Tamanu Lavender Shaving Cream
2 tablespoons tamanu oil
2 tablespoons sweet almond oil
2 tablespoons cocoa butter
or shea butter
1 1/2 cups distilled water
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons castile soap
1/2 cup aloe vera gel (for people with sensitive skin) or honey
12 drops lavender essential oil
Heat the tamanu and sweet almond oils and butter in a double boiler at a low heat. Stir until the mixture is clear, then pour into a large bowl and let cool.
In another pan, heat the water. Then add the baking soda and castile soap, stirring until completely diluted. Add the aloe vera gel or honey to this solution and stir.
Pour the soap mixture into the bowl with the now-room-temperature oil mixture. Add essential oil. Blend everything very well with a hand mixer or blender. For best results, blend for two minutes, stop, and then blend again for another two minutes.
Store the cream in an airtight container in a dark, cool location.