Shaving with lotion?

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by Justin Linker, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Justin Linker

    Justin Linker Wetshaving belieber

    I've heard of a couple of folks who actually shave with a regular body lotion. As ridiculous as that sounds, I'm actually quite intrigued by this concept, for some reason.

    Has anyone here ever at some point in their life shaved with a regular lotion? What was the results? Also, would shaving with lotion provide an acceptable cushion for the razor?

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  2. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Never have, never will. But like I always say - it,'s your shave, enjoy it your way. Besides, with so many shave soaps and creams out there, just doesn't make sense to me to try anything else.
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  3. jabberwock

    jabberwock Well-Known Member

    It works in a pinch, just as conditioner works in a pinch. I'm sure that if you found the right lotion that it would be similar to some of the brushless creams, but why bother? There are a ton of good brushless creams (Creamo, Every Man Jack, Billy Jealousy) if that's what you're after. It's sort of like using whipped cream or peanut butter as a shaving cream, sure you can do it, but just because you CAN do something does not mean that you SHOULD.
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  4. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    And you could shampoo with toothpaste.

    Just sayin'
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  5. Justin Linker

    Justin Linker Wetshaving belieber

    Doing it tonight!!!!
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  6. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    One concern about using cocoa butter or coconut oil products is the high comedogenic rating (acne-inducing, '4' on a scale of 0-5, 5 being the highest). I would prefer to use another oil-based lubricant (such as Mineral oil, '0' on the scale) if unable to use soap or cream. Since I have enough soaps & lotions to last a lifetime already, using another product is unlikely.
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  7. BigT

    BigT Well-Known Member

    I have tried shaving with Suave hair conditioner and regular baby oil. Stupid decision and won't go there again. Talk about razor burn.....dammit!
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  8. Hanzo

    Hanzo Well-Known Member

    Forum folk have always talked about peanut butter as a shaving cream and because of the peanut oil I can see maybe it works. From what HolyRollah is saying it might be less troublesome to your skin to play with.

    Of brushless creams I think Nancy Boy is the best, a very decadently rich cream that consistency wise is the opposite of lotion.
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  9. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    I shaved with lotion for years until buying my first DE razor in January of this year. I have dry skin so lotion worked very well. I prefer Suave Vitamin E/Aloe which works very well for my skin but I'd give the same kind of advice people give about which blade or soap to use. I also shaved in the shower with hair conditioner for years as well but I wouldn't recommend using shampoo. I've got a fair amount of experience having shaved my head every summer from Memorial Day till Labor Day for 10 years in a row. I would shave my head/face in the shower using conditioner and then if there was any touch up I'd use lotion and hot water at the sink afterwards. Of course that was until I crossed over and began enjoying shaving rather than dreading it and growing a beard every winter to avoid it. My big dilemma now is trying to decide if I should grow my beard this coming winter or buy more shaving products. I have a sneaky hunch that everything Santa brings me this year will have something to do with shaving.
    ps. I have never used lotion with my DE razor (seems sacrilegious), only with a Mach3/Fusion/etc.
  10. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    Big T is right about baby oil. You'll get a nasty burn that'll last for days.
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  11. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    Whatever you do don't use the crunchy..just sayin' ...
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  12. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    I've used hair conditioner and (on another occasion) unlathered shampoo and both work reasonably well in a pinch. I've never used hand/body lotion tho. I'd imagine the thicker stuff would clog your razor pretty nicely.
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  13. Robert Voss

    Robert Voss Well-Known Member

    Better than brushing your teeth with shampoo
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  14. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    Creamy or Chunky?
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  15. 178-bplatoon

    178-bplatoon Well-Known Member

    Well, it would seem that the majority concensus is against using a body lotion to shave with... I've never used a lotion myself like that even when I was using carts and canned goo....However it occurs to me that when we talk about shaving the phrase YMMV comes up alot...So in that light I'd say give it a try "CAREFULLY"...I doubt you'll cut your face off, at worst it will probably just wind up being a waste of time...So give it an honest try and give us a review,so we can all learn something....:)
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  16. Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil the Liberace of shaving

    I'm not using the whitening kind, I have enough gray already.
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  17. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    That realllly doesn't look like peanut butter. Thank goodness for context. :sick007:
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  18. pitdoug1998

    pitdoug1998 New Member

    I’ve been shaving with Lubriderm lotion or coconut oil for over 10 years. Since I switched I’ve NEVER had an ingrown hair or razor burn. It doesn’t matter if I’m using a multi blade cartridge or my safety razor. I’ve turned a number of friends onto it and not ONE has gone back to soap of whatever kind. Sure I still do the brush with Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream when time allows. I love having to focus, clears the mind, YMMV.

    Hell, give it whirl. You save A LOT of time and money.
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  19. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    I like your spirit!
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  20. Terry

    Terry Tool Admirer

    I suppose that will work for some, but if you have tender skin and whiskers like steel wire....
    I use a nice slippery soap, Stirling or PAA seems to do the trick. I also skin lather for a few minutes to get the hair soaked and the soap worked up well, even after a shower. Then I use a very sharp blade, Feather (new), and an open comb razor that will skin a bear (if a bear needs it).
    IF I do 3 passes, it takes 2 new blades, one for the first pass and one for passes 2 and 3. I can normally use those two blades to shave the old gord, but not always, hence 3 new Feather blades per shave. I shave every day, face and head. Thinking about stock in Feather blades.

    Anyway, I've tried all sorts of oil, body/hand lotion, cream rince. Probably the only things I haven't tried is lithium grease, motor oil, 3 in one oil and WD40.

    I always come back to good prep, good soap, and efficiant razors with extra sharp blades.
    I have always envied those who could get a good shave with cheap dull blades and a splash of water.
    My boss pulled out a cart razor one day and touched up at his desk before a gig, he is a base player. He didn't even use water!!!!
    Are you kidding me! No way I could do that! Razor burn from HE#$....
    O M G!
    So, "your milage may very" is oh so true!
    IF it works for you' great!!
    Wish it did for me too.....
    It took a while for me to figure this out, bout a year, but that's where I'm at, like it or not.
    Good luck!
    I pullin for ya!
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