Another Father’s Day gift idea! This tutorial will show you how to whip up some shaving soap using the Foaming Bath Butter, which is a perfect gift for Father’s Day. This whipped up so yummy, I came THIS close to licking the spoon!
Check out our “How to Use Foaming Bath Butter” tutorial to learn the basics as well as tips on working with this versatile product.
Supplies and Equipment Needed
Microwave safe glass containers
Butter knife or large spoon to cut up the Foaming Bath Butter
Rubber or silicone spatula
Mixer: Whatever you have available
-A stand mixer with a flat beater and a stainless steel whip beater -OR-
-A hand mixer with two stainless steel beaters
Stainless steel or glass bowl
2 oz Avocado Oil
1 oz Unrefined Shea Butter
1 oz Castor Oil
2 tsp Bentonite Clay (optional)
Low Profile Frosted 2.9 oz Jars with Lids
Thermometer to monitor oil temperature
2 lbs of Foaming Bath Butter Base
1 ounce of Barbershop 1920’s Fragrance Oil
Step 1: For this tutorial I am using 2 ounces of Avocado Oil, 1 ounce of Castor Oil, 1 ounce unrefined Shea Butter and 2 teaspoons of Bentonite Clay (optional). Weigh the oils and butters ahead of time. To get an accurate weight: turn on your scale, put your container on the scale, zero out (tare) the container, and then weigh oil or butter.
Step 2: Take 2 lbs of the Foaming Bath Butter base and place in your mixing bowl. Cut up the base using a butter knife or large spoon. The smaller pieces make it easier to begin whipping.
Step 3: If you’re using a stand mixer, begin slowly beating the base using a flat beater – this helps to prevent clumping of your Foaming Bath Butter base inside the wire whip beaters when you get ready to whip the base.
Step 4: Heat the Avocado and Castor oil in the microwave. Add them to your Foaming Bath Butter when each is around 120° F. This helps to soften the Foaming Bath Butter base without making it too hot. It is very important that you not heat up the Foaming Bath Butter in the microwave. If you make the base hotter than 122° F it will break down the properties of the preservative.
Step 5: Heat the Unrefined Shea Butter in the microwave – pouring it in a liquid state will help in mixing it into the Foaming Bath Butter better. I used Shea butter because it has some great conditioning properties. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds, take out and stir, heat for another 30 seconds; repeat until the Unrefined Shea Butter is melted.
Step 6: Add the melted Unrefined Shea Butter to your Foaming Bath Butter, making sure it’s no warmer than 120 degrees.
Step 7: This step is optional: Add 2 tsp of Bentonite clay and mix it into the Foaming Bath Butter with a spoon. This is to help avoid the clay from becoming air born when you start to mix.
TIP: You can also mix the clay into one of your oils before adding to the mixture. This can make it easier to incorporate it into the soap.
Step 8: Add the Fragrance Oil: For a 2 lb base add 3% fragrance oil (1 ounce). I used the wonderful fragrance oil called Barbershop 1920’s. It has fabulous notes of amber and rum with a light top note of musk. Men and women both love this scent and is a perfect compliment to Shaving Soap!
Note: 3% of 2 lbs is .96 ounces. You can go a little more or less depending on taste. This base will accept a fragrance load of up to 5% (no more than this).
Step 9: If working with a stand mixer, switch to your whip beater.
Step 10: Start timing yourself. Begin whipping the base on low and as it becomes smoother gradually increase to high (about 30 seconds). Occasionally stop the mixer and scrape off the sides and stir up the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula then continue to whip on high. You will notice that it begins to increase in volume.
Step 11: Continue whipping and stop when the Foaming Bath Butter base doubles in volume. If you whip it to 3 or 4 times its volume, the base will collapse on you. I whipped for a total of 8 1/2 minutes when it became super fluffy and it doubled in size. Your timing may be different depending on your mixer.
Filling the jars
Step 12: Add the whipped shaving soap to jars.
Step 13: Smooth off the tops and wipe off the rims. Make sure they’re nice and clean before sealing off the jars. Allow the product to set for 24 hours before use.
Enjoy your nice close shave!
If you like this tutorial, make sure you check out the “Green Irish Tweed” soap tutorial for another Father’s Day Gift idea!