Our Rating: 5/5 (See: How Leaf Score is calculated)
- Gluten-free and non-GMO
- All of the ingredients in this oil are recognizable and from natural sources
- Enhances glide and prevents razor burn
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|Ingredients:||*Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Seed Oil, *Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, *Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed Oil, *Vetiveria Zizanoides (Vetivert) Root Extract, *Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, *Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, *Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Extract, *Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Resin Extract. * = Certified Organic|
Badger Pre-Shave Oil (View Price on Amazon) comes with a top safety rating from the Environmental Working Group, is certified organic, cruelty-free and vegan, with Leaping Bunny and PETA ‘Caring Consumer’ seals of approval and offers a great shave to boot. It is also gluten-free and non-GMO.
All of the ingredients in this oil are recognizable and from natural sources. This includes extra virgin olive oil, seabuckthorn and rosehip extracts blended with baobab oil to enhance glide and prevent razor burn. Used on its own, this oil provides a thin layer of lubrication for shaving. It is best used, however, a few minutes before using a natural shaving soap.
For best results, massage a few drops of Badge Pre-Shave Oil onto warm, freshly washed skin, leave for a minute and then lather up with shaving soap.
While most users of Badger Pre-Shave Oil appear happy, there are reports that this product isn’t ideal when traveling as the bottle cap can become loose, causing spills. Other users have trouble tolerating the smell of the product which is a little more robust than some of the lighter shaving oils.
Badger are a B Corp and products are made in the USA using Fair Trade and organic ingredients where possible. They have an impressive array of energy- and water-saving initiatives and environmental practices at their offices and manufacturing facilities, and their manufacturing processes do not create any toxic waste that could get into the local water system. They also package products in recyclable and reusable tins and use mostly recycled and recyclable packaging, with products shipped UPS carbon neutral.
Badger vs. Amanprana vs. Qēt Botanicals
There’s not a lot to choose from between Badger Pre-Shave Oil, Amanprana Razoli Shaving Oil, and Qēt Botanicals Fresh Body Oil for Shaving, Showering & Massage. All three get top ratings from EWG and all three companies are environmentally and socially engaged.
Badger Pre-Shave Oil has a top safety rating from EWG, is certified organic, cruelty-free and vegan, with Leaping Bunny and PETA ‘Caring Consumer’ seals of approval and offers a great shave. The company is a B Corp and products are made in the USA using Fair Trade and organic ingredients where possible. Badger have an impressive array of energy- and water-saving initiatives and environmental practices at their offices and manufacturing facilities, and their manufacturing processes do not create any toxic waste that could get into the local water system. They also package products in recyclable and reusable tins and use mostly recycled and recyclable packaging, with products shipped UPS carbon neutral.
Amanprana Razoli Shaving Oil also gets a top rating (1) from EWG, contains natural organic ingredients and poses little to no risk of environmental toxicity or harm to human health. It offers a smooth shave and can be used on both face and body without clogging pores or causing irritation. The oil is vegan-friendly and comes in a recyclable glass bottle as the company eschews the use of plastics.
Amanprana also use sustainably sourced and recyclable packaging, including organic paper, glues and inks, and they promote awareness and raise funds for the Save the Sea campaign to reduce overfishing and support the oceans. The company also encourages employees to cycle to work, and even their offices are sustainable and ecologically sound, constructed using FSC wood and heated and powered with renewable energy.
The Fresh Body Oil from Qēt Botanicals is a slightly more versatile choice than Amanprana and Badger as it can be used for dry brushing, shaving, showering, and massage. It is also very concentrated, with no water, synthetic chemicals, or fillers. Qēt Botanicals use minimal packaging and recyclable containers, never test on animals, use no animal parts or by-products, and create formulas using organic and sustainably wild harvested ingredients certified by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) and recognized by the National Organic Program for the USDA. All ingredients are 100% natural, nontoxic, and always fully disclosed and all products are ranked in the safest category of Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep® database.
The company has received numerous awards for their products and for their sustainable packaging, and they offer recyclable tree-free labels made of stone, print all materials on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, offset carbon footprint from shipping and even use renewable energy powered web hosting.
Any one of these three shaving oils would be an excellent eco-friendly choice. If you plan on using Badger Shave Soap, however, this pairs nicely with their pre-shave oil. If you’re planning on using oil alone, Amanprana’s oil may be the best option. And, if versatility is what you’re after, Qēt Botanicals’ oil is a top choice.