Looking to make some Christmas gifts for men?
Here’s a recipe for delicious smelling peppermint rosemary shaving cream. This soap-free 100% natural formulation is great for sensitive skin. The plant oils and butters moisturise the skin as well as giving a clean shave. It’s a great Christmas gift idea that’s easy to make.
This quantity makes around 3-6 small jars, depending on which size jars you use. A little goes a long way, so even a small jar will last quite a while.
75 g shea butter
70 g virgin coconut oil
56 g jojoba or sweet almond oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Where to find the ingredients
You can find pure shea butter on ebay in smaller quantities. Please ensure your supplier responsibly sources their shea butter from producers who are paid a fair wage. Check out my ebay profile to see if I have any spare fair trade shea butter listed.
I buy coconut oil from Nuilife, who developed a great system to source fresh virgin coconut oil directly from small-scale producers. Coconut oil is also available at health food shops and Indian grocery stores.
Jojoba, almond oil and essential oils are easily sourced from health food shops. If you have any trouble finding anything, just drop me an email and I’ll try to help you out.
Melt the shea butter and coconut oil. You can combine them over low heat in a small saucepan and stir until just melted, or alternatively toss them into a pyrex jug or bowl and nuke in the microwave.
Start with one minute and then blast for 30 second increments until melted, stirring after each increment.
Transfer to a heat-safe bowl or jug if you used the stovetop method. Add the jojoba/almond oil and essential oils and stir thoroughly to mix.
Place the bowl in the fridge and chill until solid. This takes a good couple of hours at least. Remove from the fridge and whip with a hand beater or a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
Spoon into jars. Store in a cool, dry place. If it gets very hot the mixture will start to melt and you will lose the light fluffy texture. There are no preservatives in this recipe so you need to ensure water is kept out of the jar to avoid any bacterial growth. Use within six months.
Directions for use
Apply a thin layer to shaving area. After shaving, wipe off with a warm damp face cloth. Soak the razor in warm water for a few minutes to remove shaving cream residue.
You might want to make up some labels with ingredients and directions. Paper labels won’t really cut it, as the oils and butters tend to soak in and ruin them. Transparent plastic labels from office supply shops work well.
Best wishes for the season!