Friday, June 13, 2014

Baby Oil Gel as Shaving Cream: Does it Work?

I'd been seeing on Pinterest that shaving with baby oil, especially baby oil gel, is supposed to be a game-changer. Well I was intrigued enough to give it a go, and frankly, this does not work better than shaving cream (or conditioner, or just plain-old-soap). To find out why not, keep reading. 
First of all, the consistency of this is surprisingly solid. I know it's a gel, but it is thicker than shaving cream when it first comes out (before it gets foamy). And since I was expecting more oil than gel, this was sort of a mini, superficial letdown. To test it out the first time, I used this on one leg and shower gel on the other. 

The first actual letdown with this product is the nature of what it is. This is an oil, and as we know, oil and water do not mix. Therefore, the shaving process becomes a lot longer when using this product. The oil gel builds up in the razor, clogging it, and it cannot simply be rinsed off. I needed hot water with heavy pressure and soap to clean my razor out after every couple strokes. It took significantly longer (at least twice as long) to shave my leg using this product than the soap I used on the other. And when I did get the oil out of my razor, I had to make sure to wash it off of the floor of my tub (it didn't easily wash down the drain like other shower-product residue).  

The second letdown with this product is that the oil doesn't absorb into the skin. Rather, it just sits on top. I can't even tell you if it would absorb after a certain amount of time, because I only lasted four hours before needing to wipe it off my legs; I couldn't stand the shiny, greasiness any longer. And while my legs did feel conditioned, they did not feel any more moisturized than when I simply use lotion after shaving. 

The final letdown was that it did not provide me with a closer shave than the soap I used on my other leg. My hair grew back at the same rate on both legs. 

I mentioned that these were the results I found after the first time I tested it. I did try a second time using it on both legs, and found that points one and two remained the same (I'm sure three was also still the same, but I can't officially say that since I didn't have a control).

So overall, this product was just a giant letdown. I can't even use it as an aftershave-lotion replacement because it doesn't absorb. If you have tried this as a shaving gel and it works for you, please let me know how you use it. For now, I'll stick to my EOS shave cream.  

4 comments:

  1. I haven't tried it, and now I know not to bother, thanks :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I've been wondering about this (I've seen it all over pinterest too)--it's too bad it was such a disappointment but thanks for sharing =D Now I know it isn't all it's cracked up to be!

    http://hansenandheidelberg.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I was really rooting for it to work, but I'm glad to help!

      Delete