Shave Soap Recipe

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Hey Bulkers!

If you’re starting to think about what to do for those special guys in your life for Father’s Day, we’ve got a bunch of ideas!

This solid shaving soap is so simple to make. Using melt & pour shave base for a nice thick lather, it also packs the benefits of bentonite clay (which is known to be wonderful for the skin) and finishes with the earthy, manly fragrances of Bergamot and Cedarwood.

It’s perfect for any guy who enjoys a good shave!

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You’ll need:

1 lb Shaving SFIC Melt & Pour Base

2 tsp Bentonite Clay

1 tsp Glycerin

Bergamot Essential Oil

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Mini Heremes Jar

Circle Brown Kraft Labels

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These two fragrances smell fantastic together. Earthy with a hint of citrus! I like the citrus fragrance to be a little more prominent so I used more drops of the Bergamot than the Cedarwood- but you can mix these however you prefer!

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Begin by melting down the shaving soap base in a microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup using short intervals in the microwave. This works best if you cut the soap into evenly sized cubes so that melting occurs at the same pace.

Once melted, remove from the heat source and stir in the bentonite clay. Make sure to work out all of the little clumps with a fork or whisk.

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Add in the essential oils (a few drops of each) and the liquid glycerin and stir to combine.

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Carefully pour the mixture into the mini heremes jars filling each ¾ of the way full.

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Stir again to be sure no clumps of clay have settled at the bottom of the jar and skim the remaining bits off the top with a spoon. You may not get every tiny piece out but that’s okay- the clay will work into the lather as the brush swirls the surface when shaving.

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Allow the soap to cool and harden completely before use. To use, wet a shaving brush and create circular motions on the surface of the soap until a lather forms. Swirl the brush with the soap lather over the skin and shave.

Happy Father’s Day!

ENJOY!

 

 

 

Shave Soap Recipe

81 Comments on “Shave Soap Recipe

  1. I love this recipe! I added a bit of colloidal oatmeal just for fun & we love it in our house!

  2. YOU SHOULD SELL THIS AS A ALL INCLUSIVE KIT, AND HAVE IT FOR SALE YEAR ROUND.

  3. Would I be able to use different fragrances? I’m a girl and we made this for my dad, but it works for me, too.

  4. can you use fragrance oil with this recipe like the john paul gauthier man? or would it be safer to only use essential oils?

    • It is safe for most skin types; you can test it on a small area of your skin first to check your tolerance level.

  5. I wonder if this will work for people suffering with after-shave bumps due to ingrown hair? If not, please can you suggest what formula/recipe would work. Thanks.

    • You can try it on a small area to test you tolerance, but we do not provide medical advise/suggestions.

    • It should be helpful as the bentonite clay gives the soap “Good Slip” meaning a smooth shaving experience. 🙂

    • A hemp oil added will help with the burn from the razor lessening the direct contact to raised skin in the sweep of the razor.

  6. You can certainly substitute if you have another melt and pour soap base you prefer!

  7. Can i use moroccan red clay powder instead of the 2 tsp Bentonite Clay?

  8. Does this recipe hold up well when moisture is present in the jar?
    This recipe got me interested in trying out shaving soap! My follow up question:
    Will shaving soaps in a jar need preservatives?
    Thanks!

  9. How much do these jars hold? How many would I need for 1 pound of soap? Also, how much preservative would be needed per pound? Looking to make this for Christmas gifts.

  10. I don’t have glycerin. Do I need to use it? Can anything else be substituted for it?

  11. Can organic coconut oil be used instead if glycerin?

    • It should work, but this is something you’ll need to test; enjoy!

  12. How much it would cost to have the shave soap labels with the moustach made?
    What is the minimum order required?

  13. I made this, and I love it for me. I gave some to my brother, who loves my soaps, and he said there wasn’t as much “slip feel” as the stuff that comes in a can. What can I add to give it more “slip”?

  14. How long does this last? Bentonite clay and water seem like a breeding ground for bacteria!

  15. it’s my first time visiting your website and I’m very interested. Thank you for sharing and keep up 😉

  16. I just made 5 batches, using Fir Balsam oil…the feedback from the men is over the top “amazing”!!! Now my husband’s skin is soft, more pure, supple, and we both LOVE the fragrance! It’s truly a product that isfar superior than store bought shave soaps. It’s also very easy & fun to make. Thank you for the DIY recipe! Happy customers!

    • I’m glad it was well received, and that you enjoyed making it!

    • The clay helps the razor blade glide smoothly across the skin; in its absence, there could be some possible friction.

  17. it’s my first time visiting your website and I’m very fascinated. Thanks for sharing and keep up 😉

  18. How many drops of Bergamot & Cedarwood essential oils I need use to mix with the other ingredients ? Thank you.

  19. If you add stearic acid, would it make the lather denser and more sustainable?

    • Stearic acid will possibly make the soap firmer, but additives like sodium citrate, sodium lactate, sugar, or rosin can possibly increase the lather. Also, you can try the following as recommended by Modern Soapmaking’s blog post “Secret to the Best Soap Recipe”:

      “- Using castor oil at 5% to 10% of your recipe. (Be forewarned, using more than 15% castor oil tends to make the bar sticky, tacky, and rubbery.)
      – Adding or increasing oils that support lather, like almond oil, lard, tallow, cocoa butter, palm oil, shea butter, or sunflower oil
      – Decreasing oils that do not contribute a lot to lather (or hinder it), like olive oil.”

  20. Is there a reason why this would/could not be made into a bar soap? Also, the number of EO drops aren’t specific. I would like to use Juniper or fir and/or patchouli, can you please advise on the proper amounts of each to use? Thank you so much for sharing!

    • You can make these into solid bars, in which case you can omit the 1 tsp of Glycerin.

      Ideally, IFRA guidelines should be followed regarding fragrance/essential oil usage; fragrance/essential oil load ranges depend on many factors including concentration, base make up, desired profile, Natural vs. Synthetic etc. Testing is a requisite for everyone to perform their own due diligence before committing to production, no matter the application. You can check the IFRA Standards of compliance on usage rates for specific product types. Essential oil usage can be particularly complicated, as each essential oil has its own guidelines that must be adhered to for compliance. For example, a 3% maximum usage rate of soaping oils in a cold process soaps is generally regraded as safe by cold process soapers, while melt and pour base soapers tend to recommend around 1 teaspoon (0.0.166667 oz.) per pound of melt and pour soap base for safety.

      Based on Bulk Apothecary’s research, a usage rate of 1% to 1.5% of the total melt and pour base recipe is suggested by IFRA standards; in this recipe’s case, the maximum amount of essential oil (1.5% of the recipe’s volume/weight) that can be safely used in approximately 15.5 oz (this recipe’s total weight) is possibly 0.2325 oz.

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