DIY Shaving Soap Recipe: Better than Shaving Cream

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DIY shaving cream doesn’t work as well as DIY shaving soap. Find out why and learn how to make a natural shave soap recipe that works great!

The Trouble With DIY Shaving Cream

Don’t get me wrong, I like shaving cream, but most DIY recipes are just different oils and butters whipped together. And yes, oil can cleanse your skin, but oil treats the hair on your legs, under your arms, and on your face differently than a water-based product would. The hair itself doesn’t soften as well when oils and butters are used, and softened hairs are what you really need in order to get a really close shave.

Shaving Soap for a Really Close Shave

Soap, along with water, provides the perfect combination to give you a really close shave. This is important so that you don’t end up with a “5 o’clock shadow.” The closer the shave, the longer it takes to grow back.

DIY Shaving Soap Recipe



  1. To begin making your DIY shaving soap, melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler.
  2. Add the grapeseed oil, liquid soap, and honey. Mix well.
  3. Add in the clay slowly, constantly stirring. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  4. Add the essential oil and whisk until creamy. As it cools, it will start to harden up. Whisking it will help keep the clay suspended.
  5. Pour or spoon into a bowl or container with a tight-fitting lid.

To Use

Apply a small amount of your DIY shaving soap to damp skin with your fingertips, working into a lather. Let sit for a few minutes to allow the hair shaft to absorb the soap. Shave and rinse thoroughly when done. This is safe for everyday use.

A Note on Ingredients

  • If you are making this shaving soap for a man, consider using more masculine essential oils, either alone or in combination. Some good combinations (that can also be used individually) include vetiver/bergamot, patchouli/cedarwood/clary sage, or cedarwood/eucalyptus/juniper. (Find all of these essential oils here.)
  • The bentonite clay is an important ingredient that will give the razor “slip” so it can glide across the skin rather than stick to it.

Have you tried DIY shaving soap rather than DIY shaving cream? What are your thoughts on this shaving soap recipe? 


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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  1. Tina says

    Do you think this could be poured into a recycled deodorant tube for ease of use?

  2. DrArvind says

    I have been using superfatted natural soap as my shaving bar. Its really better then shaving creams or foams. It does not contain bentonite clay though.

    • Debra Maslowski says

      The bentonite clay isn’t totally necessary, DrArvind, it’s just there to give you some “slip”. Some soaps can cause the blade to stick to the skin, rather than glide across it. The bentonite clay helps with this.

  3. Mike Howard says

    The ‘cream’ used ingredients I already have. The ‘soap’ uses products that I will have to purchase. (Bentonite clay at $7.00/lb plus shipping and only need 2 tablespoons?) No thanks.

    • TW says

      You can get bentonite clay at almost any health food store, (no shipping and handling) it’s used for a variety of things including toothpaste, deodorant and facial masks…