Earlier this summer, Jeff told me that he had an idea to use oil for shaving. Jeff’s a creative guy, and he’s always coming up with new ideas or different ways to use familiar things. He thought oil would make skin soft and would give a closer shave. Then he said he came up with a bunch of reasons why he thought it wouldn’t work, and he talked himself out of it.
What a surprise when I received a package filled with a variety of English Shaving Oils from Somersets just a week later! Jeff was sad that someone beat him to the punch, but then he had given up on his idea before doing anything about it. Of course, to make him feel better, I asked him to try out the oils along with me.
Somersets sent me their complete lineup of 100% natural shaving oils for women and for men.
For women, there are two oils:
- Extra Sensitive Shaving Oil for Legs and Underarms
- Extra Delicate Shaving Oil for Bikini Line.
For men, there are three oils:
- Maximum Glide Original English Shaving Oil
- Maximum Glide Extra Sensitive English Shaving Oil
- Maximum Glide Tough Stubble English Shaving Oil
The oils come in two sizes:
- 15 ml/0.5 fl. oz. $6.99
- 35 ml/1.2 fl. oz. $14.99
I received the smaller size. Not only are they great for travel or putting in a gym bag, they still last a long time. You only need to use a few drops applied to wet skin. They recommend 3-5 drops per leg and on the bikini line, and 1-2 drops per underarm. Just a little bit of oil does the trick.
What’s the difference among the different varieties of shaving oil? I looked carefully at the ingredient lists, and some of the oils have slightly different ingredients or the ingredients are in different orders. To me, they feel the same to the touch. They may have slightly different natural fragrance in them, but the scent is very subtle because you use so little that I can’t tell the difference.
Our Experiences with Somersets English Shaving Oil
So, what did Jeff think? In spite of the fact that he thought “his idea” wouldn’t work, he LOVES Somersets English Shaving Oil. So far, he has used Original and also Tough Stubble. He liked them both He said it gives him the closest shave he’s ever had: much closer than using traditional shave cream, shave gel or Dr. Bronner’s soap. Also, he said his skin is the smoothest it’s ever been. I can attest to that!
I’ve been using Extra Sensitive for Legs and Underarms, and truth be told, I’ve used it on the bikini line as well. Just like Jeff, I can truly say that Somersets Shaving Oil gives me the closest shave I’ve ever had. Also, using it on my legs, I don’t need to apply body lotion or oil immediately after showering if I don’t want to because my legs feel so soft. And for use on the bikini line, it’s a bit of a miracle. Shaving with regular shave gel, I always end up with bumps. Using either one of the Somersets women’s shaving oils prevents those bumps. It’s a revelation!
Somersets Background, Mission and Products
Somersets was started in 1991 in Henley-On-Thames in Oxfordshire, England. Their mission was to deliver “the world’s most comfortable shave”. People hate shaving. It can be time-consuming as well as painful, in some cases. They wanted to make it better, and to do so, they decided to use only the best ingredients which is why the oils contain only the best natural essential oils.
What was most interesting to me was that Somersets said that the big shaving companies have spent lots of money to convince us that it’s the blade, meaning the number of blades, that makes for the closest, best shave. In fact, Somersets states that if you talk to a professional barber who usually uses a traditional single blade, it’s “how you prepare the skin” that’s most important and gives the best shave. So that’s what Somersets set out to do.
Somersets’ blends of natural essential oils moisturize your skin as you shave and lubricate your razor’s blades. This helps prevent razor bumps, razor burn and irritation, and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
Somersets has a terrific website that is actually enjoyable to visit. It’s chock full of interesting information about shaving, their extensive product line and how to use their products. In fact, in addition to shaving oil, Somersets makes two soap-free shaving gels that are made with natural ingredients like aloe vera and tea tree oil. They also make pre- and post-shaving skincare products for men.
I love shaving with Somersets oil. But my only nitpick is that the oil clogs up my 5 blade razor, and it can be a bit of a chore to clean it out while in the shower. I like to clean my razor blade after each shaving area, and I do it by holding it under the shower head. Because the blades are so darn close together, it’s tricky to get the oil out. So I put a little soap or shampoo on it and then run it under the water. Jeff who shaves at the sink with a multi-blade razor doesn’t have any issues at all. Go figure.
You can buy Somersets English Shaving Oils and their other products on the Somersets website, at Walgreens and at drugstore.com.
I think this is a great new way to shave. Would you consider trying shaving oil?