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Art of shaving

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by The_Foxx, Sep 27, 2002.

  1. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    just started using Art of Shaving tools and potions.....opinions on them?
     
  2. Abe2

    Abe2 Well-Known Member

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    I went to their Wall Street store for a $25 shave, and was very disappointed. Although the actual experience was luxurious, and the man who shaved me was friendly and attentive, he cut me to ribbons.

    I have highly sensitive skin, and very tough facial hair, so I'm a shaver's nightmare. It takes me a half-hour to 45 minutes to shave, every 36 hours.

    AoS products are overpriced, imho.
     
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    I've used their pre-shave oil, which I like and use if I don't have time to take a shower in the morning (I usually shave in the shower.) Can't stand their shaving cream though. I think it's too soapy and watery. Plus I have issues with paying more than $3-4 for shaving cream...
     
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    Hey Foxx

    Love their stuff.
     
  5. The_Foxx

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    after using the shaving system (AOS brand brush, shaving cream, shave oil, and after balm) for the past few weeks, i have to say it is the best shave i've ever had....less irritation, etc. and a good close shave. only gripe i have is that i can't usually find the time during the week for the whole ritual, so i use kiehls shave cream most mon-fridays.
     
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    I use their shaving cream and though very overpriced, it is excellent stuff.
     
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    I'd respectfully quarrel with the "overpriced" label- except for possibly the pre-shave oil. I have the large jar of cream, and it has lasted almost two years. Just got the large jar of after shave balm, and I'll bet it'll last as long. If you use the oil, cream, and balm, all in large sizes, it won't quite cost $100, and will last 18-24 months. At $4 per month, I'll wager it's cheaper than the razor blades you're using...
     
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    [​IMG]?? You mean the 5.3 ounce jar? That only lasts me a few months, probably 3 at the most. Granted I might use a bit too much on occasion, but you must shave once a week Steve. [​IMG]
     
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    Yep- the 5.3 ounce jar. I don't shave every day, but the stuff really lathers up....How'd you go through a jar in 3 months???

    Just goes to show you we're all different. If not, it'd be a boring world...
     
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    hmmm....do both you guys use the AOS recommended "two fingertips" of shave cream, inserted into the center of the wet badger brush, run or soak in hot water, then apply? i didn't know about that until i read it recently, in the short book they published. made a big difference.
     
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    can you go into more detail about that Foxx? I'd like to know about it so I can save some money. [​IMG]
     
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    the shaving routine, according to the book (altho i haven't seen this specific method on their website or with the brush enclosure, it seems to work the BEST)

    1- run or soak the badger brush in very hot water (i let hot water run on it while i apply pre shave oil, as soon as i get out of the shower)
    2- shake out brush, scoop a little shave cream with the tips of your first two fingers, which is then inserted into the center of the badger shaving bristles
    3- soak or run the brush in hot water again, gently shake out excess water, and begin swirling on the face. when you reach the difficult areas, or places where the cream is beginning to set/ dry, run the already creamy brush thru hot water again and apply more.
    4- after shaving, shave balm.
     
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    I will try that tonight. Don't have any shaving oil though, but I don't know that I really need it.
     
  14. The_Foxx

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    oh, no.. the shaving oil is what makes the deal.. best part of the shave...much less irritation, lubes the razor over the skin, major difference...highly recommend giving it a shot.
     
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    I second FOXX's high recommendation on the pre-shave oil. Especially if you have more than a day's growth. I've been using 2 fingers and no badger brush. I "scoop" it on, then ladle some more hot water on my face and soap it up some more. Maybe that's why mine's lasted so long (that and not shaving every day....) I'm going to give myself a badger brush for my birthday or Solstice, both of which are coming soon. [​IMG]
     
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    Where can one get a decent badger brush and what kind of price would I be looking at?
     
  17. The_Foxx

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    badger brushes-- there are probably many on the market, depends what you are willing to spend....then, close your eyes, add a little more to that figure, grit your teeth, and buy one...really worth it.. add to that it will last you several years (my last one i used from 1995-2002, altho definately NOT every day still great longevity). (bought the silvertip black handle from AOS, but did not inform my wife of this purchase-price.) most likely, brushes would be divided by high end -Geo Trumper (www.greenpond.com or www.bensilver.com) - Art of Shaving (www.artofshaving.com; silvertip brush is worth it to me, but not to everyone) middle -kent shaving brushes -http://www.emsplace.com/bcprod/badgerbrushes.asp (they do list a silvertip brush for much less than high end) i wouldn't go any lower than that....most of the others i've seen have badger hair, but are coarse and rougher than the finer makes.
     
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    shaving products  Here is a good site to order relativley inexpensive shaving products. This is probably where you'll find the cheapest badger brushes. From this site I've ordered the shave soap and the standard pure badger brush. Although I would recommend a full volume brush.  For more modern shaving products try regimens . I've tried the e-shave cream, which is almost exactly like the AOS cream.
     
  19. bigbadbuff

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    I got mine from Eshave.com; they have a gift set of a brush, small shaving cream, alum bar and aftershave balm for $50 bucks. Heck the brush is at least that at most sites so I think it's a good deal (and it's a good brush).
     
  20. GQ Lawyer

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    Just to add my two cents in.....

    I use their pre-shave oil, lavendar shaving cream, and septic stick religiously. Although I am sure that you can get cheaper products, for the few extra bucks, I enjoy the indulgence that it brings to my shaving ritual.
     

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