I’ve been wanting a shaving soap for myself and finally got around to making one a couple weeks ago. I used one of my favorite fresh scents: Bergamot & Mandarin.
Bergamot & Mandarin: A sophisticated and sparkling blend of bergamot and mandarin orange.
This soap is a little extra special. I used bentonite clay to give it a little extra slip (to help with the shaving). Then I added some arrowroot powder. I like to add arrowroot to my soap from time to time. It’s adds an extra gentleness and soothing (which we all need when shaving). Here’s a little bit of info on arrowroot.
What is Arrowroot Powder?
Arrowroot Powder: A natural powdered root starch that is white in color and very light in weight from the genus of plant Maranta arundinacea. Arrowroot powder is used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in food preparations, as a base for some of your body care formulations, and it is the main foundation for most body powders.
How can it be used in soap?
Arrowroot powder can be used for soap making as well as as one of the ingredients in your bath & body powders or all by itself as a soothing body & bath powder. Just add your own scent or leave unscented, and use as is.
I found this piece of information on a chat board, which lead me to using it in my own shaving soap:
I have horribly sensitive skin. Whenever I shave my legs, I get a rash. I added it to my base when I stumbled upon a soap recipe from a supplier. I never thought to add something like this to base. I have only used it in powders. Anyway, I sifted the arrowroot powder into my base. This is the same base that I have always used. No more rashes of any kind happened to me. I tried without it again to see if it was a fluke and it was not. I have used the same brand of razors too. I cannot explain why it helped me. It just did. My guess is that it is soothing, the same way that it is in a powder I guess. Perhaps it is just me, but I love the feel and the fact that for whatever reason, I have no rashes on my legs. Oatmeal never worked for me or other soothing agents for that matter. I noticed no difference in the lather or the razor glide. It is all about the apparent soothing affect that it has on my skin.