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In The Name of Science

So my friend posted on FB that he read an article about using peanut butter as shaving gel, and would pay good money AND attempt to crowdsource for photos of a person dumb enough actually attempting to do such a thing. Well, I figured I had to shave for work any way, so in the name of science and much needed cash:

Okay, let's start at the beginning.

First, my face before any shaving was done:

Please note the lazy sexy few days of stubble.

And my weapons of choice:

Arguably, I should have used a NEW razor blade, but this is lazy in the name of science, and steps must be taken immediately! Normally, I would use a lotion of some sort, followed by a layer of shaving cream/gel lathered lightly. I don't go in for that whole Old Spice rolling layers of foam thing...I find it gets more on my arm than it does any good.

So, once decided, my chin, close up, with peanut butter:

Not thick gobs, but just enough spread evenly to cover the necessary area. I'm wondering if I shouldn't have treated it so much like shaving gel, and gone with a bit more, but still this documents what actually happened, not what should have happened.

And now, the razor in action:

If you look closely, you can already see the razor burn starting. This is NOT going well, believe me.

Note the peanut butter starting to drip. Perhaps chunky would have been better, but I'm not sure peanut butter is meant to be applied to skin.

The standard puffy cheek pose, requisite for any shaving photo session.

And the finished product:

My friend requested blood, so please note the nick below my lower left lip. Yeah, I took one for the team, 'cause those sorts of things never happen when I shave normally. Really. I swear.

So, my final thoughts on shaving with peanut butter:

PROS: Technically, a jar of peanut butter is as cheap, if not cheaper, than shaving gel. So I could see this being argued as cost effective in times of pecuniary durress. However, I would make the counter argument that SOAP and WATER are cheaper than peanut butter, so I'm not seeing the purpose really.

CONS: It's essentially a soap and water shave, very dry and tugging. However, the peanut butter also clogs the razor, requiring extra water to rinse the blade. Also, when you're finished, you smell like...well...peanut butter, and there aren't too many aftershaves that pair well with that. Furthermore, if you have sideburns, the peanut butter sticks in the hair there. On top of all that, peanut butter doesn't dissolve in water like shaving cream, so you're left with a big sink of peanut butter to mop up.

Ultimately, while one CAN shave with peanut butter, I'm not sure that one SHOULD shave with peanut butter. There are many things one CAN shave with--soap, lotion, various oils, dish washing detergent, lard, mace, coyote urine--but I'm not sure many of them are solid alternatives to shaving cream or gel. Peanut butter certainly is not, despite what this guy might argue in his book.

Feel like contributing to the experiment fund.
Go ahead and click.  C'mon...you know you want to.


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 9th, 2011 11:38 am (UTC)
Fun :-)

Thinking of the other nonculinary uses the infographic portrays, I have to ask: Are you going to try using peanut butter to clean your leather jacket or to lubricate your lawn mower?
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
If I can get enough donations from this project, I'll consider a)using peanut butter for other purposes, b)eating various peanut butter sandwich combinations, c)shaving with other products not originally intended for shaving (a friend suggested mayo, for example).

It's all about the money. =)
Sep. 9th, 2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
So where's your PayPal link?
Sep. 12th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
Sorry...it's there now. Remember, you'll be donating for a scientific cause! =)
Sep. 12th, 2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
Ow. Owwwwww.
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:40 pm (UTC)
If you'd have put grape jelly on first, you wouldn't have nicked yourself. There's a reason they put the "j" in pb&j.
Sep. 13th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
PS: On the other hand, if you keep using peanut butter by itself, in a month or two you'll have a face as good-looking as the "Lucky-13" model.

Actually, I'm kidding. You'll never be as pretty as me.
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