As I said in my last review, the DSC shave butter and moisturizer did well as part of the complete DSC experience. But it’s one thing to keep irritation down when the tool you’re using is a cartridge razor, it’s nigh impossible to cut yourself with one and if your skin isn’t inclined to get sore easily you can shave with just about anything. For years I simply used water.
But the question remained: how would it do under double-edge conditions? A DE razor can give you a closer shave with less irritation than any cartridge…if you use it right. And part of using it right means having a good lather and aftershave to go along with it, or in this case, shave butter and moisturizer. To find out if it would hold up I loaded up a Feather razor blade and gave it a try.
The results were very promising. Throughout the testing I noticed no noticeable razor burn from the shave, and my skin definitely felt good especially with a cold wind that settled in the last few days. Two applications of shave butter was enough to get three passes with the DE, one for the with the grain and across the grain, one for against the grain. The shave butter rinsed well out of the blade, and what spots that were missed were likely a result of the user.
But for as well as it worked, there were a few things that have left me ready for a change. First, while it is extremely convenient to just squeeze something out of a tube I miss the enjoyment and ritual (and warmth) that comes from mixing up a warm lather from a block of soap. It’s relaxing and refreshing. Second, because the shave butter is almost completely clear it makes it difficult to see where you’ve shaved and where you haven’t. Of course by the end of the shave you should easily see where you still need to shave, but during the initial pass or two when you’re trying to reduce rather than remove it can make it difficult to tell what still needs to be done.
A couple things I’ve noticed about the moisturizer: First, while it soaks in just fine after you put it on I found that it left my face feeling oily for several hours afterward. Or maybe that’s just what moisturized skin feels like. It was especially noticeable after exercising, as sweat would seem to draw it out of where it had soaked in. Second, I noticed during the time I was using it an increase of smudges and smears on my cell phone. I think it has been a result of touching my face and picking up some of the lotion residue, then touching the screen. I don’t know that’s the reason, perhaps I just noticed something that was happening before, but it seemed to be.
Really though these complaints, if they even fall to that level rather than less than enthusiastic noticings, are minor compared to the good results that I have had from using them. If the DSC razors are up your ally, these likely will be too. They’ll stay on my shaving counter and I will use them from time to time, but I’m looking forward to getting back to soaps and splashes.