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Soap and Brush

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

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.

shaving creamFor 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 truefittandhillcreampost-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.

Get out there get some samples and find a product that fits you and helps start you off to a good day…. you wont regret it.

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Shaving…your father’s way

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

I used to shave with multi-blade razors and green gel but eventually wanted to feel a stronger connection to the men and style that I knew.  I also grew sick of paying at least $2 for a blade cartridge that would attach to the end of a poorly made plastic handle.  This is a common marketing technique involving selling you a product (the handle) for a low price, and then sell you something that you must keep replacing for much more (blade cartridges).  After looking into it I discovered how cheap blades were for safety razors.  A pack of high quality razors, bought online, including shipping will only cost about $0.70 each.

Next I had to find the right razor and learn how to use it because shaving with a safety razor takes some different skills.  After some research I settled on the Futur by Merkur.  The design is very clean and classic and is available in gold, silver, and brushed steel.    At about $65 it is a bit of a shock for those of us who are used to buying cheap razors at CVS but it should be seen as an investment.  This is not a razor that will last you 1 year or 5 but 30.

Merkur's Futur

Next I had to buy some razors.  I chose to just go with Merkur’s razors which are platinum coated and perform beautifully, but there are other brands out there that are also very nice…. and cheap.

Here are two good resources:

ClassicShaving.com

They have a lot of great products at reasonable prices.

I also watched some videos on Youtube.com to get the basics of how I should shave with a safety razor.  I highly recommend the following video, and others by the same author.  They include valuable product reviews, techniques, and tips.

Shaving tips and tricks

Once you are set up and have mastered the techniques of shaving with a safety razor shaving becomes a much more enjoyable part of your day.  For me it is a part of my morning routine that I look forward too.


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Style and Trends

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

There are certain style guidelines that men follow in the way they dress.  This foundation has changed very little in the past 100 years.  Things like a suit, tie, leather dress shoes, cuts in suits, patterns, etc. There has been some fluctuation to these guidelines over the years that tend to follow trends in fashion (platform dress shoes, and giant lapels on suits in the 70′s) but the core guide remains the same.

What I suggest is to get away from the influence of these extreme trends and stick to a style that is much closer to center and therefore timeless.  Your personality will still be able to shine through by taking advantage of certain parts of your ensemble ( tie, pocket square, socks, materials, patterns, etc.)  but by holding true to this classic guide or framework you will be taken seriously and always look good (even if your looking at a picture twenty years from now).

So make the commitment, invest in your wardrobe and yourself for the long haul, not the season.

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First of many….

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

And it has begun…

I am excited to be starting this blog and hope that you enjoy it. Please leave any comments and suggestions you have.  If you have any topics you would like me to post on please let me know and I will do my best to get it up as soon as I can.

Thanks,

Eric

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