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Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream
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Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

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Shaving cream. It’s something I haven’t used in years and now when I think of it I am kind of appalled at the waste that goes into one tiny container that doesn’t even last very long.

Not only does shaving cream produce a lot of waste in the form of empty cans each year, have you ever checked the ingredients?! Here are the actual ingredients in a traditional shaving cream can:

Water/EAU, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Triethanolamine, Isopentane, Glyceryl Oleate, Stearic Acid, Fragrance, Isobutane, Sorbitol, Hydroxyethylcellouse, Panthenol, Peg-90m, Peg-23m, Bht, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Pvm/ma Copolymer, Red 33, Green 3

How many of those ingredients do you actually know? And to think we as a society have been putting this stuff on our bodies for years.

Because it’s been so many years since I’ve used traditional shaving cream I kind of wonder if anyone still uses it? Was I behind on the times and everyone moved on from shaving cream before I did? I’m assuming people must still use it since stores are still selling it so under that assumption I thought I would share some natural alternatives to shaving cream.

I have actually shared a couple of these methods in my post about things I no longer buy but I wanted them to have their own dedicated post because it’s really something I hope others come around to and we can stop the use of traditional shaving cream.

 

Five Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

 

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO SHAVING CREAM

 

NOTHING

So, I’ll admit right off the bat, I’m personally not on board with this. I get razor burn the minute I don’t use anything when shaving but I hear there are others who can pull this off. I say good for them and I wish I could be in that group.

For those of you like me, the rest of this post is for you.

 

Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

 

NORWEX BODY CLOTH

I’ve been using a Norwex body cloth as one of my main alternatives to shaving cream for two years now. I still don’t understand how it works but if you scrub in the shower with a Norwex body cloth before shaving you can shave without getting razor burn.

I don’t understand how it works I just know that it does!

The body cloths come in a pack of three and are initially more expensive than shaving cream but they aren’t something you need to continue buying so it doesn’t take long before it starts saving you money.

Because you don’t have any kind of container with the cloths or any chemicals going down the drain they are also a lot better for the environment than shaving cream is.

My last international trip was to Mexico and I took my Norwex cloth with me. It meant that there was one less liquid I had to deal with going through security because after our debacle coming home from South Africa where the airline lost our suitcase for good we refuse to check baggage and every liquid we don’t have to pack helps.

 

Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

 

OIL

For most people in most climates I think the body cloth would be a good year round alternative to shaving cream. For those of you that live in drier climates like myself or just have dry skin you may find you need something a little more moisturizing, especially in the colder/drier months.

My absolute favorite for this time of year has been oil.

I have used a number of different oils over the years including: almond oil, coconut oil and grapeseed oil.

If you are going to use coconut oil I would highly recommend using fractionated coconut oil which doesn’t solidify at room temperature, that way you will ensure you aren’t clogging your drains.

If you are used to shaving cream you’ll notice that oil doesn’t lather, but I promise your legs will feel so smooth afterwards and it doesn’t take long before you forget that once upon a time shaving cream lathered.

 

Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

 

SHEA BUTTER

We use shea butter on my son’s skin all the time since it is so moisturizing so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that it is a great shaving cream option.

Just like using oil, using shea butter for shaving cream leaves your legs moisturized and super smooth after shaving.

Because shea butter is a solid and on the more expensive end it is not a shaving cream option I use very often.

 

Natural Alternatives to Shaving Cream

 

HONEY

Put some honey in jar and add a little bit of water to thin it out and you’ve got another great option for shaving cream!

This one is last on the list because it can be a little messy and sticky so it’s not my go-to option but if I’m in a pinch it works.

Do you have any other shaving cream alternatives? I would love to hear them!

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