Surprise! It’s shaving soap! As an anniversary present for the hero, I made him some shaving soap to replace his old variety that had who knows what in it. I had originally bought it as part of his wedding present before we knew anything about the harmful chemicals in personal care products. So I thought it only right to replace it with a healthier version for our anniversary.
I made it with a simple recipe using olive oil, castile bar soap, and cosmetic clay. I ended up changing it a bit as I went and here is the result.
Shaving Soap Recipe
a bar of castile soap, here I used almond scented
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP green cosmetic clay
I crushed up the bar of soap using a knife, it crumbled easily. I then heated the soap and oil over medium low heat in a non nonstick (not a typo, don’t use nonstick cookware) pot and stirred it occasionally. If it starts to burn or gets dry, add more oil.
I heated it for about 5 minutes and then added the cosmetic clay. I stirred it over the next couple of minutes and then took it off the heat. It would mush together but was not liquid yet. I ‘poured’ it into my waiting containers, a couple of pieces of pottery I had made. You could use any type of mug or bowl. Last I took a clean dish towel and pressed it down with my hand inside a couple of layers of the towel. The towel was to protect my hand because the soap is hot and the ceramic container gets hot. Now I have to leave it to cure for a few days and then we’ll see how it works!
It did make the kitchen smell a little soapy after I heated it up, so you could open a window and turn on a fan if that would bother you.