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Solid shampoo & shaving oil

Jim Markel of redoxx.com sends in this solid tip:”I recently returned from a trip and had some issue with TSA on liquids, so i have been searching the world over for alternatives. Check out Lush.com’s solid shampoo, works well!”oil2.jpg

Another way to save space in the TSA-approved one-quart baggie is to use shaving oil rather than shaving cream. I picked this up from Doug Dyment of onebag.com. He recommends a British brand of oil, but I found a great USA brand - Pacific Shaving Company. The tiny, thumb-sized, half-ounce bottle is said to be good for almost 100 shaves. I believe it - I can shave with only 8 drops, and it’s a better shave than foam or gel. I have hair on my head, but I’m guessing it would work great on a bald head or a lady’s legs…

If shaving cream is more to your liking, you can buy almost anything in TSA-approved travel sizes here

Reader Comments (7)

I travel regularly and I "wet-shave", i.e. I use a razor blade and hot lather. I find the weight of a shaving mug or shaving cream in my carry on to be a problem Depending on how long I will be staying, I either just buy shaving cream at my destination and throw it out at the end, or, for shorter trips, I find working up a good lather on my face with regular hotel soap and hot water works about as well, as long as I am using a sharp razor

April 18, 2007 | Unregistered Commentergordon

Gordon - I get a better shave with the oil than I do with cream or gel - and not nicks.It's as good as advertised, and is practically weightless at .5 oz. of liquid.

April 18, 2007 | Registered CommenterFrank@OBOW


Are you able to carry on the blades for the wet shave? i wet shave too and have stopped doing that. I would be interested to see if you had run into any problems

October 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterchris

Razors - as long as they're not straight razors and as long as the blades are in cartridge form - are fine. They can go in carry-on luggage, no problem.

TSA's list of prohibited/allowed items:


October 8, 2007 | Registered CommenterFrank@OBOW

For what it's worth, Walmart has a shaving oil brand for less than $4.00 that works just as well.

October 23, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMikeMc
Ever since I started wet shaving, I never looked back. I use a shaving oil, shaving cream and shaving soap depending on my mood. I am one of those few lucky guys who can use any shaving preparations. I get my shaving stuffs online at http://fendrihan.com since they ship items free of charge.
August 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPerfect Shave Guy
The Walmart version is called Shave Secret and sells for either $3.37 or $3.73. I purchased it to travel with, but now use it all the time as it beat my gel shaving soap. Have recommended to two friends who also now use it all the time. I only use 4 drops each time and wish I had discovered it years ago.
January 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRichard Thomas

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