DIY Melt & Pour Shaving Soap
I am super pleased to share with you this easy DIY melt & pour shaving soap recipe!! Ever since going lowtox what to use for shaving has been a tricky question.
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I know many lowtox Mum’s (& Dad’s) who have struggled to find a toxin-free alternative for their old shaving cream. There are a number of options but how well they work is a personal option. I have used coconut oil, which works ok but if it is the virgin type it sets hard and can cause drain blockages. Not good. Other oils that don’t set hard like macadamia or olive can work, but as even though they don’t set they will make the shower floor slippery and oils down the drain are not a good idea.
Up until now, I have mostly just used plain old foaming soap. It works ok but can cause the blade to be rough on your skin leaving you with a shaving rash sometimes, especially in your poor old sensitive arm pits.
What Makes Shaving Soap Better?
The difference with this DIY melt & pour shaving soap compared to a normal soap is the “slip” factor. The small amount of bentonite clay added to this soap makes it slipperier than normal soap and allows the blade to glide more easily over the skin. That tiny amount of clay is a game changer!
Will this DIY Melt & Pour Shaving Soap work for Men?
Whilst women can get away with less foam for shaving our legs and the like shaving facial hair requires more lather. This can be easily achieved with this DIY shaving soap by putting it into a cup or container and using a shaving brush. You can either put the melted soap straight into a mug if it is going to be used by the man of the house, or you can just place the hardened soap into a container. Both ways work fine. Using a shaving brush and some water you can work up a really thick luscious foam, much like the old chemical-laden shave foam from a can, that you can slather on your face.
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- 100g Organic Melt & Pour Soap
- 2tsp Bentonite Clay
- 2ml Glycerine
- 10 Drops essential oils (optional)
- Cut the soap into small cubes and place in a heatproof container
- Using either a water bath or microwave gently melt the soap. If using a microwave melt in 10-second bursts stirring the soap in between.
- Once melted work quickly & add the clay, glycerine and essential oils if using and mix gently to combine
- Immediately pour into your mold and allow them to harden for a few hours before removing the soaps from the mold
- Wrap any soap not being used immediately for storage
- The soaps in the images were made using the large square silicon ice cube moulds from Target. This recipe makes just over 2 cubes.
- I find that most cupcake trays are the perfect size to make one 100g soap bar.
- Multiply this recipe to make the quantity of soap you need.
- The glycerine helps to achieve a nice lather, however, it can be left out. The soap will still work out.
- The essential oils are optional and can be left our if desired
- It is recommended to wrap your soaps to protect and preserve the soaps. An airtight container may also work if you are wanting to avoid plastic wraps but may not work as well.
- Be careful not to overheat the soap base. This melt and pour base melts at 59C try to stay below 75C. Overheating the soap can affect the finished product and result in it the soap being soft, or sweating during storage.
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