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100 of 108 people found the following review helpful
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.
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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
I picked up a bottle of this stuff from Walmart. I was not planning to buy anything like this, but the cheap gimmicky packaging caught my attention while browsing the shaving aisle. Initially, I disregarded it because of the packaging (looks like a joke), but then decided to read a little more. After seeing that this little oil is claiming to REPLACE shaving cream, gels, etc??? I decided to checkout out reviews on Amazon first before taking the FOUR DOLLAR PLUNGE.

I have always gotten the best shave with Gillette sensitive foaming gel and Mach 3 razors, BUT... many many times I still get razor burn and nicks if I don't thoroughly "prep" to shave. Prepping to shave has always been a pain. When I don't have the time for that, I typically end up with nicks and razor burn which is even more frustrating cause I'm already short on time AND my face/neck is burning.

I just tried this stuff this morning. I wet my face and applied 5 drops in my palm (also wet) and rubbed it on my face. It seriously didn't feel like much was on there, but I could still tell it was "oily" and a little could go a long way. It's a different feeling from foam or gel, because with that stuff your face is thoroughly covered. I began to shave with my usual Mach 3 razor and IMMEDIATELY could tell just how much better THIS stuff is. It's not a "bad" oil... it's perfect. It's hydrating, smooth, and minty.

I've seen a couple reviews where people complained about their razor clogging. The packaging clearly states that you need to rinse the razor often. I made sure to do just that and had NO problems with clogging or anything. The biggest problem I have is that I've spent WAY TOO MUCH money on crap that's left me with nicks and burns for YEARS. Like many others have said, I wish this stuff was around yeaaaaaaaars ago. Seriously, this stuff should have put every other gel, cream, foam, shaving soap.. out of business by now????? Perhaps it's only a matter of time.

I'm about to go recommend this to everyone I know.
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238 of 275 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
i use this to shave my cooch and i was scared that it was gonna give me really bad razor burn but it actually works better than anything ive ever used, and ive tried almost everything. plus, the menthol gives me a nice tingle ;) LOVE IT!!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2010
I use a Panasonic wet/dry shaver and have wet shaved with fine creams. And the results were great. But I can shave with Shave Secret and get an even better, as well as quicker, shave. My recommendation is to 1) wet the face with warm (not hot) water, 2) add 5 or 6 drops of SS to condition the skin, and 3 begin shaving after about a minute. As the bottle states, just re-wet with water those parts of the face needing additional conditioning.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2010
Shave secret + double edge safety razor (Feather Blades, in my case) = Best Shave ever.

I usually follow with bump patrol (original formula) and then spf 30 face cream.

It took me 5-6 years of regular shaving to find this regimin, but I highly recommend the above combination to anyone who does not currently love their shaving experience.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2014
I've written before how I love Shave Secret but the internet price is outrageous contrary to what is normally cheaper. Gents, go to Walmart, it sells for $3.42 a bottle.
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50 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2014
*** Update June 15, 2015 *** Am still using J&J Baby Shampoo instead of expensive shave oils & things are great... saving money & getting a smooth shave. Now I just shave & don't even think about it! I use a simple 3 blade razor that cleans well but doesn't over scrape my face -end.

Orig: I've tried a lot of diff shaving products so thought I'd try this. Some have worked, some not. If this 'Secret' works for you, that's good. 'Shave Secret' did not work for me even in optimal shaving conditions in the steamy shower. But I think I eventually discovered the Secret.

TinY BOTTLE: The Secret bottle of Secret oil is tiny,... only about 19ml. But the tiny dosage of 3-5 drops is a joke & not enough. Getting 2 drops into each palm, then onto the entire face /neck, into the stubble,...no way no matter how much they tell you to water it down. No matter how much re-wetting the face the 'Secret' recomends. I have an average face with average stubble & even with 2x-3x more drops, razor still drags, shave is poor compared to other canned cream I use... Nivea (German mfg bot Walmart & their ingredients are not secret).

HARD TO See. Using clear oil (vs a white cream) on my face I found it was hard to see where I had shaved. I like to shave in the shower for optimum shaving conditions with moist steam. But with no bright lights in the shower the Clear 'Secret' oil was difficult to see.

EXPENSIVE: While fiddling with my Secret Oil I accidentally found something that actually worked much much better,...& much much cheaper. J&J Baby golden Baby Shampoo,..yea,..I use it on my head because it's gentle & can even get it in eyes with no problem. Washes off clean & gentle to skin. So I put a couple baby shampoo drops in my palms,.. rubbed palms together to raise slight suds & spread over palms, them apply a palm to each side of face. Those few drop DID ACTUALLY cover my entire face & best of all, amazed at the close shave... no nicks or burns. Ha! Baby shampoo. Try it first before tossing me into the looney bin. I did a half face comparison of baby shampoo vs Secret Oil. Baby shampoo had good blade glide, was gentle & cheap. Washes off clean & easy from razor /face. Slight sudsing made the oil visible for accurate shaving. Sweet.

EXPENSIVE: Save Secret is very expensive. A small 18.75 ml bottle is $7-15$ depending current prices at Amazon. My baby shampoo costs about $4 & is a huge 591ml size or equivalent to about 32 bottles of Shave Secret. That means by the time I use up my $4 bottle of J&J, 'Shave Secret' users will spend $220-480 on 32 tiny bottles of Secret Oil. That may be the Real Secret....$$$$.

BOTT LINE: That's about it. Nobody buys my vote. I don't work for J&J or Nivea. I just try to be fair /honest about my experience which may be the same /diff from other reviews. On balance, there are reasons modern shaving moved away from shaving oils. But if SS works for you then great. For me, I returned it becausethis Secret is overpriced, performs poorly, there are better /cheaper alternatives with as good or much better results. Based on performance & price, Shave Secret Oil is more like an advertising fad. EARNS 1-Star.
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2010
I saw this stuff at WalMart several times before purchasing. Since using it, I can't imagine ever using creme again. I use the 5 drops on a wet face and shave with a Fusion. Closest, least irritating shave ever. As a bonus, I seem to be able to use the razor long after the lubricant strip turns white. I tried it as an electric pre-shave, but didn't find it as effective as with a blade. If you try it once, you will likely use it for life. Nice to find a product that exceeds expectations.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2014
Part of shaving is ritual. The preparation with hot water and a pre-shave lotion. Changing the Japanese blades on the German made razor. The gathering of Italian cream on the English badger hair brush and mixing with just right amount amount of hot water. I admit it, I like this process. I've tried this oil once, this morning. It killed much of the the joy of shaving and I didn't enjoy it one bit. It was too simple and quick. However, when I was done, I think I had the best shave I've ever had, My face is smoother than ever before and less skin irritation than other products. I'll use this again, but I don't have to like it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
Tried the Shave Secret, first I was skeptical. Then I tried it and it works great. What I like is the smooth shave and you don't have to guess where your shave marks are on your beard. With foam you have to wipe it off to shave your beard and mustache area. Only issue I have is the smell is strong, but it washes off after you shower. Beware of the shipping cost, you could get this same item at Wal-Mart for under $4.00 each.
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