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What's in your shave Foam/Gel/Cream? The Facts are here, what you need to know!

stephen snell

Water, plus a whole heap of cheap solvents, thickeners and preservatives plus a little bit of plastic, are unfortunately standard ingredients found in your average sensitive skin shave cream or Gel.  Aside from creating an aesthetically pleasing foam, the common ingredients found in shave creams do absolutely NOTHING that is good for your skin.  Skip straight to number 8 if you are in a hurry.

In order of highest ratio ingredients found in a typical shave cream for sensitive skin:

 1)   Water    2)  Stearic acid - used as an emulsifier to bind oil and the water together so that the cream can have a higher water content.   3) Oleth - helps ingredients to dissolve in liquids in which they would not normally dissolve.  4)  Isopentane – another solvent that helps some ingredients dissolve into others, and can cause dry skin and dermatitis  5) Hydroxyethulcellulose – a thickening agent with no benefits to the skin  6) Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose – a semi synthetic polymer which forms a film when dry, again with no benefits to the skin  7)  Laureth 2 - A sulfate which is an irritant to the skin     8)  PEG (followed by a number,  SMALLER NUMBER = SMALLER SIZE MOLECULE AND MORE PENETRATING) is a polyethylene glycol, the main ingredient found in Antifreeze. Polyethylene is the most common form of plastic.  What's scary is that PEG # is commonly found in cosmetics and shower gels so we are probably getting daily doses across multiple products of an ingredient which has only been deemed safe in tiny quantities.

Why you should switch to a KM bespoke skincare Shave Oil. 

Our shave oil contains only a blend of fresh, organic oils which are high in antioxidants and omega 3 and 6, that will repair, rebuild and protect your skin.  KM uses the BEST oils for your skin, not the cheapest.  Organic borage, jojoba, hemp seed and pumpkin seed oils all heal, moisturise and nourish the skin. 

No alcohol, preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners or stabilizers are required in our shave oils.  

Shave oil replaces the need for pre-shave oil, moisturiser and aftershave products.  Another benefit - you can see where you are shaving and create tidier beards, sideburns or goatee.

Our shave oils are suitable for even the most sensitive of skin.  Borage is prized for its skin healing abilities, whilst pumpkin seed, hemp seed and jojoba oils are all closest in composition to our own skin lipids, which means they are highly compatible with our skin.  Natural essential oils of sandalwood and neroli will leave you smelling amazing, without causing irritation, unlike the artificial fragrances found in regular shave creams.  The only ingredient added to these amazing oils?  Vitamin E.  What more could you ask for?

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