass measuring cup set on a canning jar ring in a pot of simmering water, add the Sandalwood Hydrosol, E-Wax and Boabab Seed Oil. Heat until the E-wax is melted and the liquid has turned white. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp, stirring occasionally to keep the mixture emulsified.  Heat the Aloe Vera Gel to 120 degrees and place in a blender. On low speed, blend in the Xanthan gum and Bentonite Clay until a paste forms.  Turn the blender back on low speed and in a slow steady stream add in the Macadamia Oil, the Glycerin and then the Witch Hazel. 

Test the temperature of both mixtures and as soon as they cooled to room temperature and are within 5 degrees of each other you are ready to incorporate them together.  With the blender on low speed, slowly pour the lotion mixture in the blender. Use a spatula to clean down the sides if needed. As soon as a thick cream forms, add in the Grapefruit Seed Extract and the Essential Oils. Blend for a few seconds to incorporate and you are finished. Transfer product to a sterile jar(s).

I instructed my hubby to use a spatula to remove the desired amount of product that he needs per shave to a small bowl and to use his shave cream brush to apply the product. It is not a good idea to dip the brush directly into the container. Use within 60 days! 

Avoid getting products in eyes and nose. As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.