Safe Shaving Cream?

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By Melrose Mum on Mon, 03-11-02, 16:52

Hey Ya'll! My daughter's Preschool has asked me for a 'safe' brand of shaving cream, they sometimes use it for 'sensory play.' I am especially interested in finding a good 'store brand' that is cheap and safe (doesn't have to shave well!) we live in the Boston area, I've checked Stop & Shop, but they only have a 'gel' type - not 'cream' type. Anyway my eyes have crossed reading all the labels (you know how that goes) and before I start calling EVERY company, I thought I'd ask for help. Thank you everyone!
BTW, yes, I did a search in the archives and found the warning about EDGE, but that was quite awhile ago, and I need a 'cream' type...thanks again!

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By Corvallis Mom on Mon, 03-11-02, 22:56

One thing that works well as a substitute for sensory play (and has the added bonus for young preschoolers of being completely edible) is Cool Whip or even real Whipped Cream. Kids LOVE making whipped cream with manual egg-beaters, too.

Another thing that I have used at home is the following:

1 bar Dove soap*, grated
1 roll two ply toilet tissue, shredded into very tiny peices.
Add enough hot (about 120 F) water to melt the soap (about 2/3 of a cup to start with) and begin "working" the "fluff".... it will eventually emulsify into a creamy substance with the same properties as whipped topping or shaving cream.... even the prep work is fun (tearing up TP rated VERY high with my daughter).
* Be aware that Dove contains almond oil, but IS generally safe for those not allergic to almonds.

For a classroom sensory table, you might have to double this recipe.

Hope that helps! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By Melrose Mum on Mon, 03-11-02, 23:49

Corvallis Mom, thanks for the soap/tissue paper idea, I'll pass it along...I think I'll pass on the whip cream - the clean up-sticky factor seems a bit too high. The teachers seemed to like shaving cream for 2 reasons
1 - it was easy to create, just spray
2 - it was easy to clean up, they say IT (the cream) does a good job of 'cleaning' the tables. thanks and keep the ideas comin'!

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By Danielle on Wed, 07-30-03, 19:40

Anyone find a safe shaving cream? I had to pull my PA DD out of a mommy and me class a few weeks ago because they were using a shaving cream.

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By PB hater on Wed, 07-30-03, 20:35

Danielle - what ingredient in shaving cream are we looking for that isn't safe? I looked at my DH"s at home but didn't see anything that put up a red flag for me.

Also, do you have a new email...I tried to email you last week and it said you didn't have that address anymore!

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By Danielle on Wed, 07-30-03, 22:51

Hi PB hater -
So good to hear from you!!!!! I have been on the phone with roadrunner every night trying to figure out what is going on with my e-mail. I will know by Friday when someone comes to the house to look at our system. I will let you know then.
Regarding shaving cream I have called on almost all of them and NONE are safe. Hidden ingredients in everything or cross contamination. We have got to find a safe one for my hubby to use. He is ripping his face off using Aveeno baby shampoo. Poor guy.

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By PB hater on Wed, 07-30-03, 23:52

Danielle -
Have you called on Barbasol? That's what my husband's using right now but I haven't called, should have thought to...it's pretty inexpensive with not many ingredients listed, here they are: Barbasol - Water, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Isobutane, Laureth-23, Fragrance (??), Propane, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

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By jamz on Sat, 08-02-03, 02:22

I second PB Hater (Don't hate the playa, hate the game!)

What is unsafe about shaving cream? Yellow dye?

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By Nutternomore on Sun, 08-03-03, 05:50

Jamz,

The issue is hidden nut oils or ingredients derived from nuts. Here are some old threads on the subject.

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Gary

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By pgrubbs on Sun, 08-03-03, 20:09

In many states, it is against child care regulations to use shaving cream or whipped cream for sensory play. In NC both are against regulagtions, but private preschools are exempt from the regs. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

As a preschool person and former pre-k teacher, I'd feel comfortable asking the teacher not to use either.
Paula

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By Danielle on Sun, 08-03-03, 23:41

I will call about Barbasol but I am not to optimistic.
What do your husbands use to shave with if you have a PA child?

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