It’s summertime, so let’s bring out the legs, ladies! I love bringing out that sunny summer wardrobe of cute shorts and skirts. And although the hot weather allows for some skin, it can honestly feel like a chore to keep the prickly legs at bay and stay on top of the extra daily shaving “to-dos.” But ladies, there is a light at the end of this hairy tunnel! Using my own essential oil products makes shaving more of a joy rather than a burden.
But first…have you ever really looked at the labels of women’s shaving gels and moisturizers? I don’t know anybody who willingly enjoys having their skin slathered with nasty chemicals. Parabens are just one of the common chemicals in women’s cosmetics, moisturizers, and shaving gels that are doing more harm than good to our systems. Parabens are a preservative placed in personal care products to help the item last longer and to inhibit bacteria, which seems like a good idea, right? But, according to recent research, parabens have been labeled as a xenoestrogen, a chemical that can mimic the effect of estrogen in our bodies, causing a disruption of normal metabolic function and potentially acting as a carcinogen in our systems. Yikes!
Another harmful chemical used in women’s shave gels – and just about every other foaming soap-like product in your bathroom – is sodium lauryl sulfate, also found in car engine degreasers and floor cleaners. Go ahead and check out the labels on your products. I guarantee that, unless you have made the switch to all-natural products that I have been recommending, you are feeding your organs a toxic array of chemicals including SLS, known for posing a major risk as an irritant to the eyes and skin, not to mention seriously harmful effects to our organs!
Ladies, this should be a red-flag! Do the research and protect your health and life by becoming knowledgeable about how these harmful chemicals are polluting your body and what you can do to reduce your exposure to them. Say goodbye to harmful, store-bought shaving products and instead make your own using essential oils! These DIY recipes can be used on your sensitive, most precious shaving areas…and can also be shared with the men in your life with a simple switch of the scent profile. You will be pleasantly surprised with the simplicity of these recipes, and I can guarantee this will be a change that will transform your shaving experience!
SUMMER SHAVE PREP SALT SCRUB
Prep your skin and hair follicles (and, yes, even your sensitive parts!) for a silky-smooth shave with this all natural salt scrub. Exfoliating gets the blood pumping and gives the skin that healthy glow, as well as ridding your body of dead skin for the softest and smoothest shave possible! Plus, did you know that using a course sea salt scrub is a natural way of detoxing your skin? The amazing power of Helichrysum essential oil will not only promote regeneration of healthy skin cells, but give you a honey-kissed natural glow!
1 cup coarse sea salt
½ cup avocado, jojoba, or fractionated coconut oil
25 drops of Helichrysum essential oil
In a glass bowl, add all ingredients and stir to combine. Store in a sealed glass jar. To use, allow skin at least 5 minutes to soak or shower in warm water. Scoop out a good-sized amount of scrub to desired area on the body and rub it in. Rinse well and you’re ready to shave!
COOLING PEPPERMINT SHAVE BALM
Ready for a close shave? Throw out those chemical-laden shaving creams and replace them with this shave balm that will even help to prevent razor burn! Perfect for all skin types, it is even safe to use on sensitive skin and in special and sensitive areas on the body. Peppermint is a great essential oil to use during shaving because it not only piques the senses, but it also has an amazing cooling/calming effect on the skin and muscles. Melaleuca offers amazing benefits for sensitive skin and prevents that nasty razor burn from frequent shaving. The spicy-woodsy scent of Juniper Berry makes a wonderful addition to this trio, especially since it is an amazing toner for the skin that works to prevent blemishes. Note: Pregnant and nursing women should use caution with Peppermint as it can reduce milk supply in some. Simply omit from the recipe.
1/3 cup organic shea butter
1/3 cup organic coconut oil (refined for unscented)
¼ cup jojoba or fractionated coconut oil
5 drops Peppermint essential oil
5 drops Melaleuca essential oil
5 drops Juniper Berry essential oil
Place all ingredients except for essential oils in double boiler. Stir as they melt. Remove from heat and let cool 3 minutes. Add essential oils and stir until combined. Let shaving cream rest in the refrigerator to solidify the mixture. Using hand or stand mixer, whip shaving cream until light and fluffy. Place in container of choice.
LAVENDER-COCOA BODY LOTION BARS
After successfully exfoliating the skin and shaving with the added protection of essential oils, replenish your skin with this luxurious chocolaty-lavender post-shave moisturizer. Lock-in that silky-smooth feel and be proud of your sexy legs! Lavender and Geranium essential oils are the perfect combination when it comes to softening the skin while helping you to relax in the process. This is the simplest DIY essential oil lotion recipe you will ever make! Plus – bonus – make a few for your friends!
1 cup beeswax pastilles
1 cup cocoa butter
1 cup coconut oil
2 teaspoons vitamin E
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
Combine all ingredients except essential oils in a double boiler or a glass bowl over a smaller sauce pan with 1 inch of water in it. Bring to a boil. Stir ingredients until they are completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and then add essential oils and stir. Pour mixture into silicone bake cup molds for the lotion to solidify, allowing them to completely dry before removing them from the molds. Store lotion bars in a clean container and apply to body after a shower. The heat from your body will melt the lotion! Yield: 10-12 bars (depending on molds)
OUCH! RAZOR BURN SERUM
Don’t you hate it when you get razor burn on your bikini line or armpits a few hours before you’re supposed to hit the beach? Razor burn is embarrassing and painful! Be sure to tuck a little bottle of this Razor Burn Serum in your purse this summer just in case those red bumps try to crash your beach party! Lavender is perfect for this recipe because it’s one of the most effective essential oils for calming the skin. Jasmine and Sandalwood essential oils are very nourishing and pair well together, while Geranium essential oil naturally moisturizes and smooths the skin while also promoting relaxation! Frankincense is one of the best essential oils to soothe and rejuvenate your skin while also promoting healthy cellular function throughout the body—it pairs well with the Geranium and Sandalwood essential oils in the recipe. Don’t forget this is also a great serum for men by simply changing out the Geranium and Jasmine essential oils to masculine scents such as Cedarwood and Roman Chamomile if preferred!
½ cup fractionated coconut or jojoba oil
¼ cup rosewater (can be purchased at health food stores)
5 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Jasmine essential oil
5 drops Sandalwood essential oil
5 drops Geranium essential oil
5 drops Frankincense essential oil
Simply add coconut or jojoba oil and rosewater to a glass spray bottle. Next, add all essential oils. Shake well to combine. To use, spritz 2-3 times into palm of hands and rub onto areas of skin affected by razor burn. Don’t forget to shake before using each time!
SEXY SUMMER SKIN
Incorporating these all natural essential oil DIY products will enhance your shaving experience and help you cut down on toxic overload. Remember that it is the little changes that you make in your lifestyle that eventually transform you to a healthier you! Start today by giving your shaving routine an essential oil makeover! Nourish your body, mind and overall health by creating a spa-like getaway in your very own shower with these homemade essential oil products!