Sunday, November 10, 2013

D-Lish DIY Shave Cream

I wanna share something with you...... I think I am really addicted to coconut oil.  I seriously love this stuff!

I use coconut oil in my cooking, in my hair, to mix with some vitamins, in my bath scrubs, and this past summer I’ve started using it as shaving cream! I don’t know if that’s weird or just borderline brilliant (I am going with brilliant – I say if you can’t pump yourself up why would anyone else?) but either way, I thought it was finally time that I share it with you. BTW - not just for summer this is perfect all year long - even more so in the dry cold winter ahead.  Besides it makes you smell YUMMY!!!! 
Here’s what I love about coconut oil as a shaving cream:
   Coconut oil is safe for your body (and the environment). Our skin is our body’s largest organ and when we put chemicals (i.e. most commercial beauty products) on our skin, we’re putting these chemicals into our bodies. That scares me. It’s also nice to know that I’m not adding more chemicals into our water supply. 
   Coconut oil is affordable. I know some brands can get a little pricey, but when you compare the cost of a little coconut oil to commercial beauty products, you’re saving big bucks, trust me.
   Coconut oil doubles as a moisturizer. Thus, it saves time because you simply slather it on once and you’re ready to go!
   Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. This is especially helpful if you are prone to razor burn or are shaving delicate skin.
It smells amazing! Enough said..... So this how I use it to shave:

1. Shave at the end of your bath or shower. The warm water opens up the hair follicles, which means that you get the closest shave.
2. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs. If your coconut oil is solid, simply warm it up between your palms before applying to the skin. It’s usually easiest to apply the coconut oil to dry legs, but since I’m usually in the bath and mine are already wet, I usually apply it with my legs slightly damp.
3. Shave using a sharp razor. A sharp razor will allow you to get the closest shave and you’re less like to have razor burn because you won’t have to repeat areas. Rinse the blade in-between strokes, or wipe the blade on a damp washcloth to remove the used oil.
4. For extra-soft skin, exfoliate with a body scrub before shaving.  My DIY body scrubs are usually a mix of oil, salt or sugar, and other ingredients to add fragrance.
One thing I will warn you about though is that coconut oil can make the tub slippery! So be careful getting in or out of the tub/shower.  I usually keep a Scrubbing Bubbles handy and spray it down as soon as I exit. This means I won’t have extra cleanup to do later & I won’t have to worry about slipping the next time I get in.