on February 14, 2015
My husband always grows a beard in the winter because his skin is so sensitive that the cold are causes him to break out in rashes, and it's impossible to keep it moisturized. We had an event where he wanted to be clean-shaven, so he decided to try the Art of Shaving kit, having heard good things about it, but being rather skeptical. How different can shaving cream be?
Turns out, very different. The shaving brush is thick and full and lathers up nicely. He's a huge fan of the pre-shave oil (which has castor oil, olive oil, lavender oil, clove oil, fusanus spicatus oil, pepper seed oil, and water. Although the box says "unscented," it does have a light fragrance, probably from the lavender, clove, and olive oils. The shave cream (water, palmitic acid, myristic acid, stearic acid, potassium hydroxide, coconut acid, glycerin, triethanolamine, sodium hydroxide, tetrasodium EDTA, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, methylisothiazolinone) lathers nicely, although some of the chemicals are not super friendly to very sensitive skin. The Aftershave balm (water, glycerin, shea butter, peg-4 olivate, isohexadecane, isopropyl isostearate, glyceryl stearate, peg 100, silica, sodium pca, jojoba seed oil, orange peel wax, lemon fruit extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, centella asiatica extract, equisetum hiemale extract, cetyl lactate, sodium hyaluronate, grape seed extract, ascorbyl palmitate, peg-4 dilaurate, peg-4 laurate, carrageenan, xanthan gum, peg-4, tetrasodium edta, tapioca starch, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, caramel) also has a slight scent.
Overall, it's a really nice (if somewhat pricey!) set that would last a man who shaved 3-4 times a week about a two months.My husband's skin is noticeably softer and less irritated after shaving. Having the brush to lather is an elegant touch.