Using a safety razor allows me to keep my shaving costs low yet get an excellent shave. I have extremely sensitive skin and even using a high quality razor, shaving gel, and shaving in the shower my skin is very irritated from shaving. On a post about saving money on shaving at another blog a couple of commenters recommended using shaving oil and mentioned that it lessened the irritation of their skin and left their face feeling soft. Based on that recommendation I decided to give it a try.
The cost of shaving oil is much more than shaving foam but I figured if it worked like the commenters said it would be worth the extra money. I don’t always choose the lowest cost option. I found a somewhat reasonably priced shaving oil that also had positive reviews and bought it. The price was still a little more than I would have liked, but I had lots of Amazon credit from Swagbucks so it didn’t cost me anything out of pocket.
I have been pleased with the performance of the shaving oil. My skin is less irritated after shaving and feels much softer. I initially used the shaving oil with shaving soap but when I ran out of soap I just used the oil and it worked fine by itself.
Even though I am happy with the shaving oil, I don’t like that it costs so much more than shaving foam,gel,or soap. Looking at my bottle of shaving oil I saw that it was made from a blend of olive oil, peppermint oil, sandalwood oil, and other oils. That made me think I could make my own shaving oil. A quick internet search revealed that plenty of people do make their own shaving oil. You just need the base oil, which for me is olive oil, and a few drops of essential oil.
What I have done is just add olive oil to the remaining oil in my shaving oil container. I will eventually need to get some essential oils but since you only need a few drops per ounce of the base oil it shouldn’t raise the cost of my shaving oil much. My cost of shaving was already very cheap and now it is even cheaper.