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
- In a double boiler on the stovetop, heat the oil with the stearic acid powder until a clear liquid forms.
- 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.
- 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.
Also from Natural Beauty for All Seasons:
- Natural Care for Winter Skin and Hair
- Black-Eyed Pea Cleanser
- Pine Toner
- Basic Shampoo
- Winter Moisturizer
- Dandruff Treatments
- Herbal Sleep Pillow
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty from the Garden. She’s the beauty editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, a regular magazine contributor, and a frequent speaker at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS. This excerpt is from her book Natural Beauty for All Seasons.