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A while back Cool Tools mentioned this Total Shaving Solution oil as a great shaving lubricant, and you can see where you are shaving. A little bit later someone wrote in that they use olive oil (sixth entry) to the same effect. Do you know, does olive oil work well for shaving? Or would I end up drawing blood?

· comments [27] · 01-12-2007 · categories:beauty ·

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  • 1 Sarah // Jan 12, 2007 at 9:00 am

    I think that it would gunk up your razor. I use Kiss My Face shave creme. It has a pump and comes out like a lotion and you can see where you shave. It allows for a close shave and smells awesome.

  • 2 Someone who cares. // Jan 12, 2007 at 9:58 am

    I’m not sure about olive oil, but I use old hair conditioner I’m trying to get rid of. It works very well.

  • 3 Julie // Jan 12, 2007 at 10:42 am

    I have heard olive oil works nicely for shaving and conditions your skin while you’re at it. My top recommendation though is %100 aloe vera which also has antibacterial properties and is fab as a skin soother, no more nasty razor bumps!

  • 4 leslie // Jan 12, 2007 at 10:45 am

    My shaving technique has deteriorated significantly w/the arrival of each child, but I found something similar called Shave Secret that works beautifully–the packaging is similar, it’s dirt cheap and now I shave like a woman who has no small boys b&e the bathroom.

  • 5 Brandi // Jan 12, 2007 at 10:53 am

    I just use conditioner too.

  • 6 rebecca // Jan 12, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Two cream products that are really lovely are the shea butter shaving cream from L’Occitane (in the metal tube), or the men’s shaving cream from Lather. I also particularly like the light face cream from Lather (although not for shaving :) ).

    But all the products from Lather that I have used are lovely.

  • 7 stephanie // Jan 12, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    i use palmer’s cocoa butter oil to shave – that and a venus divine, and i’m set. and my skin slices easily!

  • 8 nazilam // Jan 12, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    I use the tj’s mango stuff. I don’t really care for it, but we have three tubes left, so its getting used.

    I do like khiel’s totally mahvelous shaving lotion as well and it comes in sample sizes perfect for a two or three day trip.

    I think the trick is changing your razor blade out often as well and exfoliating weekly.

  • 9 Ty // Jan 12, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    Bath and Body Works USED to carry a sea salt scrub that was made with sea salt and oil (not positive it was olive oil) and that stuff gave the closest shave I have EVER had. Your skin felt moisturized and baby smooth. Basically, you were exfoliating and then immediately adding oil to moisturize. I have recently started trying new products to get the same effect, but to no avail. None are quite as good. But the generally idea of using an exfoliant and then oil, such as olive oil is a huge improvement over regular products.

    It probably will gunk up your razor, but you can just tap it out. I have always found that to be a small price to pay for the kind of legs guys (and I!!) can’t stop touching! :)

    (just remember, if you use a sea salt, to exfoliate BEFORE shaving. exfoliating after shaving is, shall we say, like putting salt in a wound…)

  • 10 Peariso // Jan 12, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Oil away! I have a jar with olive oil in the washroom for this. Yes, it does gunk up the razor but a quick rinse under REALLY hot water and that is gone.

    Also if you put a little sea salt in the palm of your hand and olive oil you can use that as an exfoliant. Works great and is cheap too!

  • 11 Amy Lu // Jan 12, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I use Aveda’s Shampure. It’s our shampoo, so I buy it in the liter size. A little bit goes a long way, I don’t usually get any cuts (I blame dull razors for that), and my sensitive skin doesn’t react to it. I think it works great.

    My hubby uses Crabtree & Evelyn’s mug and brush for shaving. It uses a lather bar at the bottom (I have to describe it because I have no idea what it’s called) and it gives him a great close shave. I don’t borrow because it smells quite manly. I like it on him though!

  • 12 nat // Jan 12, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    The Ancient Romans cleaned themselves with olive oil. plus, lots of soaps are now made with it, so it should work just fine. I think i will try it.

  • 13 Shannon // Jan 12, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    ermmm….I just soap. Dove soap…but I haven’t cut myself in 5 years or so. But I attribute everything to my Mach 3. It’s perfect and I’ll never give it up.

  • 14 Maggie Mason // Jan 12, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    Another vote for conditioner. Leaves your legs soft, you can see where you’ve been, and no extra bottles in the shower.

  • 15 angela // Jan 12, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    I use conditioner also! I might try the oil though :)

    Love your website btw!!! It is one of my favorites.

  • 16 Emira // Jan 12, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    More votes for both the Kiss My Face (comes in Key Lime, yummy!) and conditioner. My sweetie’s a hairdresser so we always have more shampoo/conditioner than we know what to do with anyway.

  • 17 Nia // Jan 13, 2007 at 1:49 am

    I just use my shower soap. If I have to shave outside of the shower, I wet my legs with water and rub on my everyday lotion then shave, and rub any extra off with a hot washcloth. The lotion does gunk up the razor. The greeks use olive oil for everything hair, skin, cooking. Sesame oil is nice too.

  • 18 andi // Jan 13, 2007 at 3:44 am

    My husband recently brought home some shaving oil and I tried it and it was good. But it’s expensive so I tried baby oil on my legs and I love, love, love the result. My legs used to get really dry and flaky from shaving but not anymore. I use a Venus divine shaver and it doesn’t seem to clog it at all. I’m sold. No more shaving foam for me. Will try the sea salt idea also.

  • 19 Michelle // Jan 13, 2007 at 6:58 am

    When I’m not feeling too lazy, I exfoliate first…with a little dab of cheapie freeman’s foot scrub (I like iced teaberry and mint). Then, I use whatever shaving cream is on sale at Target. Very smooth.

  • 20 vdoprincess // Jan 13, 2007 at 7:23 am

    According to my sister, olive oil provides a lovely shave but it does gunk up the razor. I’m not sure why I haven’t tried it yet, but I do know that it’s done wonders for my face since I started using it as moisturizer.

  • 21 Mandi // Jan 14, 2007 at 9:52 am

    I’ve done spa wax, home wax, Nair (ick), soap lather + regular razor . . . just about every permutation you can think of. My present favorite method is tops, and cheap:

    – Warm bath

    – Quattro razor with fresh blade.

    – Trader Joe’s grapefruit scrubbing salt (cheap, about $6 for a good size tub – is basically almond oil + salt. They also sell a sugar scrub for the same price, but I don’t put sugar that near my nethers)

    – Moderately stiff brush, such as on a nail brush.

    Soak a few minutes to soften hairs, and get rid of hair-hiding chills. Scrub up legs (as high as you want to shave, or higher!) with the salt scrub. Allow salty leg to relax back into water while you scrub up the other one. The exfoliating really exposes the hairs, I feel you get a MUCH closer shave. Ditto the waiting-until-the-goosebumps-fade thing.

    With salt rinsed, shave slowly and methodically. Plop leg back in water and do the other one.

    Go over leg with brush in circles, as much as you can stand. The oil makes this less rough than it sounds, and it is REALLY good for your skin. Well, mine anyway :-D!

    Rinse razor well, and shave again.

    I usually let the water out and shower as usual at this point. By the time you’ve toweled off, you won’t be the least bit greasy from the oil – just very soft and moisturized.

    Best of all, I find that this shave lasts DAYS longer than a basic shave, so I don’t mind that it takes an extra few minutes up front.

  • 22 m // Jan 14, 2007 at 11:33 am

    Alba Cream Shave. My entire extended family, guys and girls, have switched over, it’s the best. Don’t get the TJ’s stuff that looks the same, it’s not. Also, I find that shaving every single day makes a huge difference, I never get red bumps anymore.

  • 23 miranda // Jan 15, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I like the Quattro razor (have also used Venus and Intuition, but Quattro is the best) and a follow-up with antibacterial soap. I use whatever gentle shaving gel happens to be around. It doesn’t matter that much, as long as it’s slick. (Aveeno is nice if you tend to get shave bumps.)

    A few notes on some comments above: aloe vera gel is not, generally, a great lubricant for shaving, because it’s not very… well… lubricating. The whole point is to use something that helps the razor glide over the leg, so it should be more emollient than straight aloe. Olive oil would be better. Vegetable oil would probably be fine too. Neutrogena body oil. etc.

    The other thing is, as far as the salt scrub went… you can get stuff like that many places, and you can also get sugar scrubs that do the same thing without the sting. But it’s the oil that makes it good for a pre-shave. It’s not necessary to exfoliate any area you plan to shave, because the shaving exfoliates the area anyway (meaning: some people who do this will just get raw legs – you WANT to have a layer of older skin when you shave).

    I suspect that the supposed “closer shave” after exfoliation is because the rubbing (stimulation) caused the skin to tighten and thus the hairs to stand up. Men use lotions prior to shaving to accomplish the same effect.

  • 24 leahpeah // Jan 17, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    olive oil is really nice on legs as well as baby oil. both clog the razor a bit but warm to hot water clears it out in seconds and it’s not really an issue. but left over conditioner works great, too and it’s handy since i always seem to have two left over bottles with about 2 inches in them after the matching shampoo is gone.

  • 25 Heidi // Jan 17, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    Olive oil works great for lots of things. I use it mixed with a little sugar for a natural exfolient. I also dab a little on my face at night (after I’ve washed it) as a moisturizer in the winter when I get dry skin.

  • 26 Katie // Jan 18, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Reading comment #9 by Ty about the Bath & Body Works salt scrub, I realized I have a tub of it in my bathroom. I had stopped using it because it left a nice soapy taste on my skin, making my face nice to touch but not so nice to kiss. Anyway, I tried it on the ol’ legs and I’m happy to report that my skin is still smooth & close-shaven two days later. I may be a new devotee of oil shaving.

  • 27 Sandy Thibodeaux // Jul 4, 2007 at 6:42 am

    I use sugar and olive oil as a scrub for the face once a week works really good. (task good to)

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