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The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil, Unscented, 2 fl. oz.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 5, 2012
If you like the smell of AOS Sandalwood, that is about the only thing going for this product. Really there is more scent coming from the other oils in the product as compared to the sandalwood essential oil. The other thing is this is an oily product that is thick and sticky. If you like to wetshave with water rinses in your sink, you can bet this will leave an oily very sticky ring on the sink after only one shave.

I recommend using Proraso Pre as it is just as effective, picks the hairs up better for a shave, and rinses very cleanly. Do a pre-shave for effectiveness not scent as any scent is not going to make it through the soap lathering, rinse and resultant aftershave anyway.

I've also used non-lathering shaving creams like Kiss My Face ad Cremo Creme as pre-shave alternatives with very good results as well.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2010
This isn't the worst product, but it is too pricey and it contains too much castor oil! The castor oil makes the shaving oil too sticky and too difficult to wash off your hands once you rub it onto your face. The best shaving oil is L'Ome by Durance. It's hard to find, but it is ten times "slicer" than this Art of Shaving oil. I like most AofS products, but this one needs some real product improvement. It should contain more glycerin as opposed to castor oil. It will help if you put it on before lathering--but it will gum up your razor pretty good, so be prepared to do a LOT of rinsing of your blade! I actually have to use an old toothbrush to get all the gunk out of my razor. I will probably go back to mixing my own shaving oil if I cannot find any more of the Durance oil. I'm no chemist, but my own oil mixtures is better than this!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2010
I purchased this shaving oil as the L'Occitane shaving oil that I had used for years was unavailable. I was looking for a shaving oil that I could use with both electric and blade razors. The L'Occitane product could do this, as it is a relatively light oil. This product is thicker, and a little tacky once applied. When I shave with my Gillette Mach 3 razor, I use either a shaving cream or gel in addition to the oil. This product has worked as expected in this situation, giving me a close shave with no irritation. However, due to the thicker, tackier nature of this product, it has not worked well with my electric razor. Therefore, I would highly recommend this product if you shave with a blade, but I would look for a thinner, less tacky oil if you use an electric razor. Additionally, if you have never used a shaving oil, it is worth a try. It allows for a much closer shave with much less irritation. After using oil for a number of years now, and seeing and feeling the difference it makes, I can't believe no one ever told me to use it before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 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:

Pros
- Goes on easily
- Provides a slightly smoother shave than without

Cons
- 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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 20, 2013
I have used this off and on for about a year now trying to find the benefit of it. If I shave right after a shower, there is no benefit at all that I am able to see. My facial hair is already softened from the shower.

If I shave any other time, I usually put this on for a little bit but I can not tell a difference from when I do not use it. I guess it might be of use if you are using a super cheap cream that is not doing it's own job very well?

Overall I will use up the one bottle of it that I have and will not purchase it again. This product seems like it was made just to have one more item to buy/sell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
This oil does what it is supposed to. But it is supposed to be unscented and it smells a bit like cloves, which i don't care for. It also goes on very thick. There are better, and less costly, alternatives out there for a pre-shave oil. But if you purchase this, mix it with a little water on your hand and it will go on easier.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2011
I ordered the Sandalwood for All Skin Types version of this oil, mostly with the hopes that it would provide a bit of relief from the ingrown hairs and razor burn I was experiencing, particularly on my neck. I'm not entirely sure what the blend is here, but it feels a bit like an olive oil base (others have mentioned castor oil as well). I've heard many recommendations that this isn't a bad blend, although there are a few other types of oil that are better at conditioning the skin. This oil serves pretty much exclusively as a lubricant.

I shave with a DE razor, as most who would buy this product do. First use, I put about 5 or 6 drops of the stuff on my hands and rubbed it into my stubble. My face was noticeably greasy, but this was a good thing for the sake of lubrication...which is exactly what I was looking for. The sandalwood scent is absolutely delightful, if you like that scent. It's pretty strong with this product, something I wasn't used to with my typical sandalwood shave soap, which leaves just a faint fragrance after a shave.

The fragrance here is stronger and longer lasting.

After rubbing the oil in, I worked a good lather over my face and began to shave. The shave was indeed far more comfortable with the oil. The razor glided over my skin, and there was virtually no tugging on the hairs. Even using Feather blades, I would get an occasional yank on the hairs that would cause a bit of discomfort. With this oil, it's almost like simply pushing a bladeless razor over my face and having the hair come out.

My face and neck looked a bit better than usual after this, and after a week of usage, I had no more ingrown hairs or razor burn.

The drawback of this is that, since it provides no conditioning value to the skin, it's going to cause some people with more sensitive skin to break out. I avoid this by rubbing the leftover lather over my face to break down any left over oily residue. This also keeps my skin from looking greasy or oily. If you have particularly sensitive skin or want something with more conditioning value, JoJoba oil is apparently the ingredient you would want listed on your preshave oil. Alternatively, you could look for a preshave lotion or cream.

I would recommend this product, with the aforementioned caveats in mind. It's a good preshave oil, a bit on the pricier side unfortunately, but I'd say it's not without value and it's certainly helped me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
this shaving oil give you skin protection, smooth shave.
smell great, easy to apply,comfortable using.
i think, most men should use this product.
recommended highly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2013
The Lemon smell is strong, but not too strong. It's ability to help your razor glide over the skin is so clear. I have used several blades and tried w/ Oil and with Soap - then w/ oil and with cream.... The difference isn't the soap or cream - it's the oil. The soap/cream adds to moisture, but the oil is what seems to "float" my blade across my face - I love this product.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2012
I have been using this oil for a while now as it is the only thing I have found that works for me. I have sensitive skin and normally get irritation from shaving but this oil prevents that and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. Definitively recommend to anyone who gets irritation or bumps from shaving.
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