Welcome to my second installment of “Don’t Be Cruel”, my series dedicated to helping you find personal care and beauty products that are not tested on animals. Today I’ll be talking about Pacific Shaving Company. I don’t know about you, but I have a tough time finding good shaving creams that are safe and natural.
Pacific Shaving is a really cool company, and I really wanted to try out their products after finding out my *cough, Aveeno, cough* other shaving cream was tested on animals. Pacific Shaving began in 2002 and their philosophy is to “create shaving products that are good for the skin, good for the wallet and good for the earth.tm” One of the biggest draws of these products is that a little goes a long way. This way, not only do you save money, but you use less packaging which is an environmental win. I should also mention that with every purchase, Pacific Shaving plants a tree.
I was thrilled when Pacific Shaving agreed to send me a sample pack of their products to try out. The package included the “All Natural Shaving Oil,” “Blade Oil,” “Nick Stick,” and “All Natural Shaving Cream.”
Although the products can be used by men or women, they are marketed more towards men and seem to be designed with face whiskers in mind. So, my husband agreed to help me review them.
First up, the “All Natural Shaving Oil.” This is a product I was pretty psyched to try, because the package is so little and portable (great for travel!). I liked this more than my husband did. He didn’t like using the shave oil on its own. With the recommended 8 drops, he kept nicking himself. He also felt that his (brand new) razor was pulling on his skin. He did feel that it worked better when he used more than the recommended 8 drops, or if he used it underneath his shaving cream. On my legs, I used 2-3 times the recommended amount (hey, 8 drops is for a dude’s face right?). No nicks, and I got a very close, smooth shave.
Next up, the “All Natural Shaving Cream.” My husband only used this a couple of times, but I used it quite a bit. I definitely liked it. It has a nice whipped texture. I got a very close shave and no nicks. My only wish on this product is that there was a shower-friendly tube option instead of the jar.
Next in line is the “Blade Oil.” I didn’t try this product, but my husband did, and he liked it. Applying blade oil to your dry razor blade after shaving is supposed to prevent corrosion of the blade, which causes nicks and cuts. It’s a great concept, and I support products designed to allow us to use disposable items longer. My husband gave this a thumbs up, and I’m going to start using it on my next blade!
Last up, the “Nick Stick.” When you do happen to nick yourself, just apply this clear roll-on liquid to the nick to stop bleeding almost instantly. This was my husband’s favorite product of the set. He said it was easier to use than a styptic pencil, and that it worked great to stop the bleeding.
Overall: I’m a fan. We’re going to keep using the Blade Oil and see if our blades seem to last longer. I will be purchasing the Nick Stick and the Shaving Oil (for travel) when I run out. I think the gift set would be great for a man’s birthday (or belated Father’s Day gift???).
Have you tried Pacific Shaving before? If not, do you plan to?
What are your favorite safe, natural, and cruelty-free shaving prodcuts?