I despise shaving, first because it’s damn annoying and second because there are certain specific spots on my face and neck which, regardless of how much care I take or what razor or shaving cream I use, scrape raw every single time I shave. Because of this if I try to shave more than once every two or three days, not only do I look like I’ve rubbed my neck across asphalt while traveling at 30 miles per hour, I’m also in a little bit of pain — not enough to arouse genuine sympathy in others, mind you, but enough that I notice. Basically, shaving sucks.
Last year as I was about to start my book tour, I went to the store to see if I could find a can or tube of shaving cream that was less than three fluid ounces, that being the maximum amount of any fluid substance one is allowed in a carryon by the TSA. I didn’t find any, but I did find this stuff: Shave Secret, some weird concoction of oils whose makers promised the best shave I’d ever had from just three drops of the stuff on my face. It’s fair to say I was highly skeptical, but on the other hand it was small enough to carry on a plane and cheap enough that if failed in giving me a close shave I wouldn’t feel too taken. So I bought some of the stuff.
Somewhat to my surprise, the stuff works exactly as advertised: I put few drops in my hand, rubbed it across my face and did my razor swiping as usual, and then for the first time in twenty years didn’t feel like neck was on fire after I was done. And I got a pretty good shave out of it too.The major drawback of the stuff is that it clogs up your razor something fierce if you’ve got a multiblade setup (I use the Gilette Fusion myself), so you’ll spend a fair bit of time trying clean out your blades. But given cleaning out my razor and feeling like someone’s been sandpapering my face, I know which I’ll go for.
So, while I don’t make a whole lot of explicit product endorsements, if you’re someone who experiences a whole lot of razor burn, allow me to suggest you try this stuff out. I still despise shaving, but now mostly because it’s annoying, not because of what it does to my neck and face. That’s an improvement.