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Move over, shaving creams. There’s another option in town: coconut oil.
This highly hydrating oil can be a natural way to soothe skin and provide a slippery surface for shaving.
Keep reading to find out why coconut oil works as a shaving oil as well as how (and where) you can use it.
Coconut oil has many beneficial effects when applied to the skin. According to an article from
- acts as an antibacterial protector
- acting as an antioxidant
- reduce skin inflammation
- repair the skin barrier
Coconut oil contains a number of free fatty acids which make it very hydrating. Examples include lauric acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid.
Most studies related to the benefits of coconut oil on the skin use virgin coconut oil, according to an article by Dermatology time. This type of oil has not been chemically modified and no extracts have been added to it.
You can shave with pure coconut oil or mix it with other skin-friendly ingredients, like aloe vera, to create a more traditional creamy application.
Here are some ways to use coconut oil as a shaving cream:
- Apply a thin layer of pure coconut oil to a cleansed area of skin. Coconut oil can be thick at room temperature and may require rubbing between your hands or the application of steam from the shower to soften it.
- Let the coconut oil penetrate and soften the skin. You can also use coconut oil this way as a pre-shave treatment and apply another cream or soap on top of it.
- Rinse your razor frequently to prevent coconut oil from building up on it.
- Rinse your skin with lukewarm water or gently pat it dry with a soft, warm towel. If you removed extra hair while shaving, you can skip this step.
- You can apply extra coconut oil to your skin after shaving to keep the skin soft.
As a general rule, if you have fine hair, such as on your feet, the less shaving cream components you will need. Pure coconut oil generally works well on fine hair.
From your face to your pubic area to your legs, you can practically use coconut oil in just about any area as a shaving cream. Exceptions may be if you have particularly oily skin on your face.
If you have oily skin, you may find that coconut oil causes blemishes. This is not always the case as coconut oil also has anti-inflammatory properties against acne.
If you’re the do-it-yourself type, here are some recipes for making your own coconut oil shaving cream at home.
Shea Butter + Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
This combination of Lean & Co. is a great-smelling, highly hydrating shaving cream option. Instructions include:
- Mix 3 tbsp. coconut oil and 4 tbsp. of shea butter in a glass bowl.
- Heat a pot of water over low heat and place the bowl over the hot water. The water will create steam that will heat the ingredients, helping to melt them.
- Carefully remove the glass bowl from the heat once the mixture is completely melted, using a shield to avoid burning.
- Add a few drops of sweet almond oil.
- Place in your fridge and let the mixture harden.
- Remove the mixture from the refrigerator and use a mixer to whip the contents until it has a texture similar to icing.
- Store shaving cream in an airtight glass container. Use when you’re ready to shave.
Tropical Coconut Oil Shaving Cream
This shaving cream recipe from Bulk Apothecary combines aloe vera and coconut oil with your choice of essential oils for a tropical experience.
- Combine 1/4 cup aloe vera, 1/4 cup coconut oil, and 4 to 6 drops of an essential oil of your choice, such as peppermint or lavender.
- Store the mixture in an airtight plastic container.
- Apply a thin layer to desired area for shaving. Let it sit on the skin for a few minutes to start hydrating and melting into the skin.
If you find the mixture starting to harden between uses, try placing the container in your shower before applying. The steam will help liquefy it and make it easier to apply.
If you don’t like to make your own coconut oil shaving recipes, there are products on the market containing coconut oil that you can buy. These include:
- Coconut Mango Cremo Moisturizing Shave Cream. This shaving cream based on coconut oil is blended with aloe vera, calendula and papaya to soften the skin. Find it online.
- Kopari Organic Coconut Fondant. This 100% organic coconut oil can be used for dry shaving in addition to being used as a general moisturizer. Buy it online.
You can also buy virgin coconut oil at most health food stores and on line.
Some people may find coconut oil irritating to their skin. Coconut oil causes skin irritation in 3.0 to 7.2% people who use it.
Signs of coconut oil irritation include redness, itching, and mild swelling after application. You may want to try coconut oil on a small area of skin just to make sure it doesn’t irritate it before using it on a larger area.
Coconut oil can be a great alternative to over-the-counter shaving cream blends. This versatile beauty product can also hydrate and protect the skin.
A small percentage of people may be allergic to coconut oil. Apply coconut oil to a small area of your skin before you shave to make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin.