Feeling the burn? When little red bumps appear on freshly-shaven skin, consider it your body’s way of saying it needs a little extra TLC. After all, the skin is our largest organ, and easily absorbs everything we put on it—even shaving cream. That’s why we made a DIY shave butter that uses gentle yet nourishing ingredients like hydrating coconut oil and shea butter.
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Now that your skin is ready for its close-up, here’s a DIY shave butter recipe we know you (and your skin) will love.
Handmade Shave Butter
What you need
⅔ cup shea nut oil or shea butter
⅔ cup coconut oil
¼ cup sweet almond oil
5 drops sweet orange essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
2 tablespoons baking soda
Contents of 2 vitamin E capsules (optional)
Pour 2 inches of water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place a large glass bowl on top and add the shea and coconut oils; stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir in almond oil, followed by the orange and peppermint essential oils. Place in refrigerator to solidify, about 20 to 30 minutes. Once the oil is firm, soften slightly on the counter before adding the baking soda and (optional) vitamin E capsules. Using an electric hand beater or stand mixer, whip until light and fluffy. Apply generously before shaving, and rinse thoroughly when done. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 1 month.
Photo credit: Paul Delmont