i have just joined so i can contribute to this particular thread!
i'm in the uk and this site seems to have uk contributers as well as (majority) usa posters. is there a good uk- based site i should know about?!
i've put a couple of questions at the end - can you help,please?
on shaving - i use creams only - no brushes for me. i have, however, tested many many shaving creams so here goes:-
i notice no-one describes that their beard growth is 'like'. surely, that's a crucial bit of info. my growth is pretty dark (for a blond guy), pretty stiff and grows quite quickly (certainly need to shave each day).
Floris JF. i have seen some posts about this product (and santal). it doesn't really feature on the retail website reviews and i don;t know why. JF is, i think, a superb product. it provides me with a good smooth shave. it does not clog the razor. it lubricates very well and washes off cleanly. this is one of the best products i have found. i have just discovered, however, that it contains various sorts of parabens - evil chemicals that are probably pretty harmful to humans. i am really annoyed with floris for putting this junk in an otherwise great product. if you don;t mind about the chemicals i would very strongly recommend this product.
crabtree and evelyn. i have not seen this line reviewed anywhere. it's very good. the sandlewood and the goats milk versions are ones i use when i run out of floris. product produces a good lather leading to a pretty smooth shave and i have no irritation. some ppl i know say the sandlewood has a little perfume to it that can irritate but i don't find tht happens to me even tho i have sensitive skin. highly recommended altho i'm not sure about availibility in the usa. i use these products when i've run out of flois or just fancy a change.
l'occitaine cade. this is a good product and is probably on a par with crabtree's shaving creams. i rather like the lavender scent but it may not appeal to all.
clinique cream (not the gel). on a light beard growth i think this would be a very good product as it leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturised. it lets the razor get close to the skin. but- it's not man enough for heavier growths. i use it but only on the odd day here and there.
Zirh. this looks great and zirh have many good proucts. in my view this is not one of them. it does not give a clean close shave.it also clogs somewhat.
if asked i would rank the products in the order they appear above.
if you have got this far- thanks!! now i have a couple of questions...
has anyone tried "men-u shave creme". i have read good reports but....
what are the other options - i'm not fussed about an organic product etc but i do want to avoid parabens. many posters on this thread recommend Taylors of Old Bond Street. is that a good call?
hope some of that helps and thanks for reading