How to Extend the Life of Your Razor (with Baby Oil)

August 13, 2012

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Tired of throwing out expensive razors only after a few uses? Try this tip next time you shave:

Pour a little bit of baby oil on the blades before you shave

You can also shave with baby oil, rather than shaving cream, for a smoother (and closer) shave!


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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathie August 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

That is awesome! I will have to try it! Here are some more uses for baby oil:

I love that stuff!


Vickie Nowicki August 15, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I tried shaving with baby oil, but the blades kept gumming up and the shower wasn’t enough to un-gum them.


LIz McKee August 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Can’t wait to try this! I bet it is a nice in-shower moisturizer, too!


Denise January 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I have been using baby oil as a after moisturizer for 25 years, and my grand children till me my skin is soft. ha- ha! I will sure give this a try!


Daisy August 16, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I use baby oil to take my make-up off at night.
It gets off my waterproof mascara and leaves my face baby soft.
I have also used it to shave for years.
In the 80’s we used it to tan, but of course now we know that wasnt such a smart idea.


Renee August 17, 2012 at 12:49 am

Baby oil is nice and does work to remove makeup but clogs the pores. Try mary Kay makeup remover. It is AMAZING Doesnt sting your eyes, or blurr your eyes and best of all, it removes with very little rubbing so no damage to your eyelashes and it actually helps your eyelashes grow! Give it a try!


Alyssa September 24, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Love the Mary Kay remover! Definitely the best one out there. Been using it for years and the best is that it’s oil free!


Traci October 4, 2012 at 3:49 am

I use coconut oil for my make up remover…just love it…


MC March 18, 2013 at 5:09 am

Baby oil can accumulate in you tear ducts and cause problems. Never use it near your eyes!


DamnedFan April 12, 2013 at 2:27 am

Bulls*t. I’ve been using baby oil for 20 years as makeup remover without a problem. So have thousands of other women. Don’t spread EWG scaremongering.


KC October 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Oh geez, chill out @DamnedFan, get over yourself! Baby oil is mineral oil, it’s made from petroleum. Do you really want that in your eyes?


Jessie August 16, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Baby oil has mineral oil in it :( therefore it really doesn’t do anything for your skin. It’s a pseudo-softness.


Rebecca August 29, 2012 at 4:27 am

Try coconut oil instead…. I have been very pleased with the results as I don’t care for the “oily feel” baby oil leaves behind. Coconut oil seems to absorb nicely.


Courtney September 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

I may never use shaving cream again! My skin is super super sensitive so when I shave I’m doomed to have those hideous red bumps all over my legs. I tried this last night and no nicks and NO BUMPS, not even in my bikini area, just super soft legs. I do hope it’s true that it’s good for your razor because I’ve heard mixed reviews about that. Thank you!


becky June 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I wanna try the baby oil for shaving…do u just put it on the blade are you rub your legs with the baby oil ? I get those red bumps on my legs also EVERY time I shave so I’m willing to try anything!!


Kimberly October 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I quit using shaving cream yrs ago I use a little bit of conditioner … works like a charm


April October 11, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Me too!


May November 5, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Me too. And the best thing is those little bottles of conditioner from the hotels. :-)


Summer Zoe January 5, 2013 at 8:27 pm

How do you keep from having red bumps after shaving? I’m super desperate for help! I wanted to quit shaving but it doesn’t look good. tried waxing but it takes a couple of weeks before the hair is good to go. Help?


kirsty May 7, 2013 at 1:58 am

Try moisturizing about a couple hours before you shave. My sister always gets razor burn after shaving if she doesn’t moisturize first. And give the baby oil a try. It’ll moody likely help

Madeleine Dermardirossian November 6, 2012 at 12:40 am

No i didnt know about this Wowww weeee


Jennifer November 28, 2012 at 8:01 pm

WHy not just use coconut oil? Baby oil is made with mineral oil, that stuff is nasty and bad for you. Why anyone puts it on babies is beyond me these days. HOwever, I am inspired to try using the coconut oil :-)


Beth F. December 6, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Be careful, shaving with baby oil while in the shower will make your tub floor slippery. I almost fell on my big butt getting out of the shower afterwards!


Nonigirl May 29, 2013 at 1:38 am

LOl.. me too!


Mallory December 6, 2012 at 11:15 pm

How do I keep the baby oil from gunking up in my razor? I love the feeling after I shave…but I felt like it shortened the life of my razor with all the gunk that was built up. I tried rinsing it in the shower but I just couldn’t clean it!

Mallory (Tulsa)


Amber December 26, 2012 at 5:19 pm

If you have an open-backed razor (as most disposables or similar are), you can take an old makeup or paint brush and poke the bristles through the back to push the gunk forward past the sharp side of the blade. Add a drop of Dawn dishwashing liquid if needed for washing and make another pass through the blades. Saves your fingers, less stress, and cleans well. :)


Nonigirl May 29, 2013 at 1:40 am

I mix a little soap with water in a cup and just rinse the razor instead of depending on the shower water to get it clean.


Angie December 9, 2012 at 2:51 am

I’m intrigued by the Coconut Oil…where would you find this?


Ne Ne aka iB@S June 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Vitamin Shoppe for $9 (organic)


Amanda June 29, 2013 at 11:35 am

Most grocery stores carry it now usually by all the olive oils and what not


Monica December 10, 2012 at 7:25 am

I got my coconut oil at the dollar store. Its a huge jar for like 3 bucks and just a dab will do ti! It will last forever!


Dani December 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I used baby oil this morning and my legs burned for about 3 hours like Hades!
I might be a good supplement, but I would recommend test a patch of skin before shaving your entire leg.


Andrea December 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

It works…BUT, it’s NOT good on your drains so in the long run it will cost you more. 😉


rena January 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

using baby oil doesnt worked. my legs started to bleed.


Carmen January 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Drying your razor after each use and storing it away from moisture (shower) will prolong its life.


Nonigirl May 29, 2013 at 1:43 am

I was told about this and use to do it and it really worked.. How I forgot, who knows.. but I will be doing that again .. :)


Carrie June 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

A quick blow dry afterwards helps


Stacey B January 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm

I tried this before. Something about baby oil, my razor, and shaving, don’t mix! It seems like it makes my razor rough.. It really tore my legs up. it was a brand new razor too, and because of the damage from the baby oil I didn’t get much more use out of it :/


Ashley g January 25, 2013 at 5:57 am

I use Avon skin so soft bath oil to shave, leave everything silky smooth, and there’s no better smell!


Lisa February 16, 2013 at 1:59 am

Have used baby oil to shave my legs for years. Does make your shower slippery. Have never had a problem with my razors or razor burn like I do with shaving cream!! Enjoy the smooth and shiny legs!!!


Kim Bunch February 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Clark Howard said to just make sure you dry off your razor and it never gets dull. I do this and it works. Saves a ton on blades. Especially when you get older and can’t use the cheap blades because they cut you.


Kim Bunch February 23, 2013 at 10:29 pm

Just dry your razor after each use and it will stay sharp. I do this every time. I save alot on the on the refill blades.


bliong March 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

very good and timely info


kirsty May 7, 2013 at 2:03 am

This works better if you’re dry shaving. I keep an old toothbrush near by to clean the razor if it gets gunked up but using the oil is better if you shave with out water.


Marcia May 10, 2013 at 1:29 am

I use baby oil the dry one so no grease fealing.I rub it on my legs then on top rub some dove soap and shave … my legs are crazy soft.


kim July 1, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I read throught all the comments concerning pro’s and con’s about baby oil. I have tried baby oil in the past…It does make the tub slippery, clogs the razor, burned my legs, and I had bumps afterward. I have used regular hair conditioner like Kimberly and April, and found that my legs are very smooth! The only problem is that my razor seems to dull a little faster, but love the feel after shaving. (cheap stuff works great, and lasts forever) I also use Aveno shaving cream. Seems to help with bikini bumps! Might try the one for Sensitive skin….


Kristy July 4, 2013 at 4:03 am

I like Avon’s shaving gel but I also agree that plain old conditioner works wonders. I don’t use baby oil when shaving because it makes the tub to slippery. I do like to use baby oil AFTER I shave while my skin is still damp or wet. That makes them feel amazing!


Karen July 5, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Sometimes when I just want a quick shave I use Johnson’s baby lotion before I shave and it leaves my legs really soft for days and I like it :)


Patrick July 11, 2013 at 5:16 am

If you want to save money on razors, use razors made by Dorco. They’re amazing and very cheap! Spend over $20 for free shipping and you’ll have a whole year+ supply. I used to spend $25 on gillette refills of 8. Best razors I’ve ever used!


Joanne November 17, 2013 at 3:59 am

I use baby oil every time I shower… have used it for years = I use the oil on my skin AFTER I shave but I’m going to try shaving with it!! Thanks


Mr Patrick October 30, 2014 at 11:50 am

Much better idea to extend the life span of razor with the baby oil but as per my experience of using a razor for 20years i suggest its more better to use a electric shaver.


Dima April 29, 2016 at 7:25 am

I use baby oil right before shaving… I apply it on my skin for one minute then I add some conditioner on my skin with the baby oil…. then enjoy easy soft shaving…


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