How to Shave with Coconut Oil

How to Shave Coconut OIl

Can I be real with you for a sec? I think I am dangerously addicted to coconut oil. I seriously love this stuff!

I use coconut oil in my cooking, in my hair, in my homemade deodorant, and this summer, I’ve even started using it as shaving cream! I don’t know if that’s weird or just borderline brilliant, but either way, I thought it was finally time that I share it with you.

Here’s what I love about coconut oil as a shaving cream:

  • Coconut oil is safe for your body (and the environment). Our skin is our body’s largest organ and when we put chemicals (i.e. most commercial beauty products) on our skin, we’re putting these chemicals into our bodies. That scares me. It’s also nice to know that I’m not adding more chemicals into our water supply. 
  • Coconut oil is affordable. I know some brands can get a little pricey, but when you compare the cost of a little coconut oil to commercial beauty products, you’re saving big bucks, trust me.
  • Coconut oil doubles as a moisturizer. Thus, it saves time because you simply slather it on once and you’re ready to go!
  • Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. This is especially helpful if you are prone to razor burn or are shaving delicate skin.
  • It smells amazing! Enough said.

Since I use coconut oil for cooking and in so many of my natural beauty remedies, I’ve started buying it bulk because it’s more cost effective. I really like the Tropical Traditions brand because it’s organic and they always have a ton of sales going on.  Nutiva also has a pretty good deal on their giant tubs and I’ve even seen Trader Joe’s carrying coconut oil now!

How to Shave with Coconut Oil

Here is how I use coconut oil for shaving:

1. Shave at the end of your bath or shower. The warm water opens up the hair follicles, which means that you get the closest shave.

2. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on your legs. If your coconut oil is solid, simply warm it up between your palms before applying to the skin. It’s usually easiest to apply the coconut oil to dry legs, but since I’m usually in the bath and mine are already wet, I usually apply it with my legs slightly damp.

3. Shave using a sharp razor. A sharp razor will allow you to get the closest shave and you’re less like to have razor burn because you won’t have to repeat areas. Rinse the blade in-between strokes, or wipe the blade on a damp washcloth to remove the used oil.

4. For extra-soft skin, exfoliate with a body scrub before shaving.  My DIY body scrubs are usually a mix of oil, salt or sugar, and other ingredients to add fragrance. Lately I’ve been using my Margarita Body Scrub but one of my favorites is my Citrus and Coconut Body Scrub. It will make your skin feel soo silky!

One thing I will warn you about though is that coconut oil can make the tub a little slippery! I usually keep a wash cloth handy and wipe down the tub as soon as I exit. This means I won’t have extra cleanup to do later and I won’t have to worry about slipping the next time I get in.

What are your favorite beauty uses for coconut oil? Have you tried it as a shaving cream? 


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  1. says

    GENIUS idea! I am obsessed with coconut and use tropical traditions as my lotion now a days and it has done wonders for my skin, but shaving…this is just fabulous. Going to try it out next time for sure! Thanks for the tip!

  2. says

    Just found you through Pinterest and I’m so happy I did. I love coconut oil too and I love your site. So lovely, clean, full of inspiring images, and makes me want to hang around and read for a while! Thanks for such a great idea and healthy tips!

  3. Kelly says

    GENIUS! I’m addicted to coconut oil, too. I can’t believe I’ve never thought of using it to shave my legs, but I can’t wait to try it!

  4. Shiraz says

    Last year, I got a gift of “perfumed Olive Oil” shaving cream—–and it did wonders!- Probably the smoothest shave I ever experienced—-I am sure, it would work equally well with the tropical Coconut Oil. It also acts a s wonderful lotion for chapped /dry skin!

  5. says

    YES! Its so nice seeing this post, as I’ve ditched all regular shaving products for quite some time now and use coconut oil or sometimes Jojoba for variety to shave.

    And I am so with you on being addicted to coconut oil, it goes into/onto EVERYTHING!

  6. Tiffany says

    I love this idea. I am wondering if there is any problem with clogging the drain when it solidifies again? I have also heard that using coconut oil as a mouth wash can whiten teeth. Do you have any thoughts/experience with this? Again, I worry about spitting down the drain… Maybe it’s not a problem?

    • Sonnet says

      Someone did leave me a comment on facebook warning about the coconut oil clogging up bathroom pipes, but I haven’t personally experienced this. The coconut oil mouth wash is called oil pulling and I’ve actually tried it before as a way to improve dental health. I fell off the bandwagon and then never went back to doing it. If I start doing this regularly again I’ll report back. :)

      • Durwynn says

        wow same here i have been oil pulling as you drop off but now back on my teeth are feeling great once more get back on the wagon and feel the freshness

        • Julie says

          I’ve been using coconut oil as a face and lip moisturizer for over a month now and my skin looks better than ever. I’ve also been oil pulling for about a week now and I feel my overly sensitive teeth are not as sensitive to cold.

    • Hearnsle says

      I work for a water utility company and we have a large fat oils and grease campaign on. It should never be put down sinks or toilets as it blocks sewers. Google fatberg if you want to see the horrific mess it makes. I do however love coconut oil so dispose of it on kitchen paper and put in the bin. Try to avoid outing it down the drains.

  7. Katelyn says

    First, let me just say how much I absolutely love this blog. I use it weekly for dinner ideas, made my own (fabulous) deodorant using your recipe, and have been using baking soda and vinegar on my hair ever since I stumbled across that post. Thanks for being so great all the time!
    Secondly, and this is my point, I’ve been trying desperately to use coconut oil to shave my legs for a few months but I keep running into a snag-the oil tends to “gum up” my razor, restricting me to use a new one only once, maybe twice if I’m very lucky. Any thoughts on how to prevent or fix this?
    Thank you!!!
    -A loyal fan

    • Sonnet says

      Thanks Katelyn. What works well for me is to wipe the razor blade on a washcloth as I shave to help remove the excess oil. This seems to work a lot better than swishing it in water to remove the oil or running the blade under running water. A few others have mentioned having issues with the razor getting “gummed up” so I don’t think you’re alone in experiencing this. My hair is pretty thin so I’m wondering if the issue could also be dependent on how tough or thick the hair is?

      • Alessandra Martellacci says

        I know this is an old post, but I’ve solved the problem of a clogged razor by having a small bowl of hot water with a teaspoon of dish detergent in it. The detergent immediately dissolves the oil on the razor just from swishing it around.

  8. says

    I am currently using Coconut oil to cleanse my face (morning and evening) and I love it. My skin is super reactive, and thus far I’ve had no reaction *knock on wood*. If I’ve worn makeup that day I do a double cleanse. I follow using my favourite toner and moisturizer.

  9. James says

    Hi! Not sure how I came to this site – but I use a mix of coconut oil, coconut cream, other oils to shave my face.

    I whip the oils and cream together with a food processor, and let chill. Then I mix in some bi-carb soda. That makes the razor clog less. Also add some nice smells – eg essential oils, and whip it again.

    I shave after hot shower – works a treat. I also massage my face with the oil before shaving – feels great and may have reduced facial blemishes.

    Am working on the best formula – and will give to friends as gifts. Had not occurred to me that would be great for shaved legs – being a bloke!


  10. @Flawlessevaafta says

    Now, this dental use is a 1st for me. How do I use it as a mouth wash pls? I only use it for hair and skin care. And the fragrance is just glorious

  11. says

    I use a mix of coconut oil and sugar to make a scrub and shave with it. I also use it to exfoliate rough areas like knees, elbows and such. Works great.

  12. says

    Great idea and info! Might take a bit of practice for a new shaver, but certainly much better option than the chemicals on the market! What we put ON our bodies is as important as what we put IN our bodies.

  13. martha says

    Hi Sonnet,
    I use coconut oil as my toothpaste it’s great and I also use it for oil pulling in my mouth.

    As you know it’s got great antibacterial properties, it’s especially good when one’s got a toothache.

  14. Hoots says

    Careful. I have used coconut oil as a moisturizer and broke out with acne on places on my body I’ve never gotten a pimple before. Such as my back, chest, and upper thighs. Yes I’m sure coconut oil is good for your skin but I advise it may make your skin break out

  15. Terrilyn says

    I adore coconut oil and use it for so many things with great success. Unfortunately I have tried to use it as shaving cream twice and twice I’ve ended up with horrible, red, itchy razor burn immediately after. :(

  16. Lawrence says

    Well call me stupid (Okay yes I know being a man means I’m already half way there), came to this site via a pin and it was n’t until I got to step 2 that i went ‘HUH, what I wanna put it on my legs for?’ A few seconds later a very loud penny dropped, doh !!! For shaving legs not faces. Though am sure it will work just as well on my face… will won’t it ??? Stop a stupid man quickly if I’m wrong..Very much enjoyed the read as I too am becoming a coconut freak.

  17. says

    Sonnet, I LOVE your blog. It’s chock-full of great, healthy and simple recipes and ideas. Your photos are beautiful and crisp. I share your blog posts with my friends :)

    I just tried shaving my legs with coconut oil for the first time yesterday, after reading your post and it worked! So happy I no longer have to rely on chemical laden products.

    To clean the razor, I used the shower head on high pressure for a few seconds and it worked like a charm.

  18. says

    Am using this kid of oils for the shaving for a long time and then i switch to the electric shaver which is safest way to shave private parts of body easily.

  19. Susannah says

    I understand if this is a bit personal but I was wondering if anyone would share their experiences… I usually wax my nether regions but I’m getting a bit tired of doing that, and am considering of switching to shaving. If anyone also waxes they probably know that once you start shaving again, don’t go back to waxing cause it hurts like hell! Anyway, I was wondering if any one has attempted this area with coconut oil or is in a similar situation and can give me their advice/opinion. Thanks!

  20. monse says

    i use it as “mascara” i just rub some coconut oil on my eyes and make sure my lashes are oiled and then i curl them with a spoon, i love it because the oil is conditioning my lashes and eye area and ive read that it stimulated hair growth so HEY! :)
    im a coconut oil freak too, thanks to dr bruce fifes ‘coconut cures’ book i read it, and i use it religiously now 😉

  21. Martina says

    Thanks for this tip. I have just spotted this o. Pinterest and am looking forward to exploring your blog after reading the comments. I am new to coconut oil and I am seriously wondering where its uses will end. Thanks again

  22. Danielle says

    I use coconut oil everytime I shave my legs, and I’ve had great results. But last night, I shaved my legs as usual. And I went and ran on my treadmill and got all sweaty, so I just jumped into the shower to wash my body. and when I got out my legs were on fire. I felt like someone was holding my legs inside of a volcano. My legs were beat red, and blochy. ALWAYS COMPLETELY WIPE OFF COCONUT OIL BEFORE BATHING! It has been 2 days, and I’m still very sore. I can’t wear clothing longer than my mid thigh.

  23. Emily says

    I love using coconut oil for my eyebrows. It made my brow hair grow back thicker in about 2 weeks. I also use it for dark circles under my eyes. I also use it for teeth whitener. You can do regular oil pulling, or make a toothpaste. ☺

  24. Stephanie says

    Genius! I never thought about using coconut oil as a shaving cream, thanks! I use it as a moisturizer, on my son’s eczema and my own skin, in cooking, in homemade lotion, in homemade lip gloss… haha, it’s endless! I found this tip @ Affimity, in the Beauty Channel. It is definitely worth sharing – I am going to save a ton of money by switching to coconut oil everything! It is the cure for everything :) Thanks for sharing!

  25. Mimi says

    Hi there. Thank you so much for the information. I’m very excited to finally try coconut oil as a beauty product, especially as shaving cream. The only thing that I wonder is if it leaves your legs feel oily and sticky? Or is it easy to get that all out of your skin? Thanks for the information!

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