How to Make Your Own Shaving Oils
Making your own shaving oil may range from being almost a necessity for some people to a way of getting a much better shaving experience at a lower cost compared to using commercially available shaving creams and lotions. If you have a dry or a sensitive skin you might have experienced problems with shaving using only the commercially available options. Using oil provides a better lubrication for the razor blade and causes minimum dragging over sensitive and tough parts of the skin. This helps in preparing the skin for the best shave as well as doubling as a conditioner after the shave, so that there is no irritation.
If you want to prepare a shaving oil of your own, you can easily do so using two or three ingredients. These include the base oil, an “essential oil”, and glycerin.
The base oil is the one that forms the foundation and performs the basic function of lubricating the skin. It is also known by the name of carrier oil. You can use many vegetable oils such as coconut oil, sesame oil, palm oil, olive oil or grape seed oil as the base oil.
Essential oils are made from natural sources such as petals of flowers and roots of plants. You can use essential oils such as Carrot, Lavender, Rosemary or Sandalwood. You can also use more than one essential oil by mixing two or more of them. Essential oils provide the required fragrance and mixing more than one of them can provide combinations of fragrances. In addition to these two ingredients, you can also add glycerin for greater lubricating effect.
The procedure to prepare the shaving oil is very simple, and consists of just mixing the ingredients in the right proportion. You can vary the proportion to some extent to suit your individual requirements and taste. You can start with about ten drops of essential oil in one ounce of base oil. If you’re adding glycerin, about a quarter teaspoon for two ounces of base oil would be fine. Store this preparation in a cool, dark area, and shake it well before you use it each time.
One thing that you should remember about essential oils is that they can be harmful to your skin, particularly in concentrated form. So you’ll need to be careful handling it. Adding it in the recommended proportion to the base oil dilutes it considerably so that it should be reasonably safe. However, some skins are more sensitive than others, and it’s a good idea to test the oil that you have prepared, and observe the effect before proceeding to use it regularly. If you find any undesirable effects on your skin, you should discontinue use of the oil immediately. In that case, you can try a different essential oil.
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