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Happy to know this secret.
on December 16, 2010
Color me impressed. I shave both my scalp and face. Lately, I've been unsatisfied, mostly with my head shaving, but I was ready to redo the whole routine, which hasn't changed for decades. I got a Merkur DE razor, a Tweezerman brush, some Col. Conk shave soap and I even got a stand to organize the stuff.
So I get on Google to get some lather making tips, and I read a comment along the way that mentions Shave Secret. I'm in an experimental mindset, so I Google Shave Secret and detour to Amazon. The reviews are uniformly positive, so I find some and give it the total test in one morning. I use it on my scalp which I shave with a Sensor Excel, and I use it on my face, which I shave with the Merkur DE. It all ends up perfectly smooth, and almost mysteriously without pain or damage or difficulty. Very unexpected.
I've only done it once, though I'm pretty convinced it's a viable new way for me to shave, and I'll stick with it. The process feels out of whack with the lack of a lathering step, but I can't deny the results. I got a very, very good shave using Shave Secret. I just wish I had found it at the beginning, before I helped the economy by buying some stuff I may not even use now. The DE razor yes, but the brush and soap, maybe not. I did do one day of brush and lather, and it was certainly more time consuming and involved than what this oil requires. Ritual is OK, but results without fuss are more to my liking.
The fragrance is OK. I could do without it, but it's not offensive. There's also a side effect of the oil, which is that after the shave, my skin doesn't feel as dry, or scraped off, as after a shave with soap or foam. At least one reviewer commented that it's expensive, but after seeing what 4 drops for my face and 6 drops for my scalp amounted to, it doesn't seem like it will go that fast. I would consider it quite inexpensive.
Give it a try, especially if you're a head shaver who's not satisfied with the results you're getting. And shaving while traveling might have just gotten a lot easier. Also, the instructions on the package say to rinse the razor frequently, and I think that's a good suggestion.
Updated 1/12/2011 - This stuff is still impressive, but I have found that the oil mixed with the cut hair clogs the blade(s) which reduces the effectiveness of the shave. I've tried to rinse with very hot water, and that doesn't do much. A small toothbrush swiped along the blade loosens and releases the buildup, but it's an extra hassle during a process that I'm just wanting to get through so I can get on with the day. I find myself reaching for the shaving soap just because it's less trouble. I've used Secret Shave with both a D.E. razor and a Sensor twin blade and experienced the clogging with both. I knocked off a star.