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I think somewhere along the line I was supposed to drop the student image, but three years on I still look for the bargains in the supermarket and still go for the freebies online. Those of you who read my earlier review on a King of Shaves product will know that by entering some details online you receive free samples through the post (more about that later). Anyway, if it is free I always give it a go, and this week it was the turn of their Shaving Oil (Formula Alpha). I?d never used a similar product before but being someone who totally detests shaving I was intrigued by the statement that it would make the experience more comfortable. I never used to suffer any discomfort, but of late I have started to shave more often and this has actually made my skin around the neck more irritable. The sample was in a small transparent plastic tube and, bare in mind I?d just got out of the shower, was impossible to open. You are supposed to twist the top but even after drying my hands it was too difficult to get a grip and eventually I had to go and find a pair of scissors to snip it. The liquid itself is a transparent blue/green colour and the smell is fresh and masculine but wares off within minutes of applying, which is good if you don?t like it. To use you need apply only a few drops into your palms then massage into the area ready for shaving. Make sure you allow a minute or so for the formula to work as it will relax the stubble to make the shave easier. At this point you can either start shaving or still use your foam or gel over the top. When applied the formula is transparent so it makes it much easier to see where you are shaving, so I decided to go with the first option. The instructions also cover how to shave, but it is the usual ?short strokes in the direction of the growth? that we all found out was right after going against it!! After about two minutes I didn?t feel comfortable. The shave was going well but as my wet skin d
ried I felt more likely to cut myself and decided to add shaving foam after all. Once applied, I carried on my shave until it was as smooth as babies bottom. When I finished I felt that the shave had been no different. It wasn?t any easier than my normal shave and I felt the same light soreness around my neck that I usually do directly afterwards. In all honesty I don?t think the oil made the slightest difference to my shave. It retails for around £4 in most supermarkets although is available for just under £3 on the companies website. Even bearing in mind that you only use a few drops and it is supposed to last for one hundred shaves, this is for only a 15ml bottle and seems quite expensive really. Overall I wouldn?t recommend this product but would advise anyone to go across to www.shave.com and order their samples - after all trying a product to see if you like it before you buy is what samples are all about. You?ll also receive a sachet of moisturiser and shaving gel to boot for just filling in your details. Also this product was highly recommended by Maxim magazine back in 2000 and was highly recommended under their styling awards section ? so it must work for some and not others. It is fine to use on sensitive skin and can therefore be used by anyone. The formula is enhanced from the original shaving gel and now includes Aloe, vitamin E and tea tree oil. For those of you that prefer an electric shave then this is fine to use.
The other reviewer here seemed to have had such a bad experience with this product that I felt I had to offer a counter-view. I have used the King of Shaves Alpha Oil for several years and it is a perfectly adequate product. In fact it is better than that - it is a fine product. It sound as if the other reviewer used far, far too much. When the instructions say a few drops then they really do mean that. Also it is possible that the reviewer did not wash the beard area first as this is important in letting the hair shafts soften in the water. I much prefer to use some detergent wash for this rather than soap as soap can lead to a bit of unwanted razor clog. (Rinse under very hot water to remove it.) After all the main ingredient in this product is grapeseed oil which is well known to aromatherapists as a very good base oil for use on areas such as the fact. Shaving with oil is a old tradition. You could even use cooking oil and although it would work it would have a series of disadvantages (but remember that the next time you are clean out of foam, gel, lube, whatever). The King of Shaves's own Kinexium Oil is a superior product as it is based on highly effective synthetic lubricants. These are very similar to the lubes used in de-frizzing agents for women's (and men's) hair. Having said that Kinnexium is a superior product on account of its special lubes I must mention my two favourite shaving oils and, ironically, both are based wholly on natural oils. My number one favourite is Eve Taylor of Peterborough's Taylor Made "Care For Men" Wet and Dry Shave Oil. (tel 01733 321101). The price was approx £6 inclusive of P&P for 30 ml and is very worth it. This is made of a wide range of highly effective natural oils and is based largely on soya oil. My second favourite is the cheap and cheerful Nuage For Men shaving oil. This costs about £1 for 25ml in a pump-spray. It contains m
ainly sunflower oil and little else. Despite it's simplicity of formulation this works rather well and for the price is an excellent buy. However it is not as protective as the Eve Taylor oil.
This is a UK company who started out by mainly selling their products online. The first way I had heard of these was nearly a year ago now when I got some freebies off them. Some lovely free samples to try and impress us with their products. Since then though I have noticed their products starting to get into my local shops ie, Wilkinson's . And first thing i noticed was the price. It was more expensive than my prferred Gillette shaving Gel that I find quite good. This became a bit of a shock to me because from what I had expierienced from their oil was that it was in no way worth the money to me anyway. The first thing that I could remember about the King of Shaves gel was that it stank. It smelt absolutely disgusting like the Olibus oil that you get for when you have cold or Flu. It also reminded me a bit of the old Tinctus Oil that you get for toothache as well. The smell nearly put me off straight away as I thought how the heck could anyone honestly expect you to shave with this stuff possibly before going out and have to stink of this all night. You may as well plaster yourself in Vick's Vapourrub or something. Yuck. Though I thought it stank I still tried it. That reminds me of nearly exactly what I think the smell reminds me of, those Vicks sticks that you put up your nose when your sinuses are blocked. A kinda cheap menthol smell. This was where shock number 2 totally hit me as it vas so greasy it felt more like a molten version of vasaline. I had already put the stuff on so I started shaving and to tell the truth I have very sensitive skin. This product gave me no protection from razorburn whatsoever. In fact by the time I had nearly finished shaving with it I was in pain as it is more like a balm that you may use after a shave than something you would want to shave with. Well when I had finished shaving I looked like a half cooked beetroot as my neck and jawline as well as my cheeks were red raw. I was in pain and I stunk, in
fact i felt more of a mess after shaving than before. Well then I had to gently wash myself about four or five times before the smell faded enough for me to tolerate it. Then I had to wait about an hour before i dared to apply any aftershave, because my neck was so raw and it felt like a pizza with all the small spots that had come up. Very tender indeed , that was my first impression and i was silly enough to think that I may have laid it on a bit thick and tried it again. Even the second time i felt exactly the same, the rest of my freebie samples were instantly dumped in the bin. Check out the freebie sites to see if you can still get a sample of this to try before buying as this is meant to be for sensative skin. If you are like me you may be in more pain with this than anything else and personally I much prefer the products that I know and trust before trying out others. Though the packaging may have improved a lot my expeirience of this will not ever allow me to try this again of my own free will. here is the url of their site if you want to look it over to check it out for yourself. http://www.shave.com
This enhanced version of the Original Shaving Oil provides additional protection from razor rash