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But what does it do that a decent lather doesn't offer? You will have to be careful in the mix as some oils will clog the razor or make the lather sub par and break down.

Is it a product designed for the sake of marketing and sales?
 
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I sometimes apply some Noxzema cleansing cream before lathering as that improves slickness. It's the only thing that has made any difference whatsoever, everything else in terms of oils or creams has been pretty pointless.
 
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But what does it do that a decent lather doesn't offer? You will have to be careful in the mix as some oils will clog the razor or make the lather sub par and break down.

Is it a product designed for the sake of marketing and sales?
Oils have been used a lot longer than soaps. They provide moisturizing and skin protection benefits which soaps may or may not sufficiently provide for your skin type (don't know how many times this needs to be repeated). I use DIY oils ,I've never had a problem with razors clogging, or with lathering for that matter.

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I sometimes apply some Noxzema cleansing cream before lathering as that improves slickness. It's the only thing that has made any difference whatsoever, everything else in terms of oils or creams has been pretty pointless.
Yes, I've tried a few pre-shave products and found that they made no discernible difference, other than having to wash the greasiness off your hand(s) before picking up the razor, leaving an oily film on the water and a scum line in the washbasin.
 
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What, you need a shower and hot towel? Do you sing show tunes in the shower?

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Well I had my first de shave without any pre shave last night, a very hurried affair because I was late back in and had a table booked at a restaurant over twenty miles away. Just showered, soaped up with tabac and got stuck in, two pass with touch up.
Could tell no difference whatsoever, so that part will now probably be dropped from my routine.
 
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