To say that I dislike shaving, is putting it mildly. For starters, I suffer from a common skin irritation called PFP (Pseudofolliculitis barbae), which is more commonly known as razor bumps or razor burn. During my time in the military, having a clean shaven face was a requirement. With the exception of my days off, I had to shave. Shaving for me is painful, harsh on the skin a requires far too much work. In light of all this, you can imagine my disdain.
I haven't even begun to discuss the decisions involved! How many blades to use...2, 4, 6?! Which shaving cream to use? There's gels, creams and sticky stuff that's a plain old hassle to use.. It can all be very confusing and expensive, not to mention the damage to the skin while trying any or all of the different products.
Since I've been on a quest to eliminate the use of chemical products, I decided to make my own shaving cream. If you really think about it, why are we using products with ingredients we can't pronounce? All you know is that it's a chemical. Like most store bought products, the most popular shaving creams and gels are less expensive and filled with those unpronounceable ingredients. However, shaving creams (facial creams, body lotions and other products) containing purer ingredients that are actually healthy for the skin are typically more expensive.
But did you know that shaving cream can have a BIG effect on men's health! There's an article on AnabolicMen.com describing how certain men's products contain ingredients that decreases testosterone levels and increases estrogen in men. Simply switching out some of your everyday products like toothpaste, shampoos, soaps, deodorants, shaving creams, etc. to chemical free, natural alternatives can increase testosterone levels and slash estrogen. It's an interesting read. I've attached the link below.
The article details how some products contain crazy amounts of "estrogen mimics and anti-androgenic endocrine system disrupting chemicals." Here's the list:
Armed with this knowledge, I decided that I'm going to eliminate as many chemical products from my skin care regimen as possible. I've already made my own homemade shampoo, conditioner and lotion. I'll write reviews about each of those later. In the meantime, I came up with the recipe below.
Making your own shaving cream is pretty easy. All you need are 6 simple items:
First, mix the Shea Nut Butter or Shea oil, olive oil and coconut oil in a 2 quart bowl. Then add your essential oils. I used doTerra's Lavender, Grapefruit, Eucalyptus and Cedarwood, which are all great for the skin.
Mix and place in the fridge until the mixture becomes solid (about 30 to 45 minutes).
Once the mixture is solid, add vitamin E and baking soda.
Whip until the mixture is light and fluffy and looks like whip cream. My advice would be to use an electric mixer! However, if you want a good workout, a wire whip will do the trick.
Now when you use the shaving cream it will melt once you place it on your skin. However, it still has the same awesome effect, the only difference is that it's clear! So don't think something is wrong with your shaving cream. It's fine.
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Reference article - http://www.anabolicmen.com/personal-care-items-testosterone/