Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter
Dollar Shave Club
Available in: 6oz Tubes
When the Dollar Shave Club hit the scene in early 2013, it was not what you would call a “soft opening.” The company’s approach to no nonsense, inexpensive shaving blades was fresh and their guerilla marketing program went utterly viral with over 11 million views on YouTube.
Shortly after I became a subscriber, Dollar Shave Club released Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter and I knew I had to test it out. With a few extra clicks at a bargain price point of $8, it was hard not to. Given that I am a member and would be using their own blades, I knew that the test would give Shave Butter the best possible chance of success, but to be thorough, I also used off the shelf blades and handles as well.
Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter is a pale, opaque white gel that oozes easily from the tube. While it does have a slightly thick, homogenized feel, it also spreads and breaks down easily on the skin. I found that a light layer on dry skin, followed by another layer of Butter with slightly damp hands, provided the best application with the least amount of waste.
The shaving gel bursts with a light, pleasant scent, ripe with juniper, pear, and cinnamon notes. There is also some candied orange peel on the backend. The scent hangs around a short while during your actual shaving, but does not leave any residue on the skin afterward. Furthermore, the blend washes away easily. I was very impressed with this aspect.
On the skin, Shave Butter has a light, slightly cool feeling. There is not much, if any, burn to it that you may find in other shaving creams or gels. While skin sensitivity does play a role in how a cream will affect you, the ingredients list does as well. Dollar Shave Club has made some fine choices, resulting in a non-irritating, paraben free formula.
While Dr. Carver, fabled though he may be, probably developed Shave Butter with your face in mind, it works equally as well on your legs. In my mind, this is a defining quality of any shaving cream I buy and it passes the test here. One caveat, if you tend to have coarser hair, leave the gel on your skin a minute longer to soften your hair a bit.
Whether I used Shave Butter on my face or legs, I found that the blend favored regular, ritual shaving rather than more infrequent shaves. In other words, the blend glides easier and produces a better end product when the hair in mention is short. If my hair was more than a few days old, I tended to get some pulling and nicking; this occurred with both Dollar Shave Club razors, as well as other brands.
While it never plays a huge role in my reviews, my thought process being that I am willing to pay up for a quality product, I thought I would mention price here. At $8 for a 6oz tube, it is neither the cheapest nor the most expensive shaving cream you will run across. However, given the above average shaving experience and quality of Shave Butter, I think it is a downright steal. Add in the convenience of it being delivered along with my razors at no additional charge and you have a one two punch from Dollar Shave Club.
The verdict: The Verdict: Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter is another major hit from Dollar Shave Club.