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It does the job, but probably not necessary
on October 4, 2012
I shave both my face and whole head, so I want decent shaving products to do it with. I did some research and learned about this whole shaving sub-culture where people are obsessed with "BBS" (baby butt smooth) shaves and use cotton balls to test for smoothness, blah, blah. I just want a good comfortable shave and skip all the other silliness.
I started using the e-Shave shaving cream and I liked it, but it was expensive so I figured I would check out some similar "upscale" shaving products and see what they did for me (including Musco Real from Portugal - meh, skip it).
One that I tried was Art of Shaving cream and pre-shave oil. I bought a small sample pack of the Sandalwood scent and was *not* impressed with the smell. I have been to India several times and I know Sandalwood, and this was not it. However, besides the scent, it seemed to good, so I purchased the larger version in unscented and got the oil as well (and a nice travel size brush).
Here are my thoughts on the oil:
- Goes on easily
- Provides a slightly smoother shave than without
- Even being unscented, it has a smell. To me it reminds me of pine trees and herbs. Its not all that strong, but it's definitely there.
- You will go through a bottle of it much faster than the cream
- Makes you hands feel kind of goopy and need a bunch of soap to wash it off with (it is oil, so just water won't cut it)
Overall, I think it does give you a slightly better shave, but not so much that it is worth the price and time. This is pretty much a gimmick by P&G to increase revenue as far as I am concerned and I would just skip it and go with a good shaving cream. The Art of Shave cream has been one of the better ones, so consider that an option.
Hope this was helpful!