one of my guy friends always got some sort of razor bumps when he shaved. naturally, i felt the need to help him with a little hippie magic 😉
this is great for both guys and gals, and all your need-to-be-shaved parts.
this is a 3-step process, but it’s so worth it! and it’ll make your skin/his skin smooth as a baby’s butt!
what can you use this for:
- any areas you get razor bumps
- post-shaving moisturizer
- salt (finely ground)
- emu oil
- coconut oil
- witch hazel (alcohol-free)
- EOs – optional, to make it smell more “manly” or more “feminine” (but use very little!). you can use certain EOs for certain purposes as well (for example, tea tree oil for breakouts, and lavender for antibacterial/antifungal goodness)
* pre-shave exfoliant – mix 3 parts fine salt with 1 part coconut oil (however much you need to cover the area you’ll need it for). the salt acts as an exfoliant, helping to reduce ingrown hairs and razor bumps, and the coconut oil soothes, heals, and moisturizes skin, while providing some antibacterial action for the razor bumps.
* shaving oil – plain ol’ emu oil. it soothes and heals skin with its abundance of vitamin e and fatty acids. it helps with scarring, redness, and inflammation. and of course, it moisturizes.
* post-shaving moisturizer and healer – mix 2 parts aloe to 1 part witch hazel. dab over areas prone to razor bumps. these 2 ingredients will heal your skin and reduce irritation.
STEP 1 : before you shave
- apply exfoliant to damp skin and rub in circular motions for 2 minutes. don’t press down on your skin too firmly
- gently wipe off with a warm, wet washcloth until it’s completely rinsed off
STEP 2 : for shaving
- apply emu oil to damp skin and rub in circular motions for 30 seconds
- shave as normal
- wipe excess oil (if any) off with a warm, wet washcloth
STEP 3 : after you shave
- dab moisturizer/healer mix onto the freshly shaved area/s with a cotton ball.
- allow to air dry
- this can be used 1 to 3 times a day, as needed.
DONE! so easy and effective!
last note – if you’re using razors, make sure that they are sharp and clean. you don’t want any jagged or dull blades. those will cause hairs to not be properly shaved, and can push them back into the skin, causing more razor bumps and ingrown hairs!
what do you think? are you gonna try it for yourself or make some for the men in your life? 🙂
2021 edit: i no longer subscribe to or support the “all-natural” label. more here.
welcome back to SKIN WEEK – day 4!
many of you have asked about what i do for shaving. well, it’s time to share the knowledge 🙂
let’s be honest – having to shave SUCKS. it takes so long… you can cut yourself… you can get ingrown hairs… you have to keep re-shaving… BLEGH.
but what’s one way to make it suck less? use all-natural shaving creams/lotions/oils! think of it this way – you’re running sharp blades all over your body. so do you really want chemicals seeping in? absolutely not!
so check these out –
- organic, unrefined coconut oil – you don’t need to “make” anything with this. just apply it plain, shave, and enjoy your silky smoothness! you can always mix some EOs in, too!
- medium to heavy carrier oil – again, not really “making” anything, but it’ll work wonders. try sweet almond oil, sesame oil (which is the best oil for oil pulling, too! double whammy!), or apricot kernel oil. and again, you can add EOs.
- ‘coconut cream’ – my personal combo/made up name! combine 1 part coconut oil, 1 part medium/heavy carrier oil, and a few drops of the EOs of your choice. whip up with hand mixer/stand mixer, and store.
- coconut shaving lotion – mix 1 part organic shampoo, 1 part organic conditioner, and 1/3 part coconut oil. (note- if you choose to use liquid castile soap, dilute to 1/2 part soap, then 1 part conditioner & 1/3 part CO.). whip up and store.
** to clean your razors – every time you shave, rinse with hot water, and lightly brush front & back of razor blades with a soft toothbrush. no more goop; no more dull blades!
i personally either use plain coconut oil (rubbed on before my shower), dr bronner’s leave-in style cream, and my coconut cream. none of them are irritating, nor will they leave your freshly shaven parts in need of moisture. AND they’re completely organic! double score! (and backstory- i originally bought the DB leave-in cream for my hair, but it was just too much for it. i didn’t want to throw it away, so i thought “ehh, it’s just organic cream… let’s try this on my leggies!” and the rest is history!
and honestly everyone, there’s no reason to buy shaving lotion. you can make it so much cheaper and completely customize it to fit what you need/want 🙂
>> if you want to SHAVE LESS, check out my super easy, super yummy, coconut brown sugar body scrub! it’s heavenly!
what will YOU try? what do you currently use??