Shaving Soap Recipe: Quick and Easy

Today we’ll be making shaving soap! This is suitable for men and women, and especially great for those of us who have sensitive skin prone to react with chemicals and perfumes in shaving creams

If you are just discovering the ‘handmade made soap’ world, you will like this quick recipe, since it will allow you to cut the time spent on making this particular bar of soap in half!

How, you ask?

We will use melt-and-pour soap base, which will save a lot of time and energy.


First, let’s remind ourselves about the most important part of soap making - safety. Got your eye protection, mask and gloves? Alrighty then, let’s get to work!

Step by Step Coffee Shaving Soap Recipe

Mmm, coffee... I thought to myself – who doesn’t love waking up to that scent, and why not incorporate it in our daily routine? 

So, I came up with coffee shaving soap! This process is fairly simple, and it is one of my favorite homemade soaps.

Of course, we need some Supplies

(These supplies will be enough for 1 bar of soap):

  • 4.5 ounces (130 grams) Melt-and-pour soap base (you can basically use any kind of base you want but I prefer to use melt-and-pour shaving soap base – it is more foamy than the others, and you can get it online or in any craft store)
  • 1 TBSP Castor oil (as a substitute you can use almond oil or olive oil, they’re both rich with Vitamin E – it’s extremely good for the skin, anti-inflammatory)
  • 1-2TBSP Bentonite clay (this clay is great for lather, but as a substitute you can also use white or French clay)
  • ½ TSP Brown sugar (this is my tiny secret, I think it makes the soap even foamier! You can also use white sugar if you don’t have brown sugar)
  • ½ TSP Coconut oil (this ingredient also helps with the lather of the soap, but it isn’t necessary for the recipe to work. If you would still love to incorporate it, but you’re allergic to it, or you don’t have it at hand – you can use Avocado butter instead)
  • 1 TSP Ground coffee (you can substitute coffee with oatmeal)
  • Rubbing Alcohol in a spray bottle
  • Molds – I will use square shaped molds – milk carton and butter tray, but you can also use – a yogurt cup, you can also just pour it in a glass jar and keep it in there. 

Remember that the mold you will use – you will need to leave the soap to set in it for several weeks.

all ingredients

Okay, so, this Shaving Soap Recipe is really simple, just follow it step by step and you can't go wrong!

  • Your 1st Step :– Take your melt-and-pour soap base and place it into a bowl. If you want it to heat up faster – try grating it, instead of cutting it in little pieces. Place the bowl in a microwave and keep heating it up every 30 seconds, until it melts halfway. 

Instead of a microwave you can use the stove. Just place the bowl with the soap into a pot with water, and gently heat it up while stirring.


soap base
  • Your 2nd Step :–  Got your almost melted soap base? Great! Place in the sugar and the coconut oil, if used. These two ingredients are great for lather! This means that there will be a lot of foam – which is fantastic for shaving.
  • At the same time place in the castor oil, which is rich with Vitamin E, which helps to preserve the soap.
  • Mix those three in the soap base while still heating it up until it completely melts.
Mixing coconut oil
mixing castor oil
  • Your 3rd Step :– Once the mixture is completely melted, remove from the heat, and stir in some of that bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is rich with minerals, and thus it is great for allergy issues. It combats dietary and environmental toxins, and it is great for your immune system.

mixing Bentonite clay
  • Your 4th Step :– Place in the ground coffee beans – they create a great caramel color.
  • Your 5th Step :– Pour it into a mold, I just used an old butter tray, and let it set for several days, but before you do that spray it with some rubbing alcohol to avoid soda ash. 
Pour it into a mold

I like to wait at least 7 days until using it, but if you want the soap to really cure (harden), s), you should leave it to set at least for 3 weeks.

I can honestly tell you ladies that using this seems to prevent ingrown hairs. My little trick before using this foamy soap is to use a natural body scrub.

I just used the extra ingredients for this Shaving Soap Recipe– 1 TBSP of brown sugar, 1 TBSP of ground coffee, and some olive or castor oil, and I mix those together, making a lovely body scrub.


Use the scrub before using it, and your skin will not only be softer, it will be ingrown hair free!

Now all you need is a shaving brush, which helps to lather (foam) the soap when using it – once your soap is set, after the before-mentioned time period, dip the tip of a shaving brush into the water, and rub it in circular motions across the soap – you will see how fast it will produce the foam!

Happy Soapy To You.....

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