How to Shave With Conditioner or Soap

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Adventures in Shaving

In high school, a friend told a group of girls that she had heard that you could shave your legs with hair conditioner. And I tried it with my mom's expensive conditioner! she said. And it worked! It might have to be the expensive kind, though.

WEIRD! we all said, and continued buying strawberry-scented pink foam shaving cream at CVS.

You CAN Shave with Conditioner!

Fast forward to the present, and I found that it's true. You really can shave with conditioner! One morning, stranded in the shower with no shave gel, I skeptically reached for the conditioner. I don't know why I was so weirded out by the idea back in high school, because.... conditioner is exactly like shaving cream!

I don't think I'll ever go back to buying shaving cream or gel again, because using conditioner is so darn convenient. You don't have to remember to buy two separate bottles (which I never remembered to do), conditioner works as well or better than shaving cream, and the ingredients are basically the same as well. All those methyl-exyl-hydroxy-blah blahs.... I can't tell the difference between them!

Using conditioner instead of shaving gel is also a pretty budget-friendly idea. I like to use nice-ish conditioner on my hair, but on my legs? $.98 Suave works just fine. If you are a couponer, you can also use coupons to get some conditioner at a great price.

Is conditioner exactly the same as shave gel, though? Check out the table below to compare the ingredients in Alba Botanica Volumizing Conditioner and Coconut Lime Shave Gel.

Ingredient Comparison of "Natural" Conditioner and Shave Gel

Alba Botanica Volumizing Conditioner
Alba Botanica Coconut Lime Cream Shave
Aqueous extracts of ananas sativus (pineapple), carica papaya (papaya) and zingiber zerumbet (awapuhi)
Aqua (Water)
Certified organic aloe barbadensis
Glycerin
Cetearyl alcohol
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride
Ceteareth-20
Carbomer
Stearamidopropyl dimethyl amine
Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil,
Certified organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil
Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil
Dimethicone
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Citric acid
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5)
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
Soy protein
Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Vegetable glycerin
Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract
Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil
Potassium Hydroxide
Macademia ternifolia and aleurites molucca (kukui) nut oils
Tocopheryl Acetate
Carica papaya (papaya) oil
Alcohol
Ethylhexylglycerin
Benzyl Alcohol
Behentrimonium methosulfate
Limonene
Amodimethicone
Caprylyl Glycol,
Sodium benzoate
Ethylhexylglycerin
Botanical fragrance
Phenoxyethanol
 
Flavor (note: flavor? for what purpose?)
 
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil
 
Fragrance
The ingredients in both the conditioner and shave gel are bewildering... who can tell the difference?

Are Conditioner and Shave Gel the Same?

As you can see from the table above, even an expensive, "natural" product from a company like Alba contains a whole lot of unpronounceable chemical ingredients. I don't know what any of them are, so I can't say for sure the different methyls and cetyls really make conditioner and shave gel different, or if they are basically the same thing. One thing is for sure - the presence of organic flower oils and nut oils sure doesn't mean that a product is natural in the slightest

The Ultimate Frugal Shaving Cream

Of course, plain old soap works very well as a shaving cream. It's not quite as silky as conditioner, and it tends to dry out the skin more than something creamier. If, however, you are a true budgeter, soap just may be the way to go.

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ninacrimaldi 5 years ago

Interesting, i normally use bar soap if i do not have shaving cream. Maybe i will try conditioner next time.


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Simone Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

You know... I've been too lazy to buy shaving gel... heheheh... but maybe I'll give conditioner a try! I mean, I *have* it already, so why not!

Thanks for bringing this up!


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emurph87 5 years ago from Chautauqua County, NY

The only problem with using conditioner to shave is that it can clog your razor. Make sure you rinse the hell out of it or it'll dull the blades.


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KellyPittman 5 years ago from Walker, LA

I have been doing this for years! I love it this article and I am going to share it!


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hazelbrown 5 years ago from Central PA Author

Yep, you have to rinse your razor a LOT! Thanks for pointing that out. I use soap, too - it seems to work just fine also. It's nice to know you don't have to go out of your way to buy shaving gel!


Joseph Mitchell 5 years ago

I discovered something like this years ago. I may have tried conditioner. I tried vaseline intensive care lotion before. I no longer use shave cream. I use Alberto VO5 Volume shampoo to shave with, it cleans and has grease cutter in it. I am a man, by the way. Actually, I have been known to shave me legs, and everything else as well. And no, I am not gay or bi. A good while back I quit using shave cream, and just used Alberto VO5 Volume shampoo, it is just easier all around.


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hazelbrown 5 years ago from Central PA Author

VO5 shampoo, eh? Looks like we can use anything! Kinda makes you wonder what else we don't need to buy!


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samantha stacia 5 years ago from Arizona

I have been doing this for about 3 years now and my legs are as smooth as ever with conditioner, it helps too when you get a hold of a conditioner you particularly don't like so it doesn't go to waste and also justifies buying in bulk for it.

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ross 4 years ago

have you tried baby oil - that's even better. i'm a bloke and the wet shavers of this world are split into three: gel, oil and foam. oil is best.


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

Interesting hub Hazelbrown, I have been using soap, so will try conditioner as it may be kinder to the skin.


ali 3 years ago

so nice article

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