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DIY Cream Cleanser from Castile Soap

May 25, 2024

DIY Cream Cleanser from Castile Soap

Summer is Here, Time to Get Smooth

Summer is here, which means it’s time to break out the razors and get silky smooth. But let me tell you, I’ve been down the homemade shaving cream rabbit hole, and let me save you the trouble – the best DIY shaving cream is hiding in plain sight. It’s my trusty homemade facial cleanser!

A few months ago, a reader asked me if I had a recipe for a shaving cream that she and her husband could both use. At the time, I was just using a plain old bar of soap, and my husband, bless his heart, shaves his face directly under the hot shower stream, no mirror or soap required. (Seriously, it’s both impressive and terrifying to watch.)

So I started testing out homemade shaving cream recipes. I tried one with coconut oil and shea butter, which sounded amazing in theory, but my razor kept getting clogged. Then I tried shaving with straight honey, which worked well but was a bit tricky to apply and store in the shower. Little did I know the best homemade shaving cream was right under my nose the whole time – my trusty homemade facial cleanser!

The Secret Ingredient: Castile Soap

The key to this magical DIY shaving cream is castile soap. Now, I know what you’re thinking – castile soap? Isn’t that just for hippies and tree-huggers? Well, let me tell you, this stuff is the secret weapon of the cleaning world. It’s 100% natural, plant-based, and can tackle just about any cleaning job, from countertops to skincare.

I first started using castile soap in my homemade facial cleanser, and I was blown away by how well it worked. It’s a powerful surfactant, which means it can cut through grease and grime like nobody’s business. But it’s also incredibly gentle and non-irritating, making it perfect for sensitive skin.

Castile soap is so versatile, you can even use it to make a DIY face wash. Just mix it with a little carrier oil, some flower water, and a few drops of essential oils, and you’ve got a luxurious, soothing cleanser that’s perfect for all skin types.

The Magic Recipe

But back to the shaving cream – the formula is super simple, and it’s the same as my homemade facial cleanser, just with a few tweaks to get that creamy, lathery texture.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Liquid castile soap (look for scents like lavender, peppermint, or citrus)
  • Carrier oil (like olive, avocado, or almond oil)
  • Honey (go for the good stuff if you’ve got sensitive skin)
  • Xanthan gum

The key is to use the right ratios to get that perfect creamy, foamy consistency. Start with a base of castile soap, then add in a touch of carrier oil and honey for moisture and slip. A pinch of xanthan gum helps to thicken it up and keep it stable.

You can also add in some essential oils for extra antiseptic and aromatherapeutic benefits – I’m loving the ginger-lemongrass combo lately. Just be sure to dilute them properly, as essential oils can be irritating if used too generously.

The Best Part? It’s Dirt Cheap

Now, the best part about this DIY shaving cream? It’s dirt cheap to make. I can whip up a huge batch for just a few bucks, compared to the $10 or more you’d pay for a single store-bought tube. And I know exactly what’s going into it – no mystery chemicals or harsh detergents.

Plus, it’s endlessly customizable. Want something extra soothing for sensitive skin? Go for the honey and aloe. Need a deep clean for your grimy kitchen? Reach for the peppermint or eucalyptus castile soap. The possibilities are endless!

So, what are you waiting for? Ditch those toxic, expensive shaving creams and give this DIY version a try. Your skin (and your wallet) will thank you. And hey, if your significant other is anything like mine, they might even approve.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to whip up a fresh batch. Smooth, glowing skin is calling my name!

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