Taconic Shave Pre-Shave Oil Review

One of the most popular pre-shave treatments available today is the Taconic Shave Pre-Shave Oil.  By relying on a blend of only natural and organic ingredients, this pre-shave oil works hard in providing you with a considerably more comfortable and pleasant shaving experience.

Today, we will go over all the key components of this oil and provide you with a detailed look at how this oil feels and performs.

Let’s start:

Important Review Notes: We paid for this pre-shave oil out-of-pocket. This is not a paid review.  This post contains affiliate links.  Tools of Men is independently owned and operated.  Taconic Shave is not aware of this post prior to publication.


taconic pre shave oil ingredients

As evident on the ingredient label, this pre-shave oil by Taconic relies on a blend of five oils which include the following:

  • Safflower Seed Oil
  • Castor Seed Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • Lime Oil
  • Vitamin E Oil

There are a few important notes here:

First, as we touched on previously in our comparison of pre-shave oil and shave cream, castor seed oil has a significantly lower viscosity.  Unlike other oils such as jojoba oil, a common ingredient in conditioners such as beard oil, castor seed oil will be less likely to clog a multi-blade cartridge razor.

Regarding the skin and health benefits of these oils, there is little scientific research on their efficacy.

For example, Vitamin E oil, a common ingredient claiming to carry many skincare benefits, has not been evaluated by the FDA (source).  Therefore, when reviewing this pre-shave oil, we are only evaluating it based on shaving performance rather than perceived and unproven benefits.

Using the Taconic Shave Pre-Shave Oil

Here’s how things looked when using this oil:


Using this oil is fairly easy. Thanks to the pump top, you are able to get a measured amount from the bottle quickly:

man putting taconic pre shave oil in palm

For starters, you will want to pump out about a dime-sized amount into the palm of your hand – about this much to start:

closup view of taconic pre shave oil in palm

Then simply rub your hands together and massage it into the area that is to be shaved.  


While Taconic Shave labels this pre-shave oil as unscented, there is a notable light nutty aroma to the oil (i.e. it is not fragrance-free).  However, once you lather on your favorite shaving cream on top of this pre-shave oil, the scent is indistinguishable.

This is in stark contrast to the highly invigorating Proraso Pre-Shave Cream (reviewed here).  That has a bright menthol and eucalyptus oil scent that really wakes you up in the morning.

Application Results

When working the pre-shave oil onto your face, you should notice that it goes on quite light and will provide a soft, subtle sheen to your skin:

man with taconic pre shave oil on face

Application is evident around the mustache area and chin where the light is bouncing off the surface.  Again, it’s fairly light and subtle.

Once applied, you can simply add your favorite shaving cream as you normally would.

When shaving with this oil applied, it provided moderate comfort.  The slickness from the oil helped to allow the razor blade to glide along the surface of the skin with very little irritation.

But the proof is in the pictures so to speak; here are how things looked post-shave:

man looking up to expose skin to demonstrate how the pre shave oil performed

As you can see above, there is no redness or discomfort.

Note: Additional pictures of this pre-shave oil in action are available in the Bevel Review where it was used. 

Now admittedly, there are a lot of components in play when shaving including technique, shave cream, the sharpness of the blade, etc.  Therefore, saying that all the benefits were a result of the pre-shave oil would be falsely assumed.  

With that being said, here’s some notes on how this pre-shave oil performed:

Overall Rating

FeatureNotesRating (Out of 10)
ScentWhile labeled unscented, it does provide a nice, neutral aroma that isn’t overpowering.8
ViscosityWhen used with a safety and cartridge razor, there were no issues with clogging.10
Post-Shave ComfortPretty good here.  No noticeable stinging.8
ValueAt 2oz in size, it does provide better value than most (currently priced at $15).  The container is plastic which makes it feel a bit cheaper.7
VersatilityGiven that it is unscented, it can be used elsewhere on your body besides just facial hair including head, chest, groin, etc.10
OverallThis is a fine introductory pre-shave oil.  Its versatile application allows you to use it anywhere for total shave comfort.8.6

Compatible Razor Types

This pre-shave oil can be used with the following razor types:

  • Straight Razor / Shavette
  • Safety Razor
  • Cartridge Razor
  • Disposable Razor
  • Electric Shaver (Wet Shave capable only)

Where to Buy

Taconic Shave Pre-Shave Oil is available at large online retailers such as Amazon or directly from the Taconic Shave website.

Who Makes Taconic Shave & Where is it Made?

Despite the difference in name, Taconic Shave is actually made from another popular wet shaving company, Parker Safety Razor (source).  

This pre-shave oil was made in the USA:

closeup of label to show that taconic pre shave oil is made in the usa

Closing Thoughts

This pre-shave oil hits all the right notes that a lot of men are looking for in a pre-shave treatment.  It won’t clog your favorite razor while also providing a bit of comfort.

We hope that this short and quick review gave you just the information you were looking for in determining if it is the right product to work into your grooming routine.

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