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By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo

Getting me to change my shave routine is not easy. You can talk all you want about the benefits skin-conditioning Kukui Nut Oil or Organic Jojoba, but at 6AM when I’m gazing bleary-eyed into my medicine cabinet, I like to reach for something familiar. So… when the folks at Origins sent me some samples of their shave products, I was reluctant to try them. For the sake of the GP readers though I thought the products deserved a thorough review. That’s why I’m here one week later minus my beard; sporting a chin that belongs to an adolescent choir boy.

The short and long story/review after the jump.

What this means to you: If you’re looking for some new shave products these are the ones to try. The three products together form the perfect trifecta of shaving.

Cost: Easy Slider Pre Shave Oil: $18.50 | Blade Runner Energizing Shave Cream: $14.00 | Fire Fighter: $15.00 @ Origins

The short story: Origins makes some of the best shaving products I’ve ever used. If your looking to try something new and refreshing that leaves your skin feeling clean and smooth get yourself the Easy Slider Pre-Shave Oil, Blade Runner Shave Cream, and Fire Fighter After Shave lineup like I did.

The long story: It actually took me a while to come to this conclusion. Not because the products aren’t that good, but because I was just too stubborn to give up my old stuff. What man in his right mind isn’t? I actually realized how good Origins was when I shaved half my face with my old stuff and the other half with the Origins products. A la Head & Shoulders commercial, I kid you not. My blade moved much more smoothly over the side with Origins products and afterwards it felt more refreshed and firm. In case you’re wondering, my old stuff isn’t Edge Shave Gel. I used to use a comparably priced shaving cream from a reputable purveyor (Ed: Molton Brown, booyah).