February 24, 2009

Old Post Road Oils: Eco-Friendly Shaving Lubricant

no_4_cart.jpgI recently received a bottle of Old Post Road Oils No. 4 Shaving Soap for Men, and I was a bit skeptical at first. It didn't look like any shaving cream or oil that I had ever used before. It smelled pretty good, but until I put razor to face, I wasn't going to be able to judge it.

Before I give you my opinion, here's what their website had to say about No. 4:

"We created No. 4 Shaving Soap because we believe shaving foam has become obsolete. Natural soap provides the best lubrication for shaving. But not just any natural soap; it has to be extraordinarily mild.

The slightest bit of harshness will burn a face. And natural soaps today don't pass muster. That's why we developed No. 4 specifically for shaving. We threw out all the conventional wisdom and blended a natural soap that gives the fullness of lubrication without any of the harshness.

It took some effort, but the results are phenomenal. We're fully confident you'll agree. In fact, we believe No. 4 is the finest shaving lubrication in the world. We've improved well beyond what foam and "gels" can do. Our containers are recyclable and use pumps. And the cost per shave is less than half a penny's difference compared to foam."

Hey, I think any time we can use less resources and get the same results is great. So I diligently followed the instructions (not your usual shaving cream method) and broke out the razor (lately I've been using the Preserve Triple).

It sure didn't feel the same on my skin as say, Cremo, and it took a little getting used to. But by the time I was done, I was happy with the results. It smelled light and fresh (sandalwood, pine, and bergamot), and if I needed to go over a section, I just wet it again, and I could shave without adding more.

I can see how No. 4 would end up costing you about the same as your usual cream (unless you go for the cheap stuff - which you don't, do you?), and the pump container is reusable.

If you're looking for something a little different, something milder and eco-friendly, check out No. 4. It sells for about 8 bucks over at Old Post Road Oils.

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Posted by Derek Markham at February 24, 2009 6:00 AM
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