06-04-2013, 01:30 PM
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Recently I've been watching a lot of barbershop straight/cut-throat razors shaves on youtube. And a lot of them have been using pre-shave oil. I've always just been a face scrub and hot shower prepper now, but I am intrigued. Thought I'd see if there were any diehard supporters either way. maybe suggestions on a brand that works for a lot of people etc.

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 06-04-2013, 09:12 PM
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(06-04-2013, 01:30 PM)hudson Wrote: Recently I've been watching a lot of barbershop straight/cut-throat razors shaves on youtube. And a lot of them have been using pre-shave oil. I've always just been a face scrub and hot shower prepper now, but I am intrigued. Thought I'd see if there were any diehard supporters either way. maybe suggestions on a brand that works for a lot of people etc.

If you have dry or sensitive skin, pre-shave oil works great, I recommend Shave Secret. You can pickup a bottle for about $3-4 at Walmart, its just as good as $30 oil, and won't mess with your brush.

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 06-05-2013, 04:11 AM
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  • Johnny
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At this time I use two different pre-shave oils:

Village Barber and Prairie Creations

I've never tried Shave Secret but I have read good things about it.

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 06-05-2013, 06:34 AM
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(06-04-2013, 01:30 PM)hudson Wrote: Recently I've been watching a lot of barbershop straight/cut-throat razors shaves on youtube. And a lot of them have been using pre-shave oil. I've always just been a face scrub and hot shower prepper now, but I am intrigued. Thought I'd see if there were any diehard supporters either way. maybe suggestions on a brand that works for a lot of people etc.

I've been using skinfood to good effect.

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 06-06-2013, 03:43 PM
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  • Grumpy
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Shave Secret is pretty good and I have seen it for just about 4 bucks. Or you could mix your own.

You do not need a lot of "Shave Oil".

Skinfood works well to.

And you could skip the oil and use Corn Huskers (Almost Like Skinfood but, does not smell as nice.)

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 06-06-2013, 04:45 PM
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I'm of mixed emotions on oil. Use to use a mix of oils and Noxzema each day as a preshave but as I got into more and more about a preshave formate I found that the 1ft recommended step was to was with a good weather and soap to remove oil and dirt from the skin and beard . Why wash it off only to reapply it. Stopped, haven't noticed many problems without the oil,

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 06-06-2013, 06:31 PM
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I've found it's not for me, but as others have mentioned, Shave Secret is a pretty low cost decent product if you want to try it out.

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 06-07-2013, 01:00 AM
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I have some shaving oil from TOBS. I have learned that applying oil before a shave merely ruins my lather. I have used the TOBS for some quick touch up when my face isn't wet.

Also, the TOBS oil is the most amazing smelling stuff. Its closest to "Mr. Taylor's" in scent. A small drop on the chest will have the ladies asking what your wearing for sure. Biggrin

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 06-07-2013, 01:07 AM
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(06-05-2013, 06:34 AM)ShavingShmitty Wrote:
(06-04-2013, 01:30 PM)hudson Wrote: Recently I've been watching a lot of barbershop straight/cut-throat razors shaves on youtube. And a lot of them have been using pre-shave oil. I've always just been a face scrub and hot shower prepper now, but I am intrigued. Thought I'd see if there were any diehard supporters either way. maybe suggestions on a brand that works for a lot of people etc.

I've been using skinfood to good effect.

I use skinfood as well the days I don't need a face wash, the days when I do use a face wash my skin is dry so I need the extra protection of the oil.

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 06-07-2013, 01:27 AM
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  • Johnny
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I've seen several folks on here that have used the Myrsol Emulsion as a pre-shave. I may have to try this as I've always just used it as a post shave balm.

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 06-07-2013, 10:30 AM
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I only use oil. I can see what I am doing and it is good for my skin. I have been doing it for a long time and it has been great for my skin. I get a BBS every time (depending on the blade of course...). The only caviate is to splash lots of water on top. This gives your blade the extra cushion and hydro-glide needed for a smooth shave.

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 06-08-2013, 11:21 AM
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(06-07-2013, 10:30 AM)Bleedy Wrote: I only use oil. I can see what I am doing and it is good for my skin. I have been doing it for a long time and it has been great for my skin. I get a BBS every time (depending on the blade of course...). The only caviate is to splash lots of water on top. This gives your blade the extra cushion and hydro-glide needed for a smooth shave.

Glad this works for you, oil and no lather. I bet my face would look like it was full of acne if I tried this.

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 06-08-2013, 06:05 PM
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A decent oil, a light touch, and patience and it will work. Smile

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 06-12-2013, 08:36 AM
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I've used oil. Shave Secret is very slick and it smells great (like cloves). I also use Musgo Real shave oil and it also does the trick (nice smell of spearmint).

Is it significantly better -- no. Do I think it makes the face slicker -yes.

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 06-12-2013, 09:11 AM
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I do use oils. Village Barber and T&H. The former is better. You don't need much and I do not find that it makes the lather any less good. I do sometimes worry that it may affect my brush but I have no evidence either way!

David

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 06-14-2013, 04:41 AM
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(06-12-2013, 08:36 AM)¢orey Wrote: I've used oil. Shave Secret is very slick and it smells great (like cloves). I also use Musgo Real shave oil and it also does the trick (nice smell of spearmint).

Is it significantly better -- no. Do I think it makes the face slicker -yes.

Based on what your saying, I believe you would really like the TOBS shaving oil. Its thick, and smells incredible.

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 06-14-2013, 05:16 AM
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I use the AoS oil on occasion, but only because I got it as a gift. Personally I prefer the softer pre-shave creams, like Proraso and PREP.

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 06-15-2013, 06:06 AM
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I found pre-shave oil to only be a benefit if I apply it before using a hot-towel. The oil seems to penetrate and swell the hairs if I apply heat to the oil and hair. If I try and just put soap over the oil one interfers with the other. With the addition of heat as a catalyst they interact producing a better shave.
In addition, I make my own pre-shave oil for pennies. Two -thirds Olive oil , !/3 Castor oil and some menthol crystals.

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 06-15-2013, 08:56 AM
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(06-14-2013, 05:16 AM)taborcarn Wrote: I use the AoS oil on occasion, but only because I got it as a gift. Personally I prefer the softer pre-shave creams, like Proraso and PREP.

This is my experience as well. I do think that skin type plays a big role here. My skin is quite oily & I found PSOs to not work at all for me. It seems to work a tray for those with dry & dehydrated skin though.

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 06-15-2013, 09:49 AM
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  • Johnny
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I have found the unscented version of this works best for me.

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