Leg shaving is a hallowed tradition for cyclists (not me), and Leg Lube Performance Shave Gel might just be one of the best products for the endeavor on the market.
I was contacted by Austin Baskett from Leg Lube, asking if I might be interested in reviewing their athletic shaving product. I am a mountain biker, who primarily participates in All Mountain riding, so I didn’t really see a need to shave my legs? I must admit, that when I was a competitive swimmer almost four decades ago, I did shave down on occasion for important meets and the league championship, but I haven’t since then. Now, I did like the silky-smooth legs I had for a week or so until the stubble came back, and it did make gliding through the water and air faster, and sliding into bed the first time was pretty cool feeling.
Once I started to get in my late 40s and moved into my 50s, my head’s hairline has been receding, and my bald patch has grown larger, all part of my genetics to not have a full head of air when I got older. I finally decided that instead of wasting money on haircuts, and having to worry about my hair (bad hair day), that I would give myself a buzz cut, and simplify everything. I found that once the buzz cut was done, it was tough to make it perfect and not miss any spots, so I would then shave down my head to start from scratch (clean slate). The process meant I would stand in the shower, apply facial shaving gel and use my razor (Gillette’s Mach 3) until I got it a smooth, with as little stubble as possible. I had to repeat applying the gel, and cleaning out the razor, which got jammed up with the hair and gel mixture, and through several iterations, I was finally done. Although I ended up with a smooth head, the technique and shaving gel always left my scalp dry and sore, and I found that even the unscented shaving gels smelled bad or left an unpleasant odor.
I decided to use Leg Lube to shave my head for my test and review, so it might be better to call it Head Lube at this juncture? The company states that their product was “Created by athletes – for athletes,” and although there are plenty of athletic cosmetic products on the market, I was only aware of fancy shaving gels and creams in the metrosexual world. It was specifically meant for shaving legs, but can also be used on arms, head, underarms, chest, and back, though some of the latter ones sound a bit Neanderthal? Some benefits from shaving the legs, for which road, triathlete, mountain bike racers and others use it, include drag reduction, crash protection, psychological advantage, ease of massage, and general improved feel.
I decided to try it outside the shower, since having access to a large mirror for viewing, and a sink for cleaning would be very beneficial. I tossed some water onto my head, then squirted rows of the Leg Lube onto my scalp and rubbed it in. The lube has a pleasant odor, with none of the typical chemical and men’s product stench. I started shaving with my razor as needed, doing it in the normal manner that I always do in the shower. The first thing I noticed was that it lubricated extremely well, and it didn’t feel like I was slicing hair off my skin, and when it came time to clean the razor, it washed out with ease. It was tough to see where it was on your head since it’s a clear gel, so I would sometimes apply it when it wasn’t really needed? I re-lubed as needed, and continued until everything was off my head. I was quite happy with how well it trimmed everything, and it left my head nice and buff smooth. I splashed water on my head a couple of times, washed off any residual product and excess hair, and finished with a dry towel. On occasion, I just used a damp towel to clean my head off after shaving. It can be used for a dry shave, by using the gel alone, but I found it easy to splash water on, and it made the product work better. I never did get around to use it in the shower since I found it incredibly handy using it at the bathroom sinks and mirror.
It left my head with a pleasant tingly feeling, and it felt soft, and not roughed or cut up like it normally does. It reduced the shaving drag and chances of nicks, and kept razor burn and dry skin to a minimum, so there was no need to toss on any moisturizer to get rid of a dried-out scalp. It also left a nice unisex odor from its essential oils, with hints of eucalyptus and mint. I found the whole shaving process was just easier with the product, and it certainly made my head softer, and might I say, silky smooth?
I’ll give Leg Lube a big thumb up, and I always use it to shave my head, and if I ever need to shave my legs or back (insert joke), it would be the product I would grab. It’s easy to use outside the shower, lubricates the skin during shaving extremely well, which reduced razor burn and dryness, leaving one with silky-smooth and soft skin. It left your skin with a tingly feeling, and had a nice aromatic eucalyptus and mint scent. The shaving process was pleasant, with an ease of application of the gel and cleaning of the razor, though the clearness sometimes made it tough to know where it was. At $8.95 for a 100ml bottle, it’s pricier than the average shaving cream or gel, but a little goes a long way, so it has a lot of bang for the buck. They use safe, soothing plant extracts and oils, including Aloe Vera, Tea Tree, Spearmint, Rosemary, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Cinnamon.
Overall Rating: 5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
Leg Lube Specs:
- Visit the Leg Lube website
- Created by athletes for athletes
- Can be used in or out of the shower
- Clean fresh scent
- Ultra-lubricating formula reduces drag, nicks, in-grown hairs, razor burn and dry skin
- Leaves a fresh, tingly feeling behind
- Formulated for both men and women and can be used in or out of the shower
- Paraben Free formula with Aloe, Eucalyptus and other essential oils
- Works everywhere (legs, face, arms, etc)
- TSA approved bottle size, can be carried-on anywhere in the world
- Product and Packaging are Made in U.S.A.