Unbelievable stuff - smoothest shave I've ever had. I began looking around for diiferent products because my usual foam gave me razor bumps and irritated my skin. I've tried a few oils but Somersets has to be the best. You can use just 3 drops of the stuff and it covers your whole face, its completl;y clear so you can see what your doing. I was skeptical at first when it said it would last 90 shaves - but it seriously does last months. So value is great.
More importantly though the actual shave is incredible, so so smooth. I kid you not - I couldnt stop feeling my face. I found it a totally different experience than foams i was used to. The oil has this mix of natural soothing ingredients as well which makes your skin feel mousturised and smell good - my GF loves it when Ive just shaved. I would recommend to all - but especially if you have sensitive skin.
Wow.... what can I say. I all I can do is agree with the other reviews and say this product is really quite amazing!
I was first advised by my doctor to use shave oil or shave gel when I was a teenager, as had problems with spots on my face and neck. When using normal foam, you can't really see where or what you're shaving, and it's very easy to end up with scarring unless you're extremely careful. I first came to use this product as it is completely see-through and allows you full range of visibility to see where you're shaving.
It was quite a small bottle, much smaller than the usual packages shaving products come in, so I felt it would have to be good to justify the price. However, I was proved this right for two reasons - not only is it the best oil out there, it also lasts for ages! I currently shave 3-4 times a week, and bought this product 6 months ago and there is still around a quarter left in the container.
The smell is awesome.. it's really fruity, and doesn't smell anything like that cheap Lynx-esque smell you get from a lot of the high-street brands. I was also surprised that you only need 3 or 4 small drops for an all-over shave - I like to use four drops, just to make sure, though I'm sure you could get away with just one or two if you were running low.
I hate shaving just as much as everyone else (i.e. a lot), but this product makes the experience a much more passable one.
Any negatives? Not really. I find the oil sticks to the end of my (electric) razor quite firmly, such that running under water is not usually enough to clear the razor completely of hair and oil; consequently I need to shake the razor on the size of the bowl to fully get rid of the excess.
All in all, a pretty perfect product - and yes, I would buy it again - and again, and again..
Mens shaving has probably the same if not more variety than womens makeup. Choosing stuff to buy, or not to buy is a minefield.
Walk into your local chemist or supermarket and you are bombarded with hundreds of different creams, oils and gels.
So, what sets this little guy apart from the rest of them?
The first thing you see is the packaging. The bottle itself is tiny, only 12ml content. So the packaging needs to draw your attention to this tiny little product. It certainly does, with a bold claim of " Best shave, or your money back". Good catch line, it draws you in to examine further. The rest of the package is clear and consise, stating the product is all natural and helps prevent razor burn and bumps. Sounds good so far.
Remove the bottle from the cardboard, and you reveal a very small, almost gnome shaped bottle. The lid is grey, with small indents to help aid removal. The bottle is blue, with either orange or grey and green, depending on which oil you have. I have the extra sensitive, " for more kissable skin". We shall put that claim to the test later!
Remove the lid, and you are greeted with a short stumpy nozzle, which limits the amount of oil that can come out. It produces nice sized drops, in just the right amount.
The smell of this stuff is hard to pinpoint. There is certainly a minty/menthol aroma in there, and if the ingredients are to believed, even some rosehip! It has a very tea tree smelling vibe to it aswell, which reinforces the natural ingredients claim.
The bottle reccomends 3 drops for manual shave, or 2 drops for electric shave. Im my experience, I prefer to use 3 for either method. Once applied, leave for approx 30 seconds. As soon as you apply to the skin, you really feel this stuff work. A wave of freshness flows over your skin, and to close to the eyes, you'll be in tears! Its hard to imagine such a little bottle could be so potent. The oil spreads all over the face easily. Those 3 drops are more than enough for neck, face and sideburns.
After the 30 seconds, begin to shave. You will imediately notice the difference. Forget all your gels and foams... This stuff is smooooth. You will have one of the closest shaves you have ever had, unless you are partial to a cut throat shave at the barbers.
After the shave, I like to gently wash my face with some cool water. This stuff shaves so close, if your face isnt sparkly clean, you may find it strips some dirt off too. Your face feels refreshed, and rejuvintaed and most importantly, super smooth. Best of all, no Razor burn! I suffer badly from this if I use the wrong products, but this oil eliminates it completey.
At about £3.50 for a 12ml bottle, it seems expensive. But as the packaging claims, its good for 90 shaves. Thats a lot of shaves, and this one bottle has lasted me well over 3 months, and Im still only half way through. To me, thats outstanding value, and even more so as the product actually works!
When this bottle runs out, I will certainly be buying another.
I hate shaving. I have tried everything under the sun to stop that horrible red rash you get, plus the discomfort and the itch. Shaving foam is mere tokenism, shaving gel is marginally better in that it lets the razor glide over the skin, but the very fact that it lubricates also lessens the effect of the razor getting a grip on the stubble - also if you have taken the time to warm your skin up with a hot flannel, along comes the cold foam or gel to undo the good.
I have used soap on occasion when I have run out of gel or foam, which does a great job, getting you a smooth, relatively pain and scratch free shave at the time, but afterwards my skin feels very irritated.
And one Christmas I get Somersets Shaving Oil For Men in my Christmas stocking. This isn't the first time i have used a shaving oil, but I don't use them often as I find they are expensive and you do need more than the recommended two or three drops.
You will know yourself what a useful amount is, basically enough that you feel there is a film of this on your skin, rather than the feel of being moisturised that only two or so drops will give you. As it is not as thick as the gel, you get the lubrication between the skin and the blade where a contact is made, but the blade will still be able to catch the hair or stubble.
There is a balm in the oil which helps to sooth.
You do get a good smooth and relatively irritation free shave with this. It is pricey, so keep it for best, and use more than the recommended amount to get good results.
You do go out feeling fresh and ready after using this.
I usually use king of shaves oil and gel when i shave but i am always willing to give new things a try, so when i saw Somersets original shaving oil in my local pound shop i thought i would get one to put aside for emergencies, it ended up in my travel bag and gets used quite often now.
A cardboard blister pack about 5" x 3" holds the 12ml cone shaped plastic bottle, the packaging claims Somersets original shaving oil replaces foam or gel for a close shave without nicks or razor burn, it's 100% natural enhanced aloe vera and vitamin E will give you 90 shaves, the back of the pack contains an ingredients list, a money back guarantee and instructions for use: Wet the skin, put 2 -3 drops of oil in palm, massage into beard and shave, rinse razor often, for closer shave apply more water.
The small clear cone shaped bottle has a green screw on cap, once opened a little squeeze helps the oil drip out onto your hand.
I usually use about 6 drops of oil, 2 - 3 drops to massage into my neck then a couple of drops round my face, then i use my usual king of shaves gel over this (this is my own preference as you don't need to use a gel with this oil) the oil is a quite thin, a lot thinner then most other cheapish brands that tend to block/blunt your razor, and it massages into your skin very easy, it's not really smelly but has a nice light fresh scent to it. shaving is easy as the oil seems to penetrate and soften the whiskers and leave a oily surface on your skin so the razor slides over very easy, after shaving i don't wash the oil off i just dab my face dry so the oil stops the skin drying out.
Somerset shave oil is the best budget shave oil i have tried, and it beats some of the more expensive brands too, it does what it says on the bottle and does it very well, even using about 6 drops per shave i still get at least 60 - 70 shaves, i will stick with my king of shaves but when i see this in the pound shop i will get some for my travel bag or for when i run out of my KOS.
I would not pay the RRP of around £3.50, but i recommend you try this if you see it for a pound, even if you still use gel over the top it helps give a nice comfortable shave and leaves your skin moist and soft.
With an ever-growing cavalcade of shaving foams, gels and balms, it hardly seems possible that just two or three drops of oil could replace the need for lathering up every morning.
But that's just what 'Somersets original shaving oil' claims to do, with each 0.4oz bottle containing enough magical liquid to deliver an incredible ninety shaves! A blend of plant oil extracts, including lavender, tea tree, menthol and rosemary, this all-natural shaving oil helps prevent excess irritation and dreaded razor burn.
Simply rub a couple of drops of the alcohol-free oil into your beard and razor away...
The oil comes in a compact 12ml container that looks fairly elegant, if a little garish, in royal blue and neon orange. The rigid exterior stops you from dispensing too much oil, requiring a good strong squeeze before any liquid drips. As such, it can be a little fiddly to use at times, especially if you're trying to put the top back on with wet, oily fingers. You may find it more advantageous to replace the lid after you've finished your shave.
APPLICATION AND USAGE
Using 'Somersets original shaving oil' is as straightforward as the marketing-speak suggests; massage a couple of drops into the beard, wait for thirty seconds whilst it penetrates the bristles and then razor away as you normally would.
Personally speaking, I found that the two or three drops alluded to on the packet was a little unrealistic; four or five droplets were needed for full-face and neck coverage with anything less failing to fully engulf the entire shave-zone. That said, I do have rather thick stubble, so having full saturation with three drops was unlikely at the best of times for me.
I feel the need to include this section in my review because I found the smell of the product most off-putting. Although the website claims that the oil is "lightly fragranced", I found it to contain a strong, unpleasant odour that reminded me somewhat of cat musk.
Admittedly, its effects seemed to subside after a couple of hours, but I wouldn't feel comfortable going on a date, or to an important business meeting, coated in something with such a forceful whiff.
Generally speaking, my experience was a mixed endeavour. While gels and foams help the razor to glide over facial hair, Somersets' oil failed to reduce drag and resistance; this caused the tell-tale blotchy burn marks to appear almost instantaneously over my neck and chin. However, the pain and itchiness typically associated with razor burn didn't occur post-shave; although the skin was clearly irritated, I was oblivious to any accompanying sensation other than a slight tingling from the menthol.
In a similar vein, the promise of a 'nick-free' shave was overstated; I did suffer from a couple of small scrapes, though they were fewer in number and severity than normal (if not substantially so).
The shave isn't necessarily closer than with any other product I've used previously, but certainly it isn't any worse. I'd say it ranks roughly the same as gel, but no closer than traditional foaming soap lathers.
MESS & FUSS
If you're a stickler for cleanliness and hygiene in the bathroom like me, then you'll love using this product. Unlike the sticky residue you get from foam, or the messy remnants of serums glued to the plughole, 'Somersets original shaving oil' is almost like shaving with hot water alone!
After a quick swill from the tap, my basin was crystal clean - not a single stray whisker in sight! This certainly makes the bi-weekly task of scrubbing the sink far more pleasant than it once was.
I think this is where, for me, 'Somersets' excels. Exact prices vary from store to store, but each bottle is available for a little shy of three pounds. Compared to my old 'at-least-five-quid-a-canister' gel, it's certainly a significant long-term saving.
However, the best news of all is that if you don't like the product, you can return it for a full money-back refund. Now that's a guarantee I don't see any other big-name brand offering!
If you've suffered the hell of foaming soaps, grungy gels, gritty balms and perfumed scrubs, all in an effort to avoid razor burn and irritation, then I'd recommend giving 'Somersets original shaving oil' a try; with a money back promise, what've you got to lose?
While I don't feel it's the "miracle product" that some claim, it's certainly one of the better shaving potions on the market, and it's definitely worth giving it a go, even if to say it's not the shaving product for you.
I tried some Somersets shaving oil on holiday from a friend (hadn't heard of it before) and was a bit sceptical that you could shave with only a few drops. I'd tried the King of Shave oil before and was very unimpressed so was even more surprised finding that not only does this give a fantastic shave with a razor, it also works brilliantly with my electric shaver. I had stopped using my electric shaver because the shave wasn't all that good but with Somerset's oil gives an amazing shave with no irritation! The best shave I have had. On top of that it is very handy for holidays being in a small bottle and lasts ages so very cost-effective.
I've since bought some other products from their website, www.somersets.com, and would definitely recommend the post-shave balm and moisturiser and the facial wash also semms very good. I notice they now sell in Waitrose and various other supermarkets so glad it seems to be catching on.
I tried Somersets Orginal oil about four months ago after being recommended it by a close friend.
I was blown away by the effectiveness of this simple but brilliant shaving oil.
I have taken with me on a recent buisness travel because it's so incredibly small, compact and convenient.
I highly recomment Somersets Shaving Oil as a truly geniune shaving product. It is so pleasing to find a product that really does what it claims to do.
I'm getting a huge fruity bouquet with (sniff) hints of Menthol, Cinamon and Eucalyptus - a superb vintage!! No I haven't been nipping at the Scotch again (not that much at this time of day anyway!) I've simply discovered the best shaving product on the market. I managed to do this completely by accident but rather than keep it to myself I'm going to let you all in the secret of how to have a smoother, more kissable face (or legs if you are of the variety who I prefer to be kissed by!). My serendipity occured whilst wandering the aisles of my favourite cosmetics emporium looking for a resupply of my previous shaving product. When it became obvious that the last bottle had been snapped up (by an unwitiing consumer who is now presumably considerably more hirsute than yours truly), I decided to try one of its competitors. I plumped for the extra sensitive version as I have problem skin but it comes in several flavours / perfumes / skin types. Suitably showered and with my pores opened to their optimal level, I followed the instructions for the first of the 90 shaves which the little blue bottle promised. Three drops into the palm of the hand - massage into your daily stubble. Now for those of you who are used to a traditional foam or gel, this is quite a bizarre idea - no white mask beaming back from the steamy mirror takes a couple of shots to get used to. You can actually see what it is that you are shaving which is a major advantage (or maybe not if you look like me in the morning!) The first surprise that awaited me all bleary eyed was the wake up call that the oil delivered. Completely constructed from all sorts of natural oils and other goodies (the ingredients read like some sort of bizarre salad), I believe that it is the menthol that really wakes your skin up and causes your eyes to water although it could equally be camphor oil or eucalyptus that does the job for all I know. What I do know is that I was wide
awake in a second and stayed that way! Right - now on with the shave. If you haven't got the message already, you need a decent razor - get the latest Gillette - don't be tempted by anything else - its like a Nokia mobile phone - the only thing that you should ever exchange it for is a newer model. Usual shaving bit - don't need to tell you guys how to. The blade glides through the stubble which is softened by the oil and gives an exceptionally close shave. Your face is left feeling conditioned by all the oils with a really nice smooth and tingly feeling - whack on some moisturiser to maximise the effect - yes I know that its girly but what woman likes rough dry skin - I won't tell on you! Okay - now on to a bit of a comparison with my previous products. I really like Clinique for men aloe gel. It is consistently voted best shaving product by FHM and definitely does the business. It does however cost 4 times the price of Somersets. Were it to make me a cup of tea in the morning, I might accept that but as it doesn't I can't justify the price for a product that is certainly no better than this one. The product that I had been looking for originally was King of Shaves Kinexium which introduced me to the concept of shaving with an oil and is absolutely superb. If you want to check this one out get a free sample from www.kingofshaves.com In terms of the smoothness of shave I would rate this aas equal to Somersets. What sets the latter apart is the wake up that it delivers. Until King of Shaves come out with something to top it I'll stick with this. A further advantage that Somersets has over traditional shaving products is that it comes in a little bitty 12 ml bottle containing enough potion for 90 shaves. This makes it absolutely ideal for the traveller as it takes up no space. In addition, it can be used as a pre-shave for an electric shaver. I also use it if I have dry skin in the same way
as I 'd use a moisturiser and if I find myself falling asleep at a vital point in Eastenders then a drop is enough to wake me up. Nitty gritty details: Costs between 2.50 and 3.00 for a bottle with 90 shaves Available from Boots and online (use a google search) Made of natural materials only Now comes with a "Best shave or your money back" guarantee - so you can't really go wrong!
For many years I have been plagued with very sensitive skin. Every day, I went through the pain of razor burn and dryness caused by shaving. I have tried all the shaving gels, creams and potions available, but for some reason, I had never tried shaving oil. To be honest, I thought it was just another marketing gimmick, but now I know it's not. This stuff is good. The particular Somerset's product I'm talking about is Extra-sensitive version. It comes in a 12ml (0.4 fl.oz) bottle and costs around £2.60. Pricey you may think but no, this stuff is good value. I've been using it virtually every day for nearly two months now and I'm not even halfway down the bottle yet. For those not familiar with shaving oils, here is a rundown: Wet skin in the usual way, Put 3 - 4 drops in the palm of your hands, Massage into your beard and shave. The immediate advantage over other preparations such as gels and foams is that you can actually see what you are doing. One word of caution, close your eyes when massaging into your beard (okay I know that's more than one), because this oil also contains menthol and makes your eyes water like crazy. However, this can be an advantage if you're shaving first thing in the morning, because it wakes you up immediately. Thus, the more awake you are, the more accurate your shave will be and the less likely you'll get those irritating little nicks that cause copious bleeding and drip onto your nice clean white shirt... The shave itself is smooth and quick and, if you want to shave closer still, don't add more oil, just more water. However, do rinse your razor after every couple of strokes. And, for best results, use a triple bladed razor. After your shave, its best to wipe your face with a flannel to remove the excess remaining oil. You will immediately notice that you've just probably had the best shave of your life, a
nd you'll be hooked. The product itself contains a large list of natural oils and plant extracts (including Aloe Vera), too many to list here. But, I can assure you, there is no razor burn, no rash, and your girlfriend (or boyfriend)will love your new close shave. However, be warned, if you find a minty smell coming from your girlfriend's legs, she's discovered it too. But, saying that, you'll probably appreciate her using it on her legs (and other regions!) and, as it lasts so long, you won't really mind will you? If you're having trouble getting it, I got mine at Boots, and have seen it at some Sainsbury's stores. This may be dependent on region. But, if you can get hold of one bottle, there is a telephone number to allow you to re-order it. There is also a website for those wanting more information (at the obvious address!) After years of shaving misery, my skin looks better than it has for years. I can't recommend it more than that. Oh, and as a postscript, if you shave with an electric razor, you can use it as a pre-electric balm. It really does improve the quality and feel of your shave. Just put 1 drop in the palms and massage into beard, wait 30 seconds and shave. Good luck!
I was introduced to this stuff during one of my ill-advised decisions to grow a goatee. Fed up with slicing chunks of it off as my face was obscured by foam, resulting in a lop-sided look, it was pointed in the direction of this stuff. Originally in a boring black bottle, its now re-packaged in a very funky cone shaped squeeze-y thing that comes in a case of its own. 3 drops (just 3, ladies and gents) worked into your mush (or legs) will soon result in the closest and smotthest shave in the world...ever! Couple this with a decent razor (mach 3 for preference) and you'll be as aerodynamic as is humanly possible. Its closest competitor would be the King of Shaves stuff, but I've always been a bit wary of this, as they produce a whole slew of products which to me seem identical (do you really need both an exfoliating pre-shave scrub or a post shave balm as well as the oil? - if you're that delicate, I don't think you should be going outside, let alone shaving.......;) Postscript Upon review of this opinion, I think that I've been a little bit sparse in describing it / rating it. Somersets can be a little bit tricky to track down. I've seen it on sale in Sainsbury's and Boots all though this might be a regional thing. KoS is more prevelant, but its worth searching for it. The smell is hard to describe. I'd hazard a guess at sandalwood or cedar, but what ever it is, is very pleasant. As stated on the bottle, 3 drops is enough - however, a tip would be that if you've let things slide for a few days, really soak your face in a hot flannel to soften things up first. If you're cursed with brillo-like hair, bosh on a few more drops as required. Another tip - clean that razor. Fill the sink very full with cold water and swoosh the razor around after 2-3 strokes, as the oily hair do tend to clog it up somewhat. After the shave, cleanse with v.cold water, as your pores
will be very open and your skin will feel the better for it (you'll aso reduce the chance of spots). Have fun!
I use Somersets shaving oil for my travel bag for which its just great. You get a very close shave and its a really small and light package with none of the worries about taking an aerosol on an aeroplane. I don't use it for day to day use because I find I get a bit sore with it, and because it seems to blunt razors really quickly. I don't mind chucking a razor blade after a couple of days use if I'm travelling somewhere, but it would get expensive for every day of the week. I find a shaving gel gives a much more comfortable shave, even if it isn't as close.
This is a fine product. I was sceptical when I was told that oil could more effective than shaving foam. You know where you are with a scything lunge through a mass of foam, I thought. Not so now. After having used this and the king of shaves oil based products I will never use foam again. The finished result is very smooth and the opportunity to check for missed bits is a lot easier. Somerset’s smell is vaguely clinical and gives you the confidence that it is looking after you skin while you are dragging the steel over it. Having discovered shaving oil I am now working my way through the range available to see what is the best. So far Somerset is the best. I’ll keep you posted.
Recently I was walking around the chemist looking for yet another new razor to try, every razor I get, after a couple of shaves rip's me to shreads. But instead of a razor I spotted The Ultimate Experience shaving oil for men, so I got some to try. You only need 2-3 drops, rubbed between palms and apllied to your wet face then shave as normal, it is really smooth, and my razors don't cut me anymore, it leaves my face feeling really nice and cool. They also do it for women as well.
On first sight, this very small black plastic bottle does not look like it contains everything you need for loads of the best shaves you are ever likely to get! I was browsing in Boots, looking for my husband's usual shaving foam when I spotted this unusal item, I read the blurb which says "easy to use, wet skin, put 3 drops in palms, massage face and shave. For closer shave apply more water only"...my reaction of course was "oh yeah????" but I thought it was worth a try. When my husband decided to use it, he was equally as cynical and didn't believe that 3 drops of anything could help him to get a close shave, especially as he has a very heavy and tough beard growth. But seeing (and feeling) is believing! This product not only allows him to get a really close shave (something never attained while using shaving foam or gel), it also leaves his skin feeling very soft...and doesn't dry it out like other products often do. Another suprise is the sheer amount of shaves you get with one bottle...it only contains 12 mls but it lasts for, quite literally, months. It works out to be great value for money, although it is initially more expensive to buy than a straightforward foam. It can also be used before using an electric shaver...in which case you use one drop in dry palms, massage into the skin, wait 30 seconds and then shave as normal. A brilliant product...widely available now...defintiely worth trying.