DIY shaving cream & aftershave {101 Days of Christmas}

DIY shaving cream & aftershave {101 Days of Christmas}

DIY Shaving Cream & Aftershave

Create a shaving kit for the men in your life with this DIY shaving cream and aftershave! Actually, who am I kidding? DIY shaving cream and this refreshing aftershave would make a great gift for a woman too!

Scent both products with classic Christmas scents like peppermint, choose something fresh like vanilla and orange, or mix in some pine, fir or cedarwood for a manly man scent.

DIY Shaving Cream


  • 1/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 30 drops essential oils


In a small saucepan, combine the first three ingredients and heat over low until melted, stirring often. (If you’re easily distracted in the kitchen — ahem! — combine them in a double boiler instead, as you’ll have less chance of overheating the mixture).

Remove from heat and add the essential oils of your choice.

Set aside to cool.

Once the mixture has completely hardened, whip it with a hand mixer or a immersion blender to make it smooth and creamy.

Transfer to a jar or container with a tight lid.

To use: Spread on skin and shave as usual. Rinse with warm water.

Plant Therapy 100% Pure Essential Oils

DIY Aftershave


  • 1-1/2 ounces distilled water
  • 1-1/2 ounces witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 3-5 drops vitamin E (optional, as a preservative)
  • 12 drops essential oils


Combine all ingredients in a spray or squirt bottle (3 ounces or larger) and shake vigorously to mix.

To use: Spray directly onto your skin after you’ve shaved or squirt into your hands and then pat on your skin.

Projects from the archives:

DIY Lip Balm and Lip ScrubHomemade Oatmeal SoapPeppermint Sugar Scrub

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. This is a super cool gift idea. Especially as men are so much harder to find the perfect gift for. Thanks, Mandi. Pinning.

  2. Mandi, can you tell me if the shave cream is more economical than buying Edge ($3/8 oz.)? I’d love to make this, but I really need to watch my pennies. Thanks.

  3. Jennifer, I was sure I had responded to this to say that I didn’t think it was cheaper, but it must not have gone through! I’ve been meaning to come back, though, because after using it for the past month myself, I think it actually is! I use SUCH a small amount each time (maybe a pea size) that I’m pretty sure that little jar in the photo will last me until I die – ha!

    I hope that helps!

  4. Hi! Does the Shea butter melt to be completely clear? How long does it take?

  5. Hmm, I didn’t pay attention to the color, just the texture. I don’t think it was ever completely clear. Once it’s liquid-y, then you’re ready to move to the next step!

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