Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
in my experience, and i've been shaving for about 20 years, the shaving cream/gel/soap makes no difference whatsoever in terms of closeness, though some are better than others at reducing irritation.
I use a Merkur HD with Merkur blades, and I am convinced this
is what makes the (very noticeable) difference in closeness. However, my neck will get very irritated with your typical aerosol can full of shave gel glop. So, I use George F. Trumper cream (either Sandalwood or Almond), and it is absolutely perfect. I did experiment with various brands of soap, but I have never been able to consistently whip up a good lather with a soap tub. I just use a big mug with the cream, and it's great.
For after-shave, I just use the Neutrogena Razor Defense Post-Shave Lotion. Works perfectly.
For those of you who use pre-shave oils, have you really been able to notice an effect? I've been tempted to try it, but have never pulled the trigger.
Oh, and for those who said they were looking for a safety razor online, I've ordered different things through Lee's Razors
, and always been satisfied.