By Nina, Contributing Writer
I remember begging my mom to let me shave my legs. I was in the 6th grade and felt embarrassed whenever I wore shorts around my friends. They always had silky-smooth legs, a stark contrast to my hairy ones, which were ever-so-noticable thanks to the dark hair caused by my Latina genes.
My mom told me no, saying that I would just scar up my legs if I did. My 6th-grade response? “I don’t care! I can’t wait to scar up my legs because they won’t be hairy anymore!” I never should have said that, because scar my legs I did.
When she finally gave in (I’m a little … persistent), she let me figure it out on my own. It didn’t take long before I realized that I would need shaving cream and some kind of lotion/aftershave to prevent the horrendous razor burn and the pain from having too-dry skin. I also learned that dull razors = lots of cuts and that sharp razors = not as many cuts (I’m accident-prone).
Since then, I’ve learned that a lot of my skin issues were actually caused by food intolerances. Since addressing those, shaving my legs is more pain-in-the-rear than painful.
Now, when I shave, I use bar soap (I made a healing herbal castile soap that feels wonderful) for lather. My legs no longer burn afterward and my skin just feels a little dry. Really, if I didn’t want to, I don’t think I’d need to apply any kind of aftershave moisturizer.
But then I wouldn’t get to use this whipped aftershave balm, so I just go ahead and tell myself that I still need a little something to moisturize my legs after shaving.
This beautiful aftershave blend soothes and moisturizes post-shave skin by combining shea butter and coconut oil. Separately, these two ingredients are very moisturizing and the shea butter makes your skin feel very soft. Together, they make a delightful moisturizing balm that soaks into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. The essential oils add a lovely non-skin-irritating scent.
- 1⁄8 c coconut oil, softened (It will lump up if it’s too cold)
- 2⁄3 c shea butter, softened
- 12 drops of orange essential oil (even more if you want a really strong scent).
- 8 drops of lavender essential oil
Whip by hand or in a stand mixer to a delicious consistency. Seriously, it will look like frosting. Don’t eat it. You need to save some to put on your face/legs. Store in a jar in a cool place. Let me emphasize cool here, as it will melt but looks just like butter when solid.
To apply, start by scooping out a small amount and let it warm a little in your hand. A little bit goes a long way, so experiment with how much you need.
What are your shaving must-haves?