Since father's day is next weekend, I thought I would share my favorite shaving oil recipe. I make it for my dad every year and he swears by it.
If you aren't familiar with shaving oil or how to use it, I will explain it to you the way my dad did. I am probably one of the few daughters who has had the opportunity to be taught how to shave her face by her dad. Imagine me, a woman in her early 30s, standing in front of a mirror next to my dad, with razor in hand and a face covered in shaving cream. In my quest to understand shaving (and not because I needed a shave!), he offered to show me his favorite method hands on. The key, he said, is to apply a good shaving oil. You apply it to your face before the shaving cream because the oil softens the hairs but also protects the skin. Applying the oil also gives you a closer shave and (bonus!) the blade is also easier to clean afterwards. After you apply the oil, you lather up some shaving soap or cream and, well, shave with a blade. Follow with an aftershave or hydrating mist and moisturizer.
Girls can use a shaving oil as well, I like to once in a while on my legs. I will use the oil and follow with the lather of our Activated Charcoal soap. My legs always feel silky soft!
Shaving Oil Recipe:
1.5 fl oz castor oil
1.5 fl oz hemp seed oil
1 fl oz olive oil
20-40 drops of skin safe, non-phototoxic essential oils
My dad loves this blend which is antibacterial and skin healing, both great things for a shaving oil!
8 drops Frankincense
8 drops Fir Needle
8 drops Bay West
5 drops cedar virginia
10 drops lavender (A)
written by Dominique Caron