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Once your apprenticeship is complete, pledge yourself to the perfect shave with The Art of Shaving Mid-Size Kit.

The Art of Shaving® 4 Elements Starter Kit

$30.00 Ships Free
Pre-Shave: 0.5 fl oz, Shaving Cream: 1 oz, After-Shave: 0.5 fl oz, 1 Badger Brush

Availability: In stock


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Listen up shower shavers, this one’s for you. The Art of Shaving’s four-step system is brought to life in this handy starter kit, featuring four essential products that help you prepare, lather, shave, and moisturize like a champ. From pre-shave preparation to post-shave pat down, you’re just a razor short of unlocking the perfect shave.

How to Use

Start by rubbing a small dab of Pre-Shave Oil on your hands, and massaging it into your beard. Without rinsing, use the Badger Hair Brush to apply a thick coat of Shaving Cream lather, then shave with the grain. If desired, re-lather and go against the grain for the closest possible shave. Round out the process with After-Shave Balm, which can be applied liberally to your face and neck.

Pre-Shave Oil: 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, Water/Aqua, Eugenol, Farnesol, Limonene, Linalool

Shaving Cream: Water/Aqua, Palmitic Acid, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut Acid, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Sodium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Edta, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone

After-Shave Balm: Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Peg-4 Olivate, Isohexadecane, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Silica, Sodium Pca, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Cetyl Lactate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Peg-4 Dilaurate, Peg-4 Laurate, Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Peg-4, Tetrasodium Edta, Tapioca Starch, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Caramel

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Heck Yes.

I used to be that guy who shaved with the common shaving cream that every man probably uses. Honestly, there is no better shave. For someone with sensitive skin such as myself I can always rely to not only get a close shave, but have my skin feeling extremely smooth and smelling amazing. I breakout rarely now and am able to get smooth skin that lasts a while too! I am not shaving as frequent as usual and that is always a plus for someone as busy as me. The starter kit led me to buying and investing in the more expensive product. Honestly worth the buy!

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Beau says it smells funny

He likes the brush, but I think it's a bit scratchy. He doesn't like the unscented smell.. I agree with that--it does smell off! The cream doesn't foam up as much as we'd like also.

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Smells Horrible

I recently purchased this shave kit and was literally repulsed by the smell of the brush. I literally gagged and so did my wife, forcing me to get back in the shower and wash off the funk. I don't know what the issue was but I was shocked and confused. The oil and balm were okay but didn't really have any fragrance like I thought they would. Hopefully it was just a bad box or something..............

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4 Elements Starter Kit

This isn't my first experience with this product. So needless to say, it is a purchase I am making a second time. That should say something for it before I say anything else.

I like this little starter kit because it is perfect to purchase and toss into a travel bag for my toiletry items. Just because I am "on the go" doesn't mean I should sacrifice a good shave. I actually enjoy shaving, so the more creature comforts I have for such, the better.

The lather brush I could honestly take or leave for my personal purposes and preferences, but I do like the pre shave oil, the shaving cream, and the post shave lotion.

I also like the sandalwood scent. I enjoy more earthy scents that aren't screaming "artificial" or "overpowering."

If you're looking for a good shaving regimen, this is a good place to start and expand from.

If you're looking for a good quality kit to use for travel purposes, or for keeping at a someone else's house that you tend to spend nights at, it'll do the trick (and may show you have some class, too, haha).

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Husband and I are both hooked

Purchased this for my husband thinking he would probably be irritated by the whole Art of Shaving "process" of pre-shave oil and using a brush to lather up. But I was wrong! The resulting smooth shave can not be denied. He has since requested I buy him the full-sized products and hasn't gone back to his cheaper drugstore brand. (I love the products too and use them when shaving my legs.)

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