Pre-shave oils get a lot of the buzz these days, and there are some good ones, but it is too easy to use them as a crutch for proper shave preparation. Cleaning and hydrating the skin properly before shaving is an essential part of a good shave in my opinion. Sharpologist has discussed pre-shave cleansers before: “Get Ready! 5 Pre-Shave Soaps That Really Work” is consistently one of most popular articles on the site even though it’s three years old. I have always been a big fan of Musgo Real Glycerin Lime Oil soap–“MR GLO” and I also quite like Lucky Tiger’s face wash. But these are more “specialized” products that are less commonly available.