Are you a shaver? Or are you a waxer? Or something else entirely?
I’ve not really ever been a “shaver”, I have always been a waxer. This was due to being lucky enough to have a mum who was a beautician and did my waxing for me through my teenage years. And after leaving home, it just stuck, and I continued waxing. (And just quietly, it was also, because I’d end up with a 5 o’clock shadow on my legs and stubble by mid afternoon, and as a teen I HAAAATED it)
But since having two small boys under 3, trying to find time and opportunity to go out to a salon to have a lovely primp and preen or EVEN just doing it at home, has become more than difficult. Additionally, I just got myself a nifty little IPL unit, that I’m hoping will remove this issue altogether, and as a result I never ever have to shave my legs and bits again. Woohoo.
Anywayyyy, I’ve never quite understood using soap for shaving. Shaving is incredibly drying and irritating to the skin, so why use a soap to shave with? And shaving creams…..a veritable list of who-knows-what.
Two/Three of the worst culprits regularly used in shaving creams and foams are:
Triethanolamine, better known as TEA. This is an emulsifying agent which means it helps keep the oil and water from separating. It’s also a very controversial ingredient in the cosmetic industry because not only is it a skin irritant, but many formulas containing TEA are found to be contaminated with nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer.
Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES) are two more very controversial skincare ingredients. Although these make a great lather, they also have a number of health implications. Lauryl mimics oestrogen, which is especially problematic for women, and laureth often hosts a known carcinogen called dioxane.
And slathering those ingredietns all over my skin? And then shaving? Which opens you up for greater penetration of the ingredients? No thankyou, please, very much. And no matter how ‘pretty’ they make those bottles of creams, foams and soaps…..they’ve
all most of them have still got some ‘pretty’ nasty chemicals in them.
Funny enough, it was purely accidental, that I discovered using oil for shaving instead of soap or commercial creams. I was using one of my DIY Summer Sugar Scrubs (yummo) and needed a shave….as you do.
So I had myself a little leg shaving event with oil.
And the oil from the scrub was amazing. An excellent lubricant. Moisturising. And if you made a mix of some lovely oils…Healing as well.
Here’s what I found to be awesome about using oil to shave:
- It didn’t wash away, so no more razor burn.
- A closer shave. As a result of not having to be quick or scared if the soap or cream washed away, I was able to get a great close shave.
- Legs didn’t feel itchy or burn-y…wait, is that even a word?…after shaving.
- My legs were beautifully moisturised.
So, this is what I whipped up together as a gorgeous moisturising, healing, lubricating shaving oil. So while I’m trying to eliminate the need for shaving entirely, in the meantime, I am totally converted to using DIY Shaving Oil. I love it.
I hope you love it too.
1 cup any liquid oil you like. (Or if you want to use Coconut oil for its anti- properties, use 1/2 and 1/2 with another carrier oil.)
2 T Neem Oil
2 T Calendula Oil
1 Capsule Vitamin E oil
CAUTION: One word of caution does need to be given here, if I may. If you are shaving in the shower…..PLEASE be careful of slippery shower base, with the oil on it. I used a spray bottle, so I had less oil overspray on the shower base (a hot tip for you), but if you just rub it on, just be careful you don’t slip over.