Review: Pacific Shaving Company All Natural Shaving Oil
I've been shaving for a while now with Pacific Shaving Oil and have been duly impressed. I had an underwhelming experience with a previous shaving oil, so going into this I wasn't sure what to expect, but this stuff is a winner. Great shave. Easy shave. Clean shave.
Let's get one thing straight right away - Pacific Shaving Oil is all you use when shaving. It's not a pre-shave oil so you're not using it as a base or in conjunction with a cream or gel. Just splash some warm water on your face, squeeze five drops into your hands, and rub it into your face. You're good to go.
One of the huge benefits of a shaving oil is that it's clear, so your face isn't hidden by all this white stuff. That means it's much easier to avoid cuts or blemishes, or even facial hair you're trying to keep. It also means that your razor isn't constantly getting gunked up with cream which you've got to clean out. A while back I reviewed the shaving oil from Total Shaving Solutions, which is a similiar type of shave. One thing I didn't like about Total Shaving Solution's oil was that it was so clear I couldn't tell if I had covered all parts of my face. When you are applying Pacific Shaving Solution's oil to your face, it actually foams up just slightly so you can tell if you've missed a spot. I really liked this. Once you work the oil into your face for a minute the foam disappears, and you're back to shaving in the clear. Not sure if this is intentional, but it's a great touch.
Shaving oils work by applying a thin layer of lubricant to your skin, so the razor glides over the oil and can cut the hair without damaging the skin. This is similar to the way creams and gels work, just without all the extra junk which gets caught up in the razor. Think of it as a back to the basics shave. The fundamentals. You're only applying to your face the bare essentials of what's needed. It's a good philosophy.
One other thing I really liked about Pacific Shaving Oil was its smell. I know that I'm going to sound corny here, but let me try to describe it. Many shaving products are overly perfumed. Some make you smell like a man (from the '50s). And others smell like crap. Pacific Shaving Oil smells vegetal. In a good way. I swear. Perhaps it's because it's made with all natural ingredients - sunflower oil, tangerine oil, grapefruit oil, avocado oil, cucumber oil. (It also contains kukui nut oil, so be careful if you have nut allergies.) I don't know. The stuff smells good. Trust me. It smells different than any other shaving product you've tried, and I applaud that.
Here's another thing to consider - the actual bottle of shaving oil is tiny. Since you only use five drops at a time, a little bit goes a long way. So if you're really into your current shaving system but want a compact travel shave, here's your solution. The bottle takes up no space, and you're going to get 100 shaves out of it. Throw it in your travel kit and forget about it. You're covered.
So have I convinced you that this stuff is worth trying? Still got questions? Click on over to their FAQ, directions for use, or home page for more info. Pacific Shaving Oil is available at www.pacificshaving.com and costs $6.95 a bottle plus shipping, which starts at $1.
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Posted by Russell Neufeld at September 29, 2005 9:38 AM