DIY Shaving Lotion


Do it yourself Shaving Lotion was always a pin that I wanted to try, but my dear old Mother beat me to it. (So I stole her pictures, don’t judge me) She was kind enough to not stop me from stealing some of her shaving lotion to try for myself! I wanted to put this to a true test, so I shaved one of my legs with my (mother’s) shaving lotion and the other leg with my normal shaving cream. (I normally use Skintimate)

The Pros and Cons Of DIY Shaving Lotion:


  • The DIY leg is much softer and has noticeably less stubble (Closer shave)
  • You can choose your own scent
  • Good for sensitive skin (More control of what is in it)
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to make
  • Basic household ingredients
  • Cost


  • It was a little watery
  • Not having a dispenser on hand
  • Dishes (I hate doing the dishes)

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Update on the DIY Shaving lotion:

We have had lots of questions about how to make this shaving lotion thicker. I think that you can make this shaving lotion thicker by using a little less baby oil and maybe using a creamier, thicker lotion. We have had a ton of great ideas listed by readers in the comments below. If you

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have tested this pin with different ingredients and had better or “thicker” results please feel free to share your experience below.


    • Miranda says

      Yes! That is one of the great things about this is how much control you have over the ingredients. I saw a pin where someone used coconut oil, shea butter lotion and coconut scented shampoo/conditioner.

      • Tanya says

        I used the baby oil for the first test I batch but I used coco butter with vitamin E lotion and coconut scented shampoo/conditioner. But the next batch I will be using coconut oil. 🙂

      • brenda says

        ** I would be careful using coconut oil in the shower. Remember that as it cools it hardens, and this is not ideal for your plumbing! Granted, in this instance the amount per use will be small, but just something to keep in mind 🙂

  1. Kate says

    The whole point is it barely costs money! I had all the ‘ingredients’. Most other people will too! 🙂 Love it!!!!!!

  2. says

    There is a great concept behind this diy recipe. However, if you have made it, then you know that it has a very runny consistency and the creaminess drips off your legs before you are even done shaving. There are a few tweaks to this recipe that help that a great deal. First thing I did was cut the amount of shampoo down to only 1/2 cup. Baby oil is very runny, so you can use a thicker oil such as jojoba or coconut oil. The biggest thing that made a difference is the lotion. Avoid runny lotions. Use a lotion that is dense and is usually found in a tub, such as coco butter. Depending on the density of the lotion, you may have trouble mixing it. If this is going to be the case, before you even attempt to mix it, put the oil and the lotion in a saucepan and warm just until lotion melts and you can mix it. Let cool to room temp before adding it to the shampoo and conditioner. These tweaks to the recipe may raise the cost just a tad bit, but it is still a lot more cost effective than store bought shave cream and it yields a much better finished product than the original recipe.

    • Brenda says

      I have found a wonderful, cheap body butter at Dollar Tree…Brand is April Bath and Shower – Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream in Coconut. I used Coconut Oil and Coconut Shampoo (1/2 Cup) and Conditioner (1 Cup). Helps with the cost of normally more expensive body butters. There’s even coconut oil in this bottle. Tube is teal if you’re looking for it!

  3. Kirby says

    Another solution to make it less runny could be to use Baby Oil Gel.. It is thicker and may help it ‘stick’ better to your legs.. I don’t believe it costs too much more than a thing of baby oil. Hope that helps! Nichole’s suggestions also work too!

  4. Lori says

    Shaving cream irritates my skin, so this is just what I needed. I used the things I had on hand, which included very thick lotion and thick conditioner. It turned out perfect. Thanks!

    • Cassie says

      I am glad that you like it Lori. I know I do! The nest time I make it I will use thicker lotion to I think, just to see how it works?

  5. Toni says

    I wounder how it would work if you put the “shave lotion” in one of the foaming soap dispensers. That may help with consistency a bit…

  6. Amanda says

    If you make a lot of DIY cleaners or beauty products, it’s a good idea to repurpose glass/plastic store-bought containers such as soap bottles. No need to buy what you already have at home!

  7. Amanda says

    I just made some of this using the suggestion to put only 1/2 cup of shampoo (then of course I just had to shave afterwards to see how it worked!)
    1. This is a great way to use up random travel-sized shampoos/conditions (I had several from free samples and giveaways)
    2. I used a mix of Dove, Pantene, Britney Spears Curious (body souffle), almond oil-1 tablespoon, and aloe vera gel (instead of baby oil-4 TBS)
    3. It is watery like others have said (even with the more expensive/thicker products I used. However, I’m a quick shaver so that doesn’t bother me at all.
    4. My skin was VERY soft and smooth after. I had slight razor burn-but I tend to have that no matter what I use (I just apply a little jojoba on the skin afterward and only pat it dry).
    5. I used a repurposed BBW soap bottle and still had about a cup leftover.

  8. says

    Love it! Shaving cream for women is so expensive, so I usually purchase mens. I am excited to try this and i’ll try using the coconut scented products for some girly smelling lotion 🙂

  9. Allison says

    If you use a mason jar to mix it up and store it, then you shouldn’t have any dirty dishes! The jars have measurements on the side. I used a tablespoon to scoop my coconut oil and melt it. Then I just added the ingredents using the measurements on the side… (ok, so I had one dirty measuring spoon). I used a 1/2 batch and ended up with 2 oz of the coconut oil, 2 oz of the lotion. Then just added 1/2 c of the remaining ingredients. Worked like a charm! Trying to think of something else to add to make it a bit thicker. Also, has anyone tried adding Eucerine Hand Cream (or healing stufff) instead of the lotion? Do you think that it would work???


    • Cassie says

      Thank you for letting us know Angela! I use mine from a used empty (non-foaming) soap pump, and it works really well.

  10. Whitney says

    I made this using products from Dollar Tree and some lotion I had at home. I used VO5 moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, lavender scented baby oil, and some Bath and Bodyworks black amethyst body lotion. I also found a hand soap container at Dollar Tree that was the perfect size for this recipe. It came out this lovely peachy pink color and smelled amazing. I tried it and even though it is a bit runny, I don’t mind because it works great and my legs felt so soft. The ingredients cost me 3 dollars plus 1 dollar for the reusable container. I have enough ingredients left to make it again once I run out. Love this!

    • Cassie says

      That is what is so great about this recipe Ana…you can use what ever you want. 🙂 I am sure that baby lotion would work GREAT!!!

  11. Amber says

    …or you could just use conditioner by itself. It works well, leaves my legs soft and smooth, and costs practically nothing.

  12. denise leraaen says

    i made this tonight i used coconut oil tummy butter and herbal essence shampoo and conditioner and i cut the shampoo in half and added a little more conditioner and heated the coconut oil and tummy butter on the stove then let it cool and then mixed it all and added about a 1/2 a cup of baking soda i figured it might help thicken it a bit and it did all of it mixed it was almost just like shaving cream so i doubled the recipe and made enough to just about fill the empty pump shampoo bottle i have oh yeah and i added 3 pumps of my favorite lotion just for a little more scent i hope this helps yall i’m gonna try it out in the morning 🙂 <3

  13. Rebecca says

    I just made this and thought it was very thin. After reading all these comments I’m going to try melting some bees wax I have and add that to thicken mine.

    • Cassie says

      Hello Brenda! We used an old soap dispenser, and it is only about 8 ounces to. I just keep refilling it. You could use an old pump shampoo or lotion dispenser too! I hope that you find something to use. Thanks, Cassie from PintriedIt

  14. bonnie says

    The only bottle i had on hand after making this was a new plastic yellow mustard bottle HA…worked good tho and easy to find them. Im still looking for empty bottles to use but this worked in a pinch!

  15. Kate says

    I made this and also experienced the runny situation. I added corn starch to thicken it, just added about a tablespoon and stired it in. Worked like a charm for me!!!!!!

  16. Kendra says

    I made a half batch because I didn’t have a big enough bottle for a whole one, and it came out very watery! Is it supposed to be like that? I’m wondering if I used too much oil or something. Help!

    • Cassie says

      No Kendra, you didn’t do it wrong. My Shaving lotion was runny and watery also. It works very well, and I am still using this same batch. Maybe I will try something different in it the next time to thicken it up. I will post my results when I make it again. 🙂

  17. Lexy says

    Hey I was wondering if you could also use this for a mans face?! Maybe try all the tips and tricks to thicken it up?! Anyone tried this yet

    • Cassie says

      I don’t see why you couldn’t use it on a man’s face? If you try it let us know how it turned out. 🙂

  18. Nancy Couch says

    I love this lotion and am still using it!!! Just have to shake it up! I may try making it thicker next time, but really love the way my legs feel after shaving with this! BTW- I am the “dear Old Mother”!!! Thanks for that label Cassie! LOL

  19. Mel says

    If you use just the cheap, basic suave shampoo and conditioner…once you mix it all up (makes a double batch) it will fit right back into the bottles. Then you have a bottle to share or a bottle to store for later.
    That’s with making it with the original recipe. Not the 1/2c shampoo. Mine is still sitting out…so we’ll see how it goes!
    Next time I might try some of the ideas to thicken it a little.

  20. Cathey says

    I made this but tweaked the recipe.. This is what I did
    6 tablespoons of coconut oil, use mixer and whip it to look like whipped cream
    add 1/3 cup of conditioner
    1 4 oz jar of vitamin E lotion
    Do not use the shampoo it makes it liquid..

    It ends up being thick like a whip cream consistency and works great.

  21. Jennifer says

    I have my ingredients ready, however I am going to add some Aquaphor to mine and see if that thickens it up a tad! 🙂

  22. says

    Ok just used shaving lotion. Goes on like u were using baby oil. Nice easy shaving. Smooth after and look hydrated. Legs feel soft. I don’t mind it runny , I usually just use soap anyways. I just exact recipe using a realy thick thick hand cream. Only thing ill change is switching baby oil out for baby oil gel next time. Just put it in a old lotion bottle I’ve been saving for this

  23. says

    I’m always looking for alternatives for my clients to use what we have (all the junk we hoard that didn’t work for it’s purpose) instead of accumulating more and more just to find the perfect product for “xyz” job…in this case shaving. I read the reviews and understood some of the problems, so I changed the recipe just a tad a follows:

    * 1 cup cheap hair conditioner – dollar store – i have a ton of scent choices
    * 1 cup body wash (instead of shampoo) – I had tons left that I bought once at bath
    & body works when they were having one of their major sales – I used “pumpkin”
    * 5 tbs of expired body butter – same bunch of stuff I purchased at bath & body
    works but since it was a little expired now, the consistency wasn’t as solid –
    “creme brule”
    * 5 tbs of baby oil gel – dollar store

    I mixed it up with my hand blender so it would be a bit runny enough to get back into an empty conditioner bottle and then I let it sit for about 4 hours – didn’t do it on purpose, it was just from the time that I made it to the time I went to shower and let me tell you what…AWESOME STUFF!!! My legs were silky smooth; close shave; it left a nice sheen to my legs afterwards; no nicks; and since I save EVERYTHING, it didn’t irritate me ANYWHERE.

    Now I know what to do with all those hotel conditioners and tons of dollar store products I have left.

    SUGGESTION: You can mix this up in a batch with like smelling products; mix up a DIY body scrub; beauty mask; etc.; get some nice containers (also available at “Deals” or any dollar store) and I think you’ve got yourself a really great gift basket that looks expensive but isn’t PLUS since you made it, it will be appreciated that much more.

    Have a Flawless day, Brenda

  24. Crystal says

    I have been using this for most of the year and it is SO much better then the gel/foam from the store. I get a lot less ingrown hair. To make it thicker I half the amount of shampoo and use gel baby oil. You can also use body butter type lotion. I just put mine in an old soap dispenser!

  25. Chelsea says

    Does anybody know about how much this yields? Making a ton of it as a gift idea and I need to order my bottles online so I’m wondering how much of everything I will need


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