Palmolive Shave Stick Review

In a wet shaving world filled with exotic fragrances and artisan creations, I find it refreshing to use something simple and easy. One of my favorite “simple” tools is the shaving stick, and in my search for these easy-to-use products, I found my way to the Palmolive shave stick. I’ve already taken a look at a few others like La Toja and D.R. Harris, and now I’ve added to my every growing collection of wet shaving products.The Palmolive shave stick was a little difficult to track down, as it doesn’t seem widely available in the United States. However, I was able to order it through Amazon. Without my usual Prime shipping, the several-week-long wait for the shipment from Europe seemed like an eternity. I think I sometimes forget how good I have it and what life was like before Amazon.

Palmolive Shave Stick Review
Palmolive Shave Stick Review

This shaving stick is the ultimate in “no frills” shaving. The stick arrived wrapped in foil and sitting on a plastic base, while packaged inside a simple box. This shaving soap also has no discernible fragrance that I could pick up. That’s not to say it doesn’t have a fragrance. I’ve seen it described as having a piney/anise scent, but I was not getting that. So I wasn’t thrilled with the fragrance (or lack thereof), but what was I expecting from a six dollar shave stick?

Palmolive Shave Stick Performance

Palmolive Shave Stick Lather
Palmolive Shave Stick Lather

This is, by far, one of the slickest shave soaps I’ve ever used. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I barely felt a thing when I used this stick. I did find that I needed a fair amount of water to build my lather with the Palmolive shave stick. So be sure to use a brush that can hold a lot of water.

If you’ve never used a shaving stick before, they are so simple. I think they are perfect for busier days when I want to get through my shave a little faster. (They are also wonderful for travel). I wet my face and the tip of the shave stick. Then I rub the stick all over my beard. Finally, I take a damp shaving brush and begin building my lather as if I had shaving cream or soap already loaded onto the brush, adding water as I go. So easy!

Recommendation

I recommend the Palmolive shave stick for anyone looking for an inexpensive, travel-friendly, quality shave, as long as you’re not bothered by a lack of fragrance. If, on the other hand, you need the smells in the morning, a shave stick like this one, might be a preferable option.