As we’re going towards more and more “Greening” it is important to know that this is not just about a sort of Universal care for the planet – at least not for us.
Yes Gaia is important to us, but it is difficult to sustain a true passion daily if there is not immediate perceived benefit (This is also a principle of Permaculture)
Much of what we do – is also based in our core belief that Natural, Holistic living is what is BEST for us. This is not mere pie in the sky woo-woo. Scientists, Doctors, Studies have all shown in numerous ways that while modern advances in medicine have helped greatly with our not succumbing to certain diseases – our modern LIFESTYLE has and is weakening us and causing Dis-Ease.
We don’t want this. Not for us, not for our children.
ON the other hand – we live a life based on “Highest and Best” – based on eating the most delicious foods, seeing the most lovely sights, experiencing a Beautiful Life. We don’t feel we have to sacrifice one for the other.
If we’re going natural, organic, whole – it still has to feel good. Pleasure is important.
We’re sustainable. We’re eco-caring. We love a good DIY project. We’re not particularly on the survivalist- hunker-down- in-a-bunker-eat-military-rations- tract at this point in our lives.
Okay so what does all of this have to do with shaving.
We do quite a bit of it around here. Smooth soft skin is a must-have. At the same time I’ve been relatively unhappy with most shaving creams. They leave the skin dry; or at least MY skin dry. And the chemicals… oy!
One day being out of shaving cream I decided to try conditioner. That worked okay but still not as good as I would have liked, and frankly having conditioner so close to my more intimate areas just seemed like a bad idea.
The next time I just used a bit of my coconut oil. AMAZING!
The bathroom is steamy and warm so the oil was melted. My legs, under arms, and other parts felt soft, moisturized and NO razor burn.
The Man has started using the same thing on his face with similar results.
If coconut oil is too thick for you (it can be a bit more difficult to rinse out of your blade) try grapeseed oil or olive oil.
For those of you who absolutely NEED a recipe here you go:
- ½ oz calendula petals, chopped up finely
- ½ oz yarrow flowers, chopped up finely
- 10 oz. grapeseed oil (you can use olive or avocado or even coconut oil)
Just warm oil and botanicals for a few hours. Strain and jar.
These shaving oils feel down right luxurious. You won’t be disappointed!