Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 79
Rated 5 out of 5 by SMcMuffin All shaves are not created equal!
From the start The Art of Shaving Full kit radiates luxury! The magnetic close box is crisp and clean with great design and color choice for the Lemon scent while still having a manly feel. The inside does not disappoint either, with carefully chosen packaging each step of the kit continues to have a luxurious feel. The pre Shave oil was a great start to soften my beard, I've never used this before and cannot go back now. The badger brush was up next with the Shave cream which created a nice thick lather that lasted for 2 shaves per occurrence. The Badger Brush was my favorite item in the entire kit, it was soft on my face and worked efficiently when I was applying my shave cream. The after Shave Balm finished the kit off by leaving my skin smooth and refreshed. I have always had sensitive skin and often have a reaction to products on my face. These all worked in unison to moisturizer and give a ease of shaving to help my face look great after I was done. When I received the kit for free from The Art of Shaving I was proven wrong by my assumption that all shaves were created equal, they are not my friends and this product is worth it's cost 100% and then some. I will order refills for this and will continue to use it. My wife purchased this kit for her father for Christmas after seeing how great it worked for me. The only things you'll want to do before you use the kit is read online or watch a video on use, there was no pamphlet in the kit or on the items to ensure you are getting the perfect shave. Once you read online and do it as instructed it does not disappoint.
January 6, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by td4abb "Shaaaaaa-ving.....takes me away......"
So...will the Art of Shaving kit leave me as relaxed and content as a Christopher Cross song? Let's find out!
When I first got the kit I was impressed with the design and overall heft of the box. Felt like I was definitely opening up a high end product. Being that this was the lemon aroma kit it was a natural fit that the box and the labels of the products were yellow. Let's get to the good stuff inside and how it fared!
The Pre-shave oil is labeled as lemon, but it is a very faint scent. When I poured the oil into my hand I was quite surprised how thick it was. It was the consistency of a thick cooking oil. Just a little bit for each side will adequately coat a normal beard growth.. I could tell that this would really make a difference with my shave right away and that it would really help my blade glide across my face and not catch on any dry hair. Also to note that this oil really helps with the next step applying the cream with the brush. It seems to add to the texture of the cream as well as the ability of the brush to apply the cream.
Once I had my stubbly face all pre-oiled up, it was time to brake out the 'ol badger shaving brush and get down to some lathering up! The first thing I noticed when I took the cap off the tub of the Lemon Shaving Cream was just how fluffy it appeared. That fluffy-ness really made the cream very alluring to try for sure. I found that using the badger brush with this cream you only need to lightly dip the bristles into the tub to get enough to cover your face. You want to just use enough to have a thin layer on your face. This will allow you to get more shaves out of a jar. Also you don't want to have too much on your face as it will make your razor clog up and need rinsing much more often. When you are shaving, an occasional light whiff of lemon aroma will hit you which adds to the experience. This light cream makes your razor just glide across your face which also requires less pressure you have to apply to the razor against your face. It also has great moisturizers in it. In fact after you finish shaving with your razor, your face feels really moisturized, smooth and healthy. So much so that if for some reason you did not have the after-shave balm (or temporarily out of it) you could almost get away without needing it.
The Badger shaving brush in the Art of Shaving kit was the one item I was most excited about trying when I first opened the box. I have always wanted a shaving brush but had never followed through and bought one. Watching television shows or movies where guys get a good old fashion shave at the barber, the use of a shaving brush was always the part that intrigued me the most. I knew this was going to be a high quality product the first time I took it out of the kit and was able to hold it with my own hands. The handle is very nice and heavy. It really feels good in your hand and you can just tell the quality by this. If it would have had a light. plastic feel it would have been a let down. When I finally got a chance to use the brush during my first complete Art of Shaving experience the brush lived up to its "feel". It only takes a couple small dabs of the brush into the cream jar to get enough on the bristles for a good coating to shave with. Truthfully, putting the cream on my face with such a good brush is exactly what it is like to paint something when you have a good quality paint brush rather than a hardware store cheep-o! The bristles worked up a good total coverage coating of cream that allowed for a great shave with the lather not being too thick that it would clog up your razor too quickly.
The final thing to point out is that the brush is easy to clean up afterwards and that is always a plus!! I just wiped the excess cream off with a towel, then dipped the brush in water and wiped it off again. After that I just shook it out a couple times and it was almost completely dry!
The final step of the whole Art of Shaving Kit experience did not disappoint. Like all the scented items in this particular lemon kit, the after shave balm has just the right amount of scent. Enough to give you a good smelling sensory experience, but not to the point of being like a cologne. After rising off your face with cold water as recommended in the instructions, the balm really hits the spot. The cold water tightens up your skin and then a nice thin layer of the lemon scented after shave balm leaves your face really feeling fresh and alive! The bottle the balm comes in is a nice heavy glass bottle that I think really adds to the "high end" feel of this whole kit. I would tell everyone to be mindful when dispensing the balm out of the bottle though. I found that when you press the button on the top of the bottle that the balm really shoot out fast. If you are not careful you may be cleaning up some balm from your counter top. That would make for a pleasant smelling counter top, but wouldn't you rather save that game for your face? You want to finish strong but not that strong! ;)
After using the compete Art of Shaving kit a number of times I can say I am sold on the high end shaving experience this kit delivers. The biggest and really only real complaint I would have it the cost of the Full Size Kit. The Kits lists at $120 which can be a big chunk of change to fork out at once. I would think that if you did buy this kit you could refill the individual components as you run out of them. But do keep in mind that the Fine Badger Shaving Brush really is a high quality item that easily outperforms cheap brushes. I would definitely look at it as personal investment for your face (or for your man's face, Ladies I'm talking a GREAT gift!) I say investment because when I would reach the end of my shaving experience I really did feel like I just stepped out of a barber shop after receiving a professional shave...fresh...relaxed....and confident! Like a Christopher Cross tune! LOL ;)
**I received this Art of Shaving Full Size Kit gratis from The Art of Shaving company in exchange for my use and review.**
January 6, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by shore187 great product for people who want a good shave
I started with the pre-shaving lotion. It seemed to leave a nice coat of protection on my skin prior to shaving. The lemon scent was pleasant. I have never used a brush before to apply shaving cream. It was quite nice. It made the shaving cream spread nice and evenly on my face. Some hair did fall out but I figured that was to be expected with use. It did create a rich lather. The saving cream had a normal texture. It was easily applied with the brush or by hand. I really liked the after shave lotion. It made my skin feel fresh and moisturized. It left my face feeling great. Overall I was very pleased with the product. It worked as expected. It gave me a different experience then I have had before with shaving. It was very interesting and I really enjoyed it.
January 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by calton Great way to start wet shaving
The Art of Shaving Full Kit (Lemon) is a great way to get the full wet shave experience. The kit consists of a badger hair brush, pre-shave oil, shaving creme, and after shave lotion.
The brush is great! I've used other brushes, and this one is far superior to the badger brush I had picked up online for $10. It is firm, but very soft (if that makes sense). I loved it.
The pre-shave oil, great lemon scent. I'm not sure if I'm sold on using it, as I didn't really notice a difference when I forgot about it.
The shaving creme - Very good. Easy to lather (important, espically for beginners), and provided great protection during the shave. I
After shave lotion - Good lemon scent. I still had some irritation after using it. I prefer the alcohol based after shaves, even though there is an initial burn, I feel like it stops the irritation a lot quicker than the lotions do.
January 6, 2015