Frankincense Natural Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe –
From my sister Me Gusta Mantequilla: When it was time to think of gifts for my family for Christmas last year, I knew I wanted to make something for them. One, because I wanted to give something natural and maybe provide a new experience for many, and two, because I knew that buying gifts for both sides of the family was not cost effective for us. I have always been nostalgic for yesteryear traditions and practices, and the idea of making a vintage shave kit for each male sounded fun and it would something that most men do not own already. I went about experimenting, and the recipe below was the keeper. Of the men that began to use it after the holidays, they were happy and pleased with the rich lather and after-feel of the shave. If you are thinking of an idea for man-gifts, this one was definitely a winner. This will bring an old barber shop feeling back into your bathroom!
Frankincense Natural Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe
- 1 bar Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, unscented
- 1 bar Kirk’s Coco Castile Soap, if you would like to skip this, just use another Dr. Bronner’s bar
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.
- 4 Tbsp french white clay
- 5-10 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 4 oz mason jars for containers, or use other mold suggestions in #5 of the directions.
- Shave Brush (a must have for using this type of shave system)
How to Make It:
- Grate soap bars using a cheese grater (don’t put in your food processor, I have broken one trying to grate soap).
- On low heat, melt soap down with oil of your choice. This can take a long time, be patient. At least 10-15 minutes before you see any real melting. Some bars will take a long, long time to melt. ***I used older bars of soap one time, and my mixture would not melt and combine. If this happens, add tablespoons of water, one at a time, and stir until mixture begins to combine and become smooth.
- Once the mixture becomes smooth and combined, add the clay, and mix well.
- Add the Frankincense oil, I chose this one because of the man-friendly scent and becasue it has skin healing properties.
- Pour the mixture into the containers you would like to store it in. I used 4 oz. mason jars for ease of traveling, and I put extra portions in muffin liners as refills. You can also use a mug (great to find at thrift stores), or small bowl. You can also make your own molds out of milk/cream cartons, or cardboard.
- Let the containers sit out, uncovered for 4-7 days to harden and cure. They will harden more over time, and the shave cream lasts for many, many uses.
Info about Frankincense: (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating. It is useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in personal care products and the ancient Egyptians used it in face masks.
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