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In 1989, while I was in the U.S. Army, I had a life changing experience that caused me to have an intense fear of the safety razor. One weekend, I wanted to shave before going out. Since I had run out of disposable razors, my room mate let me use his safety razor, complete with a brand new blade. After a quick tutorial, he left me to it. By the time I was done, I looked as though I had fallen face first into razor wire. I am still unsure to this day why I did not bleed to death. Fortunately, my roommate provided me with a styptic pencil which I think I wore down to a nub. Don't worry, he told me, the aftershave will help. He proceeded to give me a bottle of liquid that I hastily splashed on my face. He was right, I no longer felt like I was cut up. Instead, I felt like I had splashed hydroflouric acid on my face which, at the time, felt like it was melting the skin off my face.
That was a long time ago and the memory has never faded. A couple of months ago, I decided I needed a change in my grooming routine and so I researched wet shaving until I felt comfortable to slowly try it. I purchased the sandalwood scented starter kit and I am confident that purchase helped me overcome my fear. I guess you could say that this product has been my shavior, so to speak
My first safety razor shave since that fateful day in 1989 was with the items in this kit. From start to finish, I was amazed at how pleasant of an experience it was. The pre-shave oil and shave soap provided a very smooth and close shave and I ended up with only three small nicks. (these nicks I attribute to the blade I used) A styptic pencil cured the nicks and the after shave balm actually felt very good, not even a hint of a sting. I changed blades and have not nicked myself even once since then.
I have since bought full size versions of everything and am currently enamored with the ritual of shaving every morning. I actually look forward to it now.
Thank you Art Of Shaving, you have cured my fear and converted another disposable razor user to wet shaving. I sincerely hope that you can help many people make this transition.
My boyfriend is in the army so he has to shave every day. I surprised him with this for his birthday and he LOVED the smell of it. The starter kit is much smaller than I originally thought, but it is a great transition!
The brush in this starter kit is lower quality, but the price point it worth it if you want to experiment with wet shaving. The after shave can also be used as a moisturizer.
I bought this for my hubby for v day and I think it is an awesome product and gift!after we finish using this, we will definitely purchase the larger version!!
I am a newcomer to the old school style of shaving so decided to try this product out. I am pleasantly surprised with all of the products. The pre-shave oil work amazing and the shave cream and after shave balm are great as well. The oil definitely provided a slicker surface, which seemed to cut down on the razor burn so far. I definitely will continue using these products.
My husband absolutely loved this product. It was one of his xmas gifts. The badger brush is top- notch... worth the price of the kit alone. He also really liked the sandlewood scent!!
i got this for my boyfriend for christmas he really likes it. he says it's already made his skin smoother
I've been enjoying the Art of Shaving products for several years. I bought this set for my brother as he's been traveling quite a bit. Not sure about a travel brush though.
I bought this for my husband who had bought a straight razor from art of shaving. The brush applies the cream smoothly and the aftershave helps with having razor burn.
I bought this package because I wanted to try out all of The Art of Shaving's products, and I am glad i did. All of the products work great, though I'm not sure what the pre-shave oil is for, it seems like a waste when the shaving cream is as good as at is.