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Best shaving soap?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by godofcoffee, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. gdl203

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    I use Musgo Real's after-shave lotion. It's great
     


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    Is the scent the same as the shaving cream? I want to try one of their colognes, but only if it smells like the cream.
     


  3. gdl203

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    Is the scent the same as the shaving cream? I want to try one of their colognes, but only if it smells like the cream.

    I think so - they don't have any special scented products at the store where I buy this and the SMN stuff
     


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    Mama Bears Soaps are excellent. Great price and quantity.

    +1
     


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    What is the effective difference between the two? I've been using Evelynn & Crabtree cream that I like teh smell of, but I'm not attached to it and I'd like to move to something better as I still have not been able to achieve perfectly smooth skin (or even a neck without visible hair).

    I've got a bad combination - particularly fair/sensitive skin, and tough hair. The Crabtree stuff is the first stuff I've used since I picked up a brush (bought the E&C best brush and decided to get some cream along with it), so if one of you guys has experience with their stuff and a rec for my direction I'd appreciate it. I can't exactly walk out of the house and sample everything there is, being in Japan and all.
     


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    What is the effective difference between the two? I've been using Evelynn & Crabtree cream that I like teh smell of, but I'm not attached to it and I'd like to move to something better as I still have not been able to achieve perfectly smooth skin (or even a neck without visible hair).

    I've got a bad combination - particularly fair/sensitive skin, and tough hair. The Crabtree stuff is the first stuff I've used since I picked up a brush (bought the E&C best brush and decided to get some cream along with it), so if one of you guys has experience with their stuff and a rec for my direction I'd appreciate it. I can't exactly walk out of the house and sample everything there is, being in Japan and all.


    C&E cream is really good. No offense, but sounds like a problem with shaving technique if you are in fact using a DE. Try stretching the skin on your neck to get those stubborn hairs, and user negative pressure on the razor when shaving your neck (normally you let the weight of the DE shave you, but on the neck that could be too much, so lift up every so slightly while shaving).

    The neck is by far the hardest part to shave. Took me a good long while to perfect it, and I was having the same problems at first.
     


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    The MamaBear soaps look promising because of the glycerin content, amongst other ingredients. I suffer from low/mild facial redness so i have to be picky about anything i use. I've never used a facial soap before, but I've had great expereince with the Baxter of California shaving cream.

    BTW, Thank you OP for starting this thread.
     


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    What is the effective difference between the two? I've been using Evelynn & Crabtree cream that I like teh smell of, but I'm not attached to it and I'd like to move to something better as I still have not been able to achieve perfectly smooth skin (or even a neck without visible hair).

    I've got a bad combination - particularly fair/sensitive skin, and tough hair. The Crabtree stuff is the first stuff I've used since I picked up a brush (bought the E&C best brush and decided to get some cream along with it), so if one of you guys has experience with their stuff and a rec for my direction I'd appreciate it. I can't exactly walk out of the house and sample everything there is, being in Japan and all.


    I think I'd try more time with a hot damp towel to soften the beard, and less time leaving the soap on your face. Either Tabac or Provence Sante should be easy enough on your skin, or you might try Proraso Sensitive Skin (Green Tea & Aloe, white container). It's marked a soap but it's really more of a hard cream.
     


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    Or, use a single drop of olive oil on your neck between passes. That should give enough of a buffer to allow him to shave the neck a bit more aggressively to get those errant hairs, while protecting himself enough to not get razor burn.

    I had that problem before, but it was a change in technique that fixed it for me though.
     


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    Trader Joe's Mango shaving vegetable cream.
     


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    Interesting. I'm using a Mach 3 Turbo, by the way, not a DE. Is it really gonna make that much of a difference?

    And when youre talking about between passes, do you mean against the grain? Do you go against the grain at all?
     


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    Interesting. I'm using a Mach 3 Turbo, by the way, not a DE. Is it really gonna make that much of a difference?

    And when youre talking about between passes, do you mean against the grain? Do you go against the grain at all?


    Ohh, well if you are using a M3, then nevermind about the neg pressure then.

    Yeah, that's what I mean by between passes. I do 2 passes. One with the grain, one against the grain.

    Still worth giving the olive oil a shot though, if anything, it will make your face feel awesome afterward.
     


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    I have gone against the grain a few times (as a 2nd or 3rd pass) but I always cut myself doing that.

    Nice to know its not the equipment necessarily, then. I guess I just need to keep experimenting with technique. As for preparation, I've done the hot towel thing plenty. I'm gonna try the light lather + hot towel, + new lather technique next. I usually go a few days between shaves because my face is so tender the next day that if I shave again I end up really tearing myself up.
     


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    Interesting. I'm using a Mach 3 Turbo, by the way, not a DE. Is it really gonna make that much of a difference?

    And when youre talking about between passes, do you mean against the grain? Do you go against the grain at all?


    Generally speaking, a DE with good blades will tend to be sharper, cutting your beard cleanly and pulling less. You may be one of those types who burns through a blade in two or three shaves, but with DE blades it's not expensive.

    Some go against the grain, but I don't. I shave one pass north->south, and then a second pass mouth->ears. Maybe some touchup around the chin, and that's it.
     


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    I have gone against the grain a few times (as a 2nd or 3rd pass) but I always cut myself doing that.

    Nice to know its not the equipment necessarily, then. I guess I just need to keep experimenting with technique. As for preparation, I've done the hot towel thing plenty. I'm gonna try the light lather + hot towel, + new lather technique next. I usually go a few days between shaves because my face is so tender the next day that if I shave again I end up really tearing myself up.


    I could never go against the grain when I used a M3. I would razor burn myself to hell. Sorry, I assumed you were using a DE.
     


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