I found a sexy-sounding recipe for an all-natural shaving cream and decided I had to try it. The ingredients were great and the finished product really was incredible. Only thing was… when I went to use it, it clogged my razor and gunked up the sides of my sink. But that’s because it wasn’t really shaving cream. It was a moisturizing balm.
And a fantastic one at that.
This is my own take on that recipe — revised to be a bit more earthy and masculine.
- ⅓ cup organic Shea butter
- ⅓ cup organic Virgin Coconut oil
- ¼ cup organic Almond oil
- 5 – 7 drops Vetiver essential oil
- 10 – 15 drops Tea Tree oil
In a saucepan, melt the Shea butter and coconut oil on the stove at low heat. (If you’re making this in Canada, they should both be solid at room temperature; if you’re making this in Texas, only the Shea butter will be.) Once completely liquid, add your almond oil, tea tree oil, and vetiver essential oil. Stir everything together, then pour it all into a mixing bowl and leave in the fridge for about an hour. Once it’s solid, whip it with a hand beater until it has the consistency of a fluffy paste. Then spoon into small jars and store your surplus in the fridge. Voilà.
These ingredients sound almost good enough to eat. That’s because we do. Our skin is our largest organ, and what we put on the outside invariably ends up on the inside.
Shea butter is a not only a great skin softener, but also has anti-inflamatory, antioxidant, and healing properties particularly beneficial to scarred, burned, and aged skin.
Coconut oil penetrates deeper than water-based moisturizers to strengthen underlying tissue — but unlike petroleum-based moisturizers, won’t suffocate skin or damage your cells’ sebaceous glands.
Almond oil is a nutrient powerhouse. It’s packed with essential fatty acids and antioxidants that help defend against environmental damage and minimize moisture loss over the course of the day. Plus, it’s quickly absorbed for a lightweight, non-greasy feel.
Tea Tree oil is naturally antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal — you name it. It’s perfect for clarifying your skin, minimizing breakouts, and (if you use this after shaving) great for protecting minor cuts from infection. Plus, a hint of Tea Tree oil also makes sure your new moisturizing balm stays clean and pure, just the way you made it. Best of all, it complements the woodsy vetiver smell fantastically. Which brings me to the last ingredient:
Vetiver. Sure, there are a ton of vague, medicinal indications for this grass-based perfume oil — but let’s face it: it smells great.
This recipe is still a part of my shaving routine, but now I apply it after I shave to moisturize and protect my skin. It’s even replaced my pricier Aveda and L’Occitane creams during the drier winter months.
Use this balm right after the shower for healthier skin that feels — and smells — fantastic all day long.