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Before a smooth shave, give your hair some added shine (and a fresh apple scent) with John Allan's Sport Conditioning Shampoo.

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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 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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Great for an extra close shave
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This is a great pre-shave oil. A little bit goes a long way, so you will get many shaves out of this one container. It has a cool refreshing feel, which is a good thing in the morning. It does not have a greasy feeling at all, and comes off easy after shaving.

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best preshave
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this is by far the best preshave i've ever used. it's not an oil, its like a thin gel. smells great. works great. the name perfectly describes. this is now a staple for me... no more looking around for others.

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Works OK, Smells Gross
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This product does an acceptable job of providing protection during shaving, but I really dislike how it smells. Also, if you go for a second pass while shaving, this doesn't provide much protection the second time around.

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Just awesome
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Shaving without this won't be the same. It's a little pricier than I'd like, but definitely worth it. Smoothest shaves ever, all do to the slick water.

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JOHN ALLAN'S SLICKWATER
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Because I love to try new products, I keep sampling other brands, but I keep going back to Slickwater. It's a cut above the pre-shave oils--provides a protective coating, of sorts, over the beard but rinses right off. The best I've found so far.

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A new staple to my shave routine.
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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
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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
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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
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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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