How to have the world’s smoothest legs

sexy-legsI have a pathological dislike of pain. Which is why my legs get shaved rather than waxed. And which is why they are usually sporting horrid-looking nicks, cuts and super-dry skin that no amount of Bliss Naked Body Butter or L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream is able to transform into skirt-skimmingingly glowy gorgeousness!

Then I ran into a college friend who now lives in Russia and has legs like butter… no exaggeration. And being a great buddy, she bestowed upon me this Russian shaving oil recipe that’s been around for a few hundred years and apparently gives ultra-sexy skin every single time!

Plus, it’s super-simple: Pour 3 tablespoons of almond oil in a bowl. Add half a tablespoon each of wheat germ oil, canola oil and sesame oil then stir till everything is all mixed up. Slather onto legs and shave. Simple, right? And this has a long shelf life so you can make a larger batch and store in a pretty bottle (the pretty bottle won’t make it more efficient – it’s just my personal commandment). As for the razor – dunk it into a shot glass of vodka (this is Russian, remember?) for a couple of hours and it shall come out all clean and fresh, sans any oily traces!

I have tried this thrice and my legs are definitely looking much better. This week, I might even bare them in this thigh-skimming floaty chiffon-silk dress from Leaves of Grass. What do you think? Good for a chilled-out Sunday champagne brunch? Or should I keep it more chic and monochromatic with the Alice by Temperley number on the right? I need your help here!

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Comments

  1. Renée says

    Thanks for sharing your friends silky legs secret! I will have to try this!! As for the chill-out Sunday brunch attire… tough decision but, I would go with the Alice with some cute strappy sandals 😉 Enjoy!

    • anubha says

      Hi Renee, thanks for your message. I did end up wearing the Alice and got tons of fab compliments – from the girls. Which makes me think that the male of our species just doesn’t care about what we don in any case 🙁

    • anubha says

      I believe isopropyl alcohol can show the same results but haven’t tried it personally. Let me know if you decide to give it a go!

      • Brittany says

        Thank you Thank you Thank you for this! I live in Florida and am so ashamed of my legs that I don’t even own a pair of shorts. >.< If this works I can finally have a tan!
        Quick question though, do you mean pharmacies like CVS, or a less "chain" pharmacy? Also, could one find sesame oil there as well?

        • anubha says

          🙂 🙂 Should be available at any pharmacy… it’s quite a common ingredient. Similarly, sesame oil would be available at any grocery store. And both are pretty inexpensive.

    • anubha says

      Don’t see any harm as we use shaving creams there anyway and this is all-natural. But would suggest you try a small patch before going for the whole bit! [And do report back on how it went for the benefit of the rest of us pls!]

    • anubha says

      Should be in the grocery section as they are generally used for cooking but I guess it would depend from store to store. The almond oil would more likely to be in the beauty section, though.

  2. raychullz says

    I think this is a marvelous idea, however I’m pretty allergic to all sorts of nuts. Could you please recommend some other sort of base oil I may try, because I would really love to use this recipe! Thank you!
    also, sorry if this ends up being a double post.

  3. practical girl says

    Thanks for the tip, many of these ‘old fashioned’ methods work really well if given an opportunity, for this one I just have to find all the ingredients, and hope this helps with the bumps too.

    both dresses are pretty but Leaves of Grass to me is prettier.

    Greetings from BiH!

  4. Dee says

    after shaving your legs and washing the oil, did you apply any sort of cream or you didn’t find it necessary?

    • anubha says

      I normally shave my legs at night and then put on my usual body lotion… nothing special. What about you?

  5. Romina says

    sorry my lapop keyboard does not work well.
    I MEANT 😛
    Can we just apply it for a few minutes and then wash it off so we can still get beautiful glowing skin?

    • anubha says

      It would definitely help if you massaged it in and left it for a few hours. But this is more as a base for a close shave and not a skin treatment on it’s own.

  6. fred says

    Hi, Anubha

    Im a guy who stumbled across this site and find this a very interesting idea. I have heard of the use of oil instead of the canned creams and will give it a try.

    Do you have any evidence to suggest mixing the oils has any effect beyond that of a regular vegetable oil?

    Also, I liked the first few comments where you respond to yourself. It was funny.
    Thanks.

    • anubha says

      Uh… sorry, don’t understand the “respond to yourself”???? About the oils, every different one has its own benefits so they work really well together. And thanks for the compliments 🙂

  7. Lorraine ER says

    I recommend the dress from Leaves of Grass- It’s so pretty!
    Also, thank you for this awesome tip, btw- stumbleupon led me here 🙂

  8. Chinka doo says

    Here’s an easy tip for nice smooth silky legs after you shave..quick,,easy…cheap and painless….when in the shower…shampoo your legs…now shave..when done condition your legs with the cream rinse you would use on your hair…done…your legs will be nice and shinny/smooth/and soft!! I’ve been doing this for years:0 Works for meL(

  9. Ashley says

    Hi! I was just wondering if you use this like regular shaving cream (put it on right before shaving) or if you are supposed to let it soak into the skin for a while first? Thanks!

    -Ashley

    P.s. So glad you picked the Alice dress. It’s beautiful!

    • anubha says

      Hi Ashley, I use it like a regular shaving cream though it’s better if you let it sit a minute or so on the skin to soften the hair. That’s what I do with a regular shaving cream also. And am so happy you like the Alice 🙂

  10. says

    Great tip. I used sweet almond oil mixed with my shower gel for shaving for a long time…. I like a bit of lather. Definitelly will try the other oils in the mix.

  11. Ella says

    Great post, can’t wait to try it! How long do you think the shelf life fot this recipe is? Also are the measurements you gave for one use?

    • anubha says

      It will stay for a couple of weeks… more if you store in the refrigerator. This recipe is for single use. Have you tried it yet?

  12. says

    I just “stumbled” on this webpage and that is a great recipe for shaving legs, shame it’s now the autumn/winter so won’t be able to give full glory to my lovely legs, but hopefully by the time spring arrives the months of using this oil for shaving will have a huge impact on my very dry legs.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Paula at Beauty Lover

  13. nell says

    Thanks for your tips .
    I dont shave my body actually,I wax ,what kinds of oils mix is the best to use after waxing in your idea and if i use this mix in your post will it work (since i dont shave)…!can u give some more ideas for waxing,too?

  14. Natasha says

    Thank you 🙂 This does sound like an amazing idea. I’ve realized that, after shaving for so many years, that the roots of the hair become very hard (even after I have shaved). Will this work for those roots as well?

  15. says

    I always wondered how I could save my razor after using it with an in-shower lotion. Thanks for the tip of using a shot of vodka. 🙂

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