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My Shaving Routine

The Items I list below are my default items while testing products not in that category.

To begin I will state that while  it may seem a bit extreme or formal for me to follow these steps with my daily shave, but I find it necessary.  First, I enjoy my morning ritual.  Second, It helps me when trying new products as I am able to substitute an item into any step for review.

1.  Start morning with hot shower.  First, soaking my face. Followed by applying my home made pre-shave oil to my beard.  I leave this on as I shower to moisten and soften the beard. (I will post the recipe I use)

2.  After shower, I wash face in sink with Musgo Real Glycerin Lime Oil Soap to remove the remaining shave oil but still moistening skin and hair with glycerin.  (Some ask why I remove the oil.  I do not like the residue it leaves on my brush and razor, yet I don’t skip the step because it feels to me that the previous step does make a difference.)

3.  I then apply a non oil based pre-shave usually Taylor of Old Bond Street Herbal Pre-shave Gel (I am still testing here, as I feel this may be my weakest link, but as of yet this is my preferred product.)

4. I then wet and warm my Kent BLK8 Traditional, Large, Pure Silver Tip Badger Shaving Brush and build up lather with shaving cream of choice.  (most of my changes are in this category, I have several I use regularly in rotation and am constantly trying new brands).

5.  I make three regular passes. With and Edwin Jagger DE89bl razor and Feather hi-stainless platinum blades.

First pass is with the grain.  Please take the time to determine the growth pattern of your beard, it is not the same on everyone.  (For years, I hated shaving my neck as my teacher/father told me to shave downward.  Well, guess what, the grain on my neck grows upward.  For 20+ years I dreaded shaving my neck, I never researched it because I had just assumed that I had sensitive skin.  It wasn’t until researching classic wet shaving that this point was clearly explained to me).

Second pass is across the grain. The first two passes are pretty consistent in what you find across most descriptions.

Third pass, Oblique pass.  This is the one that varies most with recommended techniques.  I am of the mind that against the grain is rough, no matter the equipment and prep (on my face) and the areas that don’t bother me to go against, I really don’t have to.  I prefer shaving  obliquely or at about a 45 degree angle between the across and against growth.  I find this allows me to get in that close pass without the irritation.

Lastly, touch up pass.  Usually squeeze out the last very rich and thick lather and applying by hand to the areas that could you a touch up or mild buff.

Keeping in mind that throughout the entire procedure let the razor do the work.  Weight of the razor just Guide and let the razor glide (guide and glide).  Most of the problems I have helped with have involved people using their double edged safety razors like they used their cartridge razors.  This only works to sell more styptic products and toilet paper.

6.  Warm water wash followed by cold water wash.

7.  Apply Alum (This step is usually used when trying new products so that I may gauge razor burn)

8.  Clean and return shaving articles to the proper place.

9.  Cold water face wash.

10.  Apply undiluted Geo F Trumper Limes skin food to towel dried face. (this is one step I cannot quite explain, I am still working on it.  It feels good to me and I notice if I leave this step out, so I just keep doing it. I will go into more detail when I write the review for the product.)

11.  Brush teeth while face absorbing skin food.

12.  Apply non alcohol aftershave.  Workdays Feather Kanwa (unscented) herbal aftershave balm or Taylor of Bond Street “shaving shop” aftershave gel.  On non work days  when I can splurge on the fragrance then, Castle Forbes Lime essential oil alcohol free aftershave balm.

 

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Geo F. Trumper Coconut Oil Soft Shaving Cream

This is my favorite shaving cream to date, I am not stating it is the best, as you will read in some of my future reviews I have several items that I find to be excellent, this is just a personal favorite.

Used with a good brush it produces a thick luxurious lather, that enables a very pleasant and smooth shave. I have found that it works best with my silver tip brushes, it does seem to have a somewhat dryer lather and the added water in the brush seems to help if you prefer a little more fluidity in your lather. This my no means effects the quality of the product either dryer and thicker or more wet and watery, both provided an amazing shave.

My first concern was of course what kind of coconut smell are we going to find. To my pleasant surprise the scent was light and fresh coming from the coconut oil used in the cream and not from added fragrance or essential oils. This light scent lingers for hours after shaving. I found this to be very refreshing. The oil in the cream leaves my skin feeling very soft and moisturized and provides a very slick, gliding surface for the razor.

I will explain now why I have stated above this is my favorite cream. This is my go to cream following any day when I have tested an exceptional harsh product, it always seems smooth, even if I am recovering from a serious case of razor burn. It helps my skin to feel better when it is feeling a bit abused. It is also the only cream that I apply any residue onto my face following my final pass and let sit and soak on my skin. I have a very specific ritual for my shaving process and this particular cream is the only one that sees an exception. Following my final pass I wash my face then apply alum, at which point I clean all of my equipment and put everything away. For this cream I apply the residue to my face and clean and retire my equipment , followed by washing the face of remaining cream and then applying alum. This allows for a few extra minutes for the coconut oil to absorb into the skin. It really does leave my skin feeling good.

Form: A

Delicious smell and consistency. In fact my 2 1/2 year old daughter is constantly asking to smell it and then pretends to eat it.

Function: A+

This is a great all around cream, as long as you like coconut. Luxuriant lather, extremely smooth and slick shave. Leaves skin feeling smooth, refreshed and moisturized.

Style: A

Style to be expected from a one of the classic British companies that embodies style. Attractive and functional packaging. A must have in my rotation of shaving cream.

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