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Shaving Cream/Oil/Gel/Foam..

Bouji

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I use the following:

Anthony Logistics Shave Cream - Good lather, comfortable, does not really aid a closer shave though, about as close as one would get with a standard aerosol. Nice fruity scent. Not too thick, so does not clog the razor. Expensive, but then again you get away with using less. High Glycerin content so moisturizes and cleanses well. It contains Hops, which really helps, the hops numbs your face a bit, so if your beard is too short (perhaps a late shave the day before) you can still shave at full force.

The Real Shaving Co. Shave Cream - Too creamy for my liking, for the price (its only 3.50 GBP, which is not more than Gillette) its not bad, but it also lathers up too much, and its hard to get just a bit out of its small cap. No great scent, and needs a really good moisturizer after it, because the shave cream itself does not absorb much of its moisture into my skin.

Cariad Shave Gel - Has Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Lavender Essential oils. Not bad for use once in a while. It’s a bit like using soap, because when you lather up with a brush, it leaves a clear soapy like substance on my face. It smells pretty good but not as strong as I would like. It’s probably good for sensitive skin, but mines not and this is far to light, I like something more creamy and moisturizing. I'm sure a non astringent soap would do the same job, which said it’s not too expensive.

Kiehl's Blue Eagle Shave Cream Green - It’s impossible to use this stuff with a shave brush, which I always use, and thus one needs to use a lot more, and thus the price is ridiculous. 1 tube lasts me little over 2 weeks, and at just over 25 pounds per tube, that's ridiculous for a shave cream that is just above average in the grand scale of things. When I was in the US the same tube was $15, so it costs a lot more here. Its pretty good whist shaving, very moisturizing, and gives a closer shave than most, however after washing it off, it suffers the same fate as The Real Shaving Co. Shave Cream, you need an amazing post shave moisturizer, because none of it is absorbed, and its benefits are only whist you shave. Plus it clogs the razor; you need a pressure washer to clean your razor!

American Crew Shave Cream - Very strong menthol, a bit too strong, lather amount is just right with a shave brush, gives a marginally closer shave than standard substances, its post shave moisturizing ability is average, i.e. better than Kiehl's and Real Shave Co. It does, however leave a bit of razor burn, possibly because it has too much menthol etc.

L'OCCITANE en Provence Cade shave cream - This stuff is perfect, if a little expensive, simple good scent, Juniper, which is just strong enough and nice. Moisturizes just right during and after the shave, although I do use the Cade post shave moisturizer and energizing gel after, I could easily get away with out them. No razor burn, no cuts, lathers just right. Only negatives are that it is a bit too creamy, so you need to rinse the razor a lot, but at the same time it’s not thick, so it’s a simple rinse, not cloggage as with Kiehl's

As for oil, I sometimes use Johnson’s baby oil with a few drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil as a base alongside the shave cream, but not too often.

Let's hear which you use.
 

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I use Vulfix luxury shaving cream (lavendar) and L'oreal Comfort Max after shave balm.
 

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Originally Posted by odoreater
I use Vulfix luxury shaving cream (lavendar) and L'oreal Comfort Max after shave balm.

I've never tried Vulfix, its the kind of stuff you find in isolated villages here in England... I hear good things about it.

I used to use L'oreal Comfort Max, but found it too watery, and somewhat astringent.
 

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My favorite shaving cream is some Nivea stuff that comes in a tube. I don't think it's available in the US; I bought a multiyear stash of it in Dubai...

Of course, I use my Mach 3 over it. I don't have half an hour a day to shave. I prefer to get the job done in half a minute.
 

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Originally Posted by LabelKing
I thought Vulfix only made brushes.
you learn something new everyday.

i use cremo cream. it is the best lubricating cream in the world and it doesn't need a brush.

proraso red is also very good. it is slightly better than khiel's, and costs less.

i put khiel's at number 3, but i've only used the unscented, unmentholated version.

p.s. when i say 'better', i'm referring to lubrucation.
 
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i use either the L'Occitane shaving soap or the Body Shop shaving cream (the tub one).

Very happy with both.
 

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Nancy Boy is my standard/favorite cream. Every now and then I'll use Prorasso or Kiss My Face.
 

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First of all - Wow!!

(its only 3.50 GBP, which is not more than Gillette)
3.50 GPB for Gillette! That's like $7 a can right? That's insane.

I use Gillette Series Foam, but I pay no more than $2.99 a can and most of the time I buy it on sale for less.

Gillette Foamy is good too and that's only $1.99 a can.

Sometimes I'll even buy cheap Barbasol foam for $.99 a can.

I'm really not picky - any foam will do, but I can't stand shave gels.
 

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Excellent lubrication: Proraso Green. Strong eucalyptus scent. Use it when I shave in the mornings, works well to wake me up.
Truefitt & Hill 1805. Excellent scent but I am sensitive to it. Lubricates pretty damn well, also.
Geo F. Trumper Rose / Geo F. Trumper Violet: WOW. Love the scents, work very well for me. Lathering becomes a sheer joy with these (sounds like a contricved advertisement for GFT).
 

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I have products from each of the "Three T's": Trueffitt & Hill, Trumper, and Taylor of Old Bond St. My favorites are T&H's "Ultimate Comfort," "West Indian Limes" and Taylor "Almond" and "St. James"

If you want to try some new stuff, order samples from member 'Scotto' on the badgerandblade forum. Excellent deal for 6 little pots of various products.
 

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Originally Posted by Englandmj7
I have products from each of the "Three T's": Trueffitt & Hill, Trumper, and Taylor of Old Bond St. My favorites are T&H's "Ultimate Comfort," "West Indian Limes" and Taylor "Almond" and "St. James"

If you want to try some new stuff, order samples from member 'Scotto' on the badgerandblade forum. Excellent deal for 6 little pots of various products.


Indian Limes was too much for me; just too much of a faux-lemon scent. UC was pretty damn good thouh.
 

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Originally Posted by Bradford
First of all - Wow!!



3.50 GPB for Gillette! That's like $7 a can right? That's insane.

I use Gillette Series Foam, but I pay no more than $2.99 a can and most of the time I buy it on sale for less.

Gillette Foamy is good too and that's only $1.99 a can.

Sometimes I'll even buy cheap Barbasol foam for $.99 a can.

I'm really not picky - any foam will do, but I can't stand shave gels.


i used to use gillette foamy and barbasol gel. the more expensive brands really are much better.
 

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Originally Posted by Bradford
First of all - Wow!!



3.50 GPB for Gillette! That's like $7 a can right? That's insane.

I use Gillette Series Foam, but I pay no more than $2.99 a can and most of the time I buy it on sale for less.

Gillette Foamy is good too and that's only $1.99 a can.

Sometimes I'll even buy cheap Barbasol foam for $.99 a can.

I'm really not picky - any foam will do, but I can't stand shave gels.


It's what we call the joys of shopping at convenience stores on Lower Sloane Street and Elizabeth Street
. I'm sure if I went out to Fulham, or even Bayswater I'd not be paying such high prices, but the petrol/tube fare is going to cost be about as much.
Everyday brands are not so bad, unbranded goods are far worse around here. Unless you are willing to travel a few miles, a pint of milk goes for 6 pounds, and a loaf of bread (albeit Poilane) 30 pounds, an average loaf is around 6 pounds. I was shocked when I was staying with relatives in Surrey, that bread around there was 80 pence
On another note, you really should try better shave creams, I really notice the difference.
 

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