When my daughter was born the hospital recommended using Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap to wash things that would come in contact with her mouth. I hadn’t heard of it before, but they explained that it is an organic, all-natural vegetable-based soap that rinses cleanly without any residue. We have kept a bottle in our house ever since and we use it for various applications. When I saw Dr. Bronner’s Shaving Soap at our local health food store I knew I had to try a bottle. Here are my thoughts.
Wet shaving has a lot of benefits: smoother shaves, less irritation, lower cost, lower environmental impact. But there is one major reason that few people have considered. The reason is selfless and altruistic, but also a little self-serving at the same time. It is the real reason your family wants to your start wet shaving – whether they know it or not.
After decades of chasing convenience, speed, and quantity (over quality) our tastes moving in the opposite direction. People are slowing down and seeking quality in the things they eat, drink, buy and experience. Interestingly, some of the new trends aren’t new at all. They were things our grandfathers did without a second thought. Here are four of these “grandfatherly” trends from the perspective of someone in his mid-thirties.
Note: this post is intended for adults.
[This giveaway is over. Congratulations to our winner and thanks to everyone who entered]. The goal of SaveYourShave.com is to share how to get better shaves and clearer skin with traditional wet shaving. To help spread the word I am giving away a complete wet shaving starter set. Included is everything a new wet shaver needs as well as some really great shaving creams, oil and balm that even the seasoned wet shaver will enjoy.
Many people who change from cartridge razors to DE safety razors also upgrade their shaving cream at the same time. Some opt for high-quality creams and others use a traditional puck of shaving soap. I personally prefer the quick and easy lathering of creams over hard soaps, but I always keep a puck of soap on hand – and not for shaving. No matter what you use it’s good to keep a puck of soap on-hand, and here’s why:
When I was a kid I had a cigar box with two butterfly safety razors that belonged to my grandpa. I remember twisting and untwisting the butterfly mechanism and pretending to shave – not completely understanding how the razors actually worked. After all, they didn’t look anything like the blue plastic disposables that my dad used.
My airline lost my luggage on a recent two-week trip to Germany. It was a major inconvenience, of course. But it did give me the opportunity to buy some new shaving gear at a drug store in Germany. Here is a review of my new low-budget shaving supplies, complete with a super cheap razor, surprisingly good blades, and some shaving soap I didn’t love. All for around $20.
When you start exploring double-edge safety razors, “aggressiveness” is a term that quickly enters the conversation. Generally speaking, aggressiveness is how much the razor allows the blade to “attack” the hair it is cutting. In this post we will discuss some of the key characteristics that make a razor mild vs aggressive and we’ll recommend some good mild razors for the beginning DE shaver.
Spending a lot of time away from home creates some new challenges for traditional wet shavers. Travelers rarely have a shaving bowl or their favorite brush. Also, the water in hotel rooms can be unpredictable. Sometimes it’s so hard that no amount of effort can work up the lather I’m used to. In this post I’ll review why I think Cremo is the best shaving cream for travel. Like anything else, the “best” of anything is a personal preference. But Cremo has some unique characteristics that can simplify shaving on the road.
People who choose traditional wet shaving have many different motivations – sustainability, nostalgia, quality of shave, less irritation. But many are motivated simply by the low cost. It’s cheap.
There is no doubt that double edge shaving can save a lot of money over cartridges. But the amount of money it saves is less straightforward than you might imagine. In this article I explore the costs associated with shaving over several years and determine how much money double edge shaving saves in the long run.