Dr Carver’s Easy Shave Butter

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Dr Carver's Easy Shave Butter

This is another product by Dollar Shave Club.

1st shave (used with Dollar Shave Club Executive Razor)

I got this in my starter pack, along with the Executive razor. After removing the foil, I squeezed a small amount into my hand and proceeded to use it like any other brushless cream. Which is to say that I spread it across my slightly wet face using the palm of one hand and kept any left over to use for subsequent passes. It has a non-lathering formula and is designed to be transparent — which makes it hard to see where you’ve applied it. Slickness felt very good and I only picked up a couple of tiny nicks that sealed themselves. The second largest ingredient is glyrcerin, so not a massive surprise. They don’t mention the fragrance anywhere, but I did pick up something very subtle when I hunted for it. It contains lavender and rosemary and I suspect that’s what it was. Not the closest shave I’ve had, but above average, so we’ll call it a good shave.

2nd shave (used with Dollar Shave Club Executive Razor)

I squeezed a reasonable amount into my palm before spreading over my stubble. I got a good coating but it was impossible to see where. Slickness felt good and adding water made it very slippery. Between that and any residue on my hand I was able to do a few passes with ease. No nicks or irritation. The finish wasn’t the smoothest, with some rough patches and resistance, but was generally pretty good. Surprisingly so in a few places. Post shave feel was soft and smooth. The fragrance was so subtle that I had to hunt for it, but it’s not worth the effort. Overall, a good shave.

3rd shave (used with Dollar Shave Club Executive Razor)

Again, a reasonable amount of cream was all that I needed to create a smooth layer to shave with. Repeat applications from the amount in my palm, plus a little water, gave a great amount of slickness. I didn’t pick up any nicks. I did get a little tugging on my top lip on the first pass. My neck was pretty good, aside from some roughness in the usual trouble-spots. WTG my face was good. ATG there was some resistance, but no real roughness. Nowhere approached BBS. I hunted for the fragrance at the start and picked up the lavender (I think), but it vanished during the shave. A good shave.

4th shave (used with Dollar Shave Club Executive Razor)

It doesn’t take a lot of cream to provide a good layer. Slickness felt pretty good, but I did seem to open up a few more of my pre-existing nicks than usual. No tugging this time, but my stubble was shorter. My neck was okay, not especially close but the only roughness was limited to the usual trouble-spots. WTG wasn’t overly smooth on my face. ATG there was plenty of resistance but no real roughness. Post shave feel was okay. I got a whiff of the lavender a couple of times during the shave, but nothing too strong. An average shave.

5th shave (used with Personna Q-Ball, 3rd shave)

I squeezed a small amount onto my palm (a couple of peas’ worth) and covered my stubble. It felt slick but I did pick up a few nicks, though most of these were re-opening old wounds. I had a patch of roughness low down on my neck, but otherwise it was good. My jawline seemed better than usual. WTG my face felt okay. ATG was a different story. Resistance is normal, but there was lots, some of it full-on roughness. Post shave feel was soft but dry. I had a whiff of the ‘butter’ before applying and couldn’t pick up a scent. Just about a good shave.


In the starter pack, you get a smaller 86g size. The normal tube is 170g for £7, which isn’t too bad, comparing well on price to a lot of shave creams.

This is another cream that is high in glycerin, which is what provides the slickness and glide. It has a slight transparency rather than being entirely opaque, but don’t let the name fool you, this is a regular shave cream.

I never managed a great shave with this, but that’s pretty standard with brushless creams, especially when using cartridge razors, and I don’t usually give these shaves the same love and attention I do when I use a brush.

It performed will though, to the point where I happily used this as a grab and go above some of my other brushless creams.

The fragrance is very subtle, practically non-existent, so if that’s your thing find something else. I also didn’t like the fact that it disappeared when applied, making it hard to see where I had and had not shaved.

Overall though, I was impressed, and I ‘d certainly use it again. It’ll make its way into my brushless rotation.

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These reviews are updated based on ongoing experience, so ratings and opinions may change.

Last updated: November 3, 2018