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Boys: Shaving, shaving creams, aftershaves

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 05, 2010 at 8:28 AM

When I was shaving yesterday I realized that after stopping the usage of deodorant and shampoo my only polyingredient sin remains Gillette, THE shaving cream.

Since replacing it for something more simple would be a) cheaper b) (probably) more pleasant to my skin, I'm searching for alternatives.

So if you have any recommendations for DIY shaving creams please do share. Also secret paleo shaving techniques are welcomed ;)

Also aftershaves ? Yes/no/what ?

Ikco

EDIT: I was actually surprised with cream suggestions but thanks everybody for sharing your opinions on this ichy matter. Be well, shave well.

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on June 14, 2012
at 11:49 AM

Amen to that brother, 12 years and counting with the full beard. Good the thing the wife likes it - too damn bad if she doesn't! And no issues with work.

Df6dabaf4b1ef3d5db980ad64c501a5b

on April 08, 2012
at 07:42 PM

A similar product available in Canada is Cromwell & Cruthers Shave Oil, which I use to shave while travelling, and sometimes at home. Available at MEC and most Shopper's Drug Marts for a few bucks.

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on April 08, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Here is the link... http://www.justinowings.com/on-shaving-shaving-cream-and-razors/

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on April 08, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Amen! Unfortunately, some of us have jobs (or wives) that expect us to look like a prepubescent male or woman (hairless face) For those in such a predicament, check this option... NO CREAM! It has been great for me. http://www.justinowings.com/on-shaving-shaving-cream-and-razors/

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 19, 2012
at 01:21 PM

+1 for AoM. Seriously, both here and there take up so much of my internet time. And it's why I switched to a wet shave.

6869a1f2294b3a717a53645589a91d18

(1689)

on August 05, 2010
at 10:26 PM

i do this. shave with a generic razor, either in or right after a shower works totally fine. i cut off hair first if its too wild.

D13278772f6612432bf53413fad4e7af

(801)

on August 05, 2010
at 07:52 PM

There's a comparable product called Total Shaving Solution, which I've used for years in the shower and which enables a very smooth shave. A tiny 1.25-oz bottle lasts a year! Here's a review on Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools site: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001478.php

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on August 05, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Nope. Some pople advise using cold water afterwards, but I rarely bother. This is all done using the cheapest sort of razor too. I suppose how easy this is might vary person for person, but my hair is unusually thick.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 05, 2010
at 06:03 PM

The ingredients of this shaving cream look quite nice... Black Soap is a traditional soap comparable to Aleppo soap.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 04:43 PM

Any aftershave after this ?

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 04:40 PM

True men indeed we are. Cold showers, safety razor and meat. Shall report back.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 04:39 PM

Oh yeah, I'm goind Bond style :D

35a9207254408c6907f7082640c7bfaa

(822)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:58 AM

short beard is much easier on the skin if you have think hairs like I do. +1!

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:39 AM

The list above shows the ingredients of the german version of the shaving cream... If you want to know more about Aleppo soap (which i use exclusively from head to toe for washing) you could look here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=75260309672&v=info&ref=ts And coconut oil is the only "cream" i use on my skin... since i replaced all ohther products my skin and hair looks far better then any time in the past 20 years...

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:30 AM

Mine (Gillette Sensitive skin) has about 23 ingredients from which more then half are WTF?'s. I'm with the "the less the better and they must be pronouncable" camp. Thanks for reminding me about the aftershave.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:28 AM

Mine (Gillette Sensitive skin) has about 23 ingredients from which more then half are WTF?'s. I'm with the "the less the better and they must be pronouncable" camp.

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on August 05, 2010
at 10:08 AM

I don't use any shaving cream, lots of warm shower and steam from the shower seems to do the job so long as the razor is sharp enough and the beard isn't too overgrown. If my beard has gotten especially wild (e.g. after I've been hiking without a shave for a couple of weeks) then plain soap helps a bit.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 04:39 PM

Oh yeah, I'm goind Bond style :D

6869a1f2294b3a717a53645589a91d18

(1689)

on August 05, 2010
at 10:26 PM

i do this. shave with a generic razor, either in or right after a shower works totally fine. i cut off hair first if its too wild.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 04:43 PM

Any aftershave after this ?

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on August 05, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Nope. Some pople advise using cold water afterwards, but I rarely bother. This is all done using the cheapest sort of razor too. I suppose how easy this is might vary person for person, but my hair is unusually thick.

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D339c39d94d65460e28128174845f423

(821)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:39 AM

Try a short beard. Trim once a week and save a lot of time!

Shaving is for sure later-neolithic and unknown to Grok.

35a9207254408c6907f7082640c7bfaa

(822)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:58 AM

short beard is much easier on the skin if you have think hairs like I do. +1!

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on April 08, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Amen! Unfortunately, some of us have jobs (or wives) that expect us to look like a prepubescent male or woman (hairless face) For those in such a predicament, check this option... NO CREAM! It has been great for me. http://www.justinowings.com/on-shaving-shaving-cream-and-razors/

5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on April 08, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Here is the link... http://www.justinowings.com/on-shaving-shaving-cream-and-razors/

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on June 14, 2012
at 11:49 AM

Amen to that brother, 12 years and counting with the full beard. Good the thing the wife likes it - too damn bad if she doesn't! And no issues with work.

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F0978a2a1c37d2a3d4ec6344c0c4ff82

on August 05, 2010
at 05:28 PM

I just started shaving my head about 6 weeks ago so I've been trying out lots of shaving methods. I think there is real merit in NWHamilton's cold water shaving method as I've noticed better shaves when I get pulled away from shaving for a few minutes and have to pick back up with cold lather. I just dismissed it as a fluke but will now purposely try it.

Something I've found that the original poster may be interested in as an alternative to shaving cream is Shave Secret shaving oil. It's $6 through the website but Wal-Mart carries it for less than $3 per bottle. The packaging says it is made entirely from "essential oils" and my less-than-discerning nose can definitely make out clove, rosemary and eucalyptus in it. It looks gimmicky with its cheesy packaging but it really helped a lot. I've gotten the closest shaves yet with it and less razor bumps and less post-shave drying. You can also use it as pre-lather, to go on before the shaving cream, if you still want to use shaving cream.

Directions for using Shave Secret:

1) Generously wet the area to be shaved

2) In a moist palm, massage 3-5 drops of Shave Secret

3) Massage into the area to be shaved and wait 5 - 10 seconds

4) Shave as usual. (Be sure to rinse your razor often)

5) No need to rinse the shaved area, just towel dry.

Helpful Tips

To get a really close shave, just re-wet the skin and shave again.

Use 3-5 drops for additional moisturizing and conditioning of the skin.

If you experience any razor drag-add more water, not more Shave Secret.

To clean razor, rinse under hot water and tap in the sink. If necessary, you can use a tooth brush to unclog razor.

To use as a pre electric conditioner, apply 1-2 drops, wait a moment and shave as usual.

Happy shaving.

D13278772f6612432bf53413fad4e7af

(801)

on August 05, 2010
at 07:52 PM

There's a comparable product called Total Shaving Solution, which I've used for years in the shower and which enables a very smooth shave. A tiny 1.25-oz bottle lasts a year! Here's a review on Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools site: http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001478.php

Df6dabaf4b1ef3d5db980ad64c501a5b

on April 08, 2012
at 07:42 PM

A similar product available in Canada is Cromwell & Cruthers Shave Oil, which I use to shave while travelling, and sometimes at home. Available at MEC and most Shopper's Drug Marts for a few bucks.

2
42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

on August 05, 2010
at 03:49 PM

I used to used brushes, creams, etc as well. Now I use cold water. This is how men in the military used to shave. I now have no razor bumps and get the closest, smoothest shave ever.

There apparently are a lot of benefits to cold water shaving: http://artofmanliness.com/2010/03/24/cold-water-shaving/

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 04:40 PM

True men indeed we are. Cold showers, safety razor and meat. Shall report back.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 19, 2012
at 01:21 PM

+1 for AoM. Seriously, both here and there take up so much of my internet time. And it's why I switched to a wet shave.

1
0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:19 AM

As far as I know, your shaving cream contains: Aqua, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Arachis Hypogaea Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Boric Acid, Parfum, Sodium Silicate, Citronellol, Coumarin, Eugenol, Linalool

That's not realy bad...

As an alternative you could use Aleppo olive oil soap with laurel oil and a shaving brush.

After shaving and washing your face, you could apply some coconut oil.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:30 AM

Mine (Gillette Sensitive skin) has about 23 ingredients from which more then half are WTF?'s. I'm with the "the less the better and they must be pronouncable" camp. Thanks for reminding me about the aftershave.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:28 AM

Mine (Gillette Sensitive skin) has about 23 ingredients from which more then half are WTF?'s. I'm with the "the less the better and they must be pronouncable" camp.

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 05, 2010
at 09:39 AM

The list above shows the ingredients of the german version of the shaving cream... If you want to know more about Aleppo soap (which i use exclusively from head to toe for washing) you could look here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=75260309672&v=info&ref=ts And coconut oil is the only "cream" i use on my skin... since i replaced all ohther products my skin and hair looks far better then any time in the past 20 years...

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5b0f25610421dc54a8373e7d3e4a0f94

on April 08, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Reposting here, Justin Owings nails it! (he has a great meatza reipe too!) http://www.justinowings.com/on-shaving-shaving-cream-and-razors/

0
27ea7074a6bed45c7f59bbcde1d6aeae

(15)

on August 05, 2010
at 05:45 PM

0e4e5882872d6a7c472ea51aec457e66

(1994)

on August 05, 2010
at 06:03 PM

The ingredients of this shaving cream look quite nice... Black Soap is a traditional soap comparable to Aleppo soap.

0
058205290bee7dda415923b11182b4fb

(100)

on August 05, 2010
at 12:01 PM

Lush got a very interesting selection of products for your shaving needs.

http://www.lush.ca/shop/products/face/shaving-creams/ (WFS)

I've been using it for most then a year. Works great, feel great and deliver.

0
3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

(2387)

on August 05, 2010
at 10:05 AM

I've been using this for quite some time now: http://www.amazon.de/Palmolive-208298-Rasierseife-classic-50g/dp/B0012XZAKE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=drugstore&qid=1281002574&sr=8-2

And it works great - better than Nivea shaving cream. Cheap, environmentally friendly, small. Took just two or three days to learn to use it.

I am quite sure that just about any brand of soap will work. And you could probably even use... coconut oil ;)

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