Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Another use for all that conditioner you get free at CVS and Walgreens.

Today's Works For Me Wednesday is the Frugal Tip Edition.

About a month ago I was looking forlornly into my hall closet lamenting the fact that I have 5 bottles of conditioner and none of them was the type I prefer for my hair.

I had 5 bottles of conditioner because I got them all free using coupons and Extra Care Bucks from CVS. Seems like every time I went to CVS to get my free Sunsilk Conditioner, they had every other type of Sunsilk on the shelf except the volumizing kind that I love. So I ended up getting the kinds that I don't like figuring I could give them away or just use them and walk around with unvolumized hair.

Two weeks ago I was at my MOPS meeting when Heather (hi, Heather!) was giving a talk on Frugal Living. One of her tips was to use conditioner instead of shaving cream.

As soon as she mentioned conditioner I thought about all that free unused conditioner I had sitting in my hall closet.

So for the past two weeks I have been using conditioner instead of shaving cream and it works great! Just rub a small amount on your leg (or whatever body part you happen to be shaving) and shave as normal. There won't be any sudsy lather but that's not necessary. Just make sure there is a little bit of conditioner on the area you are shaving. I use about a dime size for each leg (from the knee to the ankle).

My legs are soft and smooth and I don't know if it's my imagination but the hair on my legs seems to be growing slower. Most likely it's that the conditioner is making the hair softer but it seems to me that my legs aren't as scratchy and stubbly at the end of the day as they are when I use shaving cream.

I finally found a use for all that free conditioner, I won't have to buy shaving cream for months AND my legs are softer and smoother than ever. Combine that with my previous tip on making your razors last longer and I feel like a shaving guru.

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Merrily Down the Stream said...

All Hail The Shaving Meister!

~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh cool! thanks for the great tip!

Heather said...

I'm so glad it works for you! I too like it better than shaving creme

Jaina said...

What a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

jennwa said...

That is a great idea. I too have a lot of conditioner in my bathroom.

Denise said...

Very awesome.

Jewel said...

Great idea, Beth! I also read somewhere that you can use conditioner in place of fabric softener in your wash, in a pinch. I think I did one time but I added some water to it to thin it down a bit!

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

I will try this, awesome.

And thanks for the sweet comment over at my blog!