It’s that time of the year again. Not long after we pay our respects and show our love to our mothers, it’s time to celebrate all the wonderful dads in our lives. And with this, comes the usual dilemma of what to gift dad to make him feel special and show your appreciation.
Yes, you can go for the usual power tools and no doubt dad will be happy, but why not create something unique of your own? Or better yet, add a personal touch to those power tools…perhaps something that will leave dad feeling fresh and ready to take on the day.
Now that we’ve dropped the hint, here’s a DIY shaving cream and DIY aftershave set for men coming to the rescue! Both of these recipes are comprised of natural non-toxic ingredients that promise to leave dad’s face soft and moisturized.
- 1 Learn About the Natural Ingredients in Your DIY Shaving Recipes
- 2 Let’s Begin with Our DIY Shaving Cream
- 3 DIY Shaving Cream With CBD Oil
- 4 What’s a Shaving Cream Worth Without A Natural, Soothing DIY Aftershave?
- 5 DIY Aftershave Balm With CBD Oil
- 6 Dad Deserves the Very Best
Learn About the Natural Ingredients in Your DIY Shaving Recipes
Shea butter is an off-white fatty, wax-like oil derived from the nut of the shea tree, native to West Africa. This nourishing oil is popular in skin and hair care products due to its protective emollient and antioxidant properties. This age-old ingredient is full of essential fatty acids and vitamins that lock in hydration and soothe the skin. The oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, and linolenic acids within shea butter have been touted for their ability to encourage collagen production, which can keep dad’s skin looking smooth —Because even dads want to stay youthful-looking. This non-comedogenic ingredient glides on smoothly without clogging pores, so dad will not have to worry about shea butter causing breaking outs.
This pale yellow waxy butter is derived from the cacao bean, Native to South America. It contains many similar properties to shea butter, thus they are often used interchangeably. The vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids nourish and protect the skin from harsh natural elements like wind and sun. The omega fatty acids add a layer of protection that helps lock in moisture so the skin stays plump and moist. Meanwhile, vitamin E, vitamin K, phytosterols (a molecule related to cholesterol), and fatty acids help slow the signs of aging. Just don’t be surprised if the chocolate smell triggers a cookie craving.
Beeswax or Soy wax
Beeswax or soy wax adds emollient (skin-softening) benefits while also helping the mixture solidify. Beeswax, a derivative of honey, contains many vitamins and minerals including long-chain fatty acids and alcohols that support optimal skin health. Therefore, it is the mainstay in most natural cosmetic recipes. However, vegans do not use beeswax since it is a by-product of honey production by bees, therefore soy wax is the next best thing. It also helps thicken recipes, however it does not have as much nutritional content as beeswax.
Note: Beeswax is slightly waxier and denser than soy wax, therefore you may wish to add more soy wax if the texture is too thin for your taste. This is your invitation to experiment and make the recipe your own.
Essential oils have been used in aromatherapy since antiquity due to their high terpene profile. Essential oils add delightful fragrances to finished products. But the naturopathic world also notes medicinal benefits, although they are not backed by the FDA.
- Tea tree essential oil is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia tree, native to Australia. This ingredient has been long-since considered an all-purpose medicinal extract to the Aboriginal people. And now it is a common ingredient in cosmetics due to its ability to promote superficial wound healing, dry excess oil, and soothe irritated skin. Note: Some people are sensitive to tea tree oil, so we always dilute it with a carrier oil and test it in small batches first.
- Frankincense and myrrh are ancient partners that can be traced back to biblical times when they were used in spiritual ceremonies and cleansing rituals. They are oleoresins, or gum-like resins. Together, they create a sweet, woody smell perfect for products intended for men. Frankincense and myrrh are often praised for their cleansing abilities and anti-oxidant properties that slow the signs of aging. They have both been recognized for their ability to help rejuvenate damaged skin.
- Lavender oil may not be the first choice for recipes intended for men due to its floral scent, however, it pairs well with frankincense and myrrh. Like frankincense, this sweet-smelling oil has been thought to encourage wound healing. For this reason, it is a major staple in the holistic medicine kit.
- PIne oil is one of the few naturally-derived oils that the FDA recognizes for medicinal use. It is actually listed on the monograph for topical pain relief, like menthol and camphor, or two staple ingredients in our pain relief formulas. Aside from pain, it is also been identified as a soothing ingredient for irritated skin as well as a key ingredient in anti-aging recipes due to its ability to stimulate collagen production. But many men love it simply for its “woodsy” scent. Pair is with cedarwood for a powerful woodsy duo.
As its name indicates, hempseed oil is made exclusively from hemp seeds. It is used for cooking and in skincare products. Unrefined hempseed oil contains highly beneficial nutritious properties such as omega-3 and omega-6, protein, vitamins and insoluble fiber. All helps the skin maintain its moisture so it can stay plump and lively. It is non-comedogenic, so it will not promote breakouts like some oils.
CBD oil, an extraction from the aerial parts of the Cannabis sativa L. hemp plant, is an excellent additional emollient that can help protect the skin. Early research indicates that it could help the skin slow its oil production the skin stays clear-looking. Moreover, its antioxidant properties may help speed the time of wound healing. It also helps the skin stay well hydrated. For these reasons, CBD skincare is becoming increasingly popular. To find out more about CBD in skincare, read “Why CBD is the Next Big Thing in Skincare.”
This fatty oil is a popular oil used in cooking, haircare, and skincare. The medium-chain fatty acids such as caprylic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and more nourish the skin with their protective properties. It is known to support the skin’s natural ability to heal and rejuvenate, therefore it is a common ingredient in natural remedies. That said, coconut oil is subject to much controversy about its tendency to clog the pores while others use it for oil pull recipes for the opposite effect. Everyone’s skin is different, so we advise you to test this ingredient first in small batches.
Baking soda or Arrowroot powder
We are sure that you know baking soda aka sodium bicarbonate for its ability to help cakes rise. But did you know that it is a regular staple in DIY skincare recipes? It is known to help prevent and soothe razor burn. It also neutralizes acid, for better or worse, so use this ingredient sparingly. People with sensitive skin can develop burn-like rashes. So do a batch test first. Those who are sensitive to baking soda can replace it with arrowroot powder, which contains similar properties. Personally, we like to mix them half and half in our recipes.
Let’s Begin with Our DIY Shaving Cream
Dad is sure to love this simple, yet high-quality recipe. You probably already have some of the ingredients around the house. But if you don’t, you can find them easily at most health food stores or online.
DIY Shaving Cream With CBD Oil
- 1 pot or double boiler
- 1 glass or plastic mixing bowl
- 1 Set of measuring cups
- 1 Set of Measuring spoons
- 2 Large wooden, glass, or plastic spoons
- 1 Whisk or electric hand-mixer
- 1 Small container or jar for storage
- 1/4 cup Shea butter or cocoa butter
- 2/3 cup Coconut oil
- 1 tbs Hemp seed oil
- 1 tbs Baking soda or arrowroot powder
- 10-20 drops Essential oils such as frankincense & myrrh, tea tree, pine, or other earthy combinations.
- 1 tsp Vitamin E Optional
- 1 tbsp CBD Oil
- Add the shea butter in a pot and put it on low heat until it’s fully melted. It is best to use a double-boiler so you do not burn the ingredients.
- Remove from heat
- Pour ingredients into the mixing bowl.
- Add the coconut oil and hemp seed oil and mix thoroughly.
- Add baking soda and mix to combine.
- Add essential oils, vitamin E, and hemp
- Whisk the ingredients together thoroughly or use an electric hand-mixer to reduce the strain on your arm.
- When the mix is homogeneous, pour it into a container or any jar with a lid. Cover it up and place it into the fridge until it solidifies.
Tip: It’s recommended to check on the mix every 5-10 minutes while it’s in the fridge to see if it’s separating. If so, just give it a good shake, stir it again and put it back in the fridge. Repeat this process until you have a nice solidified shaving cream.
What’s a Shaving Cream Worth Without A Natural, Soothing DIY Aftershave?
DIY Aftershave Balm With CBD Oil
- 1 small glass or plastic bowl
- 2 Pots or a double boiler
- 1 Set of measuring cups
- 1 Set of Measuring spoons
- food processor
- 1 Large wooden, glass, or plastic spoon
- 1 Small container or jar for storage
- 3/4 Cup Hemp seed oil
- 5 Tbsp Shea butter
- 1 Tbsp CBD Oil
- 1 Tbsp Beeswax or Soy wax
- 1 Tbsp Lavender essential, frankincense & myrrh, and/or tea tree oil
- Add the hempseed oil, shea butter and wax to a small metal or glass pot or top part of a double boiler. If you have a Turkish coffee pot (dallah), that works great.
- Boil a pot of water and reduce to a simmer.
- Place the small container of hempseed oil, shea butter, and beeswax into the pot of water. and simmer until the ingredients melt completely.
- Once melted, pour the mixture into a food processor while it’s still hot. Blend on medium speed.
- Add the CBD oil and essential oils.
- Blend on high for 2 minutes.
- Pour your mixture into a jar and let it solidify. Voila! Now you have the perfect gift set for dad.
Dad Deserves the Very Best
Finding the perfect gift for dad on Father’s Day can be a challenge. But nothing says “I love you” like making him something he can use every day, especially when it’s made completely with ingredients from nature. Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there!
For other all-natural DIY recipes, we recommend trying our DIY Body Scrub with Orange Peels.