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Many shaving aids foam and froth dramatically, but that doesn’t mean they’re offering your face protection through a shave. Prepping your face with a quality pre-shaving formula—one that sits directly against the skin—will ensure you’re safe from nicks, bumps, and irritation. True to its name, John Allan’s pre-shave solution creates a super slick and super protective primer coat, over which you can apply your usual shaving solution. Think of it like the Zamboni that smoothes and cools the shaving surface, allowing your razor to glide like Apolo Ohno.

How it Works

Anti-inflammatory oat kernel and cucumber extracts teach touchy, post-shave skin to chill out, while tea tree oil, that wondrous Australian import with antiseptic powers, lends the solution a robust and invigorating smell. This “slick water” is indeed extremely slippery, but not at all oily.

How to Use

This is something like a shaving base layer. After washing your face, apply a small amount of this solution to your chin, cheeks, neck, and upper lip before spreading your preferred shaving cream or gel on top of it.

Diglycerin, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Cottonseed Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Menthoxypropanediol, Panthenol, PEG-45M, Propylene Glycol Citrate, Retinyl Palmitate, Triethanolamine, Zinc Citrate, Chlorphenesin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance(Parfum)

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

A new staple to my shave routine.
Purchased

I use this product every time I shave after first receiving a sample. When the sample ran out I quickly bought a replacement from the BirchBox store. It feels and smells great after applying/rinsing off after shaving. I have seen a drastic decrease in razor burn and my razor last much longer than before. Just a little bit goes a long way and then apply your usual shaving cream over top. I will definitely keep using this as a part of my shave routine.

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$$$$

good product but kinda ridiculous how much it is for the amount they give you. I would use it if it werent so expensive. definitely a good pre-shave product though

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Don't even need shaving cream

This stuff gives me a terrific, nick- and burn-free shave every time. It's so good that I don't even need to use shaving cream with it anymore.

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Great at first, but seemed to expire

This product was AMAZING at first. A little goes a long way. So long, that the bottle lasted a very long time. The only problem was that towards the end, the consistency seemed to change. Does it expire? I don't know. All I know is the last shave was not as good as the first and I used the same shaving cream and always fresh blades.

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Herbal, Smooth, and Quality

Great product for safety razor shaving or multi-blade. Has a nice herbal scent when you apply it. Makes the shave very smooth and conditions your stubble/beard. The scent does not linger in a bad way after shaving. John Allen makes very quality products, I also have the Cool Face aftershave, great product too.

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Great Addition

This is a great product. Only a little is needed so the total cost over time is quite small. But the benefit when shaving is very large. The quality of the shave, the comfort during and the feeling on my skin after have improved the whole morning routine. Great for manscaping. too.

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Great if your prone to irritation

I tend to get a lot of razor burn and skin irritation when shaving often for work. I never found a product that really solved most of my issues shaving until this stuff. Makes shaving less awful. My only complaint would be the price for the 2 oz bottle.

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huge difference

I never thought a pre-shave solution would make that big of a difference until i tried this product. The results were amazing! The blade felt smoother on my face and there was so much less irritation. The hair even washed out of the razor better! Definitely worth the buy.

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strange

I had never used a shave solution like this prior to my sample size. I like the way it protects my face from razor burn, but probably will not purchase this in the future.

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Its just.... eh

This product seemed nice in theory. I applied the pre-shave treatment before I shaved for about a week and I didn't really notice a difference. I have tried competitors before, such as shave butter and really seen what all the hoop lah was about. I would say that it is a good product to try and maybe I'm just the outlyer

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