Homemade Shaving Options for Men

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Most of my posts are geared toward women, but I’ve gotten several requests on Facebook for natural skincare and shaving options for men, since shaving is one of the biggest parts of skin care for most men.

While I obviously have no firsthand experience with this, I interviewed by husband and did some research on The Art of Manliness about the best shaving options for men.

I’ve been making my husband’s shave soap, after shave, and facial rinse for years because he has such thick hair that regular products didn’t work and just irritated his skin. He also switched to an old fashioned razor and a brush shaving set a few years ago and he loves it.

Ladies, if you’ve been looking for a unique and usable gift for your husband, boyfriend, or dad, a real shaving kit with some homemade products is a great option!

A Real Shaving Kit

My husband’s opinion and the general consensus on the Art of Manliness forums is that to get a real shave (if you are going to shave, which was a controversial topic over there) a man must use an old fashioned safety razor or straight razor and preferably a brush and mug soap rather than conventional shaving cream.

There are even brush and mug sets like this one or nicer brush sets with stainless steel brush handle and safety razor. Fortunately, these “old-fashioned” shaving options actually save money in the long run (no disposable or expensive razor heads to buy) and are MUCH better for the skin when used with natural shaving cream.

The Shave Soap

If your man is open to natural shaving, there are several great recipes for homemade shaving soap you can make at home that are 100% natural and organic. Not up for DIY shave soap? There are actually some decent store-bought options, including this shaving soap from Badger. 


The Aftershave

Alcohol-based aftershaves can be problematic for the same reason you aren’t supposed to use rubbing alcohol on new piercings: it slows healing. Instead, use an alcohol-free, nourishing option like my homemade herbal aftershave for men.

Follow up with a homemade lotion bar with ingredients like:

  • Rosemary Oil – naturally antibacterial and has a great woodsy scent
  • Shea Butter – an excellent after-shave lotion and has a manly scent
  • Coconut oil – will discourage breakouts from shaving (is there anything it won’t do?!)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – works great by itself or infused with cinnamon sticks, cloves, and bay leaves (if you can handle the smell)

What do you (or your man) use for shaving? New razor or old-fashioned? Shaving cream or soap? Aftershave or no? Share below!


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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


39 responses to “Homemade Shaving Options for Men”

  1. Kristin Nunn Avatar
    Kristin Nunn

    Hi Katie. I started using Williams Shave Soap years ago after rereading your recommendation. Very sadly, they have stopped making it after 182 years! Do you have another premade affordable recommendation? Thank you so much!

  2. William Garrett Avatar
    William Garrett

    Thank you so much for sharing this post with us, It’s very inspiring when you are thinking you need to shave 🙂

  3. Tammy Avatar

    You got it girl! I do the same thing and found for my husband the shaving soap and handmade shaving cream made with olive oil, castor oil and essential oil the best and for the ladies who want to make a after shave that sticks without the alcohol use: 1/8 cup coconut oil, 2/3 cup of shea butter softened, and 2 to 3 drops of either orange or lemon essential oil (prefrence on this)whip it with a standing mixer until it looks like frosting, store in a jar in a cool place. Love the handmade stuff over store bought anyday!!!

  4. Catherine Avatar

    I want to place an order from you, to our store in Netherlands .I want to know if you can ship here and accept credit card as a form of payment.
    Reply back asap

  5. jackson Avatar

    I would personally suggest you make homemade shaving cream. the ingredient is –
    1/2 cup of shea butter,1/3 cup of sweet almond oil and coconut oil,9 drops oils of choice whip shea butter in a bowl and Slowly add in melted coconut or sweet almond oil while whipping.
    Add more oils and whip. this home made shaving cream are best for face itching or acne problem facing the person. you visit my website related to electric shavers.

  6. yuvraj Avatar

    This is very useful. I was thinking of switching to natural ingredient for shaving and just found this blog. The recipe for the home made soap looks great. I am going to make that on the weekend 🙂

  7. Johnna Avatar

    I have just introduced a young teenage man to the oil cleansing for acne that I found on here. He would like to wear cologne now, however that is not a good option as far as a purchase for his family I read about making perfume on your blog. Wow, that’s way over my head so I ended up here thinking about aftershave that might have a fragrance. I’m wondering if I recommend shea butter since it has a manly smell if that will interfere with his oil cleansing? Thank you

  8. Nicklaus H. Avatar
    Nicklaus H.

    I’m so happy I found your recipe for men’s shave soap – my s/o and I have recently converted over to straight razor shaving and have come to love it so, so much more. I have a tendency towards awful breakouts and conversely, he has pretty serious eczema, and the shave soap we currently have is fine for him but almost always makes me break out a bit (as a side note, there’s a brand called Zen Society that makes amazing tea tree oil cleanser and it seriously saved my face).

    I used your lotion bar recipe earlier this week and it went great, had an absolute blast making the things too! I’m actually in the process of making a kind of personalized “love yourself” kit for all my friends this Christmas and those lotion bars are definitely part 1 of that plan.

  9. Carlene Domangue Avatar
    Carlene Domangue

    I am looking for a natural replacement for electric shave for electric shaving. Any suggestions?

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