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The Holidays are officially here, which means I am in gift making mode! There is just something special about a good homemade gift! Especially when it is made well and with care. While I love making cold process soaps, lotions, and candles. I wanted to make something special for the men on my holiday shopping list. So, this year I made them all Homemade Shaving Soap. It is great for shaving, and I even love to use it in the shower to shave my legs. It just has a nice, rich creamy lather that other cold process soaps just do not have.
The biggest difference between this soap and other conventional cold or hot process soaps is that we are going to be using both sodium hydroxide (lye) and potassium hydroxide (KOH). And, because it is a hot process soap, it can be used as soon as it is hard. I do recommend letting it cure though so that it lasts a lot longer.
For this soap I opted to use these little bowls I found on Amazon, but you can just put it in a regular soap mold and cut it into bars when it hardens. I find that bowls make it easier to use a shaving brush to build up a nice foamy lather.
Homemade Shaving Soap Recipe
- 8oz Steric Acid
- 3.2oz Coconut Oil
- 1.6oz Palm Oil
- .8oz Safflower Oil
- .8oz Castor Oil
- 6.1oz Distilled Water
- 2.1oz Potassium Hydroxide
- .9oz Sodium Hydroxide
- 1.6oz Glycerin
- .4oz Fragrance (optional)
You can also add in any colorants that you prefer as well.
Check out the video below for a step by step tutorial on how to make this beautiful soap!