Caring For Your Shaving Brush

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Caring For Your Shaving Brush
The Complete Beginners Guide To Shaving Brushes by Robert Gillespie
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and healthy looking skin. It is the most important
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Who Is Robert Gillespie?
In case we haven’t met, my name is Robert Gillespie and I’m the founder of Men’s
Shaving and The Perfect Shave.
I’m a men’s shaving expert, and I’ve been helping men transform their shaving
experience and results from one of pain to one of pleasure since 2005.
I’ve been on quite a journey over the past 12 years…and you can read my full
story by clicking here. This journey includes suffering from horrendous and
unsightly ingrown hairs in my teens…to opening my own successful shaving
business called ‘The Perfect Shave’ in 2005.
The Perfect Shave was the first retail business of its kind in the UK solely
dedicated to sourcing and retailing the world’s finest shaving products and
accessories under one roof.
And…as a result of my success with The Perfect Shave, I was nominated as a ‘UK
Entrepreneur of The Year’ finalist…and have been featured in some of the
world’s leading magazines including Arena and GQ.
The great thing about The Perfect Shave was it gave me an amazing opportunity
and platform to speak face to face with over 5000 customers…who suffered one
way or another when it came to shaving.
I listened as they told me all about their personal shaving problems…
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…problems that caused their personal lives and career’s to suffer due to the lack
of confidence it brought with it.
No matter your skin type…I’ve spoken with someone who suffered from the
same shaving problems as you may do now.
I’d like to think I’ve passed on the best shaving tips…advice…and product
recommendations over the years…
…helping customers to have a pain free, comfortable shave…whilst transforming
their lives.
What You’ll Learn Inside This Special Report:
One of the most frequently asked questions during my time at The Perfect Shave
was this…
“What’s the purpose and benefits of using a shaving brush during my
shaving routine?”
Shaving brushes attracted a lot of interest at The Perfect Shave…and not just
because they looked good and came in all kinds of shapes…sizes and design…
…but older men were delighted to see that Shaving Brushes were “making a
comeback” so to speak.
There’s no denying, that in the 90’s and early 00’s, the demand for shaving
brushes dropped dramatically.
With the invention and growth of the modern shaving gel and foam from a
pressurized can…the need for a shaving brush had apparently been
eliminated for good.
Thankfully that’s not the case anymore.
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Younger men on the other hand, were generally more intrigued when seeing a
shaving brush up close for the first time.
Most of them had never been shown how to use a shaving brush before, but
secretly wanted to know more about them…what the benefits were…and how to
use one. They also thought it would be pretty ‘cool’ to own one.
So…once I’d taken some time to answer their key questions about shaving
brushes, many men were hooked on the idea of using a shaving brush for the
very first time.
And I used to receive positive feedback from first time shaving brush users all
the time…especially from younger men who had bought their very first shaving
brush and shaving cream.
Many couldn’t believe the transformation in their shaving results and reduction
in shaving discomforts. They couldn’t believe how more ‘enjoyable’ their
shaving routine was…and as an added bonus…the shaving brush actually saved
them money as they were using far less shaving cream per shave.
And inside this special report, I’m going to reveal everything you need to
know for getting the most from your shaving brush, from understanding the
benefits of using a shaving brush…right through to knowing what to look out for
when buying one.
I hope you learn a lot from this special report, take appropriate action and get
the most from your shaving brush for many years to come.
Shave Great. Feel Amazing.
Robert Gillespie
Creator, Men’s Shaving – http://www.MensShaving.co.uk
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Part 1: 5 Key Shaving Brush Benefits
The Shaving Brush is essential for achieving The Perfect Shave.
A badger hair shaving brush plays an important aspect in preparing and
protecting the skin for a close and comfortable shave.
Whilst there are many different hair options to choose from when it comes to
selecting your shaving brush…such as boar hair...natural hair…horses hair and
synthetic hair…
…I recommend that you stick to badger hair for a number of reasons, some of
which I will discuss throughout this report.
In the meantime, let’s looks at the 5 key benefits to be found when using a badger
hair shaving brush. A badger hair shaving brush will help you to:
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Generate a rich warm, protective lather
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Soften the hair shaft and lift the beard
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Open the skins pores
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Bring sufficient water to the face
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Gently exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells
Now, let’s explore these points in a little more detail.
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#1 - Generating A Rich, Warm, Protective Lather:
Running a shaving brush under hot water for a minute, and then combining it
with a glycerin based shaving cream or shaving soap, helps to generate a rich,
warm, protective lather that offers the ultimate in protection for your
upcoming shave.
This isn’t the same kind of ‘fake lather’ you would get from a pressurised can of
shaving gel or foam.
Later on in this report, I’ll touch a little on the the types of products you should
be using in combination with your shaving brush, so you can achieve the perfect
shave every time.
But for now, back to the key benefits of using a shaving brush.
#2 - Softens And Lifts The Beard:
Men who use a shaving brush on a daily basis swear by its benefits and would
never go back to applying shaving cream with their fingers.
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A shaving brush is ideal for helping to soften and lift the beard.
When you apply any type of shaving cream using just your fingers, you naturally
‘press down’ or ‘pat down’ on the hair shaft…pushing the hair back down flat
onto the skins surface.
This makes it very hard for the razor blade to get a clean cut when it passes over
the hair, as very little of the hair shaft is exposed for the blade to cut.
On the other hand, when you apply shaving cream using a shaving brush, this
application process naturally ‘lifts’ the hair shaft up from the skins surface, and
into a position where the razor blade can get a nice, clean cut when passing over.
The rich, warm lather also helps to soften the hair shaft, making it easier for your
razor blade to cut…which helps to prevent razor bumps and rashes.
#3 - Opens The Skins Pores:
Warm water is essential when it comes to achieving the perfect shave using a
shaving brush…and a badger hair brush holds and retains water unlike any
other types of hair.
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This is one of the unique reasons why you should choose badger hair over any
other type of hair.
It’s also a well known fact, that applying warm water to your face helps to open
your skins pores…
…and, because a badger hair brush retains the warm water, the brush helps to
open the skins pores at the same time as applying shaving cream to your face.
This is a very important part of the pre-shave routine, as opening your
skins pores ensures your hair shaft is completely free to be cut by your
razor blade, and not trapped under the skins surface.
If your pores remain closed, and the hair shaft remains trapped under the skins
surface, continuing to ‘shave over the top of the hair’, will lead to one of the
biggest shaving problems known to men…ingrown hairs.
Quick Tip: Avoid menthol based shaving products during your shaving
routine, as they close the skins pores.
#4 - Brings Sufficient Water To The Face:
As discussed previously, a bader hair shaving brush is the only type of hair that
retains water.
Try using a synthetic hair brush, or a boar hair brush and you will notice
how much water naturally drips of the brush compared to a badger hair
brush.
Because of this unique benefit, the badger hair shaving brush brings just the
right amount of water to the skins surface, ensuring the face remains nice and
moist throughout the duration of your shave.
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#5 - Gently Exfoliates The Skins Surface:
When luxuriously rich warm lather is applied to the skins surface using a shaving
brush, the circular motion of the brush exfoliates the skin, helping to remove any
dead skin cells or dirt on the skins surface.
Just like opening the skins pores, this process allows the hair shaft to be free
from any blockages that might prevent the razor blade from getting a nice clean
cut.
Now that I’ve explained the 5 key reasons why a shaving brush is essential for
achieving the perfect shave…
…we’re now going to look at the different types of badger hair shaving brushes
you can choose from, and what to look out for before you buy one.
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Part 2: How To Choose The Right Shaving Brush
We’ve touched on this point previously, but just in case you’re jumping through
the sections…I’m going to say it again.
When purchasing a good quality shaving brush it’s extremely important
that you select a shaving brush made from Badger Hair.
Many shaving brushes are made from horse’s hair, boar’s hair and some from
synthetic hair. However, one of the main reason for selecting a badger hair
shaving brush is that it’s the only animal hair that retains water when wet.
The more water the brush can hold, the thicker and richer the lather
created…resulting in a more protective shave offering less razor ‘drag’ and
‘friction’.
Therefore, selecting a shaving brush made from any other type of hair would
prove to be a bad investment and result in a poorer shave in terms of quality.
And one more thing…badger hair is also very soft, unlike horse’s hair and boar’s
hair…and this leads to a more comfortable lathering process.
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Shaving Brush Features To Look Out For:
Badger hair shaving brushes vary in their quality, density and durability.
Density for clarification purposes refers to the number of hairs making up
the overall bundle.
A shaving brush with a higher level of density will offer the following benefits:
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Retain more water
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Be softer to the touch
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Generate a thicker, richer lather…and
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Retain it’s shape better after each shave.
The best way to judge a shaving brushes density, is to look down on it from a
birds eye point of view like the image below.
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The density of the hair bundle also has a large part to play in terms of how
long the shaving brush should last before you’ll need to buy a new one.
However, as there’s no official industry standard classification on the varying
brush grades, it’s hard to say exactly how long each shaving brush grade should
last.
But…from experience…and speaking to many shaving experts across the world, I
will offer some guidance as to how long each grade of shaving brush should
last…before it’s level of performance starts to deterioate.
My personal guidelines may not please all of the shaving brush manufacturers…
but…
…using this information, and weighing up the cost of each type of brush, you
should be able to make a logical decision as to which grade of brush is right for
you…whether it’s your first brush or you’re looking to buy a new brush.
So without further ado, lets take a closer look at the 4 main grades of badger hair
shaving brushes available today.
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Badger Hair Brush Grades:
#1 - Pure Badger:
Pure badger hair shaving brushes have the darkest hair of all the shaving brush
grades, with the length of the hair short to medium.
This hair grade covers around 60% of the badgers body, making it the most
readily available hair in terms of supply. This also explains why it’s the least
expensive of all badger hair shaving brushes.
Pure badger hair is the stiffest of all badger brushes, which makes it very popular
for men looking to gently exfoliate the skin during the lathering up process.
With its flatter, manually trimmed shaped head, and offering the least level of
density when compared to other brush grades…this shaving brush should offer
approx. two years worth of shaving pleasure.
Image: Art of Shaving Pure Badger Brush
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In my opinion, the pure badger is an excellent choice for those looking to try a
badger hair brush for the first time.
It’s pretty inexpensive, and even if you decide to upgrade your brush grade
pretty quickly, it will still make an excellent spare brush, or can be used as a
travel brush in your washbag.
#2 - Best/Fine Badger:
Depending on where you live, some countries refer to this next grade of badger
brush as Best or Fine badger. In reality, they are just the same.
This hair grade covers around 25% of the badgers body, making it more
exclusive than pure badger. Again, this explains why the cost of the brush will be
more expensive.
It’s visually lighter in appearance to the Pure Badger brush, and much softer to
the touch. With its medium level of density, this grade of brush is noticeably
different to that of the pure badger, especially from a birds eye point of view.
Image: Art of Shaving Fine Badger Brush
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And, in addition to its superior density, the hair is medium in length and as a
result offers excellent water retention, ensuring a rich warm lather.
The natural dome shape of the brush ensures that it retains its shape well after
each shave, and should offer approx. 5 years of shaving pleasure.
#3 - Super Badger:
Super Badger is an extremelly high quality grade of shaving brush, and is more
expensive than pure and best badger due to the scarcer supply of the hair type.
Visually, it has an appearance similar to the highest grade of shaving brush, the
silvertip, but displays a distinctive black band around the middle of the
bundle.
Image: Edwin Jagger Super Badger Brush
The hair length is medium to long, and very flexible and soft to the touch.
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One of the main noticeable differences between super badger and silvertip
badger hair however…is the length of the white tips at the top of the bundle.
They are often very short on a super badger brush, and make up the smallest
part of the overall hair length.
However, the super badger brush offers a very high level of density…providing
excellent water retention…and will offer approx. 8 years worth of shaving
pleasure.
#4 - Silvertip Badger:
The Silvertip Badger brush offers the highest grade of badger hair
available.
Found on the neck area of the badger, it’s the scarcist in terms of supply, with
only 5% of the badgers body producing this type of hair. This explains why it’s
the most expensive brush to buy.
However, putting cost to the side for a moment, with it’s extremely soft and
distinctive silver tips, the brush offers extremely high levels of density,
ensuring the highest levels of water retention and the richest lather possible.
The hairs chosen to make up the silvertip shaving brush are very carefully
chosen…usually based on it’s colouring and softness.
And, just like the super badger brush, it has a distinct black colour banding.
However, the white tips on the silvertip brush are much longer than the super
badger, and much more noticeable.
Overall, the length of hair used in this grade of brush are very long, which helps
to generate an amazingly rich, protective lather.
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Image: Art of Shaving Silvertip Badger Brush
And in my opinion, the silvertip shaving brush should offer you at least 10 years
worth of shaving pleasure.
Ok, so now you know what the four different grades of shaving brushes
are…what’s the best way to use to use this information.
Which Brush Should I Choose:
Well, when the time comes to select your own badger brush, use the above
information as a reference guide.
First of all, ask yourself…
Am I serious about using a badger brush in my shaving routine…or
am I just a little curious as to what all the fuss is about?
If it’s your first brush, I’d stick to a pure badger or a best badger brush until you
know for sure you’re commited to using one on a regular basis. You can pick one
up for around £25/$35, so it won’t break the bank.
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If you then decide that a shaving brush is for you, and you really want to get a
super badger or silvertip brush, you can always use your original brush as a back
up or as a travel brush.
Another thing to consider is the cost of your preferred shaving brush, and how
long it’s expected to last.
For example, if a pure badger brush is going to cost £35, and is expected
to last around 2 years, the cost per year is £17.50.
However, a silvertip shaving brush may cost around £100 to buy initially,
but will last around 10 years, working out at an average cost of £10 per
year.
So, does it make financial sense to pay more for a better brush from the
outset, and get an extra 8 years worth of shaving use, and a better shave
from day 1?
There’s a lot to consider when buying a shaving brush, but the above guide
should really help…as it gives you everything you need to make a sound buying
decision.
We’ve now looked at the different grades of hair used within shaving brushes
and there associated benefits, but there’s one more thing to consider when
buying a shaving brush…
…handle design.
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Shaving Brush Handle Design:
In addition to selecting a suitable grade of badger hair, you’ll also find a very
wide choice of handle designs and sizes.
Handle selection is a personal choice…but a shaving brush should be comfortable
to hold, offer the correct balance and be durable. It’s really as simple as that.
Handles designed in ‘Thuja Wood’ for example, may appeal to the classic wet
shaver, as would a brush made with a ‘Faux Ivory’ handle…whereas a handle
designed with nickel or chrome may appeal more to the modern wet shaver.
Image: Muhle Thuja Wood Handle
Image: Muhle High Grade Resin Black
I used to speak to a lot of customers at The Perfect Shave who simply picked the
brush handle or shaving set that best matched their bathroom design and
colours.
It really is a personal choice, and I hope the information provided so far will help
you to make the best possible buying decision based on your current
circumstances.
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Part 3: How To Generate A Rich Lather Using A
Shaving Brush
In this section, I’m going to explain the two most common ways to use a shaving
brush in conjunction with shaving cream and shaving soaps to generate a rich,
protective lather.
Clearly there’s more than two ways to generate lather with a brush, but I think
you’ll find these two are the most popular and easiest to implement.
If you want to see a pretty good visual demonstration showing how to generate a
lather using a shaving brush, please click on the image below.
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Method 1: Shaving Brush + Shaving Cream (No bowl)
Step 1: The shaving brush should initially be held under a basin filled with warm
water for 15 – 30 seconds, or held under running warm water until the shaving
brush is completely soaked.
Step 2: Then, apply 1 or 2 fingertips worth of shaving cream to the top of the
shaving brush, or preferably try and nestle the cream just inside the tip of the
shaving brush.
Step 3: To allow the shaving cream to soften inside the brush, making it easier to
apply to the skin…it’s recommended that the shaving brush and cream be held
back inside the basin of warm water for a further 5 - 10 seconds.
Step 4: Next, lather up by applying a circular/upward (against the grain) motion
on the face and neck. The shaving brush will now lift the hair up from the face
and generate a rich, protective lather at the same time.
Step 5 (Optional): If you want an even thicker lather after your face is
completely lathered up for the first time, the shaving brush can be dipped back
into your basin of hot water for one more second in order to bring more hot
water to the brush. Then repeat step 4.
By doing this the lather that is currently on the face will be thickened further
offering a very rich, hot lather.
After shaving with the grain on the first pass, if you feel like a closer shave, lather
up once more using the remaining cream on your shaving brush, and proceed to
shave against or across the grain.
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Method 2: Shaving Brush + Shaving Cream/Shaving Soap Using a
Bowl
Many men like to use a traditional shaving bowl or mug when looking to
generate the best possible lather for their daily shave.
Using a shaving bowl or mug allows you to generate a rich protective lather
BEFORE you start applying the shaving brush to your face. In it’s simplest
form, that’s the only real difference in the two methods outlined in this report.
Step1: The shaving brush should initially be held under a basin filled with hot
water for 15 – 30 seconds, or held under running hot water until the shaving
brush is completely soaked.
Quick Tip: When using a shaving mug or a bowl, you could fill this with
hot water - instead of filling your basin - and place the brush inside in
order to get properly wet.
Step2: If you did use your shaving bowl or mug to get the brush wet…empty any
remaining water from the bowl before continuing.
Now, place 1 or 2 fingers worth of shaving cream into the base of your shaving
bowl…and start generating a thick lather by following a ‘whisking’ type action
until a rich lather has been whipped up inside the bowl.
If you’re using a shaving soap, simply whisk the hard soap until it starts to
generate a nice lather.
Step 3: Apply the lather you’ve whipped up inside your bowl in a
circular/upward (against the grain) motion onto the face. The shaving brush will
now lift the hair from the face and generate a rich warm lather at the same time.
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Step 4 (Optional): Once your face is completely lathered up for the first time, the
shaving brush can be dipped back into your basin of hot water for one more
second in order to bring more hot water to the brush. Then repeat step 3.
By doing this the lather that is currently on the face will be thickened further
offering an extremely rich, hot lather.
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Part 4: Caring For Your Shaving Brush:
A badger hair shaving brush should be viewed as an investment. Therefore, by
following a couple of simple steps you’ll help to prolong the lifespan of your
brush, whilst ensuring you get the maximum benefits on a daily basis.
Before using your shaving brush for the very first time, it should be washed
gently, but thouroughly, using warm soapy water.
Note: Some hairs will fall out of the brush in its early days.
This is nothing to worry about.
Usually these are just shorter length hairs, that didn’t quite reach the bottom of
the base…and weren’t glued and tied together with the rest of the hairs. As a
result, they simply come loose during the early stages of it’s life span.
In terms of keeping your shaving brush in tip top condition on a daily basis, it’s a
quick and easy two step process:
Step1: After shaving, rinse your shaving brush under warm water, and
then gently squeeze the excess shaving cream from the shaving brush.
Step2: Shake off the excess water and then hang the shaving brush
upside down on a shaving brush stand to help it dry properly.
And…make sure the brush has plenty of air to dry. Try and resist placing it
inside a bathroom cupboard for example.
If you don’t hang your shaving brush upside down to dry properly after each use,
any remaining water inside the brush will slowly seep through into the handle
base where the hairs are glued and tied together…
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and…
…over time, the excess water will slowly weaken the glue, resulting in the brush
hairs coming loose, and falling out.
You also run the risk of mildew forming around the neck area of the brush if you
don’t hang the shaving brush upside down. Not a pleasant site at all.
Why does this happen you may ask?
Remember…one of the badger hairs unique benefits is that it holds and
retains water better than any other type of hair…therefore, no matter how
much water you shake of your brush, some will remain inside.
And, the only way to remove this water is by hanging it upside down on a stand.
There’s really no excuse for these problems to happen though. A basic shaving
brush stand can be bought for as little as £3/$5.
Image: Edwin Jagger Shaving Brush Stand - £3
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Finally, if over time your brush does suffer from mildew, or a build up of shaving
cream, then simply soak it in a solution of Borax. Borax can easily be obtained
from your local chemist.
If you want a few more unique ways to take care of your shaving brush, watch
MANTIC59’s excellent video below. By clicking on the video image it will take
you straight to the video on YouTube.
Click above image to watch the video right now.
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Part 5: Shaving Products To Use With A Shaving Brush:
Now that you we’ve covered everything you need to know about shaving
brushes, I’m going to finish of by touching on a few of the best products to use
with your brush.
If you want the best results from your shaving brush, then you must use the right
products. Don’t just rely on the shaving brush to transform your shave from
average to excellent on its own.
Now, the topic of shaving creams or shaving soaps could be a whole book on it’s
own, so for now I’m only going to focus on shaving creams that I would
personally recommend and have used in the past to keep things simple…
…and to give you a head start for achieving that perfect shave with your brush.
First of all, any shaving cream or shaving soap you buy must contain
two very important ingredients…Glycerin and Coconut oil.
Glycerin serves quite a few purposes. The two key ones are that it helps to
soften the beard and lock in water…ensuring the skin is kept wet during the
shaving process…and it also acts as an excellent moisturiser.
Coconut oil is high in fatty content, ensuring a rich protective lather and
excellent lubrication…which helps to prevent discomforts such as razor burn,
nicks and cuts.
Overall, my personal preference is shaving creams over shaving soap. I tend to
find that the lather created from shaving creams is significantly richer, thicker
and more protective than that of many soaps.
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However, one of the main reasons I choose shaving creams over shaving
soaps is because they are much more hygienic.
Soaps usually last a lot longer than creams, but that is actually one of their main
downfalls. They tend to get dirty and grubby in a very short period of time,
especially if there not looked after.
I just don’t like generating a lather directly from a hard based shaving soap,
when I can simply take a small scoop of shaving cream from a nice clean jar or
tube, and place it directly onto the shaving brush meaning the jar never gets wet
or dirty.
In saying all of that, I know many men who like the traditional aspect of a
shaving soap and bowl, and are not keen on the modern shaving creams. The
choice at the end of the day is up to you.
Experiment with both options and see what works best for you.
But you know which side of the fence I stand on!
So, based on what I have just said, here are my top 3 shaving creams:
#1 – The Gentlemen’s Refinery – ‘The Standard’ Shave Cream
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The Gentlemen’s Refinery was created by Perry Gastis, who was previously the
Master Barber at The Art of Shaving, and also worked for Truefitt & Hill in North
America as an Executive Barber.
As you can probably tell, Perry knows a thing or two about shaving.
The ‘Standard’ Shaving Cream is rich in Glycerin, Coconut Oil, Lavender Oil,
Sandalwood Oil and Ylang Ylang oil.
It contains no alcohol, and is also free from parabens and synthetic dyes, which
make it a great product if you suffer from very sensitive skin.
I highly recommend you give this product a try with your shaving brush.
#2 - The Art of Shaving – Lavender Shaving Cream
This was the very first premium shaving cream I ever tried with a shaving brush
back in the year 2000. And to this day it’s still one of my personal favourites.
As with the Gentlemen’s Refinery shaving cream, it’s rich in Glycerin and Coconut
Oil, but focuses mainly on Lavender Essential Oil to deliver the key benefits
during and after your shave.
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Now, don’t worry guys…this is not Lavender smelling perfume or anything
like that…you won’t end up smelling like your granny after using this
product.
This product uses Lavender Essential Oil, which really helps those with sensitive
skin, especially those that suffer from redness or slight razor burn after their
shave.
Lavender Oil helps reduce inflammation, and because it’s an
essential oil, it evaporates slowly over time, leaving no lingering
lavender smell afterwards.
It is one of the most expensive shaving creams you can buy, but in my opinion it’s
worth every single penny or cent.
#3 – Geo F Trumper – Extract of Limes Shaving Cream
During my time at The Perfect Shave, Geo F Trumper products were consistently
amongst the best sellers…and Extract of Limes was the most popular shaving
cream from the Trumper range.
Again, packed with Glycerin and Coconut Oil, this cream has the foundations
required for a great shave, providing a very protective lather, and amazing
moisturizing qualities.
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It smells amazing too, with its light and fresh limes scent, making it a great choice
for a nice refreshing shave in the morning.
However, please note that the lime scent is not completely natural like the
essential oils found in the Gentlemen’s Refinery and The Art of Shaving products.
Fragrances have been added to the product to create the lime smell, and it also
contains colourings to create the green lime effect.
So if you suffer from severe shaving problems or any skin irritations, I wouldn’t
use the Trumper range of shaving creams.
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Conclusion:
As indicated earlier in this report, the demand for shaving brushes declined in
the late 90’s and early 00’s due to the mass production and marketing of shaving
gels and foams from a pressurized can…
…that didn’t require the need for a shaving brush.
However, around the mid 00’s, the ‘male grooming’ industry really started to
take off, and men started to take more pride in their appearance than ever
before.
Men started to spend serious money on products like moisturisers and aftershave balms…and even tanning products in their quest to look and feel as good
as they possibly could.
Remember the term…”Metrosexual” anyone?
However, no matter what grooming routine you follow…
“Shaving will always have the greatest impact on how your skin looks
and feels on a day-to-day basis.”
If you have a poor shave, you can end up with nicks and cuts, unsightly ingrown
hairs and razor burn. Alternatively, if you have a smooth and comfortable shave,
your skin will look great, and you will feel amazing as a result.
Thankfully with the growth of the Internet in the 00’s, and with shaving shops
like my own popping up…
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…men had the opportunity to better educate themselves on all things to do with
shaving, and re-discover the lost art of shaving.
This lost art included the many benefits to be gained from using ‘old school’
shaving tools such as a shaving brush and a safety razor.
And with this newfound education, the demand for shaving brushes began to
grow, and has continued to this very day. In fact, the demand for shaving brushes
has never been greater.
And the reason for this is simple…
…for over 200 years, shaving brushes have been used as part of the
shaving process to help get the best results possible.
And just like many other products and services, shaving brushes from time to
time have gone out of fashion.
However, the benefits from using a shaving brush don’t go out of fashion for too
long.
No matter what the latest craze is when it comes to shaving, whether it’s shaving
oils, or razors with 10 blades (thinking ahead), the shaving brush will always
have its part to play when looking for the ultimate shaving experience.
So, if you were sitting on the fence, and undecided about using a shaving brush
before reading this report, I hope this report has accelerated your learning curve,
whilst helping to guide you in the right direction.
That was my single aim when writing this report.
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But, like many things, I am always looking to update and improve my reports...so
if you still have some unanswered questions about shaving brushes, or would
like me to explore some existing content in more detail…
…please get in touch with me at www.MensShaving.co.uk or email me at
[email protected]
I’d love to hear from you, as feedback is always appreciated.
Until then, I wish you the very best with your shaving journey and experience,
and I hope to see you at www.MensShaving.co.uk soon.
Shave Great. Feel Amazing.
Robert Gillespie
Creator, Men’s Shaving – www.MensShaving.co.uk
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Helpful Resources:
Shaving Brushes:
Simpsons Brushes - http://www.simpsonshavingbrushes.com
Rooney Shaving Brushes http://www.classicshaving.com/Rooney_Shaving_Brushes.html
Vulfix - http://www.vulfixoldoriginal.com
Kent Brushes - http://www.kentbrushes.com
Edwin Jagger - http://www.edwinjagger.com
Art of Shaving - http://www.theartofshaving.com
Videos:
Mantic59 YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/mantic59
Chicago Shaving YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ChicagoShaving?feature=watch
Shaving Creams:
The Gentlemen’s Refinery – http://www.thegr.com
The Art of Shaving – http://www.theartofshaving.com
Geo F Trumper – http://www.trumpers.com
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