Make Your Own Skin SO Soft Whipped Shaving Cream

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When I was trying to make up a batch of my liquid dish soap one day, I was in a hurry and trying to dissolve everything quickly, so I threw it in my Ninja Food Processor and whipped it up, thinking it would just stir it REALLY well. What I didn't think about or expect, was that it would WHIP the castile soap so that it cooled differently than the liquid dish soap recipe. In the end, after it had cooled sufficiently, it had turned into this fluffy whipped soap, and an idea sprung from the mistake that I had made. I can make my own shaving cream!

I am of Greek origins. This means that my hair grows back thick and dark, leaving me with few options in the shaving cream area, that work well. When I first started going green, I simply used my liquid Dr. Bronner's castile soap and lathered it up to shave with. I must say, that alone was WAY better than any store bought shaving cream that I have ever used. The castile soap works SO well at moisturizing my legs and giving my razor a good glide to keep the razor burn away. I hadn't really thought about making shaving cream myself until I accidentally made it.

I tried out the first batch on my legs and it worked very well, but I thought that it still needed something extra in it to make my legs EVEN smoother and softer after shaving them, so I made the recipe all over again so that I could add in some coconut oil. This really did the trick! Shaving my legs the second time around (a week or so later lol) and they came out even smoother than the first time!

Lavender Hippy Homemade Shaving Cream

In this recipe, I chose to use the Lavender castile soap because lavender is a wonderful analgesic (that means it helps with pain, so if you cut yourself you'll be keeping it clean and helping with the pain at the same time!).



  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the boiling water, borax, and castile soap. Stir until the soap is completely dissolved.
  2. Pour the soap mixture into a blender or food processor (or use an electric hand mixer), add the coconut oil and essential oils, and blend until white and frothy.
  3. Pour the frothy soap contents BACK INTO THE LARGE MIXING BOWL. This step is important. I thought that I could just let it cool in the blender but it kept separating because it wasn't getting enough oxygen to cool it off fast enough.
  4. Let sit to cool, stirring every so often when you remember.
  5. Store in a glass jar and lather a heap onto your legs (or wherever else you need to shave) and shave those hairs away!
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  • Lori

    Hello, is it possible to replace the Borax in the shaving cream recipe with Arrowroot Powder? Thanks!

  • Monica

    Will this be available for purchase in your etsy shop?

  • Alicia

    Borax on your skin directly??

    • Christina

      it’s actually a very commonly used mineral to emulsify bath products and lotions. The charge that it carries helps to emulsify lotions when used with beeswax! In any case this is such an old post, I actually went back and redid my recipe this last year if you would rather a borax-free version you can read that recipe here!

  • Nicole

    Hi Christina, love your website! I’d like to make this cream, but castile soap is hard to come by here in the Netherlands. Instead you mention I could use any kind of natural soap. Could you tell me how much soap I’ll be using? Thank you!

  • Sydney

    I’ve given up on using castile soap because it makes my hair and skin feel sticky and gross. I read online that it’s because it reacts with the minerals in hard water? I’m not sure exactly why, but I’ve never had any luck with using castile soap on my skin. Have you experienced that problem? If you have, do you also experience it with this shaving cream? Is there a substitute for castile soap?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Christina

      You could def make this recipe with another bar soap of your choosing! Any natural soap will suffice!!! It is in fact true that the minerals in hard water definitely react with castile soap! I would avoid using it to clean your clothes/dishes if you have hard water!

  • Jodi

    In the recipe you reference using vegetable glycerin and almond oil – but neither are listed in your ingredient list – how much of both and at what point do you add the coconut oil? Thanks.

    • Christina

      I fixed it! Sorry!

  • Ann Marie

    This looks great! Questions: how much almond oil and how much vegetable glycerin ?

  • Hey there! I was wondering if instead of a bar of castile soap grated, if I could I use liquid castile soap? Would I have the same consistency as you had in the picture? If so, how much should I put? Thanks!

    • Christina

      You could try and make this recipe with liquid castile soap but it will not make the same solid foamy consistency. The difference is because liquid soap and bar soap are made with two different types of chemicals to turn them into soap. Solid bar soap is made with sodium hydroxide (commonly called lye) while liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide (this is why it doesn’t harden into a hard soap and stays liquid). Though it may not form the same consistency it still may make a soapy lotion that you can still definitly shave with!

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  • Toni Legates

    Does it stay fluffy like that in the picture?

    • It sure does! Mine stayed that exact texture the entire time it was housed in a mason jar in my shower! It never once changed consistency on me. Enjoy!

  • Chelsea

    Could I use this as a base to make a foaming fluffy sugar scrub?

    • that’s a great idea! You could TOTALLY do that!!!! I might have to do that too lol thanks so much for the idea!

  • Erin

    Could I use Dr. Bronner’s liquid castlie soap rather than the bar?

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  • Marianne

    I just made some using a bar of my friends homemade poplar bud soap. Oh man this stuff is beautiful! I’m filling stubby jars for all the men on my list this Christmas! YAY! Thank you for this :o))

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