How many shaving products do you really need? Surely you need some sort of shaving gel or similar to apply to your face during the acual shave. But how about preshave and aftershave? The amount of products is immense, and it can be hard to find your way through this consumer jungle. But at the Real Shaving Co, they try to make your life easier.
1, 2, 3 – shave
You can divide your daily shave into three steps.
The preshave, in which you prepare your face to the upcoming encounter with your razor. The preshave should clean your face as well as moisten the skin and your beard.
The actual shave – the war zone – when you let a sharp steel blade glide across your skin and through your bristles. The key is to keep your beard soft, moist and vigilant, while still getting the razor close to your face.
After the shave, when your skin is more vulnerable than usual, you probably need to add some moisture to your face again. A good aftershave will help protect your skin and give you a fantastic glow for the rest of the day.
This three part way of thinking is the basic concept of all products from The Real Shaving Co. All products are clearly marked as preshave, shave or aftershave products with a simple three-step system.
Part of my daily shave
I'm currently testing a few products, and among these are two products from The Real Shaving Co.
For the last two months, I have been using the Step 2 – Super Slide Shave Gel and Step 3 – Sooting Balm every now and then. I am testing several products, so I don't use them every day – and not always at the same time.
But I must say that I have been very satisfied with both products so far.
Super Slide Shave Gel
I had a few concerns about the Super Slide Shave Gel, as it is absolutely transparent. If you're used to the classic white foam on your face, it's actually a strange feeling to shave while you still see all of your vulnerable skin. It took me a few days before I had the guts to try the Super Slide Shave Gel with my Double Edge razors.
For some reason, I didn't have any concerns using the Wilkinson Hydro 5 (Schick Hydro 5) with the transparent gel. But I have just recently begun using my DE razors with the gel. In fact, I still feel that the transparency of the Super Slide Shave Gel fits the “safe” cartridge type razors better than it fits Double Edge or straight razors.
So if you're using the Wilkinson / Schick / Gillette Fusion / Azor type of razor – and want to try a nice, gentle, paraben free shave gel – I suggest you give the Real Shaving Co Super Slide Shave Gel a try… (hmm – that is a long name, isn't it?)
You will have to apply the gel to your face by hand – it doesn't work well with a brush. Just make sure to massage it good around your entire face and neck and make sure you're not missing any spots.
The aftershave balm – or “Post Shave Daily Soothing Balm” as it's called – contains Aloe Vera to help moisten and reduce irritation of your skin. The list of ingredients is a long one, but there are no parabens or sodium laureth sulfates, so that's a plus to me.
The post shave balm has a very distinct scent. I haven't quite figured out what it is yet, but probably a combination of the Aloe, coconut oil, rooibus extract and a few more things. But to me, it is just the scent of “having just stepped out of the shower and feeling clean”.
Note on the scent: After having pondered about this for hours, I asked my wife as she said goodnight… “Oh, that's easy… It's apples, dear!”
Do you use any of the Real Shaving products? Which is your favorite? And what does the post shave balm actually smell of? Join the discussions by adding your comments below.
A few months ago – shortly after I reviewed the RazorPit blade cleaner, I received an odd package from the company Greeneverblade. As I opened it, I found a black piece of plastic, designed to hold a standard cartridge razor like Gillette or Shick. But where the blades were to be put, the plastic was replaced with what seemed to be a flat piece of cupper. The EverBlade claimed to make my razor blades last longer! How? Why? Really? Read on!
Can the EverBlade make your razor blades last longer?
So this is how it works… When your razor is not in use, you put it to rest on the EverBlade with the blades on top of the metal part. That's all. No cleaning, nothing to switch on, nothing to do at all… You can sit down and watch the EverBlade work. But it's quite boring, as it doesn't do anything you can see. It doesn't even make a noise. In fact, all this is why I didn't really believe in this product when I received it. But you know what? It worked! And still works!
The single blade I used for this review (a Gillette Fusion cartridge) worked perfectly for nearly 35 shaves! That's more than I got from the RazorPit cleaner! And nearly ten times what I get from a normal cartridge!
I am not going to get into too many details about how the EverBlade actually works. Chris Wilson from the company behind the Everblade, made a long explanation to me about magnetic fields and energy bouncing back and forth between the razor and the EverBlade. But I thinks it's even simpler. The EverBlade works as an anode for the razor, causing the metal on the EverBlade to corrode instead of the metal on the razor blades. If you really (and I mean REALLY!) want to read about anodes, check Wikipedia on anodes. Otherwise – just be happy finding a product that actually works!
The EverBlade I got will fit most modern cartridge razors. I had a problem with the new ProGlide blades, as they are slightly larger than others – but hey, the EverBlade guys just changed the design. A few days ago, a new version of the EverBlade was launched, and it will fit the ProGlide as well!
All in all, even though I was truly skeptical, the EverBlade surprised me with impressive results. It's reasonably priced, and it seems to do a good job. At least with my Fusion blades. The Everblade is currently sold at $14.95 on Amazon.com (updated december 2011). I haven't seen it in any European stores yet.
Have you ever found yourself thinking “If I could just find a way to stop my beard from growing that fast…”? Relax! You're not the first to think like that – and I have actually found a way to do it! Or at least – that's what the people behind the new Bluebeards Revenge Luxury Shaving Cream says.
The Bluebeards Revenge cream is free of the “claimed to be hormone disprupting” parabens. This is a great plus for me. I don't know if parabens are bad or not – but if we can make products without it, I believe we should! Bluebeards Revenge does contain other stuff, like the new “Decelerine”, but according to the sources I have been able to find online, it doesn't contain anything dangerous!
Smells good, feels good
The Bluebeard Revenge cream is a classic shaving cream with a nice and subtle scent. It is not a scent that will blow you away – but on the other hand, it is extremely nice and balanced.
The Shaving Detective rating
According to the people behind the Bluebeards Revenge, you will get the full effect of the Decelerine after a month or more. I haven't had time to test this, but even without the effect of the Decelerine I would recommend the Bluebeards Revenge as a very good shaving cream!
Oh – and by the way… Once you get your own can of Bluebeards Revenge, you should remember to read all the recommendations and warnings on the package. They are all priceless, funny and adds to the charming presentation of something as dull as shaving cream.
In my eyes, the Bluebeards Revenge stands out as a well branded, high quality product – with the added bonus of Decelerine to slow down your beard growth.
One of the reasons I started the ShavingDetective website, was the frustration I felt every time I had to buy new cartridges for my Gillette and Wilkinson shavers. I believe everyone who use shavers with replaceable cartridges have felt this way.
If you want to continue using a replaceable shaver (and not go for either Double Edge blades or electrical shavers), there is only one way to save money. Make your blades last longer!
To make your blades last for more than just a few shaves, you must either accept some extra drag on your face as the older blades gets dirty and blunt – or use one of the few “blade savers” on the market. But which of these should you go for? I have just tested the RazorPit – and as I mentioned in an earlier post, it claims to prolong the lifetime of your cartridges.
How I tested the RazorPit
For this review, I took two brand new Gillette Fusion cartridges, and marked one with a “+” and one with a “-“. I used each of them every second day. After each shave, the “+”-cartridge was cleaned using the RazorPit. The “-“-cartridge was cleaned using nothing but hot water. Both cartridges were put to dry in RazorPits built-in stand.
The silicon coated plastic which the RazorPit is made of doesn't look fancy at all. It certainly won't win any design awards on its looks – but on the other hand it feels quite robust and provides a nice “docking station” for your Gillette razor. It works great with the original Fusion razor, but the latest Fusion ProGlide Power is too big to fit. (I guess the normal ProGlide without the battery will fit, though). You can still clean your ProGlide power using the RazorPit – it just won't fit in the stand afterwards. So it's a minor detail I guess.
The RazorPit is extremely simple to use – just put some foam on the surface, and push the razor across it a few times after each shave. You can see a video of how it works in my previous post, “RazorPit – the Simple Revolution?“. It takes just a minute or two to use.
Does it work?
The ads claim you will get up to 150 shaves per blade. That may be true under some conditions. But I never got to that amount. Even so, the RazorPit did in fact make my blades last longer!
The “+”-blade (Cleaned using the RazorPit) lasted for 24 days. Compare that to the 6 days of the blade cleaned using hot water only… That's 18 days extra – or a stunning 300% improvement!
The price of the RazorPit is about the same as 8 new Fusion cartridges. If the RazorPit works just as well for you as it did for me, it will practically be saving you money from day one.
Using replaceable cartridges like Gillettes Fusion or Schicks Hydro blades is more expensive than using a traditional double edge razor. But it is also easier and faster. With the RazorPit, you can use each blade for a little longer – and save money even by using the replaceable cartridges!
On a 5-star scale, I would give the RazorPit 4 stars. It works great, but to get the fifth star, the RazorPit would need to come up with a nice travel pouch or something – and a stand that will take the new Fusion ProGlide Power as well.. But for now, I guess the RazorPit is the best you can buy to improve the lifetime of your razor blades. You can get the Razorpit from Amazon or from Razorpits own website, razorpit.com.
It looks a bit odd. Just like a normal cradle for your Gillette shaver. No fancy colors or sparkling details… Just plain, black plastic. Bot don't let the looks fool you! It does in fact perform magic!
I am talking about the RazorPit – a Danish product claiming to prolong the lifetime of your shaving blades by up to 900%.
The RazorPit can be used for nearly all kinds of shaving blades, from Double Edgeblades to disposable cartridges. A special coating will help you clean your blades, allowing up to 150 shaves on ONE Gillette blade. At least according to the people behin RazorPit.
I am currently waiting for a RazorPit to arrive in my mailbox, and I will bring you a thorough review over the next weeks. Have you tried the RazorPit yourself? Let us all know what you think by posting your comments below.
Have a look at the simplicity of the Razorpit here:
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