Savings challenge: Make your own shaving oil

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Editor’s note: Each week, one of Bankrate’s personal finance reporters is reporting on a new way to save and chronicling the savings journey. This week, I made my own shaving oil to see how much I could save and to share my experience with you. See what happened.

This will be a rare tip aimed at men, so apologies to the ladies. I’m sharing my DIY recipe for a product that can transform something typically thought of as drudgery (and sometimes painful) into a more pleasurable experience. We’re talking about shaving our faces.

What we’re discussing isn’t exactly a household name. But it should be. Shaving oil is sold in high-end shaving shops and some drugstores. What some also call “pre-shave oil” is applied to the face before shaving cream, substantially reducing friction and irritation. It makes for a closer shave, an added bonus. These products can sell for $10 or more per ounce.

So, while you might want to reduce the post-shave burn, you can also avoid the burn at the checkout counter. You can easily make this stuff at home in minutes for a fraction of the retail price.