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The Best DIY Recipe for Homemade Shaving Gel

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Making Homemade Shaving Gel

If you’re looking to create a more eco-friendly bathroom, one simple step you can take is to make homemade shaving gel. This DIY recipe for homemade shaving gel will leave your skin feeling smooth and let you get rid of that store-bought shaving cream that contains all types of toxic chemicals.

No time for DIY? That’s not a problem! You can still get a smooth, zero waste shave when you choose one of these best all-natural shave soap bars.

What’s Inside Store-Bought Shaving Cream?

Although shaving cream doesn’t get as much attention as other wasteful items in the bathroom, it has plenty of health and environmental concerns of its own.

Take a look at the back of your shaving cream can and you might see some of these worrisome ingredients:

Triethanolamine: A strong alkaline substance used to adjust pH levels and a known respiratory allergen.

Retinyl Palmitate: A form of vitamin A. A study done by the FDA found that retinyl palmitate could speed up the development of skin lesions and tumors when it’s applied to the skin in sunlight.

Methylisothiazolinone: A preservative that’s a known human immune toxicant and allergen.

Fragrance: Ahhhh. The dreaded “fragrance” ingredient. Fragrances are considered a secret formula, so companies don’t have to disclose anything they use to make their fragrance. That means simply putting “fragrance” on the can could conceal thousands of other ingredients. You have no way of knowing what these ingredients are and if they could be toxic to your health.

Of course, this is just a short list of some of the dangerous ingredients you can find in store-bought shaving cream.

Along with these dangerous ingredients, you also have to worry about the can itself. Although most shaving cream cans no longer use ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), they can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

VOCs have a variety of short- and long-term adverse health effects, including headaches, nose and throat discomfort, damage to the liver and kidneys, and even some types of cancers.

Plus, many recycling centers won’t accept shaving cream cans, so they simply end up piled in landfills.

How to Make Homemade Shaving Gel

Now that you see how dangerous store-bought shaving cream can be to your health and the environment, you might be interested in making your own shaving cream. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to make homemade shaving gel.

Homemade Shaving Gel Ingredients

Homemade Shaving Gel Directions

  1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and gently stir until the aloe vera gel becomes opaque.
  2. If you want to add a relaxing or soothing scent to your shaving gel, stir in the drops of essential oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into the airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
  4. When you’re ready to shave, lather the gel on wet skin and use your safety razor to shave as normal. If you don’t have a safety razor yet, be sure to check out our post on the best safety razor for beginners.
  5. If you’re interested in getting an even smoother shave, don’t forget to check out our post on how to make a homemade coffee scrub that also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Why Use Fractionated Coconut Oil?

You’ll notice this homemade shaving gel calls for fractionated coconut oil instead of regular coconut oil. This is because regular coconut oil hardens when it cools down.

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Since you’ll likely be using this shaving gel in the shower, you don’t want the coconut oil to cool down while it’s still in your pipes and cause a clog. If you discovered this the hard way, be sure to check out our post on natural ways to clear a clogged pipe.

Homemade Aloe Vera Gel

Along with fractionated coconut oil, this DIY shaving gel also calls for aloe vera gel. You can either purchase the aloe vera gel or use homemade aloe vera gel.

Store-bought aloe vera gel will likely have preservatives that will help it stay fresh for years.

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If you make your own aloe vera gel and don’t use preservatives, your homemade shaving gel will stay fresh for about a week when refrigerated. If you use the natural preservatives mentioned in this post, it will stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 8 months.

DIY Shaving Gel

If you’re looking to remove harmful chemicals from your home and create a zero waste bathroom, this homemade shaving gel can help. Once you see how easy it is to make your own rich and nourishing shaving gel, you’ll never want to waste money on the store-bought stuff again.

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Now that you see how easy it is to remove toxins from your life by making your own homemade shaving gel, are you ready for even more natural living and eco-friendly tips? Then be sure to check out some of our other popular posts:

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Chantal Guilbault

Sunday 3rd of January 2021

I made it using homemade aloe (I cut a leaf from my plant and put it in a blender) it’s completely liquid and turned pink after 24 hours????


Sunday 3rd of January 2021

It sounds like your aloe vera has oxidized. This is similar to what happens when apples start to brown after you cut them.

Mike DeSaulniers

Wednesday 10th of June 2020

Do you have to refrigerate if you use a purchased bottled aloe product?


Wednesday 10th of June 2020

No, in this case refrigeration isn't necessary since the bottled aloe vera will have preservatives that will keep it shelf-stable.


Friday 27th of March 2020

Are you able to use other oils as a substitute for the coconut oil? I have a friend who is allergic.


Saturday 28th of March 2020

While I haven't tested them in this recipe, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil both have a very similar consistency to fractionated coconut oil. They also both offer a variety of skin-nourishing benefits, so I would recommend giving them a try and seeing how it turns out.

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