Nailed It or Failed It: The Pinterest Challenge

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All right, here we are again at the end of the month and my twitter pals are ready to do another round of Nailed It or Failed It.

This month, I chose Homemade Shaving Cream.

For one thing, it would guarantee I’d shave at least once.

I read a lot of the comments at the original post, and they all seemed to agree you should use thick ingredients, otherwise the shaving cream is too runny. They suggested a thick cocoa butter lotion, like the kind that comes in a tub.

Ingredients: $3.25

I, in a rare spurt of over-achiever-ness, found cocoa butter so thick, I had to grate it.

don’t be hating on my picture-taking skillz, y’all

I mixed all the ingredients together. I only made a half a batch, because the travel shampoo and conditioner I got at the dollar store were 3 ounces each, and that is close to 4 ounces, which is half a cup.

I’m very mathy.

Also, I used coconut oil instead of baby oil because I already had some.

Jim sat nearby and drank coffee and wondered if I was going to ruin the cheese grater. Or the metal bowl that I put directly on the stove burner to get the cocoa butter to melt. And how much did I spend? And is that cheaper than store bought shaving cream? And why was I doing this again?

Some people do not understand blogging, JIM.

Also, I explained that this way I had control over the ingredients and that it would be better because it only would contain cocoa butter, coconut oil, and the two hundred chemicals in the shampoo and conditioner.

It’s for science, JIM.

And then I didn’t have a container to put it in, so I ran around the house pouring the hand soap that was in this bottle into the other bottles so I could use it.

And then I spent 45 minutes rinsing the hand soap residue out.

And then I had to look for a funnel.

Jim perked up enough to help pour while I took these award-worthy photos

And then I had to let it set up for an hour, so we watched this video.

But Jim refused to do the dance.

At about ELEVEN PM, Jim had to go to stupid WORK, and I decided this was the optimal time to go ahead and do the experiment.

why yes, I did just post a picture of my pudgy, unshaven leg on the internet. you’re welcome.

The people who said the shaving cream was runny were masters of understatement. It was like pouring buttermilk on myself.

But it smelled pretty.

After shaving with the homemade stuff, I realized that I needed a control group.

So I rummaged around and found my husband’s shaving cream.

second verse, same as the first

The real shaving cream was imperceptibly thicker.

But it made me smell like a dude.

At TWELVE-THIRTY AM JIM, my husband finally finished working and I asked him if he could tell any difference.

He couldn’t.




Upon further reflection, I think I may have been a little hasty. The homemade shaving cream was not thick and luscious like the canned stuff, but it worked. And it was certainly an improvement over the bar soap I usually use. I had worried that shaving with shampoo would make me itchy, but it didn’t. So I may try this again. It wouldn’t hurt to leave it in the shower and see if I use it.

Also, apologies to my fellow Nailed It or Failed It participants. When I hit publish on this at 1am, I forgot to link to them. Click over and see how their projects turned out!