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Soothing aftershave balm

Difficulty: Beginners
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 1 pot (150g)

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Post-shave irritation is never a good thing, which is why a good aftershave balm is a must. This all-natural balm has the skin-healing and soothing benefits of the infused calendula oil, the anti-inflammatory properties of sandalwood essential oil and the cooling effect of peppermint essential oil, and the added coconut oil is an excellent moisturiser and conditioner, leaving your skin soft and calm.

You can either make your own calendula infused oil using this tutorial, or you can purchase it from Pure Nature. All the other ingredients, including the pretty aluminium pot are also available from Pure Nature.

Making a balm is fairly straight forward. You can either combine all the ingredients, except for the essential oils, in a Pyrex jug and heat it in the microwave until the beeswax has melted, or you can heat it gently on a low setting on the stove.

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Once the all the ingredients have melted, let it sit and cool down a little, before adding the essential oil. If you add the essential oils too early, the heat will evaporate the volatile essential oils and reduce the effectiveness of the benefits. However, don’t let it cool down so that the liquid begins to harden, if it does, you will need to melt it again.

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When you have added the essential oils, stir well to disperse the oils well into the mixture, and then pour it into your container. Leave the container open until the balm has completely cooled down and solidified before putting the lid on. This is to prevent condensation from forming on the lid.

This balm will make a great gift in combination with the shaving soap found here!

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Soothing aftershave balm

  • Difficulty: beginners
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Ingredients

  • 80 ml calendula infused oil
  • 40 g coconut oil
  • 30 g beeswax
  • 1 ml sandalwood essential oil
  • 0.5 ml peppermint essential oil
  • 150 ml aluminium pot

Directions

  1. Combine the calendula infused oil, coconut oil and beeswax in a heatproof Pyrex jug and melt in the microwave until fully liquid. (Alternatively, use a pot and heat on low setting on stove).
  2. Leave to cool down a little, and then add the essential oils.
  3. Pour into pot and let cool down and harden completely before putting the lid on.

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Creamy shaving soap

Difficulty: Beginners
Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 1 pot (150g)


This is a recipe for a wet shaving soap with a rich, creamy lather that prevents razor burn. Added bentonite clay will give the soap extra ‘slip’ allowing the razor to glide smoothly over the skin, and the benefit of adding a little extra castor oil is to soothe and calm the skin.

I created this tutorial especially for Father’s Day, and my son is making his shaving soap in a special mug for dad (who’s a huge Star Wars fan!). If a mug is not your cup of tea (pun intended!), you can use aluminium 150g pots, which you can buy from Pure Nature, or use any other suitable container.

The other ingredients you will need are bentonite clay, castor oil and of course a melt and pour soap base. You can choose any soap base, although I would suggest something with extra conditioning, like the shea butter soap base, or the triple butter soap base. You will also need a fragrance or you can use one of the essential oil blends that I blogged about earlier (see here).

ONE: Measure out the amount of melt and pour soap that you need. I am using 150g of white melt and pour base. Cut it in small cubes and add it to a heat proof bowl or Pyrex jug.

TWO: Heat in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds until melted.

THREE: Add 2 teaspoons of bentonite clay and stir well. Note that, this time, I’m not pre-mixing the clay in water or alcohol. This is because bentonite is a swelling clay and would absorb the water, and we want to prevent that.

FOUR: Add 1 teaspoon of castor oil and again stir well.

FIVE: Add your fragrance or essential oil blend. I’m adding 1 ml of Driftwood soap fragrance from Pure Nature, which has a lovely light woodsy scent. If the man you are making this for has sensitive skin, I would add only half this amount (0.5 ml). Remember, this is a shaving soap, so you want to prevent irritating the skin. You can also leave the shaving soap fragrance-less, but I have found a little fragrance, even if it is only a few drops is usually better received by the men. For example, you can use this very nice and fresh essential oil blend for sensitive skin: 5 drops lemon essential oil and 5 drops peppermint essential oil (in 150 g of melt and pour soap base).

SIX: For the last time, stir the soap thoroughly to mix everything and get rid of any clay clumps still present in the soap. Pour the soap in the container (mug or pot) and leave to cool down completely before wrapping or placing the lid on it.

Happy Father’s Day! And happy shaving!

Creamy Shaving Soap

  • Difficulty: beginner
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Ingredients

  • 150 g melt and pour soap base
  • 2 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • 0.5 – 1 ml fragrance or essential oils
  • suitable container, pot or mug

Directions

  1. Cut the melt and pour in cubes and add to a heat proof bowl or Pyrex jug.
  2. Heat in microwave until melted. About 30-40 seconds.
  3. Add the bentonite clay and stir well.
  4. Add the castor oil and stir well.
  5. Add the fragrance or essential oils and stir well.
  6. Pour into container, pot or mug. Leave to cool down completely before wrapping or placing the lid on.