Let me tell you these bars are AMAZING. For a while I used the shampoo bars to shave my legs etc. But then my bar was gone so fast because I was using it for everything.
So I decided to make a separate bar for my face- Shea Butter and Myrrh– and a separate bar for shaving.
Then I could just use the shampoo bar for my hair and use the Creamy Conditioner Bar with it.
Women you can totally use the shampoo bars for shaving, for men, I would not recommend it. The shampoo bar lathers great but for shaving the face and head- for men– you need a rich and creamy lather. The shampoo bars more lather with clear bubbles like a regular shampoo.
This recipe is for MEN and WOMEN, the ingredients are different but the directions are the same as the shampoo bar. This smells lightly of citrus chocolate, you can leave out the orange or an unscented. The more/less oil you use the stronger/lighter then scent. This is totally your call and will not “ruin” the bars.
Creamy Lathering Shaving Bar
- 10 oz Shea Butter
- 7 oz Coconut Oil
- 4 oz Castor Oil
- 6 oz Tallow
- 3 oz Cocoa Butter
- 2 oz Almond Oil
- 1 oz raw Beeswax
- 10 water or a Ports Beer (this creates and even thinker lather)
- 4.44 oz Lye
- 1 ounce Jojoba Oil
- 2 Tablespoons Bentonite Clay
- 4- 15ml bottles of Wild Orange Essential Oil
- 1/2 tsp Vitamin E Oil
Directions for Hot Method
- Measure both the lye and water using a kitchen scale. Measure lye on a paper plate and liquid in a glass bowl.
- Carefully combine the lye and water by pouring the lye into the liquid (never pour liquid into the lye) and stir liquid until lye is completely dissolved. The liquid is caustic and not to be touched in any way. The outside of the bowl will be extremely hot as well. Be careful when working with lye and follow all of the recommended precautions. Note: What I’m trying to say is, I can not be held responsible for any craziness, mishaps, explosions, etc. that may happen when making this recipe. If the solution touches you, do not freak out, just neutralize the area with vinegar and soapy water.
- Allow the lye mixture to stay under a vent and cool down while you prepare the oils.
- Measure the coconut oil, olive oil, tallow, Shea butter, castor oil and beeswax – by weight on the kitchen scale– and then place in a crock pot to melt on low heat. To melt the beeswax faster put in pot on stove and then pour into crockpot with rest of ingredients.
Once melted, add the lye/water mixture to the oils in the crock pot and stir. Note: Any equipment the lye touches needs to be neutralized in a mixture of white vinegar, soap, and water.
- After a brief stir, grab your stick blender and get to work! Blend the in the crock pot for at least 1-2 minutes. We are working toward “trace.”
- Continue stirring and blending for 2-3 minutes more – until the mixture becomes a thick, pudding like consistency.
- Once the mixture is pudding-like, cover the crock pot and “cook” the soap, on low heat, for approximately 1 hour.
- Prepare your mold. Note: I just use a standard loaf pan lined with parchment paper and it’s always worked perfectly and this recipe is enough to fill one loaf pan.
- Once the soap is done “cooking” remove from heat and add essential oils and jojoba oil (any other add ins)
- Stir until well combined.
- Spoon soap mixture into mold.
- Allow soap to cool and harden for 24 hours.
- Remove from mold on to cutting board and cut into bars.
- Place bars on a tray with good airflow so that they can harden further. Store in linen bags so they can “breathe”.
You can also do this a cold-pressed method
The only difference to the directions above, is that you can skip the crockpot. Simply make the lye solution as above, and set aside. Melt all the ingredients in a pot over low heat and pour into a glass or stainless steel bowl. Then stir in lye solution with metal spoon, and then trace with stick blender. When it is like a thick pudding, stir in any add ins. Then pour into mold and let sit 24 hours. Then cut into 12, 4 oz bars and let sit.