This pre shave oil from American Crew was largely a miss compared the other shaving oils that we checked out. When going through and measuring each important facet of this oil, it seemed to just fall short.
One of the biggest turn offs on this oil was the fact that the ingredients weren’t actually listed on the bottle nor the American Crew website other than a generic description of “Natural Oil Blend, Rosemary & Clove Extracts, Light Oil”.
This sort of vagueness was incredibly concerning. What we were able to find on their Amazon pages was the list of the following ingredients:
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil
- Rice Bran Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Babassu Oil
- Balsam Copaiba
- Clove Oil
- Sandalwood Oil
- Rosemary Oil
- Bay Oil
- Eucalyptus Globulus Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Aloe Barbadensis Extract
- Isopropyl Myristate
- Isopropyl Palmitate
- Tocopheryl Acetate
So take the ingredient list for what its worth.
If the above ingredient list is accurate here are our thoughts:
Overall its a decent mix of ingredients until we get to the bottom of the list and saw Isopropyl Myristate. If you are unaware of this ingredient just know this: Isopropyl Myristate is a synthetic oil and is used primarily as a thickening agent in several different types of beauty products (just like carragean in food products). Isopropyl Myristate (with repeated use) may actually clog you pores. If the shaving oil is comprised of more than 5% of Isopropyl Myristate, it may also cause skin irritation.
Therefore we generally recommend that you check out other shaving oils that exist on the market that are completely all natural without the use of additional man made products.
With that being said, the viscosity (thickness) of the oil is a bit on the thinner side compared to some of the other shaving oils that we are also covering.
An oil that is too thin may actually cause the razor to drag a bit more across the skin causing an increase in discomfort and ultimately no real benefits actually obtained from using a shaving oil in the first place.
A side effect of such a thin oil will also mean that it will likely be taken away from the skin when you are applying your shaving cream or soap to your face. This will not form an effective lubrication layer between both shaving cream and face. This directly means that you will have to use more oil in order to come close to achieving the same results as other quality shaving oils.
The actual appearance of the oil is going to be a bit lighter in color. The best way we could describe it is as being clear with a hint of yellow. Compared to other shaving oils, it is a bit more on the lighter side.
With such a complex mixture of oils within this shaving oil, the general scent is going to be one that is a bit more heavier on the clove side (although the fragrance isn’t overpowering), with a subtle hint of rosemary.
The general consensus from other shaving enthusiast for this product online is a bit mixed. People seemed to either love or hate this oil. As a objective quantitative comparison, this product was rated a 4.2 out of 5 on Amazon.