Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Cutting the Cost of a Shave


Cut the cost of shaving with this wonderful homemade shaving oil.

Guest post by Damien Austin-Walker of Time Bank

@b33god on Twitter

I switched to shaving with oil rather than foam many years ago. Probably around the same time a brand of shaving oil called King of Shaves appeared on the scene. I find it so much more effective for a smooth shave. And I loved King of Shaves.

It didn't go unnoticed that the containers were small and the price fairly high. Around £20 per 100ml. Though I have seen some other makes at around £5 per 100ml. However, assuming a litre of petrol costs £1.30 then petrol would be 13p per 100ml. Is shaving oil taxed?

Homemade shaving oil recipe

100ml of grapeseed oil (or other massage base oil)  £3.29  or Sweet Almond oil £2.55

Oils are from Essential Oils Online

Tea Tree Oil £2.03

Orange oil  £1.53  

Pepermint Oil £3.04

Lavender Oil  £3.05

Rosemary Oil  £3.04

£1.95 Delivery

Total £17.19

I have an old spray bottle from a spray bottle of 'Cariad' shave oil I bought in a supermarket before they stopped selling it (similar to this 'lady' version). You may have something similar. Fill that half full with the grapeseed or base oil. Otherwise use the base oil bottle itself, just give someone a massage first to create some room in the bottle for the essential oils.

I add Tea Tree oil first, about 3 drops. Tea tree is an antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal. Good stuff!

Then 2 drops of Orange. This cuts through the oil and makes it less greasy, Bergamot or mandarin has a similar effect and can be used instead.

2 drops each of Rosemary and Lavender, both soothing and relaxing. If you want to cut costs further just choose one of these, you don't really need both (I'm just flash).

1 drop of peppermint oil. Nice and refreshing. Don't add too much!

Give it a shake and there is your shaving oil. A good tip is to keep some base oil back, pour half of it into another container, that way if you over dose with essential oils you can lighten it up again. Don't add too many drops of each essential oil at first, you can always add more after each shave till you get a balance you like. But you can't take it away if you add too much.

All the above oils come to £17.19  But once you have bought the oils they will last for years - you only need to keep buying the base oil each time you run out.

(the same oils at Holland & Barratt come to £25.74. However they often have sales where you can pick up the oils for much less)

When I started making my own oil I only used Tea Tree and Lavender oils, I then slowly added to my collection over the years which helped spread the cost.  It is a long term saving, but it's fun to do and if you clubbed together with friends or gave bottles of homemade oil as Christmas presents it could be even more worthwhile.


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