My fellow bald lads,
after reading a review on baby oil as a substitute for shaving cream I just
went ahead and tried it myself. Here's what I've experienced so far:
The baby oil I bought was Johnson's Baby Oil with Aloe Vera (and vitamin E).
The street price was 3,40 EURO ($4) for a 200ml bottle.
First, I rinsed my head with warm water for a couple of minutes, then I applied the baby oil on my scalp. The baby oil is...well, oily. At first I thought it wouldn't work - it just lubricated my head, produced a very thin coat of oil on my head, that's all. I thought "Oh my, Harry, you're going to cut yourself..."
Anyway, I started shaving, and the feel was very different from shaving cream. The blade didn't glide as smoothly and it felt strange. However, the baby oil appeared to create an oil coat / layer on my scalp that protected it from nicks and irritation. I didn't cut myself at all, there were no nicks, no irritation. But oddly enough, the shave was rather rough - not the smooth glide you get from a good shaving cream.
But...the razor gunks up pretty badly due to the oil. It was much more difficult to remove the hair from the razor - the hair sticked to the oil and the whole thing sticked to the razor...really messy, I can tell you that. The basin was a mess: it was covered in an oil film and there was hair everywhere. I had to apply soap to wash it off after I was done shaving.
Ok, it IS messy. BUT...the baby oil does a great job in protecting your scalp from irritation and nicks. I haven't had such great results from any shaving cream I've used so far. And when you're done you don't need to apply any lotions or creams - your head is already sufficiently lubricated and smooth as a baby's bottom.
However, shaving creams allow the razor to glide better, and the shave is a little more enjoyable, in my opinion. Plus, with the baby oil (being oily and all), you're likely to miss a few minor spots - everything feels smooth to the touch, even areas that could use another another stroke.
Providing a safe and irritation-free shave, that's where baby oil excels, in my opinion.
Those who couldn't shave their head on a daily basis (but wanted to) due to irritation, will love baby oil. And your head will be smooth and soft and feel great.
- no irritation, no nicks, no razor burns
- you can shave more often (every day) without irritation
- no need to apply after-shave balms or creams
- it's relatively cheap
- after shaving you can use the baby oil for more adult oriented
activities with your partner
- your head is soft and smooth and feels great after shaving
- razor gunks up pretty badly
- leaves a messy sink
- blade doesn't glide as well as with a shaving cream
- the shave feels awkward / needs some getting used to
- it's difficult to feel spots you've missed during shaving
The bottom line: Baby oil is probably not the perfect substitute to shaving cream. But it's an interesting choice for those who suffer from a lot of irritation from shaving.
Hope this was of help.