Shave the Earth

It’s Pinterest Monday again! Today I’m tackling a tip that’s been circulating with this lovely pic:

Will it work? 1Tbsp of iodine 2% 1Cup of baby oil Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR! -- worth a shot?/Doubtful...
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Is that picture weird or what? Seriously. It looks like Barbie meets Magilla Gorilla.

This is a pinterest dead-end, meaning a picture with no website attached, that carried the comment: “1Tbsp of iodine 2% 1Cup of baby oil Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for only 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR! — worth a shot”

I was skeptical of this tip, to say the least. But I dutifully went to the drugstore and purchased 2% iodine and baby oil.

In preparation for this experiment, I also grew my leg hair for a week. Is that dedication, or what?

(No. I did NOT take a picture of my hairy legs. The above image was gross enough, thanks.)

I mixed the two ingredients and put it on my legs, waited, and wiped it off per the instructions. Here are my observations:

  1. Baby oil and iodine do not actually mix; it just makes oil with brown blobs in it.
  2. Iodine stained my white sink with brown splotches.
  3. My legs were still hairy.

My conclusion? DON’T try this. It is not “worth a shot.” I had to soak and scrub the sink like crazy to get that stuff off.

On a more positive note, another pinterest tip worked slightly better.

Is this the truth? Another pinner said: Almost a week since I've shaved and I have stubble is at a minimum. Lifesaver!! Ladies: put down the shaving creams and gels, use baby oil gel. It will change your shave game.
Almost a week since I’ve shaved and I have stubble is at a minimum. Lifesaver!! Ladies: put down the shaving creams and gels, use baby oil gel. It will change your shave game.
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I had never heard of baby oil gel, but it was in the drugstore next to the regular baby oil I bought above.

This worked well, although the gel clogged my razor and did not just rinse off. The razor cleaned off easily enough with soap; however, I sliced my hand open washing it.

(Note to self: Don’t use your bare hands to wipe a sharp blade. Duh.)

And it did keep my legs smooth for an extra day or two. The above claim of a week with no stubble is just ridiculous.

Anyways, the moral of this story is: If you want to get rid of unwanted hair: JUST SHAVE IT OFF!

SHAVE

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