Author Topic: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.  (Read 12581 times)

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #25 on: June 05, 2011, 03:10:56 pm »
Body Shop do a great shaving cream and using a shaving brush is a nice part of the ritual too.

I used their cream and after shave gel for years. Then they started mucking about with both recipes and packaging. Eventually I got bored with buying a worsening product. Liz Earle do something that's at least as good as the Body Shop stuff used to be, but not cheap.

I'm using a Wilkinson Sword Quattro razor at the moment, which is OK but not special.

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2011, 03:14:22 pm »
Body Shop do a great shaving cream and using a shaving brush is a nice part of the ritual too.

I used their cream and after shave gel for years. Then they started mucking about with both recipes and packaging. Eventually I got bored with buying a worsening product. Liz Earle do something that's at least as good as the Body Shop stuff used to be, but not cheap.


I use Prince for my underarms and legs. Bobb's used it for shaving his face while he's been here and I think he thought it was ok.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #27 on: June 05, 2011, 03:21:55 pm »
I've long settled on a Merkur 34C, Feather blades, a Simpsons Perisan Jar 2-Band badger shaving brush and Taylors of Bond St shaving cream.  They do a good after shave balm too.

LEE

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #28 on: June 05, 2011, 03:51:41 pm »
8 blades a year! do you only shave twice a month? They've lost their edge after about two shaves!!

I tend to shave every other day (maybe every 3 days) because I work from home and can therefore employ a "can't be arsed" approach to shaving.

However, the Mach-3 blades really seem to last a long time and only become an irritation if I use an old blade on substantial growth.  I may start keeping track of how many I use.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2011, 05:51:21 pm »
The stuff you put on your face to soften the bristles is more important than the blade.

I find Tescos multi blade almost as good as the wilkinsons stuff.

Lidle skin moisturiser (Ciel something) is fantastic for softening bristles. Splash on lots of hot water, run moisturiser in, shave.


I'll second Tesco blades - 2 is enough for me!  And King of Shaves gel.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #30 on: June 05, 2011, 06:57:42 pm »
I use Prince for my underarms and legs. Bobb's used it for shaving his face while he's been here and I think he thought it was ok.

I use that too - with Aldi type razor.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #31 on: June 05, 2011, 06:59:55 pm »
Body Shop do a great shaving cream and using a shaving brush is a nice part of the ritual too.

I used their cream and after shave gel for years. Then they started mucking about with both recipes and packaging. Eventually I got bored with buying a worsening product. Liz Earle do something that's at least as good as the Body Shop stuff used to be, but not cheap.


I use Prince for my underarms and legs. Bobb's used it for shaving his face while he's been here and I think he thought it was ok.
But what do you use for your {#`%${%&`+'${`%&NO CARRIER
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #32 on: June 05, 2011, 07:08:41 pm »
Bobb.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #33 on: June 05, 2011, 07:14:08 pm »
Best answer!
Never tell me the odds.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #34 on: June 05, 2011, 07:25:30 pm »
I tend to find that in a pack of multi-blade razors there will be one that is blunt and cuts my face from day one, the others will do a decent job for weeks each.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #35 on: June 05, 2011, 07:26:53 pm »
Shaving oil is useful for travelling.

It's better if it's travelling somewhere you're not! ;-)

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #36 on: June 05, 2011, 08:58:51 pm »
Simple wilkinson/gillette* double edged things - currently on a 60s(?) razor but my father's old razor I used for years till the thread went a few years ago (hmmm...wonder if I can get it helicoiled...)

*or whatever's available, some other manufacturers might be sharper/last longer but I've never been fussed enough to hunt around - I shave at anything between twice a week and twice a month. Actually, the mach 3 things aren't bad but don't work very well with more than several days growth or trying to cut around beard and sideboards (I generally have all three). I've actually got a bag of BIC things I bought mebbe 10 yrs ago in desperation...they're bloody awful :o

Soap...whatever's in the soap dish - even the rubbish foam stuff we have in our office dispensors -  just making sure it's well-wetted.
My necks actually a bit sensitive to shaving (or used to be, 3 days in a row in my 20's and it'd be raw..), but doesn't seem to get upset with the above.

ISTR the old dual-edged razors being described as one of the first items of the 'throwaway society'..perhaps one day I'll get around to get an open razor, if I convince myself I'm not going to b*gger it up when stropping it ;)



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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #37 on: June 05, 2011, 10:04:05 pm »
I only shave about three times a week - but use King of Shaves gel and Gillette Sensor Excel.

Riggers

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #38 on: June 06, 2011, 09:07:15 am »
Same for me but, with a slight difference.

Gentleman! I too used to be a King of Shavers user, but no more. A chum said just use a small blob of hair conditioner into the old stubble, and I have to say it works a treat. Damn site cheaper too!

So cast off your King of Shaves, and come across to the wide world of conditioners!
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #39 on: June 06, 2011, 09:08:57 am »
Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edge Razor - Boots does it for me and the blades are easy to find. Any soap or vegetable oil that's to hand.

I also use this razor.

I use Palmolive Shaving Cream that seems to be very widely available and I chop and change between razor blades, but they are easy to come across.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #40 on: June 06, 2011, 09:18:38 am »
Partner is happy with Gillette Mach 3 Turbo.

+1.  Buy online for cheaper prices.


Same for me

I've been using Mach 3s for several years.  I shave every day and but the blades last ages.  I do have quite fine & soft hair, though, so maybe the bristle-monsters need something more industrial

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #41 on: June 06, 2011, 09:54:04 am »
Wilkinson Sword Classic Double Edge Razor - Boots does it for me and the blades are easy to find. Any soap or vegetable oil that's to hand.

I really wanted to like that razor, but after three months or so and trials of different blades I gave up and went back to using whatever double bladed Gillette or Wilkinson Sword disposables the shop I was in happened to have on offer. I found that even being very light and very careful, I still ended up with lots of tiny nicks in my face every day.

But as a result of that experiment, I did discover the joys of a shaving brush and dedicated soap - previously having used either normal soap lathered up in my hands or an aerosol of gel. Boots do an inexpensive soap bowl with replaceable tablets that has a screw on lid and is good for travelling.

Riggers

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #42 on: June 06, 2011, 10:01:32 am »
Well, I think the one I use (because I suffer shaving rash too) is the Wilkinson turbo something or other with 5 blades and the single battery that vibrates the blades slightly, and that certainly stops: any rash and nicks.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #43 on: June 06, 2011, 10:56:41 am »
IMO the temperature of the water is important. Really hot water (not scalding hot obv!) softens the bristles nicely and makes a much more pleasant, easier shave.
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AndyK

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #44 on: June 06, 2011, 11:22:40 am »
IMO the temperature of the water is important. Really hot water (not scalding hot obv!) softens the bristles nicely and makes a much more pleasant, easier shave.

Shaving after a bath or shower is better too.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #45 on: June 06, 2011, 11:27:56 am »
As long as you can demist the mirror!
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #46 on: June 06, 2011, 11:36:26 am »
Nah, just shave in the shower.

If you are shortsighted like me, you have to stick your nose 4" from the mirror anyway.

If you are shortsighted and shave with a straight razor, do not lean forward to get a better view. The handle of the straight razor sticks forwards 4" and it is not advisable to bump this into the mirror whilst doing that difficult bit under your nose.  This is not a mistake you will make twice.
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Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2011, 11:57:20 am »
As long as you can demist the mirror!

Just rub your finger on a bar of soap and then polish the mirror with it. Demisted.

Euan Uzami

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #48 on: June 06, 2011, 12:22:12 pm »
Apparently 3 blades in a razor is the optimum number. It was proven in some research. No more, no less. 4 or more is too much, 2 is not enough.
Refuse to participate in the "blade-count arms race". 2 used to be a luxury, now gillette and wilkinson and the like are touting their latest offering with seven blades. They're going to overtake the number of sprockets on a cassette soon, if shimano and campag don't watch their step.

Re: Recomend me a simple wet shave system.
« Reply #49 on: June 06, 2011, 12:30:37 pm »
Apparently 3 blades in a razor is the optimum number. It was proven in some research.

Presumably funded by Gilette just before launching a three bladed razor?   ;D

Protagonists of single bladed double-edge razors argue that multi-blade razors encourage spots and red bumps, as the first blade yanks each hair out and subsequent blades cut them off.  When the hair is released it has been cut below the outer level of skin and so pops back in quite deep, giving more scope to get blocked in by gunnge and form a spot. 

I have no idea if this is true or not but is sounds plausible, and whilst I used to suffer  lot from red marks on my neck when I used Mach 3s, I don't at all since I changed to double-edge shaving.  I reckon three passes with a sigle blade with a re-lathering each time, is better than one pass with a triple bladed razor.

Given that doble-edged blades cost a fraction of what the multi-bladed cartridge heads do, double-edge shaving is a bit of a no-brainer for me these days.