09-14-2012, 08:08 AM
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  • Teiste
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I bought this small bottle of Shave Secret pre shave oil over 8 months ago while I was at Wal Mart,and since then,I havent even dare to use it , since I thought that a product with such low price (3 dollars something for a 19 ml bottle) could be any good.How wrong I was! Sometimes to think that more expensive is simply better its not accurate , and this could be one of the cases.

I have used it 3 times so far during this week and I found it to be an excellent pre shave oil , better than some much more expensive and "fancy".This pre shave oil does what you would expect from a pre shave : increases the slickness , protect the skin during the shave and soften the whiskers with almost no gunk residue left behind.

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While the instructions for this pre shave oil, recommends you to use like 4 drops,I have been using 6/7 and I can say that it doesnt leave my face "greasy" like when I used some castor oil/olive oil based pre shave oils (Art of Shaving,for example) but just with the right layer of oil.

No ingredients list on the package either on their web site (kind of odd...) but they clain to be 100% made with natural oils.Also has a hint of menthol which gives you a nice cooling sensation , but not like the Proraso pre shave.

Smells ok , wont interfere with your shaving cream or soap and also doesn't leave a oily resiude (gunk) after the shave on your DE razor , but a small one.

The skin feels great after the shave and I can even use this oil as a balm as I did today,mixed with with the Acqua Di Parma balm (a balm which lacks a lot of skin care properties).

The oil comes on a small plastic bottle of 19 ml ,which is also perfect if you travel. 3 of these small bottles (which are 60 ml or 2 oz) would cost you less than some of the most famous pre shave oils out there , like the Truefitt and Hill or Art of Shaving and would certainly last you a lot.

As I said,odd that I cannot read its ingredient formulation since its not listed anywhere but the stuff truly works , my very dry skin testifies of it , and its kind of cheap and easy to find.

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 09-14-2012, 09:00 AM
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  • beartrap
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Thanks for the review, I know you love your oils, to me they are all the same Biggrin

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 09-14-2012, 09:46 AM
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It's a good product at a low price and is readily available for most people. The smell is what gets me though; it's strong clove smell interferes with the scents of my soaps/ creams with the exception of Bay Rum which it actually pairs well with.

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 09-14-2012, 10:01 AM
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How would you say this oil compares to the homemade oils that you have used?

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 09-14-2012, 12:29 PM
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  • Teiste
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(09-14-2012, 10:01 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: How would you say this oil compares to the homemade oils that you have used?

The ones I have made are "greasier" (if that makes sense) while this one isnt , so its a plus for this oil.

I need to perfect mine a little bit more.

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 09-14-2012, 03:38 PM
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  • Johnny
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Another nice review Teiste, but this one won't sway me. I have never had any luck with any pre-shave oil. The only pre-shave product that I have come close to liking is the Proraso. Just a good face wash and lather works for me. Another one of those darn YMMV things.

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 09-14-2012, 03:50 PM
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(09-14-2012, 03:38 PM)Johnny Wrote: Another nice review Teiste, but this one won't sway me. I have never had any luck with any pre-shave oil. The only pre-shave product that I have come close to liking is the Proraso. Just a good face wash and lather works for me. Another one of those darn YMMV things.

Well,think this way,money that you save to spend in other shaving goodies.Biggrin

My extra dry skin is very grateful Im using pre shave oils like this,I can tell you.

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 09-14-2012, 04:37 PM
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I would love to know how they can sell the product without listing the ingredients, that is a real mystery to me.

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 09-14-2012, 04:59 PM
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It's interesting to me that they recommend just using the oil instead of a cream or soap. On their web site they say, "Shave Secret takes the place of all shave creams, soaps, gels, aftershave and moisturizing lotions."

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 09-14-2012, 05:18 PM
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I've been seeing this oil pop up more and more recently. Maybe it is worth picking up after all...

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 09-14-2012, 08:31 PM
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(09-14-2012, 05:18 PM)Tonality Wrote: I've been seeing this oil pop up more and more recently. Maybe it is worth picking up after all...

For a couple bucks, it's worth trying

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 09-21-2012, 08:20 AM
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Well, I picked up a bottle yesterday and tried it out this morning. Not to jump to any conclusions, but I had my best and smoothest shave yet with the Tradere SB... I see more experimentation in my future with this product.

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 09-21-2012, 08:41 AM
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Does anyone know where else this is sold besides Walmart and online?

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 09-21-2012, 02:51 PM
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I've used Shave Secret to shave with without cream/soap. It does work, but the scent is one I dislike. I wish there was an unscented version, as it's a worthwhile preshave oil that's inexpensive.

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 09-24-2012, 12:32 AM
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(09-21-2012, 08:41 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Does anyone know where else this is sold besides Walmart and online?

John, if you still haven't found any, I have about 1/2 a bottle left that I no longer use... I would be happy to send it your way if you would like it.

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 09-24-2012, 03:32 AM
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I will just go ahead and get this out of the way, but seriously, The Art of Shaving preshave oil may as well be lube; it left my face greasier than a pornstars rectum.

Next time I'm Walmart I'll have to see if I can find any of this, I think I'm gonna give TBS a go too, since there is no castor/olive oil in it either.

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 09-24-2012, 09:00 AM
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(09-24-2012, 12:32 AM)BladeDE40 Wrote:
(09-21-2012, 08:41 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Does anyone know where else this is sold besides Walmart and online?

John, if you still haven't found any, I have about 1/2 a bottle left that I no longer use... I would be happy to send it your way if you would like it.

Hey, that's great, I'd love to try it, thanks. PM sent.

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 09-25-2012, 04:14 PM
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Well, here's a thought.

On a whim, I decided to try Johnson & Johnson baby oil -- which is mineral oil based. It works like a charm, did not clog the razor, and is dirt cheap. Just sayin'. I know YMMV.

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 09-25-2012, 05:59 PM
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  • steve g
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I use grape seed oil mixed 3 parts to 1 with vegetable glycerin, you can also use it by itself. It's very light and not greasy.

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 09-28-2012, 03:19 AM
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I finally gave this stuff a whirl today, didn't really mind the scent, and the menthol is minimal.

I think I'm going to go pickup up TBS's preshave oil this weekend and give it a go too.

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