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Old 03-02-14, 09:36 PM   #151
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Looking for a recommendation of a new soap to try. So far I've only used some soap by Van der Hagen (men's luxury scented) and it hasn't caused problems with my somewhat sensitive skin and has lathered up ok, but I'd be interested to try something else if someone has a good suggestion of something they really feel strongly about.
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Looking for a recommendation of a new soap to try. So far I've only used some soap by Van der Hagen (men's luxury scented) and it hasn't caused problems with my somewhat sensitive skin and has lathered up ok, but I'd be interested to try something else if someone has a good suggestion of something they really feel strongly about.
Just ordered some Mikes Natural Soaps which arrived a week ago. Really nice, lathered well and quickly and so far so good on my sensitive skin.

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Just ordered some Mikes Natural Soaps which arrived a week ago. Really nice, lathered well and quickly and so far so good on my sensitive skin.

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I saw those, but they don't look like they'd fit in my cup.
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Here goes my shave routine nowadays. Yes I put away my boar bristle brush and Merkur Futur and picked up an electric. Having never used one, I was surprised at the closeness. You do have to get a good electric shaver and a pre-shave lotion is very helpful. I still use my favorite aftershave lotions.

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I've recommended this before and will continue to do so. For leg shaving, the best razor is the Gem razor. You can find these all over ebay. They use a single edge razor blade (not the double edge blade). The blades look similar to the box cutter blades in the hardware section but don't get those, get the blades in the shaving section which are different and highly polished.
This razor gives a shave with the closeness of a straight razor and will not give razor burn, you actually have to try hard to get razor burn with this baby. It will not clog up with long hairs either, unless you try to do both legs without cleaning out the razor.



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These look nice.

I just bought this nice looking one for $22 on your recommendation just for what-for.



I've been using a double a lot like this one all my life. Left one in a motel in my early '20s and have used the same replacement since. I hate those new twin and multi-blade cartridge razors in anything but a disposable for traveling. They clog up before the blade is dull and you can't clean the blades. Just don't forget and get in a hurry when you put a brand new blade in it.....Pays to replace the blade just before you shave or you'll look like my avatar.



And I don't shave my legs because I don't crash every chance I get.
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Just ordered some Mikes Natural Soaps which arrived a week ago. Really nice, lathered well and quickly and so far so good on my sensitive skin.

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I actually looked a bit more at those and, if they'd had the peppermint in stock, would have definitely given that a try.
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Looking for a recommendation of a new soap to try. So far I've only used some soap by Van der Hagen (men's luxury scented) and it hasn't caused problems with my somewhat sensitive skin and has lathered up ok, but I'd be interested to try something else if someone has a good suggestion of something they really feel strongly about.
I use Williams Mug Soap. It's the same stuff my Grandfather used, and the only choice they had at the drug store when I wanted to start using his old badger hair shaving brush. It works well for me, but I don't have the problems some of you have shaving.
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You're going to enjoy that razor! Unless you buy Gem brand blades, remove your blade from the razor after each shave. Wipe dry with a square of tissue paper and let it sit someplace safe until the next shave. Most single blade manufacturers will use carbon steel which is good enough but will rust overnight on you. You'll have a rusty blade the next morning. Get Gem brand blades or dry your blade every morning.
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These look nice.

I just bought this nice looking one for $22 on your recommendation just for what-for.



I've been using a double a lot like this one all my life. Left one in a motel in my early '20s and have used the same replacement since. I hate those new twin and multi-blade cartridge razors in anything but a disposable for traveling. They clog up before the blade is dull and you can't clean the blades. Just don't forget and get in a hurry when you put a brand new blade in it.....Pays to replace the blade just before you shave or you'll look like my avatar.



And I don't shave my legs because I don't crash every chance I get.
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I actually looked a bit more at those and, if they'd had the peppermint in stock, would have definitely given that a try.
How about lavender and peppermint? FTR, I have not tried this one. Her Hydrogen, and Ye Olde Barbershoppe are my favs so far.
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I've considered that and giving the Williams a try (it's cheap enough for sure), but I'm not sure about the sizing relative to my mug. Have thought about a couple of her scents, barbershop being another.
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You're going to enjoy that razor! Unless you buy Gem brand blades, remove your blade from the razor after each shave. Wipe dry with a square of tissue paper and let it sit someplace safe until the next shave. Most single blade manufacturers will use carbon steel which is good enough but will rust overnight on you. You'll have a rusty blade the next morning. Get Gem brand blades or dry your blade every morning.
I already ordered a couple packs of the Gem blades too, thanks.
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I've considered that and giving the Williams a try (it's cheap enough for sure), but I'm not sure about the sizing relative to my mug. Have thought about a couple of her scents, barbershop being another.
I think it's made to fit in a coffee cup. I use a plastic cup for mine, and it fits in their like it was made for that. I think it sells for under $2 at the drug store (CVS), and they're not known for having cheap prices.
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Well I just tried this single edge "Gem" that I bought off of Ebay. It does a very nice job. It shaves at least as good as the double does. I'm used to my butterfly double so taking the blade out of this one and wiping it seemed a little awkward at first. But I think I'm going to keep shaving with it and see if it slices me like my double does occasionally when I'm in a hurry.
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I've been shaving with straight razors for the past 8-9 years, and only rarely do I develop any "pink" lather; OTOH, double-edged and single-edged "safety" razors are anything but, and I almost always come away with several nicks and/or "weepers". Although there are several web-based forums dedicated to shaving, what time I spend with it online is at Straight Razor Place. Here's yesterday's SOTD entry:

Blade: Henry Sears & Son "221" (Chicago) 6/8
Brush: "John Bull", Rooney Style 1 Size 1 in Super Badger 22mm
Suds: Simpsons Luxury Shaving Cream
Skin: Simpsons Naturally Vitalising Aftershave Balm
Scent: L'Occitane Eau de L'Occitan

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I've been shaving with straight razors for the past 8-9 years, and only rarely do I develop any "pink" lather; OTOH, double-edged and single-edged "safety" razors are anything but, and I almost always come away with several nicks and/or "weepers". Although there are several web-based forums dedicated to shaving, what time I spend with it online is at Straight Razor Place. Here's yesterday's SOTD entry:

Blade: Henry Sears & Son "221" (Chicago) 6/8
Brush: "John Bull", Rooney Style 1 Size 1 in Super Badger 22mm
Suds: Simpsons Luxury Shaving Cream
Skin: Simpsons Naturally Vitalising Aftershave Balm
Scent: L'Occitane Eau de L'Occitan

Nice hardware. I have a few Str8s myself.....LOL
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Having had some time to use it, either I can sharpen a blade better than a pro or Hart Steel is a vastly better razor than a Dovo.
My Hart Steel blade is smoother, sharper, heavier, and just better. I like the Dovo well enough, it gets the job done, the scales are nice, it is well finished. But I'm not going to buy another.
Most razors are not "shave ready" from the factory. Hart Steel are hand made and properly sharpened before delivery. That is why you felt the difference in the shave.

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Ordered this ten minutes ago and it's not here yet


Also eyeing up one of these, but I'll first see how it goes with an old coffee mug. It'd be nice to have one piece that was made by a person (in the USA no less) instead of a machine.

Dirty Bird Scuttles. She makes really great stuff. I have all three sizes the largest of which (double size) she does not make anymore.


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That's what I've been wondering about. The shaving nerds in the B&B forum have tons of soaps and creams (n+1?). Even for the guys that shave every day it'd take forever to go through all that. After reading some of the homemade soap threads I decided it's not worth the bother. There are many excellent soaps available, some of them with more natural ingredients. Although that is how Mama Bear Soaps got started. If Mother Nature decides to grace us with a respectable amount of snow by the middle of next week, I plan to stop by Mama Bear's cabin (<3 hours north of me) to sniff out a few pleasant new shaving soaps. I hope to be skiing up north just an hour from her. Alas, we have basically no snow left after last week.
I am a shaving nerd. There....I said it.

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Looking for a recommendation of a new soap to try. So far I've only used some soap by Van der Hagen (men's luxury scented) and it hasn't caused problems with my somewhat sensitive skin and has lathered up ok, but I'd be interested to try something else if someone has a good suggestion of something they really feel strongly about.
Castle Forbes makes shave cream that is incredible. My favorite, it is a bit pricey but worth it.

And.....if anyone wants to try a str8 razor, drop me a PM. I'll send one out all honed up and disinfected for you to try out. You only need to send it back when your done.
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I didn't buy a scuttle. Although beautiful, it'd be more of a novelty/decoration since I've been face lathering for quite a while now. I'll likely get one at some point, just not a $$$ priority.
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How about lavender and peppermint? FTR, I have not tried this one. Her Hydrogen, and Ye Olde Barbershoppe are my favs so far.
I ended up going with her awakening (peppermint and menthol) with the ye olde barbershoppe as well as a backup in case the awakening is too intense for my face. Was a bit bummed that the puck is just a touch too large for my mug, but that should change fast enough. Now I just need to hurry up and finish up the old soap I have in there so I can try the new stuff.
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I have about a dozen of her soaps, and all but two are the 1.5 oz. I just hold it in my hand while lathering the brush. That size stores nicely in the small cheap Glad/Ziplock containers.
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Been using the same Gilette Mach 3 since I first started needing to shave. Of course, I've got a beard so I only use it to clean up around the edges. Original pack of cartridges too
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I ended up going with her awakening (peppermint and menthol) with the ye olde barbershoppe as well as a backup in case the awakening is too intense for my face. Was a bit bummed that the puck is just a touch too large for my mug, but that should change fast enough. Now I just need to hurry up and finish up the old soap I have in there so I can try the new stuff.
Have you tried microwaving the soap,only a short time,to make it fit?.It worked for me.I always seemed to get a soap that rattled round in the bowl,or was too big.
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Hmm. That sounds like a good idea to try. My mug flares out a bit at the top, so I was just going to set it on top there where it kind of fits in and use it until it got small enough to slide down to the bottom. Your idea has less potential mess.
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Been using the same Gilette Mach 3 since I first started needing to shave. Of course, I've got a beard so I only use it to clean up around the edges. Original pack of cartridges too
I hear you on the beards make life easier thing. I've had one for probably 12 out of the last 18 months and have only gone through 2 cartridges in that time. Sure is a lot cheaper (and faster in the morning) having a beard and only having to shave the neck, upper cheeks, and trimming below the lower lip every morning.
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Hmm. That sounds like a good idea to try. My mug flares out a bit at the top, so I was just going to set it on top there where it kind of fits in and use it until it got small enough to slide down to the bottom. Your idea has less potential mess.
You can use a cheese grater to thin the sides until it slides to the bottom.
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Been using the same Gilette Mach 3 since I first started needing to shave. Of course, I've got a beard so I only use it to clean up around the edges. Original pack of cartridges too
I started with the Trac 2 but transitioned to the Mach 3. It remains my favorite.
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