What do shaving cream and sugar have in common? More than you might think! Growing up, I thought my friends who didn't use shaving cream were strange. Why would you pass up the opportunity to spread some sweet, frothy stuff all over yourself? I realize now that they were better off than I was, since conventional shaving creams and shaving gels are generally nothing more than a can full of artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, propellants, preservatives, and other concerning ingredients that are (in my opinion) entirely unnecessary. Add in the fact that you're opening your pores with warm water and the mere act of shaving all while in a (likely) steamy, poorly-ventilated bathroom, and you're even more vulnerable to any of the toxic ingredients you might be using.
After saying goodbye to shaving cream, I used the soap lather from my favorite shampoo and body bar to shave with, but I found that my skin would sometimes burn and that the lather didn't last very long. And then I rediscovered some homemade sugar scrub I'd forgotten about, used it one day in the bath, and realized that it was an AMAZING alternative to conventional shaving cream and shaving gel! The sugar exfoliates your skin before shaving, removing dead skin cells and ultimately allowing you to get a closer shave. Once the sugar is rinsed away, a layer of lubricating oil remains, making it even better than shaving cream! Please be aware that this can make the tub slippery so be careful when using it. I'd also be careful using glass to store your sugar scrub!
Here's How It Works
- Whip up a homemade (oil-based) sugar scrub. It's super easy! Here's a link to one of my favorite recipes. If you don't have essential oils on hand, the scrub smells great without any, or simply add a little vanilla extract, which you probably already have in your kitchen.
- In the bath or shower, gently cover the area to be shaved with the sugar scrub and massage just enough to coat your skin and exfoliate. Don't scrub; sugar is more abrasive that you might think!
- Gently rinse the sugar away with warm water, leaving the oil from the sugar scrub behind. If you feel your skin, it will be super soft and covered with a thin layer of oil.
- Shave as usual, making sure you've properly lubricated the area you intend to shave.
- You might find that you need to rinse your razor a little more frequently than usual when using this method. Again, this will make things slippery so be VERY CAREFUL! Do you get the impression that I almost slipped and hurt myself doing this once? I mean, why would you think that? ;)
- Wash the oil off with whatever you generally use to wash yourself. I use this on a fresh washcloth!
- Enjoy softer, smoother legs (and other places you shave?!) with your non-toxic solution :D