I know that when we usually discuss shaving soaps the topic normally goes to commercial varieties. A few years ago I was gifted some glycerin blocks and some molds by a friend of mine as I had expressed an interest in soap making. I did it once and the supplies got exiled to the back of a closet but, recently, I started thinking on it again and decided to pull the stuff out and do something with it.
The thing I did differently this time was to get some Peppermint essential oil to add to the melted glycerin prior to pouring it into the molds and some food dye for decoration. Initially I was just going to use this as shower soap, but I remembered a company called Van der Hagen that makes shaving soap cakes that are sold at Wally World. So, the next time I melted glycerin I made the usual soap bars and also filled up my shaving mug with it. This stuff worked great, smooth shave, close with no cuts or nicks. Another bright spot was the cooling feeling that I got from the peppermint.
The glycerin that I have been using is sold at Hobby Lobby and, when compared to the price of individual bars or cakes, is not very expensive at all. There is another variety on Amazon that I'm going to try when the Hobby Lobby stuff is gone just because it's cheaper. The initial outlay for this is a tiny bit pricey because of having to purchase the molds and a pitcher for melting the glycerin but it levels off and actually becomes a way to save money on supplies relatively quickly.
I have some other essential oils like Tea Tree and Lavender that I'm going to try in the future as well as some of the doTERRA or Young Living oils that are touted as immune boosters. If you try making your own and use some other types of oils post up and let me know the result.