There was a time when all you had to shave with was shaving soap. Today we have a huge range of shaving creams, shaving oils and – now – shave butter.
What is Shave Butter?
Shaving butter feels more like moisturizer. It’s non-greasy and also transparent so you can actually see what you are doing. Shaving soap and cream can be uncomfortable when you can’t see the skin you’re shaving and you feel like you’re attacking the skin rather than nourishing it. It’s still thick so like lathering shaving soap it helps raise the bristles and reminds you where you have missed.
Not only is this a great way to prevent shaving rash for men, it’s also a great way for women to shave. Shaving your legs with shave butter is a luxurious experience that you can repeat regularly without risking discomfort or irritation.
How To Use Shave Butter
Shaving butter is easy to use. Just rub a coin-sized amount between your hands and apply over the shaving area. Dollar Shave Club recommends leaving it for 15 minutes to “marinate” the skin – their words, not mine! Then you just shave as normal.
Of course butter also feels great with a double edge safety razor so you can combine these for the ultimate shaving experience. The non-greasy formula means you are also more able to maintain a good grip of your razor unlike many shaving soaps and oils.
Dr Carver’s Shave Butter
The clear market leader for the best shave butter is clearly Dr Carver from Dollar Shave Club.
California-based Dollar Shave Club opened their internet doors in 2011 with a goal to provide lower-priced alternatives to the razors sold by large brands, just as we aim to do by promoting the classic safety razor.
Their first video ad that went viral in which CEO Mike Dubin introduced the brands mission statement, “Our Blades Are F***ing Great.” Their rise has since been nothing short of meteoric and they offer a range of great shaving products.
This butter is enhanced with golden barley, organic pear cactus, Pacific sea algae, black willow bark, oat extract and various vitamins.
While the base product seems to be plant-based macadamia nut and grape seed oils there are a few fragrance oils like lavender and eucalyptus as well which may affect some sensitive users. For most people though these just give it a great fresh scent.
It has a nice minty-citrus smell that doesn’t conflict with aftershave. You do have to re-apply for each pass but it’s great for a quick shave.
Van Der Hagen Shave Butter
Made and enriched with soothing, natural ingredients like macadamia oil, shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter, Van Der Hagen smells great and is slightly cheaper than Dr Carver.
A little goes a long way, wipes away easily and is not as “sticky” like some other creams. If you have facial hair to work around then this makes it easy to shave around your beard and moustache lines.
We’ve found the consistency slightly thinner and more like real butter but this comes down to personal taste.
I’m on a mission to help millions of people around the world ditch expensive and wasteful plastic cartridge razors and switch to traditional safety razors that are far better for the planet.
I discovered the joy of traditional shaving when I was just 14, less than a year after I even started shaving at all. I loved the time-honoured ceremony, precision and quality of soap, brush, razor and aftershave.
My double-edge safety razor from Merkur is still the same one I use every day, although I’ve enjoyed experimenting with a range of models over the years.
Paradoxically I have also been through a long list of interesting facial hair styles, but have never stuck with a full beard. Instead I am normally sporting very intricate mixes of sideburns, moustache and goatee that makes a good shaving system essential.