I was quite apprehensive about forgoing the shaving cream I’ve used my entire life and picking up the little, silver bottle of oil that is Dermalogica Professional Shave. The idea of running a razor across my leg without that white, foamy layer just about made the hair on my neck stand up. But I decided to squelch trepidation and give this unisex product a whirl.
As indicated, I made sure my legs were nice and wet. Then, I proceeded to shake a few drops of the oil into my hand. (A few drops? That’s it?) I rubbed the oil onto leg number one, took a breath as I grabbed my razor, and winced in anticipation of an uncomfortable sensation. Much to my amazement, it was one of the smoothest shaving experiences I’ve ever had! And my legs retained the nurturing oil after the fact, which meant I didn’t need to apply lotion to keep them feeling soft. My legs were even stubble-free longer than usual.
Apparently, how it works is thus: Dermalogica Professional Shave contains organic silicone and essential oils (including tea tree, lavender, ylang-ylang, thyme and clove-also contributing to its scent) that create a barrier between razor and skin, as antiseptic camphor prevents irritation. These key ingredients work together to create the amazingly smooth shave that I experienced.
All in all, I am incredibly pleased that I took the plunge into the next generation of women’s shaving. I would never consider going back to shaving cream and would not advise it for anyone else-unless it’s to be applied on a sleeping friend’s palm just before tickling their nose with a feather.
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