Coconut oil has more uses than I can even count. One of them is the ability to use it as a shaving cream. But why?
Many conventional shaving creams have a few key ingredients that make them not worth putting them on your skin.
Propolene glycol is a humectant-like glycerin, but unlike glycerine, it’s more often found in antifreeze and brake fluid. It’s not ideal for good skin health.
Better known as TEA, Triethanolamine is an emulsifying agent, meaning it helps keep oil and water from separating. It’s controversial in the cosmetic industry because it can be a skin irritant and many formulas containing TEA also contain nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer.
Nasty stuff, huh? That’s where coconut oil comes in.
Coconut oil by itself works as a great shaving cream, but if you’d like something that resembles shaving cream a little more closely, try this recipe.
You will need:
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons of shea butter
- 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
- 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)
- Combine the first three ingredients in a glass bowl over a hot pot of water, or a double boiler on low heat. Stir until melted.
- Add your essential oil, stir to combine.
- Transfer from the bowl to fridge and allow to harden.
- Remove from fridge after hardened and whip until it has the consistency of frosting.
- Store in an air-tight container for up to one month.