Shaving has never been easy for me. For years, I’d get crazy razor rash every time I shaved (thank you, thick Italian hair and sensitive skin), which would have to heal before I could attempt to shave again. Though there was a time I could let my hairy legs hibernate for winter, I recently moved to Los Angeles, land of sunshine and bare skin. I knew I’d found a solution when I discovered Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter from Dollar Shave Club, the only shaving product that’s let me shave multiple times a week without turning my legs into a minefield of razor bumps.
The Shave Butter formula is indeed buttery — using the stuff feels almost like moisturizing. Compared to the drying, floral-scented shave-cream cans of my past, the experience is practically luxurious. The real difference is that the cream doesn’t lather, so it doesn’t feel like it’s ever stripping my legs of protective oils. I can even glide over the same spot a few times without repercussion.
Another thing: Shave Butter slathers on clear and thick, so I can actually see the hair I’m trying to vanquish, which is crucial for catching missed spots without having to go over my entire leg. Coupled with the 4X Dollar Shave Club Razor Blade, it’s the closest shave I’ve ever experienced. In fact, the first time I experienced the Shave Butter with the razor, I ran my own hands over my legs, marveling at their soft, shiny surface like I was auditioning for a Nair commercial.
My only regret is that I can’t buy this product in a giant tub. It only comes in six ounces and an even measlier travel size, but here’s a trick — buy an $11 bundle of the regular and travel size, and you get just a bit more bang for your buck.
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