Shaving with oil only

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Hi

Wasn't sure where to put this.

I have been DE shaving for about 9/10 years.

Primarily using EJ DE89 razor. In the last 5 years I have done a fair amount of experimenting with blades & budget level soaps, creams, brushes & aftershave to find my favourites for that price.

Anyway I went on a short holiday & took a Gillette 4 piece travel Tech & some king of shaves oil as I needed to travel light.

In the past I went through a phase of only using oil to shave as I used to get better results from what I remember. Anyway I was really impressed with the shaves I got!
Previously I wasn't impressed with the techs I had but have been experimenting with a recent collection of vintage razors & assumed my technique has improved.

Anyway first day back & felt like using the travel tech for one last shave before putting it away. Decided I wanted to see if I could go against the grain with this beauty as it just didn't seem to aggravate me with multiple passes while on holiday XTG as more aggressive razors do.

Anyway since I was home I used my normal omega 49 brush & erasmic shave bowl (actually my favourite soap).
Lathered up......& Preceeded to have a awful shave.
Needed two extra passes to achieve what I did on holiday before i even attempted ATG ( which I managed to achieve with minimal irritation for the first time ever).

This has left me wondering.

Is the oil the reason for the DFS I was getting on holiday?

Anyone here shaves with oil only & if so any good budget brand recommendations?
 
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I have shaved my head with baby oil with great results.

The only reason I don't do it more often is it takes the missus ages to clean the sink afterwards and she's got enough on.

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I have shaved my head with baby oil with great results.

The only reason I don't do it more often is it takes the missus ages to clean the sink afterwards and she's got enough on.

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I have wondered about baby oil.

I use it on my skin alot in winter.

Do you think it is comparable to using shaving oil?

It was be alot cheaper
 
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I was wondering about that.

Would be less worried with mineral oil but the king of shaves oil goes really thick & gummy left in air.

Noticed it on my bottle (probably at least 5 years old.)
 
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I used to use some 'natural' stuff from Amazon no mineral oils at all. It was fine and cheap enough to use plenty each shave. As above though it just clogs the razor and the sink it was much better than the KOS stuff and the Somerset's I've tried and was great for the skin. Just too much of a clean up afterwards.
 
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Just ended up with one of the closest shaves of my life!

Mainly because I went ATG which I cannot normally manage .
However today while shaving everything felt nice & smooth so I thought why not try?

Went ATG with multiple buffing passes & achieved one of my closest shaves ever.
All this with a Gillette new improved which I find quite aggressive & a Astra blade.

Main difference with this shave is I used king of shaves advanced shaving oil which I never used before.

Was it the oil or did my technique jump up a few levels?

We shall see
 
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