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Olive Oil Shaving Cream Recipe

Smooth and soften your facial hair or legs before shaving with this rich, creamy, homemade shaving gel made with olive oil.

| October/November 2019

Photo by Adobe Stock/Luis Carlos Jiménez 

People with facial hair should always shower before they shave, because the steam will soften their facial hair and make the process smoother and more comfortable. Moisturizing hair is the most important thing a shaving cream does. The addition of olive oil to this recipe creates a rich cream, especially for that purpose. People who shave their legs may also enjoy this recipe. Yield: 8 ounces.


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup stearic acid powder
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon borax powder
  • 2 tablespoons grated soap, such as castile


  1. In a double boiler on the stovetop, heat the oil with the stearic acid powder until a clear liquid forms.
  2. Mix together the hot water, borax, and soap, and stir until the borax and soap are completely dissolved. Pour this solution into a blender, and blend it well for about 1 minute.
  3. Slowly pour the melted stearic acid mixture into the soap solution in the blender, and blend on high until a smooth cream forms. Pour it into a clean container and allow to cool completely.

To use: Soften any facial hair with warm water, and then apply the shaving cream to your face. Use a sharp, clean razor to shave.

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