I tried three popular ones:
Remington Face Saver–a powder stick that is rubbed on the face to attract moisture.
Williams Lectric Shave–the standby alcohol based liquid that dries moisture from the face (and seen in a 3-1-1 friendly 3 oz. bottle.)
Pacific Shaving Oil–the oil is supposed to soften the hairs to make it easier for the shaver to cut.
I tried all three and didn’t see any difference when they were used or weren’t. What I do is wet my face with hot water to get the whiskers to stick up, dry lightly, and shave. If I have time I might also use the old barbershop method of placing a hot towel on my face to prep it for the shave. I simply run the towel under hot water, ring it out lightly, and press it against my face for a couple of minutes. This loosens the whiskers and allows better efficiency with the shaver.
When the good folks at Eltron sent me their battery operated rotary shaver for review, they also sent along two products that are supposed to help shavers work better.
Shaver Cleaner ($5.95 directly from the manufacturer, 4 oz.) is used by dipping the shaver’s blades in a small bowl of the liquid. It’s supposed to clean the blades of facial hair and oils as well as lubricate the blades. They suggest using it once a week. It worked well but I must warn you that is has a very strong acetate type smell.
Shave Ease ($5.95 direct form the manufacturer, 4 oz.) is a spray that is to be used daily to keep the shaver’s bladed clean and lubricated as well as help to glide the shaver over the face. I tried it on a few shavers and didn’t see much difference.
Neither of these products are available in containers smaller than 4 oz. so they can’t be taken in your carry on.
If you have any questions about any of the products mentioned in this three part series, feel free to ask.
For those of you who still shave using razor blades, and would like to save some money, you might want to check into
Dollar Shave Club. (It’s real.)