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The Art of Shaving Starter Kit - Sandalwood

3.7 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
About the Product
  • Pre-Shave Oil (0.5 fl. oz)
  • Shaving Cream (1 oz)
  • After-Shave Balm (0.5 fl. oz)
  • Trial Size Badger Shaving Brush

Product Description

Starter Kit The 4 Elements of The Perfect Shave® combine The Art of Shaving aromatherapy-based products, handcrafted accessories and expert shaving technique to guarantee optimal shaving results while relieving and preventing ingrown hairs, razor burn, tough beard and sensitive skin. The Starter Kit offers 1 week's worth of essentials for a close and comfortable shave.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B000PI3AWW
  • UPC: 884616671942 881505561605
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,538 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Ingredients
Pre-Shave Oil Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fragrance/Parfum, Water/Aqua, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone Shaving Cream Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Fragrance/Parfum, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Edta, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone After-Shave Balm Ingredients: Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Peg-4 Olivate, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Silica, Sodium Pca, Fragrance/Parfum, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Cetyl Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Peg-4 Dilaurate, Peg-4 Laurate, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Peg-4, Tetrasodium Edta, Tapioca Starch, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone

Directions
How to Use: Pre-Shave Oil - Before shaving, rub a small amount of oil on your hands and massage into the beard. Lather up Shaving cream or soap on top of the gel and shave. How to Use: Shaving Cream - Always shave during or after a hot shower. Using hot water, lather up a small amount of Shaving Cream with a brush or your fingers and shave with the grain. For a closer shave, re-lather and shave lightly across or against the grain. Rinse with cold water and apply After-Shave Balm. How to Use: After-Shave Balm - Apply to face and neck after shaving.

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ADDENDUM: Amazon has been contacted a number of times to correct the image on this product, each time responding they're not going to change the image. What you see above is not what ships. Read for details below. (Aug. 30, 2011)

FIRST NOTE: The picture on this page as of June 22, 2011, is inaccurate. The brush is completely different. It's about half the size, a different design and far inferior to the brush pictured. If this has been changed, I'll be happy to amend this review. As of Aug. 24, the image has been reported as inaccurate, but Amazon.com said in an email they see no need to change the image.

Now, to the meat and potatoes...

This is something I had intended to put in my regular rotation of gifts for men on special occasions. It really does give a first rate shave, and my sister bought this kit for me about two years ago for Christmas. I've been using that brush since. The brush I'm referring to is the one pictured on this page.

Unfortunately, that's not the brush that ships with this package anymore.

Apparently, since The Art of Shaving was bought out by Procter and Gamble -- the folks who bring you Gillette shaving products -- the kit has changed. You get a brush that is half the size of the one that originally shipped that isn't of very high quality.

When the package arrived, the other products were of the same size, but I was very disappointed in the brush. I couldn't in good faith give this as a gift when the brush included was of far inferior quality to what used to be included.

I'm returning this and getting a better quality brush with a tub of nice shaving cream. I'll probably spend a little more, but I'll get a much better value.
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Seems a little watered down vs what is in the store. The brush is pretty much useless. Bought for travel which i luckily don't do often. Shaving Creme will not foam up with this brush included at all.
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By Scott on January 22, 2014
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I got this for travel purposes and love the set. The only downfall is that there is no protector or holder for the brush. In order to dry it is recommended to hang upside down so you have to get cleaver in the hotel room to accomplish this. Also with no case you run the risk of bending the bristles - to get around this I used an old pill case it is just the right size.
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I bought this as a Christmas gift for my boyfriend & he loved it! Almost a year later, he's still using it! The product definitely lasts long.
It also smells so good every time I kiss him after he shaves. ;)
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I like that the scent is very light, just a hint, and not flowery or perfume-like. The products are effective at preventing razor burn and making the shave easier.
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Extremely expensive and not worth the cost at all. You get no better shave than using regular shaving items.

1. The brush is cheaply made with flimsy, light-weight plastic handle and shedding bristles.
2. The pre-shave oil does not improve the closeness of shaving.
3. The aftershave is watery. Literally watery; like they formulated it and then cut the recipe in half with water.
4. Shaving cream okay, but no better than anything you could buy off shelf for $3.99.

Very disappointed in the poor quality of the items. The silver lining is I spent only $25 on the kit rather than $100s on full size items.
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Great for getting into a better shave but keep in mind this is a starter set and you'll move on from here. You can build a pretty simple shave kit from here and buying a safety razor, shave soap/cream, proper brush, and such. If you're on the edge BUY IT, you won't be disappointed and it'll get you on track for a better shave. I will add I don't use their products now, they're just spendy.
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I got lavender for myself and sandalwood for my Dad and we both enjoyed using the foam brushes. The shaving foam that is included is also pretty good. The oil is very smoothing. Overall it was a good experience.

The brush itself was obviously not meant to last longer than the products in the package. It will get you through the included foam, but is definitely not a quality brush. The bristles will fall out. OK for beginners though.

If you are ready to step into the straight shaving world be sure to get this:
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