Pacific Shaving Company’s All Natural Shaving Oil
What I like
- virtually no irritation
- comfortable, close shave
- seems to soften and comfort the skin
- small and efficient
What I don’t like
- once applied, it’s completely invisible, so you can’t really tell where you’ve applied it
- An excellent shaving lubricant, especially if you don’t want a product with a strong scent or that ‘tingling’ sensation that you get with most other shaving oils. Highly recommended.
Pacific Shaving Company‘s All Natural Shaving Oil comes in a 1/2 ounce (15ml) bottle, which is a bit larger than most other shaving oils. As with any shaving oil, the small package is deceptive; only a few drops are required for a standard shave, and that tiny bottle will last a long time.
To use this product (and any shaving oil) correctly, you first ensure that your head is very wet. Then you put 3 to 5 drops of shaving oil in your palm and rub it into your scalp. Once applied, it’s invisible, so you can clearly see the surface you are shaving.
Shave regularly, making sure to clean out the blade regularly so it does not clog up. If any area of your scalp dries out, don’t add extra shaving oil, just add more water. The water re-activates the shaving oil. It sounds a bit weird, but it works.
All Natural Shaving Oil provides good lubrication, though not as much as most shaving gels. It’s more than sufficient for a comfortable shave, though.
It’s real strength is in the protection it provides. Nicks and cuts are very rare (I didn’t nick myself once in the 3 weeks I was testing it, even though my blade was getting a bit dull), and irritation is extremely low.
What sets All Natural Shaving Oil apart from most other shaving oils is it’s scent. It does have a detectable scent, but it’s very light, just a hint of citrus. Moreover, once it’s applied to your face or scalp, All Natural Shaving Oil does not tingle the way most other shaving oils do. You literally can’t feel it on your skin, and the scent fades quickly. For people who dislike strong scents or get annoyed by that tingling sensation, All Natural Shaving Oil would be an excellent choice.
The lack of scent or tingle is also my only complaint about this product. Because it doesn’t tingle, there’s really no way to tell where it’s been applied. You rub it in, but you can’t really see or feel that it’s there, so if you’ve missed a spot accidentally, you won’t know until later when that spot is more irritated than expected. This isn’t a large complaint, though; I did miss a spot the second time I tried it, but I haven’t had any problems since. It’s easy enough to apply that this situation is pretty rare.
Overall, I found Pacific Shaving Company’s All Natural Shaving Oil to be an excellent product. My shaves were uniformly comfortable and close, with almost no irritation. The price quoted on their website is in line with similar products. If you’re looking for a shaving oil but don’t want the heavier scent of other products, give this one a try.
Product reviewed February 14, 2003.