Oil has been used for thousands of years as a healing agent, softener, and moisturizer for our skin. Vegetable oils are very similar to our own oils that our skin produces to help protect our skin. How does this apply to us shaving folk? Well, these are properties that we search for when shaving our faces!
Many different oils have been used in shaving, including olive oil and “baby” oil. But why shave with oil? It provides a smooth and very slick surface that helps to heal razor burn and small nicks, plus helps keep the skin hydrated at the same time! Shaving oil can also be used as effective pre-shave oil under your lather. Adding another protective layer gives you an even more pleasurable shave experience. This may seem like a miracle product, and it should be!
Shaving oil products are very small in quantity and compact in size, making them ideal for the traveler. Usually supplied in one ounce, or half ounce, sized bottles, they are TSA compliant and can provide as many as 100 shaves with one bottle.
A high volume traveler or not, I highly recommend picking up a bottle. Here’s what to look for:
Choose a product that has light oil as its base. Go with a product that uses Sunflower Seed oil, Grape seed oil, Coconut, or Avocado oil. Olive oil is nice, but it can be heavy and people with combination or oily skin can have problems with it clogging pores.
Also look for a tight locking lid! There’s nothing like oil leaked all over your clothes and luggage to ruin a trip. Consider packing your product in a zip-lock sealing baggie.
Find a bottle with a small opening for dispensing, you only need a few drops per shave.
Using shaving oil is quite simple! Simply step out of the shower with your face still damp (not dripping!) dispense the recommended drops into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together, then rub the oil into your beard area. If it feels a little dry or sticky, dip your finger into water and then repeat. Adding a little bit of water will “activate” and distribute the oil.
Here are a couple of shaving oils that I highly recommend:
- King of Shaves Shave oil, Alpha Oil, Kinexium and Serums. Will King started the shave oil revolution back in 1993, and his brand has since become the third largest shaving product company in the world! You don’t get this big with crummy products! Well worth finding a bottle! http://www.shave.com
- Pacific Shaving Company. A relatively new company that began in 2002, their shave oil is fantastic and has a pleasant light citrus scent! The rest of their products are top notch as well. http://www.pacificshaving.com
(Originally written for Malestandard.com, as yet unpublished)