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A Shave Obsessive

By Amalah

Amalah, Amalah, Amalah:
Can I just start by saying that I love Advice Smackdown, and if I could, I would eat it for breakfast every single day?
On to my question. I’m in a shaving gel rut. I hate every kind I’ve ever purchased in my entire life. It always smells too strong for me (read: I don’t want to smell like I did when i was 12 and didn’t even need to shave in the first place) and doesn’t do the job that it promises to do (moisturizes! prevents razor burn! for sensitive skin! be free of nicks and cuts! forever! we promise!) Plus, the can always gets all rusty — Skintimate Moisturizing Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin is what I’m using now, reluctantly — and I don’t want to use a razor anywhere near rust. Aside: Is that just a problem that I have? It seems weird to me.
Anyhow. What kind of shaving cream or gel do you recommend for legs/underarms? I have fairly dry skin and am very prone to razor-burn. I found an ok-looking brand that comes in a tube on called Alba Botanica, but I’ve just been (razor)burned so many times that I don’t want to buy it and find out that it, too, sucks. One more requirement: I don’t want to break the bank on this one. Philosophy has an $18.00 shaving gel called Razor Sharp but I just can’t see myself spending that much money on a shaving gel. Unless it is really, really good and will last a year or two.
Any advice would be appreciated. In fact, I appreciate that you took the time to read this e-mail, even if you can’t answer my question.
Thanks again, many, many, thanks,

You would probably never guess this, what with my millions of hair and make-up products, but I’ve got a really bad tic regarding bathroom clutter. I’m the reason God invented tissue-box cozies. And I cannot stand having lots of bottles and things in my shower. Ack, it makes my eyelid twitch. Before I lived with Jason I used to keep all my shampoo and things in one of those little plastic baskets, which I carried back and forth to the shower, all college-dorm-like. He made fun of me for this so I stopped, but I maintain this was not weird or obsessive or crazy. I was simply feng shui before it became all trendy.
Wait. What was my point here? Oh, right. Jason and I use the same shaving gel, just to keep the shower crap to a minimum. Which means no girly-smelling types. And since Jason was cursed with the HORRIBLE combo of a thick, coarse and fast-growing beard and skin so delicate that it will break out in welts if you look at it wrong, we have to use something that’s really good for sensitive, razorburn-prone skin.
aveeno.jpgANYWAY, ALL OF THIS TO SAY A REALLY SIMPLE ANSWER, OH MY GOD: We use . We like it a lot. It is good. And it is cheap.
Also, trying to think of interesting things to say about shaving gel? Kind of…uh, hard.
Although I totally hear you on the rusty can thing. I always found the Gillette ones to be the worst in that department, but since we’ve been using Aveeno faithfully for a couple years now Gillette could have improved their packaging. (And you can minimize the problem by either keeping your shower surfaces dry or storing things on ridged or textured surfaces that keep the water from pooling around the can…but sometimes it seems like the moist air is enough to cause rust.)
I just went and inspected our nearly-empty can of Aveeno, however, and there is only the fainest bit of rust. Four little specks, or so. And since Jason constantly leaves the can right on the edge of the tub in a puddle of water (gah! there goes that eyelid twitch again), it’s safe to say that the Aveeno stuff is pretty rust resistant on its own.

Published January 26, 2007. Last updated January 26, 2007.
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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