Hello Valentine’s Day! Nearly. Here.
How do you feel about the day of love?
In my angrier teenage years, back when I would growl if a guy called me, ‘Babe’ and reply with, ‘Do I look like infant?’ I hated V-day, but I didn’t like a lot of things, then.
Now, I have three men in my life who I love to the moon and back – two small and one large. They’re a crazy bunch and I LOVE them and they taught me to love Valentines Day, too. But, I have to do it on my own terms, so it has meaning.
If gifts are going to happen, then I still think homemade gifts are the best, even if it’s a flower, ahem, foraged from down the street. The emphasis needs to be on connection and reconnecting and thinking about all the wonderful people in our lives.
It’s my turn to do the romantic meal this year – no pressure – and I can’t decide what to do. In the past I’ve made watermelon love hearts and raspberry popsicles for my kids and massage and bath oil for the grown up. I’d love to hear how you approach the day of love.
This year, I made shaving cream. Cream being the operative word. It looks so much like clotted cream that when I left it unlabeled in the kitchen Hubby ate some homemade shaving cream. If that isn’t a message of love I don’t know what is!
Hi, I love you – eat some soapy bitter cream!
At least it didn’t ruin his Paleo-ish diet, as his mate pointed out…
Slap me on the wrists for not practicing what I preach about labelling, everything… Did I mention, you should label EVERYTHING.
Other than tasting like crap, I do have reservations about calling this a perfect Valentine’s Day gift, because it’s not for every man. Although, it doubles as Beard Butter if your bearded man wants a glossier pelt.
The reason I can’t entirely recommend it is because it’s a little bit sneaky. It ‘s actually a sly way to get the manly man to wear moisturiser. When rubbed into damp skin it helps the razor glide and has a little bit of soap to give a bit of slick, but it doesn’t foam and a lot of blokes like those bubbly bits. The problem is those bubbles can be quite drying and irritating for the skin.
The reason I love this homemade shaving cream is that when I look at the ingredients on the average shaving cream container they don’t look friendly and shaving scrapes back the skin, which makes the transfer of ingredients into the blood stream so much easier.
This homemade shave cream is great for guys who have sensitive skin, just skip the Castile soap at first while the skin settles down and use essential oils like lavender and chamomile.
Speaking of which, please feel free to play around with essential oil choice to suit. If pimples are a bit of thing, then thyme essential oil is a good choice, but watch out that stuff is strong – no more than 2-3 drops, please! Or there will be tears. And yup, I couldn’t help taking a pretty shot of thyme…
If you haven’t stumbled on them before, here are my notes on cleaning and sterilising equipment and jars.
If you’re after a more generic, super quick gift, these bath salts and shower pods just take minutes to make. There are also heaps of homemade beauty treats on my homemade beauty Pinterest board.
Now, I just need to figure out what to do for this Valentines Day meal. Any ideas?
- Shaving Cream
- 40 g/1.4 oz Shea butter
- 20 g/ 0.7 oz Macadamia, sunflower or grape seed oil
- I capsule Vitamin E
- 10 g/ 0.4 oz Castile Soap
- 5 g/ 0.2 oz Glycerine
- Optional essential oil blend: 5 drop sandalwood, 10 drop orange oil and 5 drop rosemary
- Clean and sterilise equipment and jar.
- Line up your jar ready for the pour.
- Place a stainless steel bowl or pot into a saucepan of simmering water.
- Add shea butter and macadamia or sunflower oil.
- Gently whisk until completely melted.
- Take the pot off the heat, but leave the bowl sitting in the hot water.
- Whisk in soap, glycerine, essential oils and vitamin E.
- Pour into jar, being careful to avoid air bubbles.
- Tap the container twice, to encourage any air bubbles up to the surface.
- Leave the lid off to cool.
- Check after half an hour, whisk with a small fork if it looks like it's separating.
- Put the lids on the containers when completely cool.
- Label with date and ingredients.
- Test for allergies in a discrete spot before use.