Shaving has evolved over the years, and while old world products still provide a fantastic shave.  Pre-shaving oils provide a closer and more lubricated shave - which prevents you from nicks and cuts.

Any pre-shaving oil worth its salt is made out of three main ingredients: 1) carrier oils, essential oils, and vitamin oils.  Of these oils the most important is carrier oil which makes up approximately 90% of the solution.  Carrier oils are typically made from tree extracts and seeds and are common in men’s and women’s beauty products.  The most common oils are jojoba, argan, sweet almond or grapeseed.

Castor oil is another common ingredient that helps heal inflamed skin, reduces pigmentation, fades blemishes, helps with anti-aging, reduces the occurrences of acne, and ultimately helps moisturizes the skin.

Essential oils give pre-shaving oils their fragrance.  Many of the more premium brands on the market carry vitamin E as well which helps with anti-aging.

The Art of Shaving Pre Shave Oil Sandalwood Essential Oil

A thick pre-shave oil that keeps your shave lubricated and nick free.

Shepherd for Men Daily Comfort Pre-Shave Oil

Natural ingredients for a smooth, close shave at an affordable price.  Includes Argan oil and essential oils without any synthetic ingredients.

Proraso Pre-Shave Cream: Refreshing and Toning

Doubles as a pre-shave oil or an aftershave with a great menthol and eucalyptus scent to leave you feeling fresh.

Man Arden Pre Shave Oil - The Island Emperor (Energizing Sport)

Man Arden is a socially conscious brand.  They do not test on animals, make products that are paraben free, silicon free, mineral oil free, and most importantly made of pure and natural oils.

Shaving Station - Pre Shave Oil - Paraben & Sulphate Free

Shaving station makes a variety of paraben and sulphate free products.  What’s important about the Bronco pre-shaving oil is that it contains pure essential oils of Thai Kaffir Lime and bergamot.

The Art of Shaving Pre Shave Oil Sandalwood Essential Oil

Based on both castor and olive carrier oils, this shaving oil is a bit thicker than other oils on the market, but this makes for a great lubricated shave that will help your face feel smooth.

Given the oil’s thicker viscosity, it does have one or two drawbacks.  Namely it does take a bit longer to wash off post shave.  Unlike Beardo’s pre-shave oil, this oil may require an additional wash if you are planning to use aftershave post shave.

However, one of the plus sides of a thicker oil in addition to lubrication is that you will not require as much oil per shave as you might for a thinner oil.  In other words, this oil will have a longer shelf-life than other oils on the market. One of the great things about Art of Shaving is the detail with respect to ingredients on the bottle.  For those of you concerned about allergies or potential toxins.  Art of Shaving puts your fears at bay.  The oil contains Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Fragrance/Parfum, Water/Aqua, Coumarin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone.  You may be curious about the last 3 ingredients.  Coumarin is a fragrant organic chemical compound that gives the scent of cut hay.  Hexyl Cinnamal is a common ingredient in fragrance and naturally occurs in chamomile.  Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone is a fragrance commonly used in a variety of cosmetic products

Proraso Pre-Shave Cream, Refreshing and Toning

Proraso Green Pre-Shave Cream is great as a pre shave and or an aftershave cream. It has hints of menthol and eucalyptus - the classic fragrance Proraso is famed for. The natural formula combining eucalyptus oil, menthol and glycerin helps keep your skin feeling moisturized before and after a shave.

This product is great for people looking to minimize razor burn, prevent in grown hairs, shaving rashes and other skin irritations.  The product is suitable for all skin types and can be used with cartridge razors, double edge razors and straight razors.

Man Arden Pre Shave Oil - The Island Emperor (Energizing Sport)

Man Arden is a socially conscious brand.  They do not test on animals, make products that are paraben free, silicon free, mineral oil free, and most importantly made of pure and natural oils.  The island emperor pre-shave oil contains Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Iso Propyl Myristate, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Olive Oil, Diheptyl Succinate (and) Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Vitamin E Acetate, Menthol, Butylated Hydroxy Toluene, and Perfume.

The product is suitable for all skin types and can be used with cartridge razors, double edge razors and straight razors.

Shaving Station - Pre Shave Oil - Thai Kafir Lime & Bergamot

Shaving station makes a variety of paraben and sulphate free products.  What’s important about the Bronco pre-shaving oil is that it contains pure essential oils of Thai Kaffir Lime and bergamot (which you may recall from your Earl Grey Tea habit).  The citrus notes are complimented by argan and jojoba which help soften your skin and compliment the lather of your shaving cream.  There are anti-aging antioxidants thrown in for good measure just to keep you looking young and fresh.

 

The product is suitable for all skin types and can be used with cartridge razors, double edge razors and straight razors.

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