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Are High Price Shaving Creams Really Worth It?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Aiwass, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. Aiwass

    Aiwass Senior member

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    this is Limes Soft Shaving Cream a supposly "top of the line" shaving cream and its 35 dollars!. Alot of you said you used shaving creams that cost 15 and 20 dollars but is it really worth it?...ive used the high stuff and ive used the 1.50 spray can stuff and yea theirs a slight difference but i dont think its a 20 dollar difference.

    so my question is for the people who used lets say barbasol shaving gel or any of those other aersol can creams[​IMG]

    and also has used the so called good stuff like kiehls can you really tell that big of a difference[​IMG]

    personally i think it depends more on the shaving device used be it razor or trimmer
     
  2. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    There is a difference but it is on a case by case basis. Some are certainly worth the extra money, some are not. Lots of factors are involved, such as level of lubrication, scent, residue, ease of lathering etc etc etc
    Plus I use a shaving brush, I won't use aerosol foam with that.

    Then again, something like the inexpensive Proraso (which can now be found at Target!) can give many more similar creams that cost much more a run for their money.
     
  3. texas_jack

    texas_jack Senior member

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    I think if you have difficulty shaving than they are worth it. My brother gets razor bumps really bad and he has found one thing that works, it's expensive. I use aveno, it's a good compromise.
     
  4. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    Some yes, some no.

    Proraso is definitely worth the $$$, but it seems that Target has dropped the line. If you get the cream on clearance, it's a steal at twice the price. On-line a tube runs $10 or so, even then a good value. Also, Kiss My Face is well-liked and easy on the pocketbook.

    As you scale the mountain, some are well-worth the money. Geo F. Trumper makes a great series of creams, as does Cyril Salter. They run $18-25 plus shipping. Taylors (pictured, and equally liked) runs $15 or so (plus shipping) for the 5-6 oz. tub, which is quite a bit. For Soaps there's Mama Bear, among others.

    These products are very slick, soften your beard, and cushion your face. They whip up a ton of lather and you have your choice of scents. You don't use much, so a cake of good domestic soap (like Mama Bear) at $7 (or less) might last you half a year. Of course there's the brush thing but you shouldn't be buying those but every five years or so.

    Can I tell the difference? You bet. Is it worth the price? Above $10, it's less a matter of economics, and more plain preference. But I haven't considered it money wasted. There is high-price garbage out there, as well. Won't name names, though.

    And yes, the razor and technique matter too. But, even then I wouldn't go back to Barbasol, or Edge, or Aveeno, or anything from a can, for that matter.
     
  5. MCsommerreid

    MCsommerreid Senior member

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    I love Mama Bears, especially at the price. Better yet, she stands behind her work and keeps in contact with the shaving community.

    Truefitt & Hill on the other hand, which is expensive as all heck, beats my faces ass.

    Its all about what works for you that defines whether or not expensive shaving cream is "worth it".
     
  6. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I love Mama Bears, especially at the price. Better yet, she stands behind her work and keeps in contact with the shaving community.

    Truefitt & Hill on the other hand, which is expensive as all heck, beats my faces ass.

    Its all about what works for you that defines whether or not expensive shaving cream is "worth it".


    T&H I find works VERY well for me but their scents are too much for some strange reason [​IMG] .
     
  7. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    I swear by the Art of Shaving, cost be damned.
     
  8. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I swear by the Art of Shaving, cost be damned.

    I tried a sample of AOS Lavender IIRC, scent was wonderful.
     
  9. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    Ive always been happy with my Body Shop stuff. Inexpensive, works well.

    The brush matters more though - I always figured the whole badger thing was crap til I bought one off eBay, it's terrific.
     
  10. jett

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    Anyone here not use any shaving cream? I personally can't stand the stuff.
     
  11. LabelKing

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  12. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Aqua di Parma shaving cream or death.
     
  13. AnotherVictim

    AnotherVictim Senior member

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    How do you shave without some form of lubrication?

    Here's a nice selection:

    http://www.classicshaving.com/page/page/522960.htm


    I've done it on those days where I wake up 5 minutes before class... just need a really sharp razor and cold water. Doesnt look *too* bad but definitely isnt good for the skin either.
     
  14. Jaygatsby28

    Jaygatsby28 Senior member

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    recommend looking at this site:

    http://groups.msn.com/thewetshaversgroup

    I use the lavender by T&H. I also enjoy Trumpers rose.

    Yes, high priced shaving creams are really worth it with proper wetshaving techniques.

    Also, highly advise going against the grain with sensitive skin. Do one pass with the grain, relather and do another pass across the grain.

    Check out the site, it is invaluable.
     
  15. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    Anyone here not use any shaving cream? I personally can't stand the stuff.

    well I use the Gillete Gel stuff (blue toothpaste-style tube at the supermarket)and I'm very happy with it. Foams seem, to me, stupid, as its mostly air. Gel is just straigt-up lube. I'm sure there's better and fancier out there, but I have too many expensive consumerist hobbies as it is, so ignorance is bliss in my case.
     
  16. jett

    jett Senior member

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    How do you shave without some form of lubrication?

    Here's a nice selection:

    http://www.classicshaving.com/page/page/522960.htm


    Oldschool style - some plain cold water and a steady hand. It has never caused any problems for me and is a lot faster than messing with shaving cream, even with a fairly dull razor I do OK. Since I switched to an electric though shaving is even faster and there is even less of a need for any kind of lubrication.
     
  17. Joel_Cairo

    Joel_Cairo Senior member

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    ^ totally off-topic, but Jett dude, do you really have to have a nick so similar to Jet's? This shit is confusing.
     
  18. jett

    jett Senior member

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    ^ totally off-topic, but Jett dude, do you really have to have a nick so similar to Jet's? This shit is confusing.

    Yeah I am very sorry about that, if I had known there was a Jet here I would have gone with something else. I've been using the name Jett online since the BBS days so it's my default. Maybe I will re-register under a different name, but then I'd need to hit my 100 posts again...
     
  19. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    Anyone here not use any shaving cream? I personally can't stand the stuff.

    I just use water 90 percent of the time.
     
  20. greg_atlanta

    greg_atlanta Senior member

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    Anything premium and new is wonderful the 1st 5-10 times, but you get used to it. Neutrogena skin clearing shaving cream (not gel) is 80% as good as the premium brands for a lot less $$$$.

    I usually layer shaving cream with shaving gel, sometimes add aquaglycolic alpha-hydroxy facial cleanser (behind counter at pharmacy) which dermatologist recommended.
     

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