Hello everyone. This is Jennifer’s husband. She’s feeling a bit under the weather, so I thought I’d take over today and “guest” post for her. I thought I’d write about something that I’ve done to reduce waste and be a little greener in my everyday life.
So when we first started our journey down the path of zero waste (before we even knew it had a name!), we bought the book Living Green: The Missing Manual. A wealth of knowledge on how to use homemade or natural substances for everyday uses, the author suggested turning in that metal aerosol can of Barbasol and using olive oil instead. And we had seen on Dr. Oz where olive oil can be a skin moisturizer as well.
Tired of using shaving creams or gels that promised to be moisturizing and gentle on sensitive skin but failed to deliver, I decided to change up my shaving habits. So the next time we went to the commissary, I picked up a spray bottle of Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil Salad & Vegetable Spray.
Once I started using the olive oil spray, I never looked back at “conventional” shaving creams. The olive oil delivers on multiple fronts. I feel like I get a closer shave, I don’t get razor burn hardly at all anymore, and my face never gets dry and flaky during the dry winter months. And no, my face doesn’t look extremely oily or greasy and the oil doesn’t cause acne.
So now that I’ve touted the benefits of olive oil over shaving creams and gels, what’s so green about it? Well, it’s made from olives. Not Water, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Isobutane, Propane (or may contain Butane), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Laureth-23, and Fragrance. That’s right, there’s flammable gas in your shaving cream (obviously not a lot to be a hazard, but seriously propane and butane?) And what the heck is Laureth-23 and why wasn’t 1 through 22 good enough?
And I’ve been using the same bottle since we’ve bought it. I keep refilling it from the 68 ounce bottle we also use to refill the olive oil bottles in the kitchen. So that’s how we’re reducing waste.
Of course, the best way to reduce waste and avoid razor burn is to not shave at all. If only the military would allow its members to grow facial hair…
Other articles about olive oil:
- Five Ways to Use Olive Oil For Beauty (bellasugar.com)
- Georgia Farmers Create, Sell Olive Oil For First Time In Over A Century (huffingtonpost.com)
- Got Olive Oil, Honey, and Sugar? Then You Have a Great Scrub (bellasugar.com)
- Ga. Farmers out to Bring Back Homegrown Olive Oil (abcnews.go.com)
- Olive Oil Part 2: Beauty Secret to Looking Younger (moderndaypioneer.wordpress.com)