What Do You Use to Shave?
Here, I’ll go first: I use simple bar soap from Leap Organics, coconut oil, Soapwalla body oil, or whatever is left on my hands after I apply conditioner. We are of the mind that for girls shaving their legs especially—guys, we get that you might not want to put conditioner on your mugs—shaving cream is one of many things you think you need to buy, but don’t.
When I have bothered to buy an actual product, I’ve tried Weleda’s in the past, and loved it, and just called in some oil from Portland General Store, which our trusty boy tester will try for us soon.
For a refresher on why traditional shaving cream is among the worst products you could be subjecting your skin to, let’s revisit this post we wrote, about the six dangerous products men use every day. About shaving cream…
Besides the propellants and butane in many shaving creams, there is also diazolidinyl urea, which is a formaldehyde releaser, triethanolamine, which is often contaminated with carcinogenic nitrosamines, parabens, which are weak estrogen mimickers, and synthetic fragrance.
Instead, we recommend using organic oils, such as olive or coconut, if you can get past the whole oil-on-face thing. For a store-bought option, try Dr. Bronner’s Organic Shave Gel, which is 100 percent free of synthetics. If you break out, get the one with tea tree oil. Weleda also has a nice one.
Okydoke. Your turn! What do you use to shave your face, legs, nethers, pits, what have you?