Shaving Soap Recipe
It’s generally thought that to get an exceptional shave, you need a really good lather, and in order to get a good lather you need to use a good soap. Using the synthetic and harsh chemical containing store bought shaving creams/soaps is not the best way to create a rich lather. Using your own made natural shaving soap is one of the best ways to get a great lather and enjoy a nice shave.
The following shaving soap recipe makes use of a certain type of material called bentonite clay, which is needed for the protection of the skin and the moisture it provides as well. Other ingredients that are used in this shaving soap are castor oil and colloidal oatmeal, which makes the soap soothing and lather rich.
Here is the full list of ingredients for making your own shaving soap recipe:
-23 Ounces of Olive Oil
-10 Ounces of Coconut Oil
-10 Ounces of Castor Oil
-4 Ounces of Palm Oil
-3.5 Ounces of Almond Oil
-3 Tablespoons of Bentonite Clay
-20 Ounces of distilled water
-7 Ounces of lye
Note: All of the above measurements represent the ingredients weight, not liquid mass.
The method of creating shaving soap using the shaving soap recipe:
Step One: The first step in the soap making process is to produce the solution of lye. For this specific shaving soap recipe we need about205 grams of dry lye. Take the lye that you have and measure it out to this amount into the container you will be using to make the recipe. Next, take the water that you have ready and combine it with the lye. It’s important to pour the lye into the water and not vice versa. As soon as you mix the two substances, you will notice a strong odor and the solution will actually begin to heat itself. Never make anything involving chemicals in a room that isn’t well ventilated and doesn’t have a proper air flow. The ideal temperature that we want the mixed solution to be is around 110 degrees Fahrenheit. When you are done, put this mixture to the side so it doesn’t get in the way during the rest of the process.
Step Two: This step requires that you take all of the oils that you measured earlier (coconut, castor, palm, almond) and melt them down using a stainless steel pot under a very low heat. If you use a temperature that is too high during this step, than it’s possible that you will burn your oils, so always use a low heat.
Step Three: When all of the oils have been completely melted, remove the pot from the stovetop and set is to the side to cool down. When the lye and oils are cooling, take the time to measure out the various additives that will be used for the shaving soap recipe. Taking the bentonite clay, measure three tablespoons and put it into a container. The next part of this step is to measure out four tablespoons of the colloidal oatmeal.
Step Four: Check the temperature of the oils and lye, remember the optimal temperature is 110 degrees. Once they are at the correct temperature, we can move on to actually creating the soap.
Step Five: Take the lye solution and pour it into the oils. Gently stir the two ingredients together using any type of kitchen utensil that is able to hold against the caustic lye.
Step Six: After the lye and oils begin to form into the correct type of texture and color, the next step is to add the other ingredients to the shaving soap recipe. The first to be added is the bentonite clay, and it’s better to mix it into small portions of soap at once rather than larger portions. It’s better to do it this way because mixing too much clay at once will mean you have a lumpy solution.
Step Seven: The next addition to the batch will be the colloidal oatmeal, and all that is needed is to just pour the oatmeal in and mix it. After this, just continue to mix the batch thoroughly until it reaches trace.
Step Eight: Once it has reached trace, pour the soap solution into a mold. If you want your soap to be a gel, than just keep it insulated when drying. Or just let it dry naturally if you want the usual consistency. The soap will take anywhere from twelve to twenty-four hours to dry. Once it is initially dry, cut the soap into bars, and allow the bars to cure for at least a month.
That’s really it, now you know that following a shaving soap recipe to make homemade shaving cream/soap is really simple and a great way to personalize your shaving experience.