Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe

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At my house, we make almost all of our own toiletries, including deodorant and toothpaste. I’d read plenty to convince me that conventional shaving soaps were relatively toxic, but for a long time, I just used natural bar soap instead. Over time, I developed my own shaving soap recipes that work better than soap and leave skin soft without the chemicals.

If shaving is your chosen method of hair removal, read on!

Foaming Shave Soap Recipe

This is the shave soap I use most often in the shower because it is easy, inexpensive and works great. Some men may find it harsh on the face due to the high liquid castile content.

Foaming Shave Soap Ingredients

how to make homemade shaving soap

  • 1/4 cup Natural Aloe Vera Gel (not juice!)
  • 1/4 cup Liquid castile Soap
  • 1 TBSP Olive or Almond Oil
  • 1/4 cup warm Distilled Water (or lavender infused)
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E or Grapefruit Seed Extract (to preserve)
  • Essential Oils for Fragrance (optional) – I use lavender
  • 8 ounce or larger Foaming Soap Bottle

Foaming Shave Soap Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients in foamer bottle and shake gently until mixed.
  2. Shake well before each use.

This recipe will last a couple of months (I use up within about 2 months, so I don’t know beyond that). I don’t recommend citrus oils if you are going to be in the sun, since they increase sun sensitivity.

Shave Cream Recipe

I don’t use this recipe as often, and more in the winter for extra moisturizing, but it makes a rich, creamy lather and works really well. This one is also better for men’s faces, as it is more gentle than the above recipe.

Shave Cream Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive, almond or coconut oil
  • 2-3 TBSP Shea or Cocoa Butter
  • 1/4 cup Aloe Gel or Honey
  • 1 TBSP Kaolin clay or white cosmetic clay (optional)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup Liquid castile Soap
  • 1/2 tsp Vitamin E or GSE (to preserve)

Shave Cream Instructions

  1. Melt the oil and shea/cocoa butter in a double boiler until just melted
  2. Remove from heat and add other ingredients
  3. Whisk or blend well for several minutes
  4. Transfer to jar or container to store
  5. Check while it is cooling to make sure it doesn’t start to separate. If it does, shake or mix well to re-incorporate.
  6. Lasts up to two months (not sure about longer)

how to make your own shaving soap naturlaly

Natural Bar Shave Soap Recipe

If you don’t happen to have all these extra ingredients on hand, this is any easy way to modify a regular bar soap to make it more shave-friendly. It is a little time consuming, but these bar soaps last a long time and are great for making shave mugs if the men in your life happen to use shave mugs and brushes.

Shaving Soap Ingredients

  • 1 bar of natural, handcrafted soap (store bought regular soaps don’t work!)
  • 1 TBSP olive or almond oil or aloe vera gel
  • 1-2 TBSP white clay, french clay, kaolin, or cosmetic clay

Shaving Soap Instructions

  1. Grate soap and on low heat, melt soap down with oil or aloe vera. It will take a while, so be patient and stir often.
  2. Once melted, stir in the cosmetic clay (this makes a richer lather and is great for the skin).
  3. Pour into molds (I use cardboard) or old mugs and let set for several days until it re-hardens. Will last months and will cure more over time, making it longer lasting.

homemade shaving soap

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This simple shaving soap recipe is a natural alternative to chemical laden store bought brands and leaves skin soft and smooth

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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.


133 responses to “Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe”

  1. Riley Osborne Avatar
    Riley Osborne

    On the shave bar do you use glycerin or lye soap? Or does it really matter?

  2. Beth Avatar

    I just tried to make a batch of the shave cream and it came out very thin. I quadrupled the recipe that you gave and followed the instructions exactly. Any thoughts on what could have gone wrong and how I can fix it? I have three tubs of thin shaving liquid!

      1. Beth Avatar

        At this point I’ve added almost three times as much coco and shea butter as the recipe calls for and it’s still not as thick as the photo is. I think I’m just going to bottle it and use it as a lotion, but I wish I could figure out where I went wrong! Thanks and Merry Christmas.

        1. amber Avatar

          have you tried using virgin coconut oil? (its solid at room temp)

  3. Leigh Avatar

    This may be an odd question. I want to make a sensory box for my baby/toddler and they recommend using shaving cream in a lot of them (messy!) but I don’t want him getting into those chemicals. Would this be something I’d use for that. Any ideas?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      You could use homemade whipped cream maybe? Then if he ate it, it would be fine too… Warmly

  4. Mindy Avatar

    Thanks for the recipe! I have recently started using an all natural bar soap instead of shaving cream, and was trying to decide what I would use when the bar ran out. I plan to make your shaving bar. But I have a question. Would bentonite clay work instead of the costmetic clay, or is that something very different? Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. 🙂

  5. Brandi Avatar

    I would add in Castor Oil….it is a natural anti-inflammatory and cleanser. The chemical makeup of Castor Oil allows it to penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. I use Castor oil and olive oil mix as a face wash. It is awesome. The Castor oil can actually dry out the skin. My mix is about 85% olive oil (unrefined organic first cold pressed of course) and 15% Castor oil. (to try it I mixed it up in a kids medicine cup .5tsp castor to 3.5tsp olive oil which makes up the 4tsp cup) Even then I have to use additional Olive oil on the spots I have some eczema or it would still be too drying. My boyfriend already uses this to shave and loves it. He uses a 5050 mix because his face is naturally oily. I know this probably sounds crazy to wash your face with oil but it is incredible. I’m not sure if this site includes the Oil Cleansing Method or OCM in it’s recipes because I haven’t gone through the whole site yet but if not WOW it’s a must try. For this to have maximum effectiveness you must steam the face. Steaming should be done anyway to open up the pores before washing or shaving. It only requires a wet rag rung out from hot water and placed on the face….probably do it a couple times. If just washing then use the mixture and rub all over face for about a minute to really get it saturated, then steam a couple times and gently wipe face of excess oil and steam again a couple times. One more gentle wipe over and that’s it. Rub and remaining oil into face….I could tell right away that the 80% EVOO to 20% Castor I tried originally was too drying right away. My mouth area and chin felt really dry and like my face would crack if I smiled. So I rubbed in some EVOO to remoisturize. To close pores of free radicals in the air after cleansing a few splashes of the coldest water you can stand would work. If you can’t OCM everyday then the ratio is not right for your skin. I also use microfiber rags instead of terry. It’s not so bad if you were washing your face in cold water but when steaming it hurts. I just bought a 2 pack in the automotive area because they are used to wash cars and cut each one into 4 lol.

    Back to shaving, med should steam first always anyway. I’d also heat the shave cream in warm water bath or the like to aide in effectiveness. Apply cream, shave….it usually helps to have a cup with soapy water to vigorously “swish” the razor in because the oils can clog the blade up pretty quickly so a few swishes are needed regularly. This could also be used for women, I use oil myself, and the swishing still needed lol. After the shave is complete use a little more of the CastorEVOO mix and rub in the face and proceed to steam away. My BF is of Syrian descent and as you can imagine he has thick hair and also shaves his head. Good shaving creams and habits are a MUST. He approves of the OCM for shaving and facial cleansing.

    If you are curious about WHY cleansing with oils would actually be beneficially and not magnify acne issues please read about it here…. https://theoilcleansingmethod.com/ Mainstream would have you believe a lot of lies. This includes the food industry as well which is a completely different rant lol so it’s up to us to expose the real truth in healthy living as a whole.

  6. Nee Avatar

    I’m sorry if there is a repeat. I have no idea how to add to the discussion. Made several attempts and my message keeps disappearing. My shave cream came out too runny. Not sure why. Any tips? Do I have to use an electric blender? Not enough Shea Butter? I eyeballed measure. I just want to salvage what I made – correction: what I attempted to make! 🙂

  7. Nee Avatar

    My shaving cream came out too runny. Can I still salvage it? I used the clay and the baking soda. Not sure what went wrong. Do I need to use an electric blender? Any tips would be incredibly helpful. Thank you.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      An electric blender might help, or you could try adding more clay to thicken

      1. Nee Avatar

        That means it’s not too late. It’s currently in a mason jar and cooled. Should I decant it and try again. I don’t have an electric mixer but I would be willing to go get one tomorrow. Will that be too late? Thanks so much for the quit reply! And I see now that there was indeed a repeat! I’ll try to delete one. Apologies in advance if I am unsuccessful. Cheers, Wellness Mama!

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar
          Wellness Mama

          You could even try whisking in more clay before you get the electric blender so that you don’t have to get one unnecessarily. Another thing to remember with the clay is that it will continue to thicken after you add it, so even if it isn’t perfectly smooth at the beginning, it will get smoother as it rehydrates.

          1. Nee Avatar

            Thank you, Wellness Mama. I did as you suggested and it worked. It isn’t as thick as the one in your pic but much improved. I even gave it a test run. And so far, I’m very pleased. Looking forward to the next batch! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us all.

  8. Christy Avatar

    If melting a homemade bar, how long is ‘a while’? I’m up to an hour with no sign of melting yet. =(

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      It should melt quickly, what are the ingredients in your particular bar.

      1. Christen Avatar

        I’m having the same issue, I’m trying to melt some homemade milk soap. It’s a lye process soap containing shortening, milk, and some other stuff. It’s melted down to a cookie batter consistency, but I expected it to become pourable. I’m going to give it a little longer, and then try mixing in the kaolin and pressing into a jar instead of pouring.

  9. Beth Avatar

    Where do you buy your ingredients? I’ve been looking online, but I’m having a hard time discerning the quality of the products.

  10. Jen Avatar

    I tried making the shave cream & left out the clay because I don’t have any, this ended up becoming more of a gel than a cream. It still worked well but I’d rather have the cream, is there another substitute for the clay?

      1. Kate Avatar

        Arrowroot works great – 1 heaping tbsp makes nice thickness. Btw I am converting my house to natural and I love all your advice. We feel so much better getting rid of chemicals!

  11. Katie Avatar

    How does the bar soap work? Do you lather it in your hands and then put it on your body, or do you just rub it straight onto where you’re going to shave? I’ve never used anything like that before!

    1. Will Smith Avatar
      Will Smith

      I have been shaving with a brush and double-edge razor for 2+ years and find it helpful, with a bar type soap to lather into your hand. I’ve also known people to lather right on their face since that’s where you want all the soap to end up anyway.

  12. Loretta e Avatar
    Loretta e

    I made the shave cream recipe last night for my hubby and he said he got the closest shave ever! You also inspired him to switch to a safety razor which he found at an antique store for $6! I used coconut oil, cocoa butter, honey, baking soda, Dr Bronners, and grape seed extract. I will be using this from now on!

  13. Danette Avatar

    I am making shaving soap as a gift for Father’s day. I am in the process of gathering my ingredients. Initially I had some trouble finding the right place to purchase clay but finally stumbled across Texas Natural Supply; they are my new favorite website.  I am not sure home much soap to use; how many ounces of bar soap did you use to make the Natural Bar Shave Soap? Handcrafted soaps range in size from 3.5-5oz. 
    thanks for this recipe and for your response, 
    Danette (Austin, TX)

  14. Jillian Westfall Avatar
    Jillian Westfall

    I’ve just whipped up the shave cream batter and am so excited to try it.  I tried another recipe from pinterest without success, way to runny.  I used almost half the bottle to shave my legs and it still all ran off.  This is now in the process of cooling and I can tell it’s going to be a much thicker lather!  The only nice thing for the other recipe was that my legs were SMOOTH!! 

    1. Jessica Luc Avatar
      Jessica Luc

      I’ve been wanting to make the shave cream for my boyfriend as an anniversary gift. About how much did it yield?

    1. Deni Avatar

      Is this grape seed extract in pill form or oil or am I missing something?

        1. Cassie Avatar

          You should consider making your own soap.

          Actually making it. Not using a bunch of pre-made things mixed together. It’s well worth it.

          1. Nathan Avatar

            It doesn’t specify how much of the GSE or Vitamin E oil to use. How much of it should I use if it is in liquid form ?Thanks

  15. Lyndsey Avatar

    I’m wanting to make the Natural Bar Shave Soap for my grandpa for Christmas.  Where can I buy any of the clay that I would need for the recipe?

  16. Hannah Richards Avatar
    Hannah Richards

    Hi, I’ve tried your foaming shave soap and loved it! I now use nothing else! However, I made the shave cream for my husband, who has sensitive skin, but he has still experienced burning…any suggestions on how to tweak this recipe for sensitive skin?? Thanks for all your help!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      Try omitting the baking soda and using natural bar soap melted in water in place of the liquid castille soap in the recipe. you could also sub in arrowroot instead of the baking soda, though leaving it out should be ok too.

    2. name Avatar

      Add a little witch hazel. Seriously.. follow her other suggestions but try the witch hazel or some other natural astringent to the mix.

      Gooooood luck. 🙂

    3. JAMES Avatar

      I would recommend using a pre-shave oil. Most men will use this with a good shave soap to create a protective layer between the razor and the skin. Most think that changing a shave soap alone will fix the problem but most issues come from the razor, technique used and preparation for shaving. I have totally switched over to wet shaving using the old school method like my grandfather an this:

      Double Edge Razor – Single blade creates less layers of skin pulled off by multiple blades and has less pulling and cut that reduces razor burn and ingrown hairs.

      Pre-Shave oil – Lubricates the skin and forms a protective layer between me and the razor. Allows for much better glide.

      Correct Razor – You must sample razors because not everyone’s skin is the same. Razors come in many different thicknesses, angle of edge etc. I personally like Bic and can buy 100 of them for only $20. At 3/2 uses each that will definitely last me over a year.

      Shave Soap – I use all natural shave soap that will lather with a lathering brush (Badger Hair).

      Alum Block – helps with minor cuts and razor burn…Also a plus to use because it closes the pores and tightens the skin.

      After Shave Balm/lotion/cream – ***Alcohol Free…I use a natural aftershave cream, lotion or balm. Only one at a time.

      Using this is like a day spa for men. I used to dread shaving due to shave bumps and burn, now its my little pampering session that I can’t wait for. Best practice is either right out of the shower or use a hot towel to soften the hair and moisten the skin. All this can be used the same for women. Have my wife doing this now…

      Good luck to you and your husband.

  17. Karyn Avatar

    I’ve been switching to homemade as we use up our conventional toiletries and have been relying on your recipes 🙂  so this was timely. I had actually started to wonder if coconut oil by itself would work or do you think it would get too gummed up? Thanks again for another helpful post!

    1. Rita Avatar

      Coconut oil on it’s own tends to clog pores. Try using Almond, Avo, Grapeseed oil instead. My favorite is the Almond oil because it moisturises too.

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