Shaving Soap Ingredients

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I have to be honest. It is very difficult to make a shaving soap that performs like the products made by the big cosmetic companies. 

They use all the chemicals under the sun to produce a long lasting foam that allows the blade to glide over your face, legs or under the arms. 

They usually advertise their product as natural and use their huge advertising budgets and fancy packaging to lure traditional shavers into a purchase.

This works for the majority of people, and that’s fine. But what about those that want all natural products , don’t want products containing animal fats, or have sensitive skin that will not put up with harsh chemicals and additives?

So, what is in your shaving soap?

As for the rest, if you have sensitive skin, and it is inflamed after a shave, it may not be your razor, but the soap or cream that you are using.

A popular shaving soap ingredients

Potassium Tallowate, Saponofied animal fat. (not suitable for vegetarians or vegans)

Potassium Cocoate,
saponofied coconut oil
Sodium Palm Kernelate,
Saponofied Palm oil (possible ecologically unsound)
Produced from saponification process.
This can cause skin irritation in some people.
petroleum by-product. May have health implications.
Tetrasodium EDTA,
Can cause skin irritation, rashes or inflammation
Etidronic Acid, 
Used to help reduce soap scum produced by bar soaps, can be an irritant to the skin.
Disodium Distrylbiphenly,
controls viscosity.
Disuffonate Amyl Cinnamel,
Synthetic scent that can cause skin irritation.
natural scent
Fragrance. Known human immune system toxicant or allergen
Hexyl Cinnamal,
Fragrance. Possible allergen
Deodorant.  Possible allergen

Many Handmade shaving soap recipe is based on Olive Oil. Ok, Olive oil is great for skin conditioning, but it is hopeless as the main ingredients for shaving soap. It just does not lather. 

Caria Natural Shaving Soap ingredients

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Honey, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Seed Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil,

or in English:

Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Olive Oil and Honey as an option.

Thick moisturising lather from Honey Shaving soap

How to whip up a lather

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