Ingredients: Dr. Carver’s Mandatory Prep Scrub, Easy Shave Butter, and Post Shave Dew (Dollar Shave Club)

Dollar Shave Club Immaculate Shave Trial Kit

I recently received a starter pack from Dollar Shave Club. The “Immaculate Shave Trial Kit” includes their executive handle, four sets of blades (6 blades each), as well as the Prep Scrub, Shave Butter, and Post Shave Dew. Not bad for just $5.00!

When it comes to ingredients, I tend to lean towards simplicity. The fewer and more natural the better. So I was compelled to try their Shave Butter after seeing “What’s Inside” on their website:

Dr Carvers Shave Butter Ingredients

When the package arrived, I was anxious to get started. But when I flipped the bottle over to read the back, I was disheartened to see dozens of other ingredients — many of them synthetic.

If you have sensitive skin or allergies, it’s important to read labels and be aware of the ingredients that can cause flare-ups or irritation.

Here’s a complete list of the ingredients used in Dr. Carver’s shaving products. Grand total? 119!


Dr. Carver’s Mandatory Prep Scrub

There are 35 ingredients listed on the website. The 1-oz sample tube lists 27 ingredients.

Dollar Shave Club Mandatory Prep Scrub Ingredients

Searchable ingredients list:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glyceryl Stearate, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Bambusa (Bamboo) Vulgaris Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Amber Powder, Menthol,Caprylyl Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Glycol Distearate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitylglucoside, Xylitol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Citronellol, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional.


Dr. Carver’s Easy Shave Butter

There are 36 ingredients listed on the website.

Dollar Shave Club Easy Shave Butter Ingredients

Searchable ingredients list:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Propanediol, Avena Sativus (Oat) Kernel Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phospholipids, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Barley Protein, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Dimethiconol, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene.


Dr. Carver’s Disappearing Post Shave Dew

There are 48 ingredients listed on the website.

Dollar Shave Club Post Shave Dew Ingredients

Searchable ingredients list:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Isododecane, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Water, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Stem Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Juniperus Communis (Juniper) Fruit Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Polypodium Vulgare (Fern) Rhizome Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus (Lichen) Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum (Moss) Extract, Hydrolyzed Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Phospholipids, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Silica, Carbomer, Propanediol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Glutamate, Coconut Acid, Sorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance (Parfum).


To be fair, I love that Dollar Shave Club exists. They completely upended the razor industry, and forced a new pricing model that now dominates the shaving market.

As recently as 2009, Gillette was making 48X profit per razor. The cost of manufacturing and packaging a Mach3 razor nine years ago was just $0.10.

This felt nothing short of criminal. So thank you, Michael Rubin (founder of DSC), for fixing it. Here’s the amazing commercial that started it all:

With that being said, 119 ingredients is a huge turn-off for me. So I’m not incorporating any Dr. Carver’s products into my regular shaving routine at this time. Perhaps they will release something more simple in the future…

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