Five Days of Father’s Day: Shaving Soap

It’s day three of Father’s Day Week. Today’s project is homemade shaving soap enhanced with Vitamin E Oil and Kaolin Clay. The soap has a smooth, thick lather and a refreshing fragrance, Kentish Rain. Pair it with an old fashioned shaving brush and say good bye to Dad’s 5 o’clock shadow!

3 ounces of Shaving Soap Base
1/2 teaspoon Kaolin Clay
1/8 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
Rubbing Alcohol
1 microwave safe mug
(Yields 1 mug of shaving soap)
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The best part about this project is that the soap is made right in the mug that you’re going to give Dad, leaving you with virtually no clean up.

Shaving Soap Instructions: Melt 3 ounces of Shaving Soap in the microwave (30 seconds will do the trick). Once the soap is melted, mix in 1/2 teaspoon of Kaolin Clay, 1/8 teaspoon of Vitamin E Oil and 1/2 ml of Kentish Rain. It will look clumpy at first which is perfectly normal, just keep mixing until smooth. Give it a spritz with rubbing alcohol to get rid of air bubbles and let the soap cool in the mug until solid.


Instructions for Dad:Wet the brush with water and lather the soap in the mug with the shaving brush. Then proceed with normal shaving routine.

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  1. Christy says

    I bought a beautiful shaving kit for my DH several years ago – with a silver & porcelain soap bowl & a gorgeous boars’ hair brush. The only drawback has been the soap refills – $30 for two 3.4oz bars! So glad I found brambleberry & soapqueen… I’ll be able to make twice as many bars at half the cost!! <3

    Because the bowl is shallow, I think I'll make it up in a pyrex measuring cup & pour it into his bowl to cool – how quickly does the Shaving M&P base set up?

  2. Grant Atwood says

    I just tried making this soap two separate times, one with lime, one with bay rum, and I’ve found it to have an odd, chemical type scent. I re-melted the soap, added more fragrance, but the smell still remains present, similar to what the base alone smells like. How much fragrance can I add before the oil ratio is off?

    • says

      Hi Grant!

      That’s odd that your soap smells chemically, what M&P base are you using?

      The best way to figure out how much FO or EO to add to your soap is going to be the fragrance calculator. All you need to do is input the amount of soap you are making and choose your scent and it will pop up with some great usage rates. And, you can even go a little more then the highest one since this is a wash-off product.

      I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  3. Rae says

    Do you know any other fragrances that would go good with this so I can change it up from time to time? Thanks.

  4. Amanda says

    Do you have to put the clay in or will the base be enough to make this for shaving soap? Thanks

  5. Marlona says

    I am desperate to get my hands on some of those shaving brushes……I’m making the shaving soap for the whole male side of my family for christmas! But I can’t seem to find them on, and the link above doesn’t work. Also I have looked all around Bellingham, wa without luck! Are you planning on getting some more shaving brushes in stock? or have any suggestion where to get them?

  6. Glenn says

    Skin products for specific skin types have been available for a number of years now, and products like shaving soaps, shaving creams, and facial skin care which are formulated for men are slowly gaining popularity. However, before choosing what products to use on their faces, men should start with the basic issue, and that is to know specific skin type first.

  7. Anne-Marie says

    Yes, definitely! Just make sure it has an opening that is large enough to
    easily fit a shaving brush into =)

  8. Glenn says

    Traditional shaving using the straight razors or double edge razors means giving myself the closest shave possible. Plus, it is also giving myself time to unwind. I could say that most of the time, I get my wonderful ideas while shaving. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Glenn says

    I do not know what to say but it should be noted that skin products, like shaving soaps and shaving creams for specific skin types have been available for a number of years now,However, before choosing what products to use on your face and body, people should start with the basic issue and that is to know their specific skin type.

  10. florenclong says

    The information you have shared over here is really nice and I must say that there are so many people who would like to use this information. Shaving soaps are as important as shaving cream so that mens can get smooth skin without any side effects.
    shaving soap

  11. Anne-Marie says

    We found our mugs at Goodwill – a second-hand shop here in Bellingham. But you could also purchase some from a promotional product site and have your business printed on them or any unique image. Hope this gives you some ideas to get started, Happy Soaping!

  12. Guest710 says

    I’ve been searching for mugs for shaving soap for a while now and can not find mugs with a decent price. I mean I could go to a local store and purchase mugs but was hoping some online soap shop would carry mugs for a better price. I guess it’s just not popular enough to be practicle for supply places to carry mugs.