One of the things I'm self conscious about during a yoga class is having hairy legs. Or prickly legs. I get that it's totally a western, cultural thing- which is annoying but I just really don't like hairy legs. And I can't stand the thought of the teacher coming along unaware that they'll be adjusting my furry legs whilst in shoulderstand. ICK.
Anyhoo, that being said I was never "that girl" who shaved her legs every single day. I just didn't have the patience or commitment. I still don't. (I know there are women out there who shave their legs every day, I had friends who did.... which still amazes me). But I did really like the fancy schmancy shaving cream stuff. The thought of shaving my legs without some perfumed mess of chemical goop was mind boggling. I mean, my legs would erupt in bumpy, cut up monstrosities if I did that right?
I had a moment in BC when I realized just how ridiculous the whole process was. Shaving cream has a whole crap load of weird chemicals, stuff to make it smell good (perfume which can have formaldehyde), stuff to make it foam, stuff to make it seep into your skin and blood stream (moisturizers) allowing the other foaming, perfuming agents to just march right in. That and the packaging, no way to ever recycle.
So, still believing I needed something specific for shaving my legs, I bought "method" shaving cream. Still has chemicals, still packaged in a non recyclable container. I then moved to this special "shaving" bar of soap made by Birch Bark soap (which I adored).
Then I ran out. And being a little lazy, I was forced to use whatever I had in the shower. Body wash, regular body soap, conditioner, shampoo. And you know what? They all worked just fine.
We've all been duped into thinking that in order to shave our legs we need some special shaving lotion/cream. An marketing creation, making us think we need a product so we'll buy it. It's a complete, weird, cultural crock.
Never again will I buy a cream/soap/lotion specific for shaving my legs. A moisturizing locally made bar of soap will do just find. No packaging, no scary ingredients. Perfect for the lazy eco-yogi(ni)!
Now off we go to watch our wonderful Yoga Instructor Helen Fong give a talk on Meditation! :)
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