Of all the shaving oils reviewed, this one ranked up there with being at the top of the game. However, as with many of the Art of Shaving products available, they are a bit expensive for the initial purchase. At the time of writing, this bottle costs $25 for a total of 2oz (12.50/ounce) of shaving oil. However, as we mentioned in our review outline above, the cost per ounce is actually cheaper than the other oils being reviewed (namely Shave Secret and Pacific Shaving Company).
Initial price aside though, how does the actual oil perform?
Based on both castor and olive carrier oils, this shaving oil is a bit thicker, but does provide a terrific lubrication in order to deliver a pretty comfortable shave that will likely help make your face (or head) feel incredibly smooth.
With this oil being of a thicker viscosity, it does have a few drawbacks. Namely with any thicker oil, they are going to be a bit harder to wash off post shave. Unlike the thinner American Crew shaving oil reviewed above, this oil may require an additional wash of your face if you are looking to use an aftershave instead of a pre shave oil post shave.
However, on the flip-side to a bit of extra scrubbing post shave, you will likely not have to use much oil when applying this to your face. In fact a little bit of this oil will go a long way. So expect to see this oil to see a pretty lengthy shelf-life.
While the oil itself is marked as “unscented”, since this product is all natural, it does actually provide a very subtle earthy scent. We found that it is a hybrid scent between eucalyptus, clove, and pine – which we thought smelt terrific.
We do like that there is no ambiguity of the ingredients within this product. Listed on the side of the box you will find the following:
- Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil
- Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil
- Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil
- Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil
- Fusanus Spicatus Wood Oil
- Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Oil
The last few products listed above might seem like strange man made chemicals, but all of them are actually derived from plants and oils (both carrier and essential oils).
Generally the consensus on Art of Shaving’s pre shave oil is pretty favorable online. From a quantitative perspective, on Amazon this product is rated a 4.5 out of 5. The biggest gripe from wet shaving aficionados is the initial price of this product.