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!

10 Responses to “Nailed It or Failed It: The Pinterest Challenge”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Failed it, schmailed it. You shaved your LEGS, yo! That’s a win! You’d think I’d shave mine every day, living in Hawaii and all, but no.


    By the way, I use the girly gel stuff that comes in all those different colored cans. I can’t remember what it is called, so it’s probably time to shave again.
    Melanie´s last blog post ..Nailed It or Failed It Pinterest Challenge: Buttonholes

  2. chocolatechic Says:

    I say you nailed it just for posting your legs on the Internet.

    I just use conditioner straight on my legs…that is whenever I choose to shave…which isn’t often.
    chocolatechic´s last blog post ..September 24

  3. Rose Says:

    Nailed it!!!! anytime one shaves their legs you’ve accomplished something!!!! and you smell like a girl!!!! not a guy!!!! I cheat and buy the venus razors with shaving cream on the blade,
    Rose´s last blog post ..Pinterest: Nailed It or Failed It, September Project

  4. Tressa Says:

    Interesting stuff. I think this may be one of those things that is just easier to buy in a can. Remind me to send you $5 for posting your legs covered with shaving cream on the Internet.
    Tressa´s last blog post ..Pinterest Challenge: Almond Pancakes

  5. Ingi Says:

    I just use soap, when I bother. Please reassure me that you have other toes apart from the big one?
    Ingi´s last blog post ..Random Monday

  6. Deb Says:

    Hah! Yes, but I was curling them under because I was taking the picture one-handed and kept tipping over!


    Plus, I need a pedicure. Why do I not get pedicures? Someone should do something about that.

  7. Meghan Says:

    Your kids should have made the shaving cream for you. Isn’t that what homeschooling is for? Slave labor/science!

    P.S. We also spent the weekend watching Korean music videos. I forced my husband to do the dance AND got it on video. It’s probably the accomplishment I am most proud of in my whole life.
    Meghan´s last blog post ..An Observation Five Months in the Making

  8. Eddie Says:

    Totally jealous of your calves. Mine are skinny-girl calves that don’t match the non-skinny rest of me.
    Eddie´s last blog post ..Review: Music Together: 9.75 out of 10!!!!!

  9. Sharron Says:

    That is absolutely hilarious thanks for the most awesome laugh of the day. I use hair conditioner alone to shave and it works great when I run out of cream.

  10. Kristy Says:

    LOL…I like the first three comments. I agree. You nailed it just for posting those lovely photos of your legs.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..Cheerio, mate