I’ve been testing the Dermalogica Close Shave Oil for a while now and at a considerable price tag (around £16) I thought it’d be useful to compare it against one of my favourites, King of Shaves Alpha Oil which costs about £4 depending on where you shop. So, does 4 times the cost mean it performs 4 times better?
In short, no. Dermalogica is a fantastic brand but I think their shaving oil misses the mark. It’s not bad by any stretch of the imagination; it’s runny, quite thin and silicone rich – that means it gives you a lot of slip but it doesn’t feel too thick or oily. What’s better, it rinses off quite well and what remains acts as quite a nice moisturiser - perfect for those who get dry skin post shave.
However, in terms of performance I think I prefer the King of Shaves oil. It’s a little bit thicker (but not by much) and it provides a really nice barrier between skin and blade – giving you a perfect, comfortable shave every time. It’s all in the details really, the Dermalogica oil feels a lot nicer when applying it and leaves skin feeling soft afterward but in terms of the actual shave – King of Shaves wins hands down. I can shave every day with ease using King of Shaves, the Dermalogica one needs an extra shaving cream on top to feel comfortable.
So, if you’re trying to decide between the two – I say go for King of Shaves, cheap and effective!