03-31-2018, 12:01 PM
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  • bijou
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I have always liked using pre-shave oil but I've not been consistent in its use. I just started using oils again and keep wondering why I ever stopped, it makes my shaves and face during and after feel that much better with the aggressive razors that I use. So I decided to start this thread because of my fickleness. 

I have this on again and off again relationship with using a pre-shave oils. To begin with I started using oils about 30 years ago on the suggestion from a barber (from our conversation on my preference for aggressive razors and irritation and ingrown hairs) that I start using oils to prepare my beard and skin before I started the shave. He wrote down 2 oils to use Caster Oil being the primary oil and Olive Oil with the ratio 2 to 1 and to use a scented scent oil if I wanted. Well I followed his advice and low and behold my shaves improved, no irritation and less nicks. And after a year I just stopped, it was a few years then went back to using oils again for the next few years and then stopped again.

This has been my routine for 30 years, now I'm back to using oils again for the umpteenth time and I keep asking myself “why the hell did I stop?”. My thinking I suspect is I did not like the oil residue that was left on my hands (even though I would wash the oils off before I shaved) that would get on the brush and razor handles. I will add that the oils would change the feel of a brushes tip presence and render a softer lathering (which I liked especially for those brushes that did have a tip presence). Also there is a transfer of oils onto the hairs of the brush even after I washed the brush clean after the shave. I personally like those oils on the brushes hair.

For those of you that want to try or are already using oils here is a cheap way of making your own pre-shave oil, you'll save money and have enough oil to last you a few years.

Making pre-shave oil is simple you can make a few different oil batches in 4 oz container's that you can buy at your local Walgreen's, CVS etc. Caster oil is the base to mix with any one of the following oils, Olive (virgin oil from the supermarket), Jojoba, Almond Sweet, Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Argan, get some vit E (use a small amount 8mil per 4 oz batch) and add some essential oil if you want. To me essential oils are not necessary because the scent from the soap you'll be using will cover it up. There are other oils that you can use that I have not listed, you can buy many of the oils on line in 15oz bottles, they will last for years For myself I'm not fancy I only mix 2 oils and a little vit E.

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 04-29-2018, 04:22 PM
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(03-31-2018, 12:01 PM)bijou Wrote: I have always liked using pre-shave oil but I've not been consistent in its use. I just started using oils again and keep wondering why I ever stopped, it makes my shaves and face during and after feel that much better with the aggressive razors that I use. So I decided to start this thread because of my fickleness. 


I have this on again and off again relationship with using a pre-shave oils. To begin with I started using oils about 30 years ago on the suggestion from a barber (from our conversation on my preference for aggressive razors and irritation and ingrown hairs) that I start using oils to prepare my beard and skin before I started the shave. He wrote down 2 oils to use Caster Oil being the primary oil and Olive Oil with the ratio 2 to 1 and to use a scented scent oil if I wanted. Well I followed his advice and low and behold my shaves improved, no irritation and less nicks. And after a year I just stopped, it was a few years then went back to using oils again for the next few years and then stopped again.

This has been my routine for 30 years, now I'm back to using oils again for the umpteenth time and I keep asking myself “why the hell did I stop?”. My thinking I suspect is I did not like the oil residue that was left on my hands (even though I would wash the oils off before I shaved) that would get on the brush and razor handles. I will add that the oils would change the feel of a brushes tip presence and render a softer lathering (which I liked especially for those brushes that did have a tip presence). Also there is a transfer of oils onto the hairs of the brush even after I washed the brush clean after the shave. I personally like those oils on the brushes hair.

For those of you that want to try or are already using oils here is a cheap way of making your own pre-shave oil, you'll save money and have enough oil to last you a few years.

Making pre-shave oil is simple you can make a few different oil batches in 4 oz container's that you can buy at your local Walgreen's, CVS etc. Caster oil is the base to mix with any one of the following oils, Olive (virgin oil from the supermarket), Jojoba, Almond Sweet, Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Argan, get some vit E (use a small amount 8mil per 4 oz batch) and add some essential oil if you want. To me essential oils are not necessary because the scent from the soap you'll be using will cover it up. There are other oils that you can use that I have not listed, you can buy many of the oils on line in 15oz bottles, they will last for years For myself I'm not fancy I only mix 2 oils and a little vit E.
great info, will try the castor oil tip

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 04-30-2018, 01:18 AM
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I really wanted to regularly use a preshave oil, but the only one I’ve tried (Art of Shaving) gave me terrible irritation after the shave. I think it may be the clove oil in it.

I’m gonna try your simple method and see how that works. Thanks for the post.

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 04-30-2018, 03:13 AM
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I use shave secret and it works tea well for my dry skin. The bottle is the perfect size for travel too. It’s small, but it lasts a long time at 4 drops per shave.

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 04-30-2018, 03:34 AM
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I’ve also gone back and forth.

The one pre shave product I still use consistently is Baume.be pre-shave gel. Although it has some oil in it, it’s a clear gel that dissipated very quickly with no oily residue. Works well and smells great.

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 05-02-2018, 09:05 AM
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Since I discovered the pre-shaves oils, my diary shave change.

The shaves are so smooth, and the skins recover the esentials oils that lost during the shave.

I would like share the homemade recipe I use. The quantities are in %.

65% Sweet Almond Oil. If it is enriched with E Vitamin, better.
10% Argan Oil
10% Jojoba Oil
10% Castor Oil
5% Vegetable Glycerine

At this recipe, you can add esentials oils.

I don’t like the strong smells in the preshaves because I prefer enjoy with the soaps, however I add 4-5 drops of esential Tea Tree Oil to nullifies the smell of the Castor Oil.

Best!

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 05-02-2018, 12:09 PM
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(04-29-2018, 04:22 PM)sybil8 Wrote:
(03-31-2018, 12:01 PM)bijou Wrote: I have always liked using pre-shave oil but I've not been consistent in its use. I just started using oils again and keep wondering why I ever stopped, it makes my shaves and face during and after feel that much better with the aggressive razors that I use. So I decided to start this thread because of my fickleness. 



I have this on again and off again relationship with using a pre-shave oils. To begin with I started using oils about 30 years ago on the suggestion from a barber (from our conversation on my preference for aggressive razors and irritation and ingrown hairs) that I start using oils to prepare my beard and skin before I started the shave. He wrote down 2 oils to use Caster Oil being the primary oil and Olive Oil with the ratio 2 to 1 and to use a scented scent oil if I wanted. Well I followed his advice and low and behold my shaves improved, no irritation and less nicks. And after a year I just stopped, it was a few years then went back to using oils again for the next few years and then stopped again.

This has been my routine for 30 years, now I'm back to using oils again for the umpteenth time and I keep asking myself “why the hell did I stop?”. My thinking I suspect is I did not like the oil residue that was left on my hands (even though I would wash the oils off before I shaved) that would get on the brush and razor handles. I will add that the oils would change the feel of a brushes tip presence and render a softer lathering (which I liked especially for those brushes that did have a tip presence). Also there is a transfer of oils onto the hairs of the brush even after I washed the brush clean after the shave. I personally like those oils on the brushes hair.

For those of you that want to try or are already using oils here is a cheap way of making your own pre-shave oil, you'll save money and have enough oil to last you a few years.

Making pre-shave oil is simple you can make a few different oil batches in 4 oz container's that you can buy at your local Walgreen's, CVS etc. Caster oil is the base to mix with any one of the following oils, Olive (virgin oil from the supermarket), Jojoba, Almond Sweet, Avocado, Apricot Kernel, Argan, get some vit E (use a small amount 8mil per 4 oz batch) and add some essential oil if you want. To me essential oils are not necessary because the scent from the soap you'll be using will cover it up. There are other oils that you can use that I have not listed, you can buy many of the oils on line in 15oz bottles, they will last for years For myself I'm not fancy I only mix 2 oils and a little vit E.
great info, will try the castor oil tip
With the listing of oils I put in the thread I am going to add a few more oils etc. to work with Safflower, Grapeseed and Glycerin (Grocery Store). Also any suggesting from others in this thread are all good, once you start making your own (you might spend between $15 to $40 dollars) remember these oils should last you 2 years.

I make 2 types of pre-shave, a thicker oil for when I use the RX with a Feather Pro and Charcoal L3 OC and a thinner oil for the Charcoal L3 CC with a Polsilver.  

1- Thicker: Caster oil 2 parts, Olive Oil 1 part with a little of Grapeseed and Apricot Kernel with a little of Glycerin and if you want 5-7 drops of Vit. E (adjust the Caster and Olive to your liking)

2- Thinner: Caster oil with Oliver Oil, Grapeseed, Safflower, Apricot Kernel with Glycerin roughly all equal parts and if you want 5-7 drops of Vit. E

3- Or just go with Caster Oil and Olive oil and make the consistency you want starting with a small amount of each to sample

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 05-02-2018, 08:48 PM
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I’ve been using 2 drops of Argan oil before every shave for the past few months and I can’t see myself going without it anymore.

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 05-02-2018, 09:07 PM
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I do think that argan oil works well on hair but I am not convinced it is favorable to my skin. Now although this is a preshave oil thread I will side note with saying these are my daily oils I use in rotation on my face. Avocado oil, sweet almond oil, apricot oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter. I would recommend Shea Terra Organics as they offer a wide variety of single oils that have informative packaging and labeling with good dispensers and brown amber glass bottles.

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 05-03-2018, 08:15 PM
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If you don't like the oily residue or the interference with your lather, then you should try a really good beard oil instead.  Anything with heavy castor or olive oil is going to leave more of a residue.  Try WSP's beard oil, or something similar that is mainly jojoba, argan, and grapeseed.  All three of those oils are non-comedegenic and are much more readily absorbed.  I found that rubbing my excess beard oil on my scalp was a good moisturizer, and then decided to try it for pre shave as well.  It works great.  The trick is that you need just enough to  moisturize the skin.  You aren't trying to leave a slick surface behind to lather over.

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 05-07-2018, 12:49 PM
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i love my preshave oil.  my ingredients are castor, olive, sunflower oils.  I put it on, shower, then shave.  Much better shaves.

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