I have a love/hate relationship with Winter. I hate how COLD and DRYING it is….but I kinda like how I get to wear long sleeves, long pants and puffy coats that hide a “multitude of sins”. lol. When the weather starts to warm up…I always feel a little exposed those first few times showing off any part of my legs that have been in hibernation all winter! Talk about neglected! :-)
So I decided it might be time to give the gams some lovin’ and while I have nothing against using good old soap or body wash to shave with…I must admit a nice moisturizing shave cream is nice! My daughter and I have used Skintimate (off and on) for years! Actually, I don’t think she knows any other way to shave! (Of course she needs all the help she can get in that department because she is a chronic “nicker”! Love you Britta!) But I digress.
When one is shaving ones legs (or face for that matter) it’s very nice to have some extra moisturizing and lubrication going on, otherwise your legs can end up feeling a bit alligator-like and there’s a much higher likelihood of the dreaded nicks!
Well, have I got a treat for you! (and Me! And Britta!) Jess at A New Leaf figured out how to make her own version of “Skintimate” Shave Cream that both her AND her hubby use. (Now, getting the hubster to use this stuff is going to be CHALLENGE! He has been using the same stuff for as long as I have known him! But I got him hooked on the body wash….so it could happen!)
I really liked the idea and decided to tweak it just a bit for my taste (not literally for TASTING…you know what I mean.) The original recipe called for “hand cream” and I could think of no BETTER hand cream than my Simple Moisturizing Lotion. :-) So I used that…and then instead of baby oil…I used….wait for it…..COCONUT OIL! Because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE coconut oil and how it makes my skin feel. So needless to say, I LOVE this shave cream!
First of all, between the coconut shampoo, coconut conditioner, coconut oil and my homemade lotion….it SMELLS DIVINE! And even after attacking my legs with a razor tonight, my legs feel so soft and smooth and happy! Oh but the smell! I am loving that.
So, if you have some “work” to do on your legs before they see the summer sun…give this easy shave cream a try! And don’t be afraid to try different ingredients, etc! This is one of those very “forgiving” concoctions. Just be sure and share! :-)
Homemade Shave Cream (for Women or Men)
1 cup shampoo (I used Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Shampoo)
1 cup conditioner (again…Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut Conditioner )
5 Tablespoons lotion or cream
5 Tablespoons coconut oil (warmed in the microwave for about 15 seconds)
Because I wasn’t sure how I was going to like this…I decided to make HALF a batch. (So I basically cut in half each ingredient listed above.) But now that I know how much I LOVE it…I will definitely make a whole batch next time. However, this size batch fit PERFECTLY into this pump bottle I got at Walmart awhile ago. I’m not sure how big it is…I’m guessing 12 ounces? If I can convince the hubster to try it and he LIKES it…I foresee having to make more very soon.
*******As you can see by this last picture…this is a fairly thin consistency, which doesn’t bother me in the least. If you are looking for something thicker you could try adjusting the ratio of ingredients. Let us know. :-)