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Shaving With Olive Oil, The Perfect Shaving Cream?

Updated on May 19, 2013

Can Olive Oil Be A Good Shaving Alternative?

Believe it or not, shaving with olive oil is more than a legitimate alternative to other shaving methods, some even say it's the best shaving solution out there!

The truth is we've gotten very used to shaving creams and foams from an extremely young age, watching our dads shave in front of the mirror with their faces completely covered, we quickly began to associate this as a rite of passage to manhood.

It is no wonder then that we never ask ourselves, how healthy is this for my skin anyway?

Our skin after all absorbs many of the ingredients being applied to it, it is only natural to pay attention to what it absorbs.

You might be wondering "is olive oil as effecive?" well, I personally found out that In just a week of using olive oil for shaving I achieved a closer shave, encountered less razor burns and ingrown hairs, and most importantly, my skin felt completely rejuvenated because I stopped damaging it by using products filled with toxic chemicals!

Thanks to ConanTheLibrarian for the image.

Benefits Of Shaving With Olive Oil

- It's a natural lubricant that leaves your skin moist throughout the shave and after, unlike other methods of shaving that intentionally dry out your skin and force you to use an expensive after shave (by the same brand hopefully). Using olive oil after you finish shaving will send the aftershave to early retirement as well, and leave your skin healthier and smoother long after.

- It allows you to see exactly what's going on while you're shaving, as the skin is visible through the oil, which definitely helps you keep an eye on the shaving process and avoid cuts and rashes.

- It's inexpensive. While you many not consider a quality 13$ bottle of shaving oil exactly cheap, only few drops of olive oil are required for each shave. One bottle could last you for several months! In fact, you will actually end up saving hundreds of dollars a year by using this method.

- It's good for the environment.

- Learning how to shave with olive oil will take you about 30 seconds, you can see why I say that by the ridiculously simple instrunctions below.

How To Shave With Olive Oil

  1. Prepare a bowl or a cup, olive oil, and a razor.
  2. Begin the process by taking a warm shower.
  3. Pour a very small amount of olive oil into your bowl or cup.
  4. Use your index and middle finger to apply olive oil in area you wish to shave. Repeat the process in other areas using more oil in the areas with larger hair growth
  5. If you feel your skin has dried a bit (unlikely) you can put a few more drops of olive oil after the shave.
  6. Keep your razor placed in the cup or bowl with olive oil, this is a classic tip that keeps your razor from getting dull a while longer.

Watch How Olive Oil Is Made

I find it a beautiful process, but seems like a lot of hard work.

Before You Start Shaving With Olive Oil

1. Be Patient, your skin is going to be readjusting after years of toxic products, not to mention it's a uniquely different sensation that takes time getting used to.

2. Make sure that the olive oil you have is 100 percent natural and hasn't been processed using chemicals as that defeats the entire purpose.

There are many brands of olive oil that fit this category, my personal favorite is Baja Precious - Extra Virgin Olive Oil From Baja California.

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      Mit1357 5 years ago

      This idea is the best that have ever happen to my skin.

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      Sicilian 5 years ago

      I have senssitive skin. I've tried everything else. I love hot lather and a brush too. I might as well try olive oil.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      The Greeks and Romans used olive oil and I have no doubt it would work quite well for shaving.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well, this is one more advantage of the good olive oil. I love using it for cooking and it is extremely healthy.

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      ruaridhmcdonald 5 years ago

      It was good enough for Roman soldiers, so will have to give it a go. Thanks for the very interesting lens

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      I love this idea! Will try on my legs soon! :)

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      I never thought to use olive oil for shaving even tough I come and live in a country that is a large producer of olive oil! I'm going to try this for sure!

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      You covered the subject very thoroughly. Excellent advice.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      I always purchased my shaving oil from the chemist, your lens brought that to an end. I will definitely use your ideas in the future. What a great lens, thanks for sharing

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      wolvyz 5 years ago

      I have a bottle of olive oil which has been laying there for some time now. I think I will use it for shaving.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Never shaved with oil before. Might have to try it. nice lens

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Sounds like a good idea. I assume this is what they would have used in ancient times, especially in places like Greece, Rome and Egypt? One annoying thing about shaving gel is that you never know when it's run out - until it does! I wonder if Olive Oil will leave my skin oily? I have very greasy facial skin as it is, and have to keep washing it during the day to try to keep it clean. Might just give this a try.

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Really good idea. My husband shaves with a straight edge and electric razor.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      Sounds like a really good idea. And a great idea for a lens.

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      adelais lm 5 years ago

      yeah I had heard that shaving with olive oil is quite good (some guy on youtube, he kept slapping himself in the face to show how healthy his skin is). might try it some time, though I must admit, I'm an avid fan of traditional shaving products.

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      EnjoyLens 5 years ago

      Very interesting reading, thank you for sharing, thumbs up!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Interesting idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      This sounds like a good idea. How does the time it takes to shave compare to using traditional shaving products? Blessings!

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      bigjoe2121 5 years ago

      What a great idea! I am going to tell my husband.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very interesting and unique lens. I love to use olive oil in food, but never thought it would be good for shaving. I'm all for natural ways of living and am conscious about the amount of chemicals we slap onto our bodies via the products we use. I'll have to try this. Thanks for sharing this. Stay healthy and blessed! :)

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      I am totally one of those people who hates putting toxins into my body, and try to raise my children the same way. Trying to use all natural products can be hard sometimes especially living in a small town, but we do our best. This is amazing and olive oil has so many health benefits, I am super intrigued.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      Funny, I had never heard of this. I will give it a try. Thanks!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      I think this a a fabulous idea, not just for the fellas, for the ladies, too. For years I've used baby oil for shaving but may now make the switch to olive oil.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      What an intriguing idea! My son has often mentioned that he hates how shaving drys out his skin. I will have to recommend this to him.

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      tricomanagement 5 years ago

      I will pass this along to the men folk in the house - sounds like a winner to me! great lens

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like the ideal of using olive oil for shaving.Thanks for the info and tips.

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      Cheryl Paton 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Anymore, I just use thinned liquid soap, however, I will pass this great info along to my husband. : )

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      This is believable, Olive oil is good for many thing besides putting into your food.

      Great info.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you! This is a brilliant suggestion that I am gonna try tomorrow morning!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Of the many things that Olive Oil can do, this is the first I have seen this.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      My mother-in-law used olive oil on her skin for her entire life and had very few wrinkles. It's very good for you, and I'm not surprised it works well for shaving too.

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      Bigtomcat 5 years ago

      Wow! I never realized you could do this. I am going to definitely give this a try. Thanks.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Interesting idea.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I just had to read this. My husband will thank you for this information. He has tried some pretty expensive products with little success. Thank you. Angel blessed.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I love this! I also use olive oil on my exposed skin areas when I'm in the bush and the mosquitoes and black flies are out. They land on me and just stick to the oil. lol. After showering off the oil at the end of the day, my skin feels so good. d

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Bet you've got nice skin now:) Great tips

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      jballs6 5 years ago

      What an interesting idea! My husband suffer badly when he shaves so I am going to suggest your idea of using olive oil. Thanks for this

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Very interesting... I will have to try this.

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      ninakreativa 5 years ago

      A very interesting idea and beauty tip for men and women...olive oil really is one of the most health firendly products in the world and you can use it in versatile ways.

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      golfspice 5 years ago

      Interesting idea - might give it a try, when I next run out of cream.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I do agree, we should use natural products and not chemicals, especially on our skin.

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Olive oil seems to be the healthy answer to everything these days - great idea to use it for shaving!

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      PennyHowe 5 years ago

      Wow! Very interesting concept. I will let my husband know about it and maybe he will give it a try.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting concept, something that never occurred to me. I'll have to look into it.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Wow, I certainly will pass this on to my husband who complains daily about shaving his Latin nubs ;-))) hmmm he will smell like a salad, but then I Love salads!

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Olive oil is great for skin. I didn't think it could be used as a shaving cream

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      Paul 5 years ago from Montreal

      Interesting, I might give it a go!

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      RedShoesGirl 5 years ago

      once more the olive oil proves to be pure gold :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow, this is a stunning idea, I just love using natural products.

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      bechand 5 years ago

      never thought of it ... i am sure it would work though ...

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      Heather McGlaughlin 5 years ago from Marryland

      This is a very green shaving cream alternative.

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      SinxDesigns 5 years ago

      This is a good idea. I'm not happy with all the waste we create throwing away cans of shaving foam.

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      avigarret 5 years ago

      @BestRatedStuff: It absolutely would work and it is in fact more common to do so than other areas. While I'm not an expert on women's uses of it, many blogs speak very highly on the use of olive oil for leg shaving, as it tends to make the legs healthier and sexier.

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      A very interesting concept, do you think it would work for legs, under arms?

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      Tolemac 5 years ago

      I've been using organic soap to shave with for years now, but I'm definitely going to give this a go. Thanks for the information. =)

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I'm beginning to think the "personal care" industry has come up with a whole lot of less-than-necessary products over the years, and we've bought (literally) into the hype. Olive oil has far more uses than I would ever have imagined, it seems!

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      Badbreathguy 5 years ago

      I'm a big fan of olive oil for cooking and medicinal needs. I learned something new here, using it for shaving. Thanks.

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      menskincaretips 6 years ago

      A friend of mine also used olive oil for shaving and had great results, definitely something worth trying! Thanks for the info!

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      CoconutBoy LM 6 years ago

      Very useful tip. Thanks!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for the useful info.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Good information