Uplifting Eucalyptus-Peppermint Shaving Cream

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Shaving Cream 2033

The other day, Darling Baby got into my husband’s shaving cream. Since I’ve recently started cleaning up our personal care products and looking for natural options, this prompted me to look at the ingredient list and see how it rated on the EWG Database. I discovered it contained parabens (which are a 10, the worst number on the database) and artificial fragrances. (An 8 on the database.)

I decided to try making a shaving cream recipe with ingredients I had on hand from making this body butter recipe. I had coconut oil, shea butter and apricot oil and some essential oils. I read that baking soda would act as an exfoliant as well so I decided to add a small amount of that.

I chose to use these essential oils because they are beneficial to both the skin and mood.

  •  Eucalyptus is cooling, refreshing, breaks up congestion and has disinfecting properties.
  •  Peppermint is uplifting to the mood, is energizing, breaks up congestion, soothes itchy skin and is cooling to the body.
  •  Lavender has a fresh scent, improves breathing, breaks up congestion, is healing when applied to the skin and uplifts the mood.

Therapeutic grade essential oils can be found here.

There is no soap in this recipe so it won’t foam like commercial shaving cream. It should be applied in a thin layer, allowed to sit for a minute to soften skin and facial hair, then wiped off with a towel after shaving. There is no need to wash it off.

For a more environmentally sustainable alternative to conventional razors, I recommend using a safety razor. They give a closer shave, create less waste, and the razor blades are much less expensive than the blades you’ll find at your local store.

I’m giving this shaving cream to all the men in my life for the holidays this year along with this safety razor.


I thought it would be fun to decorate the jars and I found these stickers which seemed like a perfect fit. I covered the lid with a little neutral scrapbook paper and then put the sticker on top. What do you think?

Uplifting Eucalyptus-Peppermint Shaving Cream Recipe
This recipe for shaving cream will nourish the skin and uplift the spirit!
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  1. 1/3 Cup Coconut Oil
  2. 1/2 Cup Shea Butter
  3. 1 Tablespoon jojoba or apricot oil
  4. 15 drops lavender essential oil
  5. 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  6. 5 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1. 1.Place a glass bowl or measuring cup over a saucepan of water.
  2. 2.Put the coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil in the glass vessel.
  3. 3.Bring the water in the saucepan to a low boil and whisk the oils together until they go from white to clear.
  4. 4.Remove the oils from the heat and add essential oils and baking soda.
  5. 5.Whisk ingredients together and refrigerate.
  6. 6.When mixture is white and solid, whip with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  7. 7.Return to refrigerater for another hour.
  8. 8.Whip again until mixture resembles heavy whipped cream.
  9. 9.Spoon shaving cream into jars and decorate if you’d like.
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Shaving Cream 2033

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Hi! I'm Kelley. Real foodie and crunchy mom to a teenager and a toddler. My husband and I live in Southern California.


  1. What are the instructions on using this? How much should my guy use when shaving? Does it wash out well?

    • It will depend on how much facial hair he has and how coarse it is, but just a thin layer will do. He won’t have to wash it off, just wipe with a towel. It conditions the skin. It should wash off the blade just fine with hot water.

  2. I’m not seeing the recipe for the shaving cream anywhere… Am I missing something right in front of me? :/

  3. I LOVE this idea and want to make it for all the men on my list! Do you know how long it will last? Don’t want to make it too far ahead of time!
    Thanks in advance!

  4. Great idea, planning on whipping up a few batches for christmas presents! A few notes though….

    1. make sure to get 100% LIQUID Coconut Oil (the solid form doesn’t mix well with the other ingredients and your cream will come out lumpy)

    2.When you heat up the Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, and Coconut Oil, you should whisk until the ingredients become uniformly milky/white NOT clear.

    • If you use the double boiler method and whisk all ingredients until they are clear the result will be smooth and uniform. I don’t personally use fractionated coconut oil (the liquid version) because I do want a solid product. When I have only heated and whisked until I have a milky white mixture I have had issues with lumps though!

  5. Could you use this with an electric razor?

    • I think this could potentially “gum up the works”, so probably best to stick to the old fashioned way with this cream. Although you could probably rub a little in after shaving with an electric razor!

  6. how much does this recipe make? I need to know how many batches I need to make for gifts!

    • It makes about a cup, but keep in mind when you whip air into it, it increases the volume. I think you’d be able to fill 3 of the 4oz jelly jars pictured with this recipe.

  7. I love this! Am totally going to make some — quick question — the lavender EO is listed twice, with different amounts — which one is right?

    Thanks for a great idea!!

    • Oh my goodness, you’re right! It’s fixed now, but feel free to adjust the eo’s to suit your own taste as well!

      • Awesome! Thank you so much! I’m going to make this for everyone in our family who is totally hooked on The Art of Shaving for them to compare 🙂

  8. So what’s a good substitute for Jojoba Oil?Right now I have Grape Seed, Olive, Macadamia Nut, Sweet Almond, Safflower, Sunflower and Castor Oil at hand. Thank you so much!

    • I would choose according to the recipient! I like jojoba for oilier skin, sweet almond and apricot seed oil for mature skin and grape seed is a good all-around choice.

  9. Love this idea!
    A few Q’s though… This is my first time doing the home made gifts. So I’m completely new to many of these ingredients…
    What kind of Shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil should I use?
    Where can I get them at?

  10. Could this also be used as a lotion for women?

  11. I think I might do this! How long does it last? assuming my man doesn`t shave everyday..

  12. Can this be stored at room temp?

  13. This looks awesome! What a great gift.