Now that you have your safety razor you need some quality shaving soap to complete the experience. I compare the difference between shaving with a quality product and shaving with a drugstore foam or gel to eating unsatisfying, fat free, low calorie health food and eating a delicious, rich, flavorful and decadent meal. After such a meal you feel satisfied and nourished. This is how you and your skin will feel after shaving with such a product.
For some time I used products by The Art of Shaving, specifically their lavender line. It is rich, not very perfumed, and leaves your face feeling smooth and hydrated. I shaved with everything included in the line, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and post-shave balm. In the past I never shaved with an oil and I am still not sold on its contribution to a good shave. After these ran out I decided to try some other products in the hope that I could settle on a favorite. After going through some others with no luck I sent out for a sample kit from Truefitt & Hill. This is something I highly recommend. For $16 you get samples of all the flavors of shaving cream, balm and cologne that Truefitt & Hill produce. After using all my samples I was able to find the one I loved and place an order. I’m currently using their West Indian Limes shaving cream and balm and couldn’t be happier. It is incredibly rich and has a fresh lime scent perfect for summer.
Aside from shaving cream I recommend a shaving brush. The best ones can run well over $100 but less expensive models can work well too. The main differences between the expensive brushes and the inexpensive ones is quality of the hair used, quality of manufacture, and aesthetics. I have a cheaper one that has worked fine for me but after a few years of use it about ready to be replaced.