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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Homemade Beauty: Shave Cream

All my life, I've used Skintimate shave gel. This is a very nice shaving gel, but for a few bucks regular price for a bottle, it's not incredibly cost effective. Also, as most of us frugalistas know, it doesn't matter if we have the money to spend on items like this - we don't want to! Our money could be more effective elsewhere.

Enter: homemade shave cream. This recipe is adapted from Reader's Digest Homemade book (I highly recommend this book if you're interested in learning about other homemade items).

Here's what you need to make this homemade solution:


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup conditioner
  • 1 cup shampoo
  • 5 tablespoons baby oil
  • 5 tablespoons hand cream
Directions:
  • Use a large bottle or some other large storage container to store the shave cream. Pour in conditioner first, then shampoo.
  • Add baby oil; then hand cream.
  • Secure the container and shake. Let mixture sit for about an hour.
This mixture supposedly lasts for a month, but I can tell you that I made mine a few months ago, and it is still good. The book advises that if the mixture separates, reshake. I just run my fingers through the mixture in the container and use. Jason and I both use this and we will never buy manufactured shave cream again - that's how much we like this homemade solution.

Here's the estimated cost to make this homemade solution:
Hand cream = $0 (I just use little bottles of body lotion I receive for free from Bath and Body Works)
Conditioner = $0.25
Shampoo = $0.25
Baby oil = $0.30

Total: $0.80

We made this back in May, and we still have about a quarter left so this has been a huge cost savings for us.

Share with us: What homemade solutions do you use? Would homemade shaving cream result in a cost savings for your family?

81 comments:

Brinda B said...

I am new to making home made products so far I am really happy with them all can't wait to try this one.. Thanks for posting it..Brinda

Sally said...

I am definitely trying this! I have such troubles with shaving cream, anyway... so if it doesn't work out, I won't have spent a lot of money. Plus, I can use shampoo, etc. that I know "agrees" with me!

Hayley said...

I can't believe no one has commented on this! I found it via pinterest, and I am DEFINITELY making it this weekend, I hate buying shaving cream, but I never even thought it was possible to make yourself! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

Jess and Jason said...

Thanks, ladies! My hubby and I love it. Glad you found my blog and hope you keep checking back for other amazing homemade beauty ideas!!!

Anonymous said...

I found this on Pinterest as well, and thought I'd look into it. Unfortunately, I have this kind of weird skin condition, so anything with extra oils would irritate it, as would shaving with Skintimates. After buying a couple bottles of really expensive shaving stuff made for sensitive skin, I read on the bottle that it could also be used to condition body hair. Of course it was easy to put two and two together, so I tried shaving with just my cheap Suave conditioner as shaving cream, and haven't used anything else since. Like this recipe, it lasts forever and leaves my skin softer than anything else I've tried.

Mommy40 said...

This is awesome! I have a teenager, myself and my husband who all use shaving cream. I WILL be trying this. It would be such a cost savings for us. Thanks for sharing!

Ana said...

I also make my own hand soap. Grate two four ounce bars of bath soap into one gallon of hot water. Let sit over night and then fill up your hand soap container. If it is too thick you can mix it with a hand mixer and some extra water. If it is too thin add a teaspoon of glycerine. Saves us tons of money. (we also use homemade laundry detergent and wool dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.)

AL said...

I can't wait to try this- it sounds great!

Anonymous said...

My hubby and I both use Suave conditioner instead of shave cream. Much cheaper, works just as well, and leaves your skin soft. We don't mix ours with anything else, although this sounds wonderful. I found you on Pinterest too!

Julie said...

I found this on Pinterest too and will be trying it soon! I balk at paying full price for shaving cream and haven't seen a stellar sale in awhile. Now I know what to do with the free shampoo and conditioner that I occasionally score!

maria said...

I always just use leftover conditioner and it works great, but I want to try this. Thanks

Anonymous said...

I, too, saw the pin and wonder - how do you like it? How does it feel? does it look like shave cream, or just lotion/conditioner? I am so curious and would love to know your feedback since August! TIA!!!!~Gina (aka CraftTeaLady)

www.pinterest.com/ginahelm

Jess and Jason said...

Hi Gina, my hubby and I both still use the shaving cream and enjoy it! Let me know if try it :)

LynetteC said...

So, I'll start with the good stuff! I love finding something that is inexpensive and works! I made this and used this already, it works great. I noticed that I spent a huge amount of time just rinsing my razor while using skintimate. Not so with this!! Yippee, but, mine is pretty runny. More conditioner?

Jess and Jason said...

Hi Lynette - mine is pretty runny, too. You could add more conditioner or lotion. In your next bath, you could use less baby oil, and that would likely help with the runniness. Glad you like it!

Sara Alleman said...

Found on Pinterest and went out that same day and made some! :)

There is just one question... is there a reason why the directions state to 'leave sit for a hour'? I did this and it didn't set up anymore then while mixing (still has the consistency of shampoo). Just wondering!?

Jess and Jason said...

Hi Sara - I let mine sit for quite awhile (I don't believe I shaved with it the same day I made it), but it will have very close to the same consistency. Mine did get thicker, then over time, it became slightly more runny. I don't think, though, that if yours didn't become thicker, it's "wrong." :) Just might be a difference in the body lotion and shampoo used. Happy shaving!

Di said...

This is great! Thanks for sharing it! I plan to add a couple of drops of tea tree oil, but otherwise it's all good! :)

Why English Matters said...

I discovered this recipe on Pinterest also! I'm going to be making this and passing the idea on to a bunch of high school girls. I'm certain their parents will be grateful. Thank you!

Victoria said...

I quit using shaving creme years ago. I tried straight conditioner for awhile but would sometimes have skin irritation and it seemed to cause the razor to clog up often. I then discovered that Bath and Body moisturizing hand soap was all I needed!It has a yummy scent too. I simply dilute with about one third to one half with water and it lasts for months and months. No skin irritation at all and my up are silky smooth.

Anonymous said...

found this on Pintrest and am so gonna try it... I usually use mens gel shaving cream because I don't like whats out for women so gonna give this a try

jolene said...

I just made this with suave tropical coconut shampoo & conditioner and bath and body works cherry vanilla lotion. It smells soooooo good! Can't wait to try it!!!! Thanks for sharing this!

jackie denton said...

I was wondering if you could use olive oil instead of baby oil?

Jess and Jason said...

Hi Jackie, I don't see why not! I love EVOO :)

Lori said...

I was wondering if men can use this as well?
Lori
http://armystrongfamilystrong.blogspot.com/

Jess and Jason said...

Hi, Lori - my husband uses it and loves it!

danielleb1101 said...

HI! just wondering if there is something else i could use besides baby oil? i just dont usually use it on my skin...coconut oil maybe? i will have to experiment! thanks for any feedback!

Anonymous said...

I just made this using odds and ends lingering in the closet: $0.69 VO5, leftover baby lotion and conditioner from previous Pinterest projects, and some Avon Skin So Soft oil. I didn't measure anything and it smells unique from all those different scents, but I can't wait to try it tomorrow morning! I bet olive oil would work in a pinch, too.

Anonymous said...

Mine was really runny, so I added more hand cream. Insure hope this thickens it up! I really want this to work!

Anonymous said...

Mine turned out completely like water. I love the smell and texture, but it is so runny it runs between the fingers. Any suggestion on how to thicken it a little?

Jess and Jason said...

Hey there - try adding more lotion to it. But please know this is not like a shave cream you would buy in the store. It is meant to be "runny" in that you are using a lot of liquids.

Trish said...

Thank you so much for this handy tip! I'm reposting the recipe link on my blog. I made 2 small batches because I wasn't certain I had enough for the full recipe. Batch number one came out more runny than the second and it's because of the thickness of the conditioner you use. It will be ok. I can tell from washing my hands that my skin is going to be super soft and I'm going to love this!
www.lovinthesimplelife.com (Trish)

Rebecca said...

Found on Pinterest and LOVE!! I love saving money and having great products I made myself. Thanks for sharing!

Christine said...

Hi! I found your blog through a clip on Clipix. I'm a Christian blogger too! Anyway, I'm definitely trying this. Thanks for posting it.

Anonymous said...

Also found through Pintrest, and found out that a lot of people use Suave conditioner to shave like I do. Its hypoallergenic and cheap! I haven't made this yet but I plan on trying it tonight. Two ideas: Would baby oil gel help with the thickening part rather than original baby oil? I don't know if it comes in original scent but I know it comes in lavender. Two, I wonder if it would be quick boiled on the stove and thickened with cornstarch? I don't see how it could hurt to try for those that don't like it runny. I plan on trying both tonight and will update on how it goes.

tracyatter said...

I am fixen to make my third batch because I LOVE IT! Mine has been runny so I am going to try cutting back on the amount of shampoo I use this time. Guess we will see :)

Karen Edelblute said...

I personally just use shampoo to lather my legs and shave.

Anonymous said...

Excited to try this! Just an idea, maybe using a thicker lotion would help thicken up the shave cream! Thanks for the great post!

Karen Espinoza, Associate Broker said...

Looking forward to trying it. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I have never tried this before, but am excited at the prospect! I also have a couple things I plan to try to cut down on the runniness (that's a word in the English language right?!). I'm going to cut back on the shampoo just a bit, use the baby oil gel (or maybe even the cream) and use a body cream, which tends to be notably thicker, rather than just the body lotion. I wonder though, does it make the bottom of the tub slippery?

Rachel said...

Awesome tutorial - thanks! Can't wait to try this!

nyghte shadow said...

i tried this (with olive oil instead of baby oil), and mine came out extremely runny. then i remembered old fashioned shave soap, dug out an old kabuki-style makeup brush, poured a little in a mug, and whisked it up. it lathers up wonderfully!! came out closer to traditional shaving cream/foam, instead of runny goo. goes further too! i *love* the smell and can't wait to start using it!

Suzanne Layne said...

I just made some but I used bath and body works regular lotion..is that ok too??

Suzanne Layne said...

So I just made a batch--but I used regular bath and body works lotion. Will this be ok??

straight edge razor said...

The great post on your blog, it really gives me an insight on this topic.

Anonymous said...

Baby oil gel or regular baby oil breaks down lotions and soaps and makes them runnier. I made mine with the baby oil gel and it is runny. Still works good and smells great.

Anonymous said...

Love it! I also used a little coconut oil with it too. Any suggestions where to store it? I only made a little and stored it in a soap dispenser. I would like to know if anyone can suggest something a little bigger, with a dispenser. :) Thanks

Anonymous said...

Very important to note that this also saves countless cans of shaving cream from going to the landfill!!! You can recycle conditioner bottles but not shaving cream bottles. I have been eliminating wasteful packaging for years, and I see other comments with suggestions for homemade products to do the same. I have been using conditioner for years as shaving cream but hadn't seen this recipe. thanks!!!

Julie said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE homemade products as we are a family plagued by skin sensitivities.... I will definitely be passing this recipe on to my mother-in-law who uses shave cream, but hates the price of women's shave products.... I have found a homemade goat milk soap company near me whose soap has only gentle and natural ingredients that my ultra-sensitive skin does not react to... it works great at softening skin, so much so that I rarely need to use body lotion (which I also have to buy specially made for my skin) I shave my legs everyday using the same goat milk soap... We also use homemade laundry detergent, wool dryer balls, homemade liquid hand soap, and I use 50/50 olive oil and castor oil to cleanse my face (works great!)

Melissa Sprouse said...

I found this recipe a while back. The only thing I do different is that I use coconut oil instead of baby oil. But then again I use coconut oil for everything, lol. My husband said it works better than the Neutrogena Sensitive Skin shaving cream he used to use.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try this. I'm wondering if putting it in a foaming dispenser from hand soap, would make it foam like shaving lotion???

Anonymous said...

I noticed some people commented asking about how to store. I know this is late, but I just found you via pinterest and quickly made a batch of my own. I used an old water bottle with a sport-type squirt cap. Since it is so runny, this has been working great! It stores about 24 oz. so I'm hoping it'll last me awhile!

Anonymous said...

I just use conditioner. Suave or something cheap like that. Works great!

KPage said...

Great recipe. Will try it soon. Canned shave gels dry out my skin too much do I usually use whatever else I have on hand, like conditioner or body wash. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Just made my own, using Suave fresh Rain shampoo and condition ( what we have in the camping supplies), baby oil, and Bath and Body cotton scent lotion. It smelled super awesome, and my legs are soooo smooth! It is a little runny, but I left it; because once you rub it on it doesn't really matter anyways.
Thanks for pinning!

Anonymous said...

You can also add a little corn starch. It will thicken it up without changing the smell or adding anything unhealthy to it.

jennifer wood said...

THANK YOU!!! I have a teenage daughter will appreciate this more than I do {though I'm head over heels for the idea}. :) Found ya on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

so I made this and my Daughter LOVES it... I used "Green Apple" sauve shamp and condit, and Appletini lotion I got from victoria secrets, and she LOVES LOVES LOVES it!!!

Sue said...

I just made my second batch using my favorte brand of shampoo, conditioner and hand cream and really love it! It smells so good!I used olive oil since I didn't have baby oil. It let my legs nice and smooth and it seems like the hair doesn't grow back so quickly but that could just be my imagination. I put my mixture in an old well-rinsed hand soap pump and leave it on the tub.

Anonymous said...

Just saw this on Pinterest & I'm doing it today :) I would like to know how you get free bottles of lotion at B&BW. I'm going to get some today too. Thanks so much for posting & I have bookmarked your blog so will def be reading!

Jess and Jason said...

About four times a year, BBW releases coupons you can print or show on your phone for a free small lotion. I always, always make it a point to print this coupon (my husband and I each print one), and we both go to the store to pick up a free bottle. No purchase necessary!

Anonymous said...

I just made this tonight and I can not stop touching my legs cause they are soooooo soft!!!
Thank you !!

Anonymous said...

Is this supposed to be thicker or runny? I can't wait to try this. I just got done making it. I messed up and put shampoo in first. I think I need to add some more conditioner to it before I try it out tomorrow. Love this idea!! Thank you for sharing ;)

Anonymous said...

Just made this last night and I'm extremely disappointed in it. It was very runny (will try to thicken it with cornstarch), but it gave me horrendous razor burn. I used a new razor. I honestly can't remember the last time I got such bad razor burn. Hopefully thickening it up will make it actually stick to my legs instead of running right off. I'm glad I used it on my legs before my husband used it on his face.

Renea said...

All I ever use now is Conditioner.... Usually the Suave brand and my favorites is the Coconut scent (but then I love anything coconut, lol) ... I quit using shaving creams and gels a long time ago because they are too expensive for the little bit of time they last! Keep up the great ideas though!!! :)

Anonymous said...

how can this be stored?

Chelsey Eiermann said...

Do you think baby oil gel would be a good substitute for the baby oil?

Amanda said...

I stopped using shave cream years ago because they would leave my skin dry. I use conditioner but will have to try this out.

ShayLee Shaheen said...

Does anyone know what the measurements are to just make a small portion?

Anonymous said...

This is amazing and a great way of cleaning out the bathroom cabinet, just used what was left of 4 old bottles off all the ingredents!

Anonymous said...

I found this on Pintrest and made a batch today. I am in love! It was a little runny but it worked very well. If you have ever used a skintimate shave cream its a lot like that. I used an old Aussie 3 minute miracle bottle to store it in and it worked perfectly. The only thing I noticed was that the razor got clumped up, I have very thick hair. My boyfriend was super impressed with how soft my legs were hours after I had shaved. Great idea, I will never buy shaving cream again.

MissFrau said...

I put my mixture into a dispenser for the foaming hand soap, and it works rather nicely. It doesn't foam up a lot, but I like doing that rather than just taking it from a regular dispenser.

Anonymous said...

I'm a guy who has to shave everyday for work, and I constantly have razor burn on my neck and cheeks. I've used everything under the sun for shaving, and this is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you very much, I am not embarrassed by my razor burn anymore. Converted.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to try this out - I stopped using regular shave cream a long time ago and have just been using my conditioner. This looks a little more forgiving on the skin.

Anonymous said...

I haven't use shaving cream in many years, I usually use whatever body wash I buy. Though, I think I want to try this.

Anonymous said...

Not only is this cheap, but it's AMAZING for dry skin. Regular shaving cream used to give me razor burn, but this has worked great... Even with brand new razors! I can't gush about this enough!

Kennett Square Massage said...

I must have done something wrong! Mine is soupy. I don't know how to make it thicker. Is there anything I can do or is it supposed to be runny?

veronica said...

I haven't made this yet but I would think a bit of glycerine would thicken this nicely.

Anonymous said...

I am going to be making this for my husband it looks like the same as what i got him from an expensive shaving store..going to add sandalwood eo to it..and make him an afterhave moisterizer same sent..and put it in nice containers as a gift...love this

Clarissa said...

This is 100% savings for me... I buy costco sized shampoo and conditioner and I have a small child so I already had all of the ingredients I just needed to add them together

Anonymous said...

Lotion and baby oil tend to break me out, so I just cut it out. For years now I have been using the shampoo conditioner mix with just a bit of tea tree oil added. It's great!