May 11, 2010

Review of Art of Shaving: 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave

4elementskit.jpgOne of the up sides of writing about shaving is that companies send me samples of their shaving products to review, so I get to experience a variety of different products. The down side is that I'm always switching the shaving creams and lotions that I use, which can be hard on my skin. I have my favorites, but even those change depending on the new products I try out. And now I have another favorite to add to my bathroom cabinet: The Art of Shaving: 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave.

Thanks to Art of Shaving, I received a review sample of the Unscented version of this kit a few weeks ago, and I rushed right in to the bathroom to lather up and give it a go. I wasn't disappointed.

The kit contains a badger hair brush, shaving cream, pre-shave oil, and aftershave balm, and the products are in sizes that will last for quite a few shaves.

At first glance, the 4 Elements kit has the look and feel of quality: the shaving oil and aftershave balm are in glass bottles, and the badger hair shaving brush is thick and lush, with a hefty weight to it. As it was the unscented version of the kit, I had to open them all and give them the smell test, which they passed easily - the Pre-Shave Oil has a bit of a cinnamon scent to it, but I imagine it's not added, it's just part of the ingredients, and is not strong. I don't really care for heavily scented shaving products, not because I have sensitive skin, but because that's my personal preference. However, for those with sensitive skin, the 4 Elements unscented kit would be a good choice.

First I applied the pre-shave oil, which is a nice touch - I don't often use an oil along with shaving cream, but duty calls, you know. The shaving cream went on thick and lathered easily, and felt silky and smooth on my face. My shave with it was great - excellent razor slip and easy to rinse (I really don't like products that are too oily and hard to rinse). I'm not sure how much the pre-shave oil added to that, but my skin felt moisturized and smooth afterward. Then I applied the aftershave balm, which has a pump dispenser so that you can only dispense what you need. It only took a tiny amount of the balm to cover my face, and it didn't feel greasy afterward, as some products can.

When I looked in the mirror after shaving, I saw a guy with an extremely close shave, really smooth moisturized skin, and a big goofy grin. I'll be happily using these products in my shaving routine for quite some time, and can heartily recommend the 4 Elements kit for your personal use or for a great gift (think Fathers Day or Graduation...).

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Posted by Derek Markham at May 11, 2010 10:59 AM
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