07-29-2012, 06:54 PM
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  • Teiste
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Gents,do you make your own pre shave oil?I do,and I have been using this recipe since 2010.

-A cup (236 ml) of castor oil.

-Half a cup (118 ml) of extra virgin olive oil

-Ten to twelve drops of essential oil.

I find this recipe to work like the Art of Shaving pre shave oil.Biggrin I have been thinking in adding some sweet almond oil or avocado oil,but I dont know in what proportion.Also lanolin.

So lets post the recipes for our homemade pre shave oils and how they work out for you.

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 07-29-2012, 07:18 PM
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Here are some recipes I've put together from various sources. The only one I've used is number 4, which I have found to be excellent.

*add 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) glycerin to any of these for more glide

1
castor oil 1 cup
olive oil 1/2 cup
sandalwood essential oil 5 drops


2
castor oil 1/2 cup
avocado oil 1/2 cup
tea tree oil 10 drops
eucalyptus or peppermint oil 5 drops
essential oil 5 drops


3
almond oil 2 parts
avocado oil 2 parts
olive oil 2 parts
grapeseed oil 1 part
macadamia nut oil 1 part
essential oil(s) 2-5 drops


4
olive oil (refined extra virgin A grade or extra light) 3 oz.
castor oil 2 oz.
jojoba oil 1 oz.
kukui nut oil 1 oz.
rosehip oil 1 oz.
frankincense & myrrh essential oil 2.5ml (1/2 tsp)


5 (said to be very similar to T&H PSO)
sunflower seed oil 3 parts
avoacado oil 3 parts
meadowfoam seed oil 1 part
kukui seed oil 1 part
bergamot oil 1 part
grapefruit peel oil 1 part
tangerine peel oil 1 part
aloe extract 1 part
cucumber extract 1 part
coconut oil 1 part safflower seed oil 1 part
vitamin E oil 1 part
mandarin orange essential oil

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 07-29-2012, 07:53 PM
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  • beartrap
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Not to crap on the thread but do you guys think it's worth it to use the oil? Does it improve your shave that much? I find it messy and unnecessary step, will never try it again.

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 07-29-2012, 07:59 PM
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I never thought my hubby would try a pre-shave oil much less like one. But I gave him some to try out and now he's hooked. He doesn't shave without it.

Is it possible that you used too much?

I've not used a pre-shave oil on my legs myself so I can't comment. I guess I should take it out for a test spin and see what it's like.

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 07-29-2012, 08:05 PM
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It's not a matter of too much, it's just messy... Even if you apply a tiny bit, your hands are still oily and slippery, so you need to stop and wash your hands before going on. Plus I really didn't notice any benefit over pre-shave soaps and/or creams.

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 07-29-2012, 08:09 PM
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I guess the type I gave the hubby wasn't 100% oil like some. So maybe that is what made the difference.

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 07-29-2012, 09:23 PM
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(07-29-2012, 06:54 PM)Teiste Wrote: Gents,do you make your own pre shave oil?I do,and I have been using this recipe since 2010.

-A cup (236 ml) of castor oil.

-Half a cup (118 ml) of extra virgin olive oil

-Ten to twelve drops of essential oil.

I find this recipe to work like the Art of Shaving pre shave oil.Biggrin I have been thinking in adding some sweet almond oil or avocado oil,but I dont know in what proportion.Also lanolin.

So lets post the recipes for our homemade pre shave oils and how they work out for you.

Because that is the AOS's recipe!Smile

I'm not a big fan of pre-shave oils, I find that pre-shave soaps work much better.

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 07-30-2012, 04:33 AM
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  • EHV
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I certainly appreciate this post but I am another one that cannot stand the mess and the pre-shave clean up that ensues.

Along with that; while I likely didn't give it the full on try because of the mess, it didn't do anything to improve my shave.
I love the pre-shave soaps. What is it that we say all of the time?....YMMV. Biggrin

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 07-30-2012, 05:11 AM
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(07-29-2012, 07:18 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Here are some recipes I've put together from various sources. The only one I've used is number 4, which I have found to be excellent.

*add 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) glycerin to any of these for more glide

1
castor oil 1 cup
olive oil 1/2 cup
sandalwood essential oil 5 drops


2
castor oil 1/2 cup
avocado oil 1/2 cup
tea tree oil 10 drops
eucalyptus or peppermint oil 5 drops
essential oil 5 drops


3
almond oil 2 parts
avocado oil 2 parts
olive oil 2 parts
grapeseed oil 1 part
macadamia nut oil 1 part
essential oil(s) 2-5 drops


4
olive oil (refined extra virgin A grade or extra light) 3 oz.
castor oil 2 oz.
jojoba oil 1 oz.
kukui nut oil 1 oz.
rosehip oil 1 oz.
frankincense & myrrh essential oil 2.5ml (1/2 tsp)


5 (said to be very similar to T&H PSO)
sunflower seed oil 3 parts
avoacado oil 3 parts
meadowfoam seed oil 1 part
kukui seed oil 1 part
bergamot oil 1 part
grapefruit peel oil 1 part
tangerine peel oil 1 part
aloe extract 1 part
cucumber extract 1 part
coconut oil 1 part safflower seed oil 1 part
vitamin E oil 1 part
mandarin orange essential oil

You could start a business with all these recipes

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 08-12-2012, 03:57 AM
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I am not a fan of pre shave oil. I notice (for me) no improvement in my quality of shave using it.
I do however use regular hand lotion as a preshave after a hot shower and I feel that the lotion definitely softens my steel like beard and assists in the "glide" of the razor.
Just my two scents!

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 08-12-2012, 08:49 AM
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I find preshave oil (my homemade one, as well as T&H) to be about equal to Glyce preshave soap. They both improve the glide of my razor, and I don't find either one to be messy at all.

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 08-13-2012, 04:23 AM
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  • DLreno
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Before going to face lathering, I saw a noticeable benefit from pre-shave oil. Now though, I find face lathering to be so effective that the oil is much less necessary. My latest blend is:
1 part castor
1 part Grapeseed
dash of glycering and essentials.

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 08-30-2012, 11:37 PM
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If I run low on Castle Forbes Pre-Shave balm, I have used a 60/40 mix of Vegetable Glycerine oil & distilled water. This works for me.


Charles U.K

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 08-09-2014, 11:18 AM
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(07-29-2012, 08:05 PM)beartrap Wrote: It's not a matter of too much, it's just messy... Even if you apply a tiny bit, your hands are still oily and slippery, so you need to stop and wash your hands before going on. Plus I really didn't notice any benefit over pre-shave soaps and/or creams.
I was told that the oil needs to sit a minute or so to really soften the whiskers. I use that time to walk into the kitchen and was may hands with Dawn, dry them, come back to the bathroom and get to shaving. I love it, when I have it.

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 08-09-2014, 10:51 PM
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Pre shave oil alone doesn't really do anything to enhance my shave. I am going to start using a scrub that contains oils in it to wash my face before I shave and see if it helps.

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 08-24-2014, 03:59 PM
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If the oil is that messy what is it doing to your expensive shaving brushes?

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 01-12-2015, 06:10 PM
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I have not noticed the oil being messy in any way. They say you are only supposed to use a few drops. Neither my face or my hands are what I would consider oily when I use it.

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 01-15-2015, 02:14 AM
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Homemade pre shave oilare great I'll use them often, particularly with new razors until I get the 'feel for them.

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 02-11-2015, 06:55 PM
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I tried to like preshave oil.   Haven't yet.   Do like to use Noxzema as a preshave.

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 02-12-2015, 11:40 AM
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  • Mouser
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The thicker/coarser/heavier your beard, the more benefit you'll get. It seems to me.

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