Shaving can be dreadful, painful and not least expensive. But there are ways to make your shave more pleasant. Read along as I present nine tips which will help improve your shave.
If you are looking for a shaving brush that will stand out from the crowd and attract some comments, then you should have a look at the new shaving brushes from American company, Six Shooter Shaving.
These shaving brushes are designed to replicate the look of a loaded revolver body, and come in five different metal colors. The knot can be taken off to easily fit a replacement if the brush wears out at some point.
The shaving brush cost USD $149 as a stand-alone product, but you can get a complete gift set including the brush, a specially designed stand and a tube of shaving cream for $199. The knot on the brush is average sized at 20 mm, and the website tells that the hair is “finest badger.”
You can probably find similar brushes on the market at much lower prices, but if you like these cool metal handles, then Six Shooter Shaving Brushes could be for you.
I haven't been able to try the Six Shooter shaving brushes, but I do like the design and the concept of being able to separate the handle from the actual brush in just a few seconds. I am sure there could be a market for this kind of “shaving handle memorabilia”, allowing you to buy a quality shaving brush and a handle to suit your own taste.
For now, I will probably just stick to my usual shaving brush and keep the 200 dollars in my pocket. If you are interested in military gifts and revolvers in particular a .44 caliper shaving brush could be just what you desire…
Read more about the Six Shooter Shaving Brushes at www.SixShooterShaving.com
Is it possible to save money on razorblades?
Aside from razorburn, one of the most common complaints when it comes to shaving is the cost.
Right now, a 5-pack of Gillette’s Mach 3 cartridges costs about £7 in the UK. Those 5 cartridges are the product of hundreds of years of shaving technology; they feature tiny microfins to encourage the correct shaving angle, three blades to avoid unnecessary pressure and an aloe strip to sooth the skin. This is all very well, but when they only last a handful of shaves, it seems that the costs heavily outweigh the benefits.
So what can you do? There are a number of options available to the frustrated shaver. Firstly, don’t worry! You can easily save yourself some money by changing your shaving style or even switching to a different kind of razor.
If you’re browsing this website, you’re likely to be an experienced shaver with your own personal technique, as individual as the next man’s. However, if you’re like most men on the street today who have been shaving with disposable razors and canned gels for years, then the following may be of interest.
Switching over from a gel to a natural cream or soap may very well be one of the best choices you can make. No need to spend a fortune to try it, most creams and soaps are under £10 and will last you nearly half a year.
Not only do they rarely need replacing, creams and soaps will do a far better job of moistening and softening the hair, which will allow your razor to cut through it with unrivalled ease.
If you’re going to try a cream or soap, I can’t recommend a shaving brush enough. Shaving brushes may seem a little ‘over the top’ for most men, but they are a lot better at creating a lather than using your hands alone.
Some brushes such as one made from ‘super badger’ hair, come from the back of the badger where the long, thick hair is very good at withholding water, and builds a better lather. Other brushes, such as the hog hair, synthetic hair or even just plain old pure economy badger hair won’t really hold as much water as the premium variants. However, the rougher hair has other advantages such as helping to exfoliate the skin.
I recently posted on Facebook about the difference of opinion regarding shaving with either hot or cold water. The consensus generally, as I’m sure seasoned shavers will agree, is that warm water is the preferred as it softens the hair, allowing you to cut through it easier with the blade. Others believe that by using cold water, you’re actually making the hair stand up straighter, and can therefore get a closer shave. Be that as it may, the softer, warmer hair will be far more delicate on your blades and will help them last longer.
Another point to consider is the drying of the blade. Typically, I’ve never thought to dry my blade after use, but by rubbing over it a couple of times (in the opposite direction) with a towel and giving it a little shake, I’ve learnt that it certainly helps keep the blades dry so that they don’t pick up the imperfections caused by oxidation. It saves a couple of extra shaves, at least.
Following on from that thought pattern, keeping the blade clean and away from things that could harm it is certainly a good tip to adopt. The Shaving Detective recently reviewed the RazorPit, a small plastic ‘shoe’ device which allows you to ‘sharpen’ your blades or cartridges by running them in the reverse direction along the surface of the RazorPit after every shave.
Although I would argue that what’s happening here isn’t exactly ‘sharpening’, rather ‘cleaning’ the blades of any pieces of dead skin or hair which have built up on your razor during the shave – I do believe that bathroom gizmos like this have the potential to lengthen the lifespan of your blades.
I think it’s important to mention that products like the RazorPit, however, only give you access to one side of the blades if you’re using a cartridge razor like a Gillette Mach3 or Fusion system. Products like MagnaBlade are another option. They purportedly use the power of ‘magnetic fields’ to “increase the bonding power between molecules” making for a tougher and more durable blade. Although the science behind these products sounds like biorhythms, many shavers do report back positive results from using them.
What Does it All Mean?
So what can we glean from all of this? Is there a best course of action to take when trying to save money on razorblades?
I think that in conclusion, there are all sorts of tips and tricks you can use to help maintain the lifespan of your blades, but not all of them may work for you.
Shaving is a very personal thing and what works for one person may not work for another. Experiment with the shaving creams, soaps and brushes you use – as there isn’t always a clear winner. Products such as the RazorPit or the MagnaBlade may help you out, but I think the overall message is that if you take care of your razor blades, then they will last longer.
What weird and wonderful methods do you adopt to keep your blades alive? Let me know in the comments, below!
The Shaving Shack, the UK’s leading online retailer of premium shaving products, has attributed the latest James Bond movie for a whopping 405% increase in sales of cut throat razors.
During a scene in Skyfall, British actress Naomie Harris gives 007, played by Daniel Craig, a close shave using a cut throat razor, whispering in his ear “sometimes the old ways are the best” as she performs the shave.
And The Shaving Shack says this intimate shaving scene is the reason for the dramatic sales surge over the last five days.
The online retailer has also seen a 123% increase in web traffic since the film was released in the UK on October 26. Traffic from Internet searches for “cut throat razor” and “straight razor” have soared by a staggering 735% over the last five days, the firm added.
Nick Gibbens, The Shaving Shack’s Brand Director, believes Bond’s legendary style and iconic status have inspired men to try out a new method of wet shaving.
“Bond fans have an emotional attachment to 007, they love his Aston Martin cars, Omega watches and dinner suits. So it comes as no surprise that they have jumped on his love for cut throat razors.
“These luxury, old-school razors range in price from around £60 up to £300 so it’s fair to say that Bond fans are spending big to ensure they look as clean cut as 007.”
But Bond fans that can't splash out up to £300 on a razor are instead opting for a cut-price shavette – a close relative to the cut throat razor with the difference being that the blades can be changed. Sales of shavettes on The Shaving Shack website have risen by 509% since the release of Skyfall, with bumper sales of the budget £9.99 Bluebeards Revenge Shavette.
The Shaving Shack says it’s delighted to see an increasing number of men ditching the multi-bladed cartridge razor in favour of a straight but they are also keen to point out the increased complexity of a cut throat shave.
“Shaving with a cut throat razor is certainly one of life’s pleasures as it will give you the closest possible shave. But it does take time to master the technique and you’ll certainly need a steady hand and plenty of practice,” said Mr Gibbens.
“We strongly advise that all men take the time to read up on the correct technique.”
As your Shaving Detective I will set out on a mission to learn how to shave with a cut throat razor. Check back on the site soon for reviews and tips.
The Olivelia Shaving Foam, priced at €7.50 in the local tourist shop in Agia Marina, was my pick of the trip. The name is a combination of the Latin and Greek names for olive (Olive and Elia).
The shaving foam is free from parabens. The bottle design and the label will make you think of a natural, ecological product, and it does contain both olive oil and extracts from hop and cotton. However, the list of ingredients also tells that it's a cosmetic product and contains perfume among a long list of artificial ingredients. I was slightly disappointed about this but mainly because the packaging made me think of a more ecological product.
At first, I found the Olivelia Shaving Foam a bit too watery, and was not able to get a very good shave with it.
After some attempts, I found a solution for that problem; just spray the foam onto your hands and rub it for a few seconds. That will wipe away a lot of the water, and leave a nice, frothy foam that gives a much better shave.
All in all, I have enjoyed using the Olivelia Shaving Foam. It is available from several sources online, including Mocmarket.com.
When I started this blog, it only took me a few days to get hooked on a British company named King of Shaves, and in particular their series of cartridge razors, Azor.
A few months ago, my wife went on a short trip to London – and the only thing I asked her to get me was a King of Shaves Azor 5 razor. It’s not yet available here in Denmark and has just recently been launched in US by Remington. (more…)