I’ve stumbled a lot of articles to convince me that regular shaving creams were relatively noxious. It’s not the nicks and cuts you get sporadically, but the nasty and harmful chemical ingredients that most skin care companies place on the store shelves for public consumption.
Plenty of the ingredients are known carcinogens, (substances or agents that cause cancer) and the health effects from long-term exposure to the chemicals in a shaving cream can impact your fertility, cause skin issues and even lead to cancer.
However, by creating your own shaving cream devoid of the junks, you don’t have to refrain from shaving altogether, ergo you are helping yourself in reducing the exposure to these toxic substances.
And the good news is, you can keep shaving your legs, your pits and do it in a natural way.
- 1½ cups of coconut oil measured as solid
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons zest of grapefruit or another citrus (or replace citrus with your favorite essential oil)
① Simply mix all the ingredients all together using a hand blender and place the mixture in a clean container (preferably with a lid).
② The best time to shave your legs or pits is when you just out from the shower when hair and skin are soft and pores are open.
③ Grab a small dab of the homemade shaving cream and slather it to your legs.
④ Let it sit for a couple of seconds to enable essential moisturizing ingredients to permeate deeply into your skin before shaving.
⑤ You can use this as a moisturizer for dry areas like elbows, cuticles, and feet, as well as an addition to bath water.
⑥ For longer shelf life, don’t add citrus zest. Just store it tightly covered in a refrigerator or in a cool, dark place and use your favorite essential oil instead.
If you added the zest of citrus to this mixture, make sure to use it within a week or less as this recipe does not contain preservatives. However, if you opt to add essential oils instead of the fruit zest, the shelf life is much longer.
You can visit my other post on How to Have World’s Smoothest Legs here.