The Art of Shaving’s travel kit is actually quite interesting when you look at it, consisting of 4 distinct elements (Shaving Oil, Shave Cream, a Badger-Hair brush, and post-shave Balm), which, obviously, should combine to give the user a fabulous experience when utilising it. And, once I extricated it from the packaging, I have to admit that it performs really well. The oil is slick and enough comes out to actually spread across your whole face, the foam and the brush combine nicely to provide a smooth and even coverage, rather than the “rabid frothing axe murderer” look I have a tendency to adopt when using shaving foam. I admit, that last sentence probably says more about my shaving abilities than the product itself, but I shall quietly ignore that and move on…

The shave cream itself is nice and cool, and does leave your skin feeling quite refreshed. This is further emphasised by the post-shave Balm, which genuinely seems to sooth the skin and relax it, so overall, functionally, it’s great! But. And there’s almost ALWAYS a but (not that I’m a cynic, you understand). Lavender. Lots, and lots, and LOTS of Lavender. I could understand a touch of lavender in one of the products. I could live with it in two….but all three of the bits that you’re rubbing into your face? After that 3rd application, I felt musty. It’s not an unpleasant aroma, but the connotations for me are less smooth shaving experience and more aged relatives’ bathrooms. I admit, aromas come and go with the times, and I am a product of my generation (mid 30-something, before anyone asks – I have yet to have my midlife crisis, but I look forward to it) in that lavender will never really be a scent I’d consider….smooth, if you like. That said, Art of Shaving DO have unscented products available – and I have absolutely no doubt they perform as well as, if not better, than the Lavender products. I think a mix & match set would be ideal, to be fair!

As a travel kit, it’s not bad, the volumes are all just about right and will probably last you for a month to 6 weeks’ solid usage, which is pretty good going by anyone’s standards! However, if I had one suggestion, it would be to add a bag/holder of some sort. Perhaps it’s just me, but I have a tendency to try and keep my shaving bits & pieces separate from the rest of my toiletries – partly due to not wanting any shaving oil leaking everywhere, but partly because I don’t want a shaving brush covered in toothpaste or shower gel should the opposite happen! The moulded plastic packaging is great for displaying exactly what the kit comprises of and detailing how to use it, but I do think a bag would be more appealing…

The Art of Shaving available to buy from Niven & Joshua

Written by Mr Lippie