Home Recipes: Homemade Shaving Oils

Simple recipes using common, natural and inexpensive ingredients for creating your own homemade shaving oils to prevent razor burn, irritation, nicks and cuts.

With a little knowledge, some imagination, and a few simple ingredients, anyone can create their own homemade shaving oils.

The oils that make up the majority of a shaving oil are usually olive, or canola oil, and are found very easily in your local supermarket.Others, such as almond, or wheat germ oil, that add scent and other prominent properties to your finished product, can be found at a health, or natural foods store.If you have no such store, there are many web sites that offer such products that you can order.Essential oils, used to scent your shaving oil, can be found in many craft stores, some natural product stores, and sometimes with potpourris in some mass-merchandise stores.

Some oils that work great in shaving oils are olive, almond, canola, wheat germ, sesame, coconut, jojoba, and avocado.These oils are not too heavy, and not too light, and work nicely with all skin types.

Some essential oils commonly used in shaving and bath oils are, chamomile, basil, rose, orange, or citrus, lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, tea tree, and rosemary.But there are many to choose from and the beauty of making your own shaving oils is that you can add whatever you prefer.

When making shaving oils, most people like to have a simple base recipe that they begin with, and then add whatever essential oils they want to personalize it.A good basic recipe should be good for all skin types, nourishing, not to heavy or light (unless you feel you need a heavier oil), and complementary to any additives you might add.This one is a great beginning base recipe-

Pour into a jar:

3oz almond oil

1oz olive oil

1/2oz sesame oil

1oz canola oil

1/2oz wheat germ oil

Shake together well, makes 6oz, too be used as is, or as a base oil.Any of these oils can be replaced, ounce for ounce, with coconut, jojoba, or avocado oil, depending on personal preference.

For those you want scented oil, essential oils are usually added after the base is made, and then shaken again to combine.To use, just add 10 drops of essential oils for each ounce of base oil.Or, if you like a stronger smell, experiment and you'll find a good ratio for you.Be careful though, too much essential oil in a mixture can cause skin irritation, rashes, and sometimes burning.

Here is a great feminine smelling oil-

3oz almond oil

1oz wheat germ oil

2oz coconut oil

1oz avocado oil

1oz olive oil

Shake together, and then add, a drop at a time, 10 drops of bergamot or citrus essential oil, 10 drops of geranium essential oil, 40 drops of rose essential oil, and 20 drops of lavender essential oil.Shake together.

This recipe can also be made with 8 ounces of the base oil above.

This is a great recipe for a man who likes shaving oil-

8oz base oil, any blend with a neutral smell

20 drops basil essential oil

20 drops cedar wood essential oil

20 drops juniper essential oil

10 drops tea tree essential oil

5 drops sandalwood essential oil

5 drops orange, citrus, or bergamot essential oil

Shake to combine.

Experimenting with different base oils and essential oils, you can make any type of shaving oil you can imagine.

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