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post #31 of 53
BBB: You're right- the brush is great, and only enhances an already great experience.
post #32 of 53
Another vote of confidence from me. I'd stress the nature of the products and the overall benefit of the slightly longer routine. Shaving is something to be taken fairly slowly. One of the best girlfriends thought that the ritual aspects with the oil, the brush, the slowness, the care, and the pouting made the whole thing very impressive. Almost an aphrodisiac...
post #33 of 53
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RAZORS..... what are you guys' opinions on the best brand/ type of razor blades?  i seem to be going thru the mach III turbos faster than i did the mach IIIs, but may be my imagination.  are they worth the price?  other recommendations? also, does everyone else here suffer from the irritation caused from shaving certain neck areas?
Sounds like the irritation is resulting more from the hardness of your beard or the tendency for your whiskers to curl back into the skin. Try making sure that you use hot water to wet your beard, apply Art of Shaving pre-shave oil, shave with the grain (to shorten the whiskers), then reshave against the grain. Apply Art of Shaving after shave lotion and in a couple of days, it gets easier and easier to shave without irritation.
post #34 of 53
I'm late to this thread. I use their pre-shave oil. I personally don't like the shaving cream. It seems to have a soapy consistency. I find that the best thing you can do to have a good shave is to install a mirror in your shower and shave in the shower. You could use bar soap and still have a good shave. I just can't stand the idea, personally, of spending too much money on shaving cream when so much of it can go to waste, e.g., using too much, washing it off, etc. But if I do want to splurge, I like the Kiehl's shaving cream the best. As far as razor, I just use the Mach 3, and I'm happy with it.
post #35 of 53
What's up, guys? My question is, do none of you find it difficult to get a close shave when only shaving in the direction of the grain? I start off shaving in the direction of growth, but I find I'm still left with tiny stubble. The only way to get a really close shave, I find, espescially on the cheeks and neck, is to go back against the grain. Anyone else have this dilemma, or is my beard just fucked?
post #36 of 53
Perception... I believe such refined comments belong back in the GQ Forum
post #37 of 53
Why, is the GQ forum less "refined" than styleforum? I was just being a little lighthearted. I didn't mean to offend anyone. Try removing the branch from your rectum.
post #38 of 53
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What's up, guys? My question is, do none of you find it difficult to get a close shave when only shaving in the direction of the grain? I start off shaving in the direction of growth, but I find I'm still left with tiny stubble. The only way to get a really close shave, I find, espescially on the cheeks and neck, is to go back against the grain. Anyone else have this dilemma, or is my beard just fucked?
I shave against the grain. As I've said on this board, I shave in the shower and so the steam really softens my beard. I've never had any problems or irritation from shaving against the grain.
post #39 of 53
I used to have a problem with skin irritation after shaving. I tried the Mach 3, but reverted back to the Gilette Sensor, because I found the shape of the Mach 3 difficult to negotiate under the nose. What I have done, however, is switch from shaving gel/foam to a badger brush and shaving soap (from Body Shop, although I will try out some other brands). I seem to get a closer shave, and no longer have the same problems with the irritation. Maybe coincidence, maybe not. Oh, and I have also been rinsing off with ice cold water (easy in winter time).
post #40 of 53
my products have changed as well. I use the AOS lavender oil pre-shave, but now use Kiehls brush shaving cream. A bit less value than AOS' version (which is certainly not a great value to start with) but I think it is much better. Also using the newer line of Schick 3 blade disposables... they make one called Sensitive Skin, IMO it's better than the Mach3 and costs less.
post #41 of 53
I'm headed for Las Vegas, and was wanting to give the AoS thing a try (their actual services more so than the products). Thing is, I'm not a clean-shaven guy. I've got a very, very long goatee, and large, pointed sideburns. I like to keep these edged and shave the rest of my face, but I don't want the facial hair changed at all. Would they be willing to work around these, and just shave what needs shaved, or do they only offer a full shave?
post #42 of 53
I use Edge Pro gel and a Sensor Excel with a brush my father bought for me when I left for college. Excellent results. I wasted a lot of money on a Merkur Vision and Dovo Shavette. The Vision is cumbersome and simply takes too long to shave with - have to be much more careful with this. The Shavette, a straight razor which uses standard razor blades(which we change) - same story. I have a Mach III which my father bought for me when he got one for himself after years of using a "standard" razor, but I prefer the Sensor Excel. source for "cryogenically frozen" blades(incl. Mach III, etc.): http://www.greatrazors.com
post #43 of 53
banks, have you tried the frozen razor blades yet? i had some cryogenically frozen guitar strings once that also promised to last longer but they didn't.
post #44 of 53
haven't tried the frozen razor blades yet. They're not very much more expensive than the regular ones, so maybe sometime I'll give them a try. If I do, I'll keep you posted. Thanks, though, for informing me of your experience with guitar strings - there's a chance this cryogenically frozen stuff is nothing more than a selling point.
post #45 of 53
I bought my first badger brush on Bond Street during a summer in England. It lasted me for years. Now I'm using one from Caswell-Massey; it seems to do fine. Also highly recommended is the Caswell-Massey travel brush in its own travel tube. I've also used Clinque's Post-Shave Healer for well over a decade. Has anyone compared it to the Art of Shaving's products? RJMan over on Ask Andy stated once that Art of Shaving brushes, etc are rebranded items from Taylor's of Old Bond Street. I've not tried them, however. I might need to give Art of Shaving's pre-shave stuff a try.
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