With its first appearance in 1906, the British class of battleships known as the Dreadnought featured heavy-caliber guns in turrets making them formidable opponents on the high seas of war. Seeking to recreate the spirit the of the battleship in a new plane of battle, the Dreadnought shaving company has established a formidable line of luxury men’s grooming products aimed to give every man a high quality shave one stroke at a time. Dreadnought offers a line of products including shaving cream, pre-shave oil, post shave balm, razors, brushes, and antiperspirants. While we would have loved to test their entire product line, the good gentleman at Dreadnought were kind enough to send us a few of their shaving essential (pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and post shave balm) to test and review. Enough with the pleasantries, let’s find out if Dreadnought shaving products are worth your time and money.
In many circles presentation is everything. Regardless of how good your product is, the packaging of your product can make or break a sale. With their foil adorned packaging, Dreadnought shaving products makes it well-known from the outset that you are purchasing a high quality product. This also extends to the quality of the jars for the shaving cream and post-shave balm with both featuring tin embossed caps. Again a presentation of quality is evident before you even open the jar.
Designed to be used before the application of the shaving cream, the pre-shave oil mainly consist of castor oil and olive oil combined with additional ingredients that help to promote a softening of the skin and to allow for a smoother shave. The Pre-Shave oil does a very good job lubricating the hairs and preparing the skin for the ensuing shaving process. The oil itself is not very oily, and features a very pleasant smell which is attributed to the limonene and linalool which are contained in the mixture.
The shaving cream is not your average shaving cream. Those that are used to Barbasol and the like are in for a pleasant surprise. Lathering up with a small almond size amount provides a smooth luscious coating to the hairs and skin. Featuring a composition that includes Myristic Acid, Aloe Vera, and coconut acid, the cream itself feels as if it is a skin treatment and not a shaving cream, and that is a very good thing. One of the major selling points is that it contains Decelerine, a compound that has been proven to reduce the appearance of hair over the course of time (several months) allowing a smoother shave over time. While it was only used for a week with not much in the way of noticeable hair growth restriction, a significant decrease in razor bumps was noticed.
The post-shave balm is the crown jewel of the products (our opinion) that Dreadnought offers. Not to besmirch the high quality shaving cream, but the post-shave balm is a soothing and dare it be said a joyous experience after shaving. Featuring a mixture that heavily features Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera, the balm offers a soothing calmness to the skin after a shave.
After spending the last week using Dreadnought shaving products it must be said that they most certainly are luxury line of shaving products. With the application of each component, you feel as if you are applying a product 2 to 3 times the price of what you actually pay for them. From the pre-shave oil to the post-shave balm, Dreadnought provides a quality line up of shaving products for a very reasonable price. While $19 for a 100ml container seems like a non-starter compared to $1.25 for 283ml of Barbasol, this is certainly a case where you will get so much more for your money. After all is finished, Dreadnought shaving products are a worthwhile investment for any and every gentleman that is seeking a quality shave.
For more information on Dreadnought Shaving, visit them at Dreadnought-Shaving.com.