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Bad Razor Burn

sista sistaHave you ever had a case of bad razor burn? I’m guessing everyone has experienced it at one point or another. Well I have recently had not one, but two bad cases of razor burn and since I have no shame, I will tell you all about it.

The first dilemma happened when Pinterest told me to shave my legs with baby oil. That was a PIN SIN. Let me give you the back story. After my miscarriage, I was incredibly sore from the surgery which was basically a c-section. (C-section mommas, y’all know how those abs hurt when you move in the slightest.) So my sweet sister, Laura-Leigh, stayed with me for a couple days to lend a helping hand. When she asked what she could do for me, I humbly asked her if she could shave my legs. 😉 I told her we could comfortably remove my hair in the living room, and just use baby oil like Pinterest so kindly suggested.

baby oilThings were going smoothly, until about 10 minutes after she finished. My legs started BURNING LIKE CRAZY! Up until that point, I had never had razor burn so bad. Being the smart girl that I am, I thought that perhaps if I rubbed some Aloe Vera gel on my legs, the burning fire would subside, since that’s what you use for a sunburn, right?

OMG that just made it burn worse! Looking back on that “bright idea” I just hear these words. And I know you’re thinkin it too.

Ok so fast forward five months. Some friends of ours invited us to go to the pool with them one fine Saturday morning. About 20 minutes before we had to leave, I realized my legs needed a good shave. Aye yie yie. I already had my swim suit on and sunscreen on my face, so instead of hopping in the shower, I just sat down with my jar of whipped coconut oil and my razor and shaved away. That was my second Pin Sin.

No coconut oilAs soon as I got comfortable in my shallow patio chair and dipped my feet in the water, I was holding back some choice words. I looked down at my legs to see what was causing the burning sensation and I saw horrible razor burn AGAIN. Yup. I’m hearing my theme song on repeat.

I have learned two valuable lessons from Pinterest, and I’m here to share them with you.

1) Never shave with baby oil
2) Never shave with coconut oil

conditionerHave you ever heard the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? I feel that applies to me here because I know that my conditioner is a great lubricant for shaving, so why on earth would I deviate from that? Yes, conditioner. I learned that trick years ago, before Pinterest. I have been using this same bottle of conditioner for the past two years that I got for free at my church junk swap. And when it runs out, I will just fill up this handy pump bottle with some other conditioner because I like the convenience of the pump and that’s how I roll.

Have y’all shaved with the aforementioned oils? How did it work for you? Did I do something wrong? Not use enough? Have you had bad razor burn before? Please share below!

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  • Tammy June 19, 2013, 8:57 pm

    I have never shaved with baby oil or whipped coconut oil, and now that I’ve read about your lovely experiences, I won’t be trying either one. I have, however, used conditioner, and it does work great!

    • Janna June 19, 2013, 9:43 pm

      That’s right Tammy, just learn from my mistakes! 😉

  • Kristin June 19, 2013, 9:02 pm

    I get razor burn almost everytime i shave. The only thing i have found that can prevent is is exfoliating before hand. I rub my legs hard with a rough loofa. Ugh annoying!

    • Janna June 19, 2013, 9:43 pm

      Every time? Goodness gracious! I love to exfoliate with my loofa too, or with that DIY face scrub I posted about recently. It’s just coconut oil & corn meal. It feels heavenly.

  • Anna July 24, 2013, 3:18 am

    I’m going through your same exact experience with baby oil. what did you do to calm the burning/itchy sensation? I need help ASAP :((

    • Janna July 31, 2013, 9:27 pm

      Sorry Anna, there’s nothing I could do to solve the problem! If you found something that worked, please share!

    • Stephanie August 1, 2013, 11:36 pm

      Cortisone 10!! It worked overnight for me and really sped up the healing. I also rely on it for more itense breakouts of eczema. Definitely not natural but absolutely effective!

      • Janna August 3, 2013, 1:25 pm

        Good to know, thanks!

  • Stephanie July 30, 2013, 12:41 am

    Oh my… I am so glad I found your post! I really started to think I was losing it as the only person who got razor burn after using coconut oil. I shaved “dry” with coconut oil for the first time Saturday after putting on a dress for a picnic and realizing that my bear legs couldn’t exactly make an appearance in public… I don’t remember the last decision that I regretted so badly, but because so many people recommend it, I had convinced myself that surely that couldn’t be the problem, and I must be having some sort of freak allergic reaction or something. I took a shower tonight and sat in the tub scraping at my burning, itching legs with a washcloth with tears in my eyes. As someone who suffered with eczema ridden legs for 10 years through adolescence, rashy legs are somewhat traumatic… Needless to say, I will NEVER be trying oil to shave again and I wish more people knew about the risk of its failure :'(

    • Janna July 31, 2013, 9:25 pm

      Stephanie, thank you for your open, honest, and HILARIOUS comment. You had my husband and me cracking up!

  • Nina December 11, 2013, 11:43 pm

    Oh my goodness, THANK YOU!! I just googled “coconut oil gave me razor burn” because I was starting to think I was crazy.
    I have done this twice…the first time, I thought maybe I did something wrong…then I tried it again 2 nights ago and vowed NEVER to do it again!! I made the same mistake of putting aloe vera on it…..THE AGONY!
    Thank you for this post, I need to blog about my experience as well so others can learn from it. I will be shaving with my conditioner again…I had a bad coconut experience with my hair as well, lol! Maybe this natural oil is just not for me 🙂

    • Janna December 21, 2013, 10:11 pm

      Oh goodness I’m sorry you had to endure that! LOL! What happened when you put it in your hair? I have been contemplating doing the same thing…talk me out of it! 😉
      I truly do love coconut oil though. Use it as lotion, or mix with corn meal for a facial/exfoliation. You can even make your own deodorant out of it in conjunction with baking soda and corn starch. It’s good stuff! Just not for shaving…

  • MsBerr March 19, 2014, 11:53 pm

    It’s not shaving lubricant; it’s aftershave. You still should use soap and water with the razor. The coconut oil is soothing and healing after the fact. Dry shave is always a bad idea. Eek!

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