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The great thing about review sites I find is that they often introduce products and ideas to me which under normal circumstances I would miss. There have been plenty of occasions where I have specifically bought something after reading a review on it and the subject of this review; the King of Shaves Shave Oil is one such example. Before reading what others had to say on Shave Oil I didn't even know it existed and have always used either Gel or Foam when having a wet shave, however now that I have discovered the wonders of Shave Oil I have to say that I am pretty much converted and can see why so many people rave about it.
Shave Oil - What is it?
For anyone who doesn't know what Shave Oil actually is (like me a week or so ago) it can be used as either a replacement or in addition to traditional Shaving Foam or Gel. When you first see it for sale you would be forgiven for thinking it looks like an expensive product in a ridiculously small bottle (just 15ml for over £3.00) but as the instructions for use explain, a little goes a very long way with shave oil and only 2 or 3 drops are required to be added to your hands then massaged into the beard and moustache area of your face. Essentially the formulation of the oil softens the facial hair after a short while and facilitates a smooth, close shave with a razor and unlike foam or gel there are added benefits from its use.
What's Good about it?
As the oil is completely clear when it is applied to your skin it allows you to see exactly where you are shaving therefore if you are someone who grows thier sideburns or has a goatee or thin beard then there is very little chance of you making a mistake and removing hair which you didn't intend to. Unlike some foams or gels there are no chemical or artificially-soapy smells from the oil and it has the added benefits of leaving your face and neck feeling smooth and nourished. There is no need to wash your face after the shave to remove any residue oil and it is recommended that you pat your face dry rather than going over it roughly with a towel. I've used the oil on a couple of occasions this past week and whilst I probably made the mistake of using too much on my first go the second time I used it I became accustomed to how it should best be applied and how it actually feels on my skin.
What's Bad about it?
The only negative point I would raise with Shave Oil is that the first time it is used it actually feels 'wrong'. If like me you have used foam or gel for many years prior to trying oil then it does take a leap of faith to actually follow the instructions as they are directed. I didn't imagine for a minute that only 2 drops of oil massaged into my face would allow a razor to cut through the hair and was more than surprised when it actually left me with a clean and close shave. The oil does feel odd as well, it's kind-of greasy and well, 'oily' for want of a better description and although it is designed to soften the hair it is massaged into I didn't really like how it actually felt on my skin. You are supposed to make sure your face is wet before adding the oil to the beard area and for the initial few seconds the oil and water mix together you do think that there is very little chance that it is going to work, however once my razor started to glide through the hair without any snags or pulls I was reassured that it does do exactly what King of Shaves says it's supposed to do.
Shave Oil is a product which does take some getting used to I must admit and now that I have used it a couple of times it is something that I will continue to use as-and-when it is needed and for me it has become a full time replacement for the gels and foams I previously bought.
Shave oil can also be used in conjunction with foam and gel and can act as a base layer, personally I don't see the need for using both products together but if you are looking for an ultra-clean shave then there's no reason not to try it out for yourself. I haven't used it with anything else so can't comment on it's effectiveness and do feel it would be a bit of a waste if I'm being honest but King of Shaves do state on their packaging that it can be used both with foams/Gels and even an electric shaver.
Unlike foam and gels, I can see the benefits from using the oil with an electric shaver though, the hair softening properties the oil has lends itself well to the sometimes harshness of an electric shave and I can understand why some people would find this beneficial. When I used my electric shaver I often found that my face felt really dry after a shave and developed a patch of red irritation on my neck, shave oil could have provided a little moisture and nourishment to that area for me and it is something that I will try for myself in the future.
As far as irritations go I have had none with Shave Oil, my face and neck have felt smooth and clean after being shaved and although shaving is still the most boring and tedious thing in the world to have to stand and do I can honestly say that my shaving routine has actually speeded up since using this. I no longer have to prep my face, I don't need to stand and apply any gel or foam anymore I simply wet my face, drip a couple of drops of oil into my hands and rub in into my beard and moustache. A wet razor glides through the hair growth and removes it effortlessly (even the crappy Bic razors don't have any problems) and once finished I can simply pat my face with a towel and I'm done. There is no mess, no foam or gel spots in and around the bathroom sink so less clean up time and best of all my face feels smooth to the touch.
I'm a big fan of shave oil now and would thoroughly recommend it, give it a go would be my advice.
I bought the King of Shaves Shaving Oil after reading a review about it here, from Boots a 15ml bottle costs £3.05 and this gives upto 100 shaves from a single bottle. Value for money wise this is fantastic in my opinion and definitely better than cans of gel and foam, there's less packaging with a bottle of Shave Oil so far better for the environment too.
Five stars from me even though I have only used it a couple of times, it has revolutionised my shaving routine and although I'm still not a fan of the actual shaving process Shaving Oil has made the job a little more bearable.
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I am a commited foam/gel shaver so when I was recommended to try a shave oil as I was told it would be better for my skin and reduce shaving rash I was willing to give it a try.
I bought king of shaves oil because it is a brand I am familiar with and one who's products don't normally make my reactive skin break out.
I bought it from boots and it wasn't cheap at just over £4 for a small 20ml bottle which is a couple of pounds more than I usually spend on shaving foam.
I was told with it being an oil it would last me longer than my large bottle of shaving foam did but seeing the tiny bottle I was a little skeptical of this claim. Apparently according to the manufacturors it would give me approx 100 shaves which would definately be longer than my usual foam lasts.
The oil has a pump action and using it is incredible easy as all you need to do is pump it once or twice into your hands and then massage into wet skin. Give the oil a few seconds to prepare the whiskers and then shave as normal.
Being so light it did take me some time to get used to using the oil and to begin with I did end up always applying more than I needed because I just felt like I never had enough oil on my skin. I soon found that a couple of pumps of the dispenser was more than enough for my entire neck and lower face.
The best thing about using this oil was the fact that it gave me an incredibly close shave and was definately much closer than when using foam. When I shaved in the morning my whiskers were definately much less at night than they usually are when using foam.
I also noticed that when shaving I only needed to go over the area once with my razor wheras I would normally have to go over it twice to be able to get all the stubble that was left.
One thing I didn't like was that when you had finished shaving you weren't supposed to wash the oil off and instead you were just supposed to payour skin dry leaving the oil on. I really didn't like this as I could feel a greasy layer on my skin for the entire day which was horrible and I ended up having to use face wash to ensure my skin was clean of the oil which was a bit of a faff since I always wash my face before shaving usually.
As for it reducing razor burn I'm unsure whether or not this is true. The oil contains silicone and I did feel like when shaving the oil was giving me a good barrier againt the razor but I was still getting a shaving rash and ingrown hairs after using it so perhaps it was ever so slightly better than shaving foam for sensitiviy but not by much.
I was also surprised with just how long the oil lasted me. As I mentioned the bottle is tiny so I wasn't expecting it to last me long but I was still using it about a month after a bottle of foam would have run out.
I have now used King of Shaves oil a few times since I first bought it and although I do quite like it I still prefer using a foam or gel as shaving with oil just doesn't feel right to me. This is however a personal thing and I would still definately recommend trying the oil out to see if you like it as it is a good product and it definately will give you a closer shave than a traditional foam will.
I was sent a bottle of this as part of a product trial. I have to admit I was very sceptical. I have always used shaving foam or shaving gel and this small bottle claimed it could replace all those and do a better job.
As per the instructions I washed my face, put a couple of squirts of the product onto my hand and rubbed it into my stubble (The oil is very lubricated and easy to spread). I then reached for my mach 3 razor and started to shave. To say I was amazed would be understating it. The oil is clear so you can see exactly where you are shaving. It is odourless and non sticky (although it may leave your hands feeling a bit slimy afterwards).
I found that the razor was able to glide over my face more easily, it did not fill up with gunk as much as when I have used gel or foam and best of all the shave was much more effective. Previously I would finish shaving and would notice that the odd hair had been missed in an area I was certain I had used the razor on....well this oil took care of that problem!
Post shave the great lubrication means that I suffer less from razor burn than I had done previously...although on occasion I admit I still resort to the after shave balm.
For travelling this bottle is great. It takes up very little space in your bag and as it is only 15ml it is not going to be a problem taking it onto a plane.
Looking at the negatives, firstly I have heard a lot of people complain about the price. (typically between £2.50 and £3.50) Well one of these bottles lasts me about 4 months which is the same as the shaving foam used to last. Sure it costs a bit more but it is so much more effective.
Secondly you can also go for cheaper rivals. Well I tried a couple of these but found that when I finished shaving I had missed hairs and they did not resolve the post shave burn problem as well as this product.
The slimy hands thing is a bit of a problem - once you have rubbed it into your face some of the residue remains on your hands and it is not easy to use soap and water to shift it. Personally I think that is a small price to pay for such a good product
I was first introduced to this product many years back by another fellow who liked to run around in the woods at weekends whilst getting dirty. There I was, standing in the communal shower block wielding a huge can of Gillette shaving cream and he had a tiny little wash bag (!) and seemed to be cutting away at his face with a razor and hot water.
'What's going on?' thinks I. I was wearing the proverbial Santa beard of shaving cream, and he was merrily hacking away at his chin and neck with an apparent gay abandon. There was not a sud of soap or cream in sight, and no accompanying geysers of blood that you would usually associate with 'commando shaving'. My puzzlement must have been palpable, because he turned slightly and handed me a tiny little K-Series (King of Shaves) bottle of something and stated that he used that to shave his face and neck.
I regarded it with deep suspicion. How could a tiny bottle like this possibly allow you to shave comfortably? It was miniscule. And the cap was almost as big as the bottle itself. I removed the top and exposed the dropper - like bottle top, giving it a cautious smell. It smelt of Aloe Vera. He proceeded to squirt a tiny little drop onto his thumb and said that was all you pretty much needed to have a shave. Ha ha thinks I, the man's deluded. I wasn't falling for this witchcraft. So I plodded on with my humungous beard of Gillette shave cream and somehow managed to cut my top lip with my Mach 3 razor. Nice.
I was thinking about this all day though, as there didn't appear to be any tell tale 5 O'clock shadow on my buddy and he didn't have any razor burn or a cut face. That could well be down to his amazing razor wielding skills when compared to my mere padawan attempts, but I was intrigued by his small potion bottle. Suffice to say the next morning I virtually grabbed it out of his hand and put about 4-5 drops in the palm of my hand before rubbing it all over my face.
I was surprised. It was an oily substance, but a small amount had managed to completely cover my entire beard area and actually felt like it was there. To the touch it didn't seem like a tiny amount, and this was unexpected. I was apprehensive about actually 'cutting' into the stubble though, but I need not have been. The experience was smooth and fluid, and there is far less 'gunk' left on the blade surface after each motion than when using cream or gel. I did find the blades got quite clogged with shavings and oil, but this is the same for whatever method you use when shaving.
Post shaving my skin felt smooth, and nowhere near as dry or raw as when using the Gillette shaving cream.
When I have purchased my own small bottle of this oil I have always found it lasts a long time and is roughly on par with large cans of shave cream or gel in terms of the number of shaves you will get. This all depends on how conservative you are when squeezing it out, as some will invariably have the tendency to create a large 'pool' in the palm rather than just use one or two drops.
In summary I would say this is a good product, and there are many different types/'flavours' available to use now. If you need to travel light and don't want a hulking great bottle of shave gel in your wash bag then this is a great idea. It is good for air travel too as it does not breach any '100ml' liquid guidelines at the security search. The only negatives I can think of are that there is a hell of a lot of plastic packaging for such a small bottle, but I think this is more to do with making the product stand out on the shelf due to its diminutive stature than anything else, and that if you don't secure the top firmly it will drip all over your wash bag.
Ok so my girlfriend's mum likes the festive period a lot. So much so that she likes to make her own Christmas crackers for around the table. She puts a little treat inside each one, just as a little token gift for the holidays. So at Christmas 2008 I pulled a cracker and out popped this little bottle of liquid. Smaller than a match box at only 15ml. I read the label and it said, "King of Shaves, Alphaoil, Shave Oil." To be honest I didn't have a clue what it was but thanked her greatly anyway and that little bottle stayed firmly in the back of my sock cupboard for the year.
This year I waited at the dinner table in anticipation to see what treat would fall out of my cracker this time. To my surprise it was the exact same present. I don't know if my girlfriend had been telling her mum how much I'd loved the last bottle or what?
To be honest I was completely ignorant to such a product. For me it was masses of shaving foam or nothing at all. But when desperate times came in January I thought why not give it a go? I have 2 bottles after all.
So I read the bottle in more detail. It told me to fully wet my face with hot water and then to squeeze 2-3 drops of the oil into the palm of my hand and then massage it into my facial hair. I still wasn't convinced. Putting a blade straight to my skin wasn't all that appealing. However, I did what it said and massaged the rather nice smelling oil into my skin and left it for about 20-30 seconds. The blade then slid through my facial hair like a knife through butter. I was extremely impressed.
The best thing of all is you should get at least 80-100 goes out of such a small bottle. You definitely can't say that about a can of shaving foam. As far as I know a bottle of Alphaoil is approximately £3.50 depending on where you shop. That's about 3.5 pence a shave. Now that's not to be sneezed at. While you are shaving you can also see the facial hair so you won't miss a spot.
I look forward to getting another bottle for free from my Christmas cracker in 2010.
A friend of mine put me on to this as I have very sensitive skin and shaving in sensitive areas can become very sore and unsightly due to shaving rash.
All you need is a few drops of oil on you wet skin to prepare the area you ae about to shave. It help lock in the moisture that is lost when shaving and has improved my skin dramatically and i can shave more often as it isn't too sore. It also reduces the embarassment when you go swimming as i used to break out in a rash round my bikini line which was more unsightly that the hair!
I originally used the mens product as they never used to do the womens line, well if they did I couldn't find it so I was delighted to discover thay had ventured into womens shaving products. There is a variety of different scents and types of oils for sensitive skin.
Costing around £4-5 and lasting a good few months this product is really a bargain and it really does make a difference.
Remember you really only do need a few drops of this product so don't waste it.
The only draw back I found was that I needed to change the blade on my razor a little more often than normal. Other than that this really is a good product if you suffer the same problems as I do
Yesterday I wrote a review about the KOS Azor, totally forgetting about this little gem. Again the credit for buying this product has to go to my wife, who was fed up of my red sore neck.
I really did suffer badly with sensitive skin and razor burn, but that before I swapped to this product. This product really does stick to that old addage good things come in small packages!
I found this product very easy to use, especially with the instructions provided with it. It could be very tempting to squeeze a lot from this bottle, especially if you are used to shaving foam or gel, however, the instructions said that three drops is all you need and they were very correct. After massaging my beard with the gel, the KOS Azor Razor simply glided across my face. You do need to be careful that you dont shave too fast as you can cut yourself easier without the protection of foam. However, I found the fact that I could see my face, not covered with foam, made it easier to get an all over shave.
I suppose one downshide could be the size of the product. It would be very easy to overlook this on the shelf as you may feel that it does not offer value for money, however, the claim that you can get 100 shaves from the bottle I think is going to prove pretty accurate.
The post shave feeling is always important with a product like this and I feel the oil has alllowed me to have a close shave and the anti bacterial nature of the oil leaves you skin feeling fresh and tingly, you feel like its working even after you have stopped shaving. My razor burn has nearly gone and I think continued use of this product will rid me of it all together.
This really does work. For the first time in my life, I have found a shaving product, where you feel as if you have actually had a shave, rather than feel as if you have run a razor over your face over and over till you have something resembling smoothness.
King of Shaves shaving oil, comes in a small bottle and to be honest to look at it, you will think you won't get many uses from it. All it supposedly takes is a few drops on the fingertips, which you then work into the stubble - you actually need a little more to cover the face and neck. Once rubbed in your face will start to fell just slightly numb, and you can get straight down to the business of having a nice, smooth chin. This essentially lubricates the skin, though not to the extent where the blade slips over the stubble. Just wash your face as normal afterwards, and moisturise if that is part of your routine. Either way your skin will feel good afterwards and you won't have any messy gel or foam to wipe up anywhere.
Mmmmmm Smooth. King of Shaves is such an awful name it?s up with Toys?r?us, but it is a great product. The idea is, instead of your traditional foam shave you use oil as a lubricant. Granted oil doesn?t have the entertainment value as foam, I?m 30 and I still think it?s great fun to put on a Santa beard, or is it too close to Christmas. The oil comes in a small blue bottle, which invariably ends up getting knocked into the loo. Just five drops of oil is enough to cover your face, leave of for a couple of seconds and then damp with water and shave. The shave you get is much smoother than any other wet shave I have ever tried. It also doesn?t give you any dodgy shaving rash, so you don?t come out of the bathroom looking like a teenager who has only been shaving for a month. The oil also has a moisturising effect for those of you interested in keeping your boyish good looks, a little late for me. Also it makes much less mess than regular shaving kit and takes up less room. As for faults (other than the dodgy name) the oil does tend to block up the blade, if you wash your face with soap beforehand you have no problems. It is also pretty expensive but you do get an awful lot of shaves out of a small volume of oil. If you want to try it out you can visit the king of shaves site at www.shave.com for a free sample.
December, the lead up to Xmas and all it's related fun. With just a couple of weeks to go until Christmas day, it'll soon be time to plan holidays for next summer. When Mrs P and myself emabark on our travels, we are organized to the point of obsessiveness. We usually travel around different places, continually on the move, so travelling light is a priority for us. For example, we know how much toothpaste we'll need for a fortnight, so when a tube gets to that level, it's kept to the side for the forthcoming trip. That way we don't take a full tube with us and have nothing to bring home. Similarly, shaving foam can be a problem. Those big containers take up a lot of room and it can be difficult to get hold of the little travel ones sometimes. Also, you can never tell when there is just enough left for x amount of shaves. Imagine my delight, therefore, when I chanced upon a teensy-weensy, itsy-bitsy, little bottle of shaving oil. Namely: KING OF SHAVES SHAVING OIL. It's so small that it could fit comfortably inside a small matchbox. YES, YA DANCER! I quietly thought to myself, that'll do nicely. So I bought some. * THEY SAY * With over 4,000,000 sold, this is the world's best selling shaving oil. No mess, no pain, no burn, ideal for sensitive skin and the compact size makes it ideal for travelling (you'll get up to 100 shaves from each bottle). Leaves skin smooth and moisturised. Enjoy shaving? You will with our Shaving Oil! 15ml. Tested on humans. Recyclable packaging. * INGREDIENTS * Vitis vinifera (Grape) seed extract, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor oil, Camphor, Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, Mentha viridis (Spearmint) leaf oil, Menthol, CI 61565 (Green 6) Phew! That's a strange list of contents. Looking through them I wouldn't be surprised if this stuff would clear a blocked nose.....although I won't be having a hefty
snort up each nostril to test the theory. ------------------------------------------------------ I'll take a short break now and remove some stubble. Here's a story to keep you occupied. A man enters a barbershop for a shave. While the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the problems he has getting a close shave around his cheeks. "I have just the thing," says the barber taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just place this between your cheek and gum." The client places the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeds with the closest shave the man has ever experienced. After a few strokes, the client asks in garbled speech, "But what if I swallow it?" "No problem," says the barber. "Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does." ------------------------------------------------------ * THE SHAVE * It's a beautiful, deep blue colour with a clean, fresh and invigorating aroma. It's a bit disconcerting bringing the razor into contact with your face when, on looking in the mirror, there's no Santa Claus clone staring back. It puts me in mind of the times when I've had a dry shave, but it doesn't feel like that as the razor glides across my skin quite easily. It does the job, in that it helps the hair to stand up in order to be chopped off, and that's all you can ask of it. It's a decent shaving experience and the size makes it great for travel, but my first choice would still be to use shaving foam. I don't like the way it clogs up the razor and I'm not all that enamoured with the oily, greasy texture but, it certainly doesn't make as much mess as foam. * I SAY * NO MESS? - It's not VERY messy, but I wouldn't want to spill any of it, it is oil after all. But, like any oily substance it leaves a film around the sink, al
though a quick splash with some hot water should clear that. NO PAIN? - Nope. Doesn't hurt at all. NO BURN? - Try as I might, I can't get it to light so I'll have to agree with that one. (I don't really get razor burn anyway as I'm pretty insensitive) COMPACT? IDEAL FOR TRAVELLING? - I have to concede that one as well, it's very small. 100 SHAVES? - I'll get back to you with an update. LEAVES SKIN blah, blah? - My skin feels smooth enough, but it also feels greasy and I don't like that much. ENJOY SHAVING? - No Would I use it again? - YES. By my reckoning I've still got 62 shaving experiences left in the bottle. Would I buy it again? - At around £3.50, it's not particularly cheap but as long as I'm going to travel, and shave - Yes. You can get a free sample by going to: http://www.shave.com/store/docs/freesample/start.cgi?country=gb. PS Can anyone explain the title? Thanks for reading ©proxam2002
Its been 24 hours since I shaved using King of Shaves Kinexium advanced shaving oil and I am as smooth now one day later than if I had just shaved using my usual Gillette foam. In fact I am not even going to bother shaving today. After inspecting the path left behind from the first stroke of my razor the difference was amazing. Normally I can still see the minute little black dots of each whisker that haven't quite been shaved close enough but this time nothing to see but smooth skin, a shave that could not be any closer and the blade just glides across the skin with consummate ease. This is an outstanding product and I cannot ever see myself using anything else. I only bought it by chance when I saw it sitting on the supermarket shelf as I was about to select my usual foam. I work away from home every other week and a big can of foam takes up most of the room in my wash bag so a tiny bottle not much bigger in size than ladies lipstick seemed perfect in reducing my payload. I had used King of Shaves original oil a couple of years ago when I had it given as a Christmas present and although very good its oily nature meant my triple bladed razor was continually getting clogged up with bristles. Even frequently swishing the razor about in the washbasin didn't seem to help clear out the debris very much. Needless to say I never did buy a replacement after finishing the bottle. However this newer advanced oil doesn't do this so long as you give the razor a rapid swish through the water every few strokes. A major advantage in using an oil as opposed to gels or foams is you can actually see where you are shaving. Countless times I have nicked an inconveniently positioned mole just above and to the side of my top lip due to foam blocking my vision. The biggest plus though is for those like me that have sensitive skin and suffer from razor burn. King of Shaves has totally eliminated this problem for me leaving my skin feeling
fresh, supple and moisturised and probably eradicated the need for after-shave balms. There is a temptation to use far more than the recommended one or two pumps from the dispenser. You think to yourself "no way is that going to be sufficient" particularly as you cannot see anything once it has been massaged into ones face but it really is if you only have short growth. For two or three days growth it would be prudent to use three or four drops and it would be beneficial to wait a couple of minutes for the bristles to soften before starting to shave. It may seem expensive at £4.49 for such a small bottle but it does claim to give around 100 shaves. In my mind this represents excellent value for money for a top quality shave with no razor burn. I'll just add that I also use a Gillette Mach 3 which I consider to be the best quality wet razor on the market. The two together create a formidable partnership, indeed one that looks like staying together in my wash bag till death us do part.
The Formula Alpha version of their best selling shaving oil is sold in a 15 ml bottle and sells for £3.32 on their web site www.shave.com They reckon that a bottle lasts about 100 shaves which in my case is probably correct but I'm not so sure if you are a real stubbly person. The 15ml bottle is ideal for travelling, no more bulky cans of foam or gel. The shave you get from putting just a couple of drops of this oil on your face before shaving is unbelievable. Your shave is smooth and burn free, it is like you are using a new razor. The razor just glides over your face even round the tricky bits. Leaving your face baby bottomly smooth and smelling fresh. This version of their shaving oil has even won an award from a 'laddie' magazine and it is no surprise why. Enhanced with Vitamin E, Aloe, and Tea Tree oil it leaves your skin feeling really smooth and fresh. The hint of tea tree oil gives a tingle to your face and there is also the antiseptic quality of the tea tree oil, as well as the moisturising effect of the Aloe that is definitely there to be felt. This enhanced version of King of Shaves original shaving oil is even better than the original that has sold 3.5 million units world wide we are told. You don't have to take my word for it, if you go to their website you can get a free sample of a few of their products. There's a free sample available for the ladies too at the moment There was also the added bonus of an 'early night' the first time I used it, and 'new shoes' wasn't mentioned once ;-)
Poor blokes, we have to shave every day. Well actually in my case that’s not true, I just used to go round quite happily with 4 day’s worth of facial growth attached to me. I didn’t really mind meself, afterall, I can’t see it and I don’t get on with mirrors all that well, so don’t tend to look in them if I can help it. The only trouble was, I had a face that felt a bit like that fake grass green grocers have that you can’t help but touch. No, my hair isn’t that thick, but you do get the general idea…I hope. So, it got to a stage where my girlfriend wouldn’t let me near her. Oh dear, time to go shave again (you may have noticed that I hated shaving by now). So, off I trundled, back to my blunt razor, crappy shaving foam that I found on the market for 50p and a towel. 1 minute and I had whipped round my face, got rid of half of the dreaded fluff, but found that I was left with some of it still there. I actually realised aswell that my razor was pulling the hairs out of my face instead of cutting them (no wonder I hated shaving!!) I thought to myself ‘there must be something better than this’ so off I went on the hunt. I checked a few dooyoo opinions but somehow ended up on freebie sites so I was even happier then, forgot about my shaving apparatus quest and was quite happily applying for some rubbish (it’s amazing what you’ll think is good on the net. If someone gave you half this stuff in the street, you’d chuck it into the nearest drain!). Anyway, I came across a freebie shaving sample pack type thing which I applied for. 3 day’s later it was on the doormat, so I decided to have a go. And this is the part where I say ‘This has transferred my life, I got it because I’m so worthy of it, oooooohhhhh’ but I won’t bother. What I will say is that this shaving oil is rather damn good. It’s nearly as good as a cold beer
on a hot sunny day while your watching the girls go by! In a different sense of course, I don’t want you to start thinking I’m some sort of freak. 4 drops of this slippery oil applied to a freshly splashed face will possibly get you the best shave you have ever had (so long as you use a good razor of course, of which the Mach 3 I highly recommend). Yes, that’s just 4 drops. I know, I know, you’ve heard all that before, but 4 drops really does mean 4 drops in this case. You can’t actually see where you have applied this stuff, but you can see the water drip off your face as water does when mixed with oil which gives you a really funny greasy feeling but on the first stroke of your razor you’ll see that it was all worth it. The best thing about this oil? Probably the fact that you don’t scare the little one (child!!) when shaving like you do when using shaving foam and look like some weird monster. It also doesn’t go all in your ears and down your neck, it just sits in place waiting patiently for the metal of your razor blade to stroke it gently (hey look, I could make some dirty story out of this!). So, before I get carried away I’ll tell you the stuff you just need to know. All this stuff dosen’t actually make any sense to me but I know it gives me a good shave so it must mean something. The King of Shaves Formula Alpha Shaving Oil (yes, that’s it’s real name, but I shouldn’t ask for that in the chemist, you’ll confuse the nice women behind the counter) gives you Ultimate Protection from Razor Burn, Enhanced with Aloe, Vitamin E and Tea Tree Oil. It is Ideal for sensitive skin (I can vouch for that too) and alleviates Razor Burn, protects and moisturises. That’s what it say’s on the box anyway. My personal experience of it is that it does minimize any risk of razor burn, it is ideal for sensitive skin and I don’t know if it mo
isturises or not. It smells rather bad when you first apply it but I think that’s the Tea Tree Oil which my girlfriend seems to like when she’s having a butchers around Boots so it must be a rather good thing to spread around your face. It has also helped to stop me cutting myself. I did cut myself on the first attempt and thought that the stuff was crap, but then I got a different razor and haven’t cut myself since, so I’ll blame the cut on the razor and not the oil. It’s a top product which I would definitely buy, but for now I’m quite happy with the few samples that I have acquired (yes, im a naughty boy and I know it!). I must just add here that with the free sample came a pouch of King of Shaves AlphaGel and also K24 men’s active moisturiser, each of which will have it’s own opinion coming soon. I’m actually doing quite well out of these samples. I’m getting decent shaves, lots of free samples of rather expensive shaving thingy’s and also I’m making money out of the opinions I’m writing on it…..ahh life couldn’t get better. So the low-down….This product is rather nice, I haven’t used any other oils to compare it against but I don’t think I would bother now. My face is as smooth as my girlfriends very smooth and soft bum, so that’s gotta be a good thing. If you are going to use this product though, for maximum effect, use the K24 moisturiser too. I know it’s not a manly thing to do, but this is where the cold beer in the sunshine comes in to the equation. It really soothes your face afterwards and gives a nice, cool feeling to your skin and stops any stinging after your shave.
I had first heard of the King of Shaves range a few years ago.In those days I failed to see the point of forking out for anything radical for use with shaving,and this seemed expensive for what it was.£3.75 for 15mls of oil,Pah!how good could it be? This changed somewhat when my girlfriend went to their website and asked me if I wanted some free samples from them.Being as it was free,I thought "what the hell, what have I got to lose" and decided to see how good it really was.The problem (and my scepticism) came from the fact that I had tried Boots own shaving oil a couple of years ago,and this was about as effective as glueing a hedgehog on your face in terms of preventing razor burn. The samples arrived and I decided to put it to the test.I was impressed that they use as many natural ingredients as possible.They tend to use grapeseed oil as the base instead of liquid paraffin as it doesn't block pores and cause blackheads.It also contains tea-tree oil (the well known antiseptic),menthol and watermint (amongst other things).This tends to result in it having a lovely smell;quite minty. You can use it as a pre-electric shave oil,on its own or in combination with foam or gel.I tend to go for the combination option.When you apply the oil you use very little of it,just a few drops and apply it to a pre washed face.The thing that is immediately noticable is the freshness of the feel and smell.The menthol and mint have amazingly refreshing properties.If you are using it on its own then you wet the face and hands and apply a few drops of the oil,then leave it to soak in for a few seconds.You then proceed to shave,keeping the razor wet throughout. As I have said before I tend to use this under my existing Gilette shaving gel.This tends to create an unbelievably smooth shave,with no razor burn whatsoever.I don't know about anyone else but normally my face is quite red and hot after having a shave,with this it feels cool,sm
ells good and leaves the skin ridiculously smooth.My skin doesn't tend to be as dry as it was before I started using this. So I finally had to concede that this oil was well deserving of its hype and price.It makes a huge difference to the shaving experience (i.e a chore) and makes it bearable again.I went to Boots yesterday a bought a bottle,and now my face is smooth as a proverbial babys' elbow (you know what I mean!)As you use only a few drops per shave each bottle is supposed to give at least 100 shaves;which I can well believe Incidently their website (reachable on www.shave.com),is superb.It has a mail ordering facility,a loyalty scheme and tips and myths about shaving (not as boring as it sounds!)What can I say,apart from that I'm now a convert,Hallelujah!You get what you pay for!It is well worth putting the scepticism on the back burner and giving it a try.Now,how about the rest of their range...
I went to www.shave.com a few weeks ago to see what all this fuss was about to do with the King of Shaves' product range. Much to my surprise, they offered a free sample of their two main products, one being their shaving oil. The website said that only a few drops of this oil is enough to have a comfortable, close shave. Well, I thought that it couldn't be possible. How could a few drops of an oil, replace the handful of foam I currently use? Well the answer is, it can! When the free sample dropped through my mail box a few days later, I gave it a try. It smelt like those strange aromotherapy oils, it contained Teatree oil and alloe vera. I squeezed a few drops on to the palm of my hand and massaged it in to my beard, as the instructions said. It felt like my beard was exactly the same, naked, without that feeling of cool shaving foam tingling on my skin. I was a bit apprehensive, I didn't want to cut my face to shreads. I took my razor and gave it a try. Much to my amazment, the shave was smooth and very comfortable. From that day on, my traditional shaving foam has been standing alone in my bathroom cabinet. I went to my local supermarket and found the King of Shaves Shaving Oil there, its much easier buying products like this off the shelf. (I know that Safeway and Tescos stock the KIng of Shaves products, im not sure about any others). If you haven't tried this product yet, go to www.shave.com and go and order you free sample, trust me its well worth trying and if you are anything like me, you'll be using it all the time too.
Ideal for sensitive skin with enough oil for up to 100 shaves in each bottle