We’ve discussed whether it’s possible to have a zero waste shave several times on the site.
While the razor blades can leave landfill fodder there are more options for the shaving cream. If you’re lucky enough to have aerosol recycling in your area then you should be ok.
Sally from Natural Spa Supplies has a great natural shaving oil but unfortunately it comes in individual plastic bags at the moment.
Personally I use a little shampoo, but if your skin is particularly dry this might not work.
Fortunately I’ve been given permission by a friend of mine to share a shaving cream recipe she uses at home. Sal is a holistic therapist, tutor and consultant who makes aromatherapy products for her friends and family. Her shaving cream only uses 3 ingredients and you can make it in no time!
Home made shaving cream recipe
45 gms cocoa butter
30 gms base oil such as grapeseed
20 mls liquid castille soap
Melt the cocoa butter and base oil (Sal uses calendula which is great for irritated or dry skin) in a large pyrex bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Once melted allow to cool (If you’re impatient like Sal put it in the fridge until just the edges start to solidify!)
Whisk with an electric whisk, then add the liquid castile soap.
As you continue whisking it will increase in volume, the cocoa butter will cool and the mix hold itself as a foam.
Put into jars and label
Scoop a little out and mix with a little water to make a lather.
The cocoa butter and oils are soothing and nourishing while the castile soap makes it gently lather and stops the blades getting clogged up.
You can add essential oils to the mix such as lavender for healing and benzoin for soothing.
Check out Sal’s site for a lovely range of natural, fair trade and handmade items such as gemstone and crystal jewellery along with a selection of cds to keep you relaxed and focused and let me know your favourite home made beauty recipe.