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Without the prerogative to don layers of make up to beautify even the most lackluster of appearances, men are essentially left with a clean shave and a smile in order to make their best impression. But why load on the toxic over-the-counter shaving creams on the reg when you can be much nicer to your skin with a homemade version? This recipe for DIY homemade men’s face shaving cream comes together in a cinch and will leave your face smooth and smelling fresh.

There are several harsh ingredients often found in shaving cream: propylene glycol is a humectant that is also found in antifreeze and brake fluid; triethanolamine, an emulsifying agent that keeps oil keeps oil and water from separating but can cause skin irritation and has been linked to cancer; sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate, which despite making for a great lather, may mess with estrogen levels and can be carcinogenic; mineral oil, which can lock moisture on the skin but can also block pores and is actually a byproduct of petroleum. Shaving cream can also be filled with preservatives, fragrances, and colorants.

To keep things gentle, but fresh and effective at the same time, consider whipping up your own shaving cream. The following recipe for a DIY homeamde men’s face shaving cream makes a soap bar that is packed with moisturizing agents and a revitalizing aroma. Lather up!

Men’s Face Shaving Cream

Makes a soap bar size

Ingredients                                                                            

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/4 cup liquid castille soap
  • A few drops of vitamin E (preservative)
  • A few drops of your favorite essential oil (scent)

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together for a few minutes. Pour into a glass jar or container to cool, making sure to shake it whenever it appears to separate. Store and use regularly.

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