I have to begin this post by stating that I feel SO lucky to have such a talented daughter and daughter-in-law working with me. My daughter-in-law Kaitlyn has been my assistant for almost 2 years now and my daughter Britta started working for me a year ago in May (right after graduating from college.) They are my go-to gals and I can’t imagine doing this blog without them now! Especially now that they have started helping me with blog posts. After more than 2 1/2 years of posting 7 days a week, I was perilously close to burnout. All that has changed since Kaitlyn and Britta have stepped up to the plate. So my heartfelt thanks to THEM, and to YOU too for welcoming them to the OGT family. :-)
Today’s post is an awesome DIY skin care product brought to you by Britta, who I appear to be rubbing off on….or is it the other way around? :-)
My husband Neil has ridiculously sensitive skin. This is just the plain and simple truth. His skin is sensitive to the point that he would just avoid shaving his face altogether if he could help it. That was the case until a year or so ago, when we stopped into a specialty shaving store at the mall. We left with their shaving “starter kit” that included a pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and an after-shave balm. This routine improved Neil’s shaving experience immensely, and all was well.
Then a few months ago, Neil mentioned to me that he was low on pre-shave oil and that he would need to get some more. After looking into it, he found out that a 2 oz bottle of the pre-shave oil from the specialty shaving store was going to set him back a whopping $25. This did not sit well with me, so I assured him that I could find a better alternative. Fortunately, the alternative that I did find was not only dirt cheap, but also incredibly easy to make.
DIY Pre-Shave Oil
formula adapted from Adorned from Above
In a 4 oz bottle, combine:
- 2 parts castor oil
- 1 part olive oil
- 15+ drops essential oil of your choice
To use: rub a small amount onto the area to be shaved before you get into the shower (or before you shave at the sink), let sit for a minute, then shave away!
Castor oil is very soothing and lubricating to the skin because it is rich in fatty acids. Olive oil is also lubricating and moisturizing. Toss a skin-nourishing essential oil into the mix, and you’re good to go! Neil requested Sandalwood because he likes how it smells, but it is also very calming for skin and can aid in preventing razor burn and irritation. Other skin-friendly oils you could use include lavender, geranium, and patchouli.
So there you have it! It is seriously that easy, and it is seriously that awesome.
This pre-shave oil isn’t just for guys either! I’ve personally used this before shaving my legs, and let me tell you, it is like night and day compared to my regular shaving routine. My legs feel so soft afterwards, and it definitely helps avoid the nicks and cuts I normally get (I’m just clumsy like that). I hope you enjoy this pre-shave oil as much as I do!
(It is my personal opinion that high-quality castor oil is perfectly safe to apply topically. If you didn’t want to use castor oil for whatever reason, feel free to substitute another oil like avocado or jojoba.)