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  • Jul26

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    It seemed like shaving had become something I was doing on automatic pilot… sometimes early, sometimes late, but always in a hurry. As a result, I was not always making nice with my skin. Yep, you guessed it, razor bumps. This may be something other guys have just come to accept and live with, but it is one of my pet peeves and I absolutely hate it. I should also add living in Texas during the summer makes not getting them exponentially more challenging.

    Fear not, there’s no need to go full-on Billy Gibbons just yet (although is there really anyone more bad-ass?). The Art Of Shaving has a pre-shave oil ($22 retail) perfect for preparing to drag that finely honed piece of metal across your jugular! If you can do the full kit ($100 retail), more power to you, it’s full of great products and you’d be hard pressed to fine higher quality. However, if your looking for what I consider THE essential item in the kit, this is it. A couple of drops combined with a good creme (not your can of Barbasol) or shave soap will get you primed and ready to go.

    I know for some guys twenty-two bucks sounds like a lot to drop on something they may not have even been using before, but trust me you will see a difference. A couple of other benefits to note: 1.) you only use 3-4 drops per shave, so it lasts quite a while, 2.) Your shaves will get MUCH closer and depending on your beard type, you may get more mileage out of each shave. Trust me, anyone close enough to your mug to care, will definitely feel the difference too!

    Happy Shaving,
    The Chiclet Bandit