I’m first going to start with this: shaving oil cannot and should not be used as a substitute for shaving cream. I’ve seen a lot of things throughout the internet of guys saying that you can just use shaving oil when shaving your face (or head) and that is just not true. They are two separate products that serve two unique purposes. Maybe there some oils out there that can do the job of shaving cream, but in my experience, they are meant to be used together. Now that we have cleared that up, we can get into the differences and uses of each product.
Shave oil is a great product that can really improve your shaving experience. It’s a supporting product that should be applied before you put on your shaving cream in order to soften your beard hair and lock moisture into your skin, creating an easier, smoother shave. This product can really help your razor glide easier while also working to prevent razor burn, cuts, and other shaving irritation that can occur as you drag several razor blades across your face. After you’ve applied your shave oil and prepped your face for shaving, it’s time to put on apply your shaving cream.
I’m sure everyone reading this knows what shaving cream is so I won’t bore you with the details. I am including this just to further emphasize the fact that they are two separate products with separate uses, and that they should be used together. We already have an article on some of the best shaving creams that we have tried, so be sure to check that out when making your next purchase. In general, we recommend picking a shaving cream with some natural ingredients like glycerin or aloe vera to further moisturize your skin and make an easier shave with less irritation.
Now you should definitely understand that shaving oil should always be used with shaving cream, and not as a substitute for it. This is especially important on your head, where the skin is more sensitive and thus more susceptible to cuts and razor irritation. If you shave with just oil on your head, it can lead to a pretty painful experience! This is just my opinion based on what I have seen, but if you guys have a shave oil that works great as a substitute for shaving cream, be sure to let us know in the comments!