I'm Convinced I'm Getting a Closer Shave with This Innovative Foaming Oil

You get to see my hairy legs up close and personal!
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You get to see my hairy legs up close and personal!

I struggle with this whole body-hair-acceptance thing. I’m not anti-body-hair, but I am another wounded gazelle falling prey to the lion-like women’s grooming industry. 

I like the way my soft legs feel, but this is some Sysiphean shit because in 24 hours, I have hairy, spiky, Patti and Selma Bouvier legs again. Apparently, I have a beard to look forward to in the future, a relative has told me.

So eff it—I shave my legs semi-regularly. By this I mean three-ish times a week. So in the interest of saving time and not buying bajillion-dollar razor refills (more on that later, gator), I will try anything to keep that lush prairie grass at bay. But I'm generally over shaving cream. Short of hair-minimizing products, you can only do so much to make each shave really count, such as exfoliating regularly and stropping your razor

But when I tried a shave oil for the first time, I was surprised that it actually made a difference!

Shaveworks sent me this small looking bottle of Pearl Polish Dual Action Body Oil, and fun quirk numero uno was that a few drops, literally, covered my damp legs with a fine layer of foamy delightfulness. I was also surprised that it foamed at all, because I dug right in without reading the label, as I am wont to do when I get a little too excited to try something new. 

What's more American than soft, smooth legs? Well, plenty of things, actually, but we are known for our body hair battles.

What's more American than soft, smooth legs? Well, plenty of things, actually, but we are known for our body hair battles.

The oil has a silky feel that spreads easily whether you are wet or dry and makes a really generous amount of foam. Grapeseed-oil-based, it contains foaming agents but also lovely olive, argan, and jojoba oils. Scented like a light vanilla ginger combo with an undertone of heady lavender, it can even be used as a body wash, which leaves skin really smooth, but not as smooth as this sweet shave!

Here’s my legs without the shave-o. Take a good look, man; that’s only three days of stubz.

Some follicles have THREE HAIRS, dammit.

Some follicles have THREE HAIRS, dammit.

I figured the proof would be best determined not only from my personal observations but after another day of regrowth, to decide if there is more on the leg I used Pearl Polish on, or if there’s more on the regular routine leg. So far, I feel like the oil side is far less spiky. I wonder if that is extra softness or if the hair is physically shorter.

Here’s two days after shaving one leg with the oil and the other normally:

This is the normal side (I used silicone-free conditioner).

This is the normal side (I used silicone-free conditioner).

The side where I used Pearl Polish.

The side where I used Pearl Polish.

The difference is so very slight, but the oil side is a tiiiiiiny bit closer. The softer feeling went away after the first day; not a let down by any means, but now I can also feel a difference in the oil.

I think I'll be giving this oil a long-term shot. Shaving was closer and my skin felt smoother, even if only the first day. My next move is getting razors that don't cost $25 per box, so I will report back when I find out about that whole situation.

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