It’s been some time since we had an embarrassing admission from MNM, so here’s one for you: I hate shaving my legs. I will use any trick to get out of shaving. Rolled-up pants on a hot summer day, the just-below-shorts-line shave, or the “no one sees tiny blonde hairs anyway” argument.
Naturally, the recent cooling snap we’ve had in Maryland has got me pretty excited. The dropping temperatures are harbingers of pants season – or, as I like to call it, “no-shave season.” I consider the colder months a one-way ticket to ride on the “Just Forget About Shaving, Because No One Sees Your Legs When You’re Wearing Pants Anyway” train.
I can’t tell you exactly why I hate shaving. Maybe it’s because it’s time-consuming or because I always end up cutting myself or because I usually use nothing more than bar soap and a single-blade disposable razor. I have rarely used shaving cream in the past, but all that is about to change. I recently adapted this recipe from one I found at “Wellness Mama”:
- 1/4 cup Natural Aloe Vera Gel
- 1/4 cup Liquid Castille Soap
- 1 TBSP Grapeseed Oil
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 20 drops Vitamin E
- Mix ingredients together in a foaming handsoap container; shake well. Shake before use.
This recipe won’t foam like real shaving cream, but sometimes I think those commercial foamers go overboard. They create this armor of froth so impermeable I feel like one of my stuffed animals vomited on my legs. I want to shave, not insulate my legs against a Canadian winter. So how did my brew work?
First leg: One pump; dab to spread. It came out perfectly, like soap suds. Not wanting it to disappear beneath my fingers, I didn’t lather, but dabbed, which resulted in thin patches of bubbles on my leg. Shaving was anticlimactic.
Second leg: Two pumps; lather well. W-O-W. Amazing results! Lathering created a substantial sudsy coating that covered my leg well. I shaved the whole bottom half of my second leg, then, realizing I still had untapped foam resources on my hands, I did something I haven’t done in over two weeks: I shaved my knees! Shaving was fun!
What’s more, I can personally guarantee, ladies, that this shaving cream will last at least a year! (Disclaimer: These figures based on shaving your legs only four times a month just six months of the year.)