Poll: Pre shave soap vs Pre shave Oil/gel.
I like pre shave soaps.Works better for me.
I like pre shave oil/gel/cream.Works much better for me I like both,but get better results with pre shave soap. I like both,but get better results with pre shave oil/gel I dont do any pre shave preparation at all!
 08-28-2012, 12:30 PM
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  • Teiste
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The question is very easy,what do you prefer better a pre shave oil/gel or a pre shave soap?

I have tried the Musgo Real pre shave soap,as well as some glycerin based soaps as pre shave and I never got the same excellent results that I get when I use the pre shave oil or gels.

What bout you,gentlemen?

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 08-28-2012, 12:39 PM
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I like to use one or the other every day, because I really think they improve my shave results. Both work well, but the soap (MRGLO) seems to help soften my beard a little better, while the homemade preshave oil appears to improve the glide of the razor.

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 08-29-2012, 06:00 AM
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  • slantman
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Just a hot towel for me. Then its lather and shave time.

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 08-29-2012, 10:53 AM
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  • Howler
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I get the best results with pre-shave soap.

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 08-29-2012, 10:56 AM
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  • freddy
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I have never tried pre-shave soaps, though I do have a MR GLO somewhwere. Having another messy soap to deal with, dry out, and find room for on very limited counter space has never appealed to me. For me, it's a pre-shave oil each morning.

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 08-29-2012, 11:03 AM
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  • P Funk
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In my wet shaving infancy (about 6 months), I've tried several different oils,pre-shaves to help prep my thick coarse beard.

I've found that if I use a pre-shave oil (Pacific SC or Taconic) in combination with Proraso pre/post shave that it leads to a smooth, nick free (most of the time anyway) shave.

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 08-29-2012, 11:18 AM
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  • Dave
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I have never tried a Pre Shave Oil. Which ones are recommended?

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 08-29-2012, 02:48 PM
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  • Teiste
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(08-29-2012, 11:18 AM)Dave Wrote: I have never tried a Pre Shave Oil. Which ones are recommended?

I would recommend you the Art of Shaving ones (pricey,yes),the Blue Beards Revenge and the RazoRock shave gels ,which could be used as pre shave too.
Stay away from the Truefitt and Hill one (smells great but very,very expensive and not that good).

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 08-29-2012, 03:07 PM
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  • beartrap
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I used to fool myself into thinking the pre-shave oil did something for me. It does not! YMMV but the best pre-shave routine to me is a face wash, a thin layer of pre-shave cream (any will do), face lather to get those softened whiskers to stand up, that's it.

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 08-29-2012, 05:00 PM
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Pre shave oil for me

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 08-29-2012, 06:01 PM
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I'll vote in the poll when I get on my laptop. My answer is a simple one - preshave soap.

I'd be interested to know skin type along with preference here. I have an oily complexion but also dehydrated skin. Oils make me very greasy & instead of making the shave surface slicker, it feels like the razor drags horribly & gets gummed up. Preshave soap prepares my whiskers while removing excess oil without over drying.

All those that like oil, do you have a dry complexion? And those that can use either, do you have combination skin?

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 08-30-2012, 04:49 AM
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  • EHV
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Pre-shave oils did nothing to help me and as Brian mentions, the razor seems to drag. Maybe I over applied or used the wrong product(s).
The mess associated was too much to go any further so I went to pre-shave soaps/washes and never looked back.

I find that Mr. Glo, Neutrogena's Razor Defense Wash, (on Mantic's Recommendation) or glycerin bars like Neutrogena, Pears, Purpose, Basis, etc. work well. Or, I bust out my daughter's Proactiv Wash for a stellar result. Biggrin

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 08-30-2012, 06:06 AM
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One of the Fitjar range:

Fitjar black soap, excellent product.



Charles U.K

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 08-31-2012, 03:58 AM
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Arko for my pre shave.... cheap as chips, and does the job..Thumbsup

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 09-02-2012, 08:16 PM
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i actually just use my regular soaps for pre-shave and they seem to do a great job.

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 10-26-2012, 07:47 AM
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Hmm...I just rub the hottest water I can take on my face and neck. The water that is held captive in the sink is the hottest that comes out of the faucet. This works for me. Also, night shaves seem to work better for me so I don't go out into the hot sun all day after the shave. A post-shave cold shower can also be helpful. As far as pre-shave gels, oils, soaps, anything extra in the routine that I don't need I try to stay away from. If I thought I needed it, tried it, and it benefited me, I would use it. To each thier own.

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 10-27-2012, 01:18 PM
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  • matloffm
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Pre-shave oil doesn't lubricate the skin as well as adding some glycerin to the shave soap or cream. Pre-shave soap really gets my beard to stand up. Biggrin

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 10-27-2012, 01:42 PM
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  • Striky
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I voted soap. Haven't tried oil yet...

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