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Forum topic by BinghamtonEd posted 06-20-2014 06:45 PM 2167 views 0 times favorited 73 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-20-2014 06:45 PM

So apparently I am behind on the times. There seems to be a lot of talk these days about shaving. With stores like Art of Shaving popping up, and YouTube videos detailing a 15-step shaving process involving pre-shave oils, creams, lathers, shaving oils, shave intermission oils, and post-shave oils, I clearly must have missed something somewhere sometime.

When did this all start? When did people start to get so prissy and pretentious about shaving? When my dad taught me, we got the can of barbasol, and the cheap plastic brush, and a razor, and that was that. Nowadays, I use a disposable razor in the shower, no creams or anything like that. Sometimes I’ll pamper myself and smear some shampoo from my scalp onto my jawline before I get the razor going. Gonna be tough times when I lose hair on my head, I guess.

My father-in-law, great guy, but he’s into the whole Art of Shaving thing. $30+ for 2 oz of pre-shave oil? What the hell is that? He spends more on shaving products for a month than I spend on razors, shampoo, and soap for a year (I bought a gallon of tea tree shampoo through my cosmetologist sister-in-law for $30 two years ago, and stocked up on Old Spice soap when Target put them on super clearance). I use the disposable razors, and they have the little blue strip that they claim tells you when it’s time to replace it. Clearly it just tells when the razors finally getting broken in. I shave twice per week on average, so those little buggers last a while. I was actually thinking of getting a double-edge safety razor when this pack runs out, just go back to the basics.

So what is it? Am I missing out on the latest trend? Is my shave not all that it could be? Am I missing one of life’s splendors? Is there anyone here who, like my father-in-law, takes their shaving very seriously?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 07:16 PM

I’m more like you. After my shower I lather up with shampoo and shave. Done. Twice a week.

Around where I live (north of Chicago), you either have to be clean shaven or have a full beard. A lot of people look down on people who are not clean shaven. Same with my eyebrows. If my eyebrows are not tweezed and sculpted people think there is something wrong with me.

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 07:37 PM

I have to agree with you! I use

Woody's all purpose Body Hair Shampoo Bar Soap tea tree

as soap, shampoo and shaving cream. It goes by the name ‘meat and potatoes’ and comes in meat packing. I have a five o’clock shadow just after lunch and I’ll shave with motor oil and a rusty steak knife if need be.

People are so easy to convince that they need to do a ton of other stuff to accomplish the easiest tasks! It sells more stuff. Pretreat, pre-pre-treat, treat, post treat. Just a waste of time and money.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 07:41 PM

I am into wet shaving, but I make my own double edge razors, brush handles, and bowls. It like anything else really. Some people look at it like a necessary evil and want to get it out of the way. i’d rather turn it into a more satisfying experience.

AoS is absurd with their prices though and I have never bought anything from them. There are a lot of small artisanal products that are really good and tons cheaper. In fact on what people spend on canned shaving foam/gel and disposable razor cartridges in a month is about 3 years worth double edge blades and shaving soap for me.

Plus I am prone to ingrown hairs and shaving with a double edge razor eliminates that.


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#4 posted 06-20-2014 07:49 PM

I shave in the shower. Quick and Easy. Too many men are losing it. Gags me.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 07:52 PM

Tweeze your eyebrows? That’s a requirement??

Sorry,but I can’t believe that men Tweeze their eyebrows…

Not this guy.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 08:02 PM

I bought a DE razor last fall, a cheap badger hair brush, some soap, and a 100 blade variety pack. That’s enough to last me for years. Soap may need to be replaced once a year at $5. Blades last me about 2-3 weeks each since I don’t shave every day.

Plus, I get a much closer shave than I ever did with the disposables.

I’d like to get a straight razor someday

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 08:21 PM

We are really getting a bit esoteric.
Don’t know what that’s got to do with ANY woodworking project that makes me wanna follow.


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#8 posted 06-20-2014 08:26 PM

Tweez your eyebrows? Ok Nancy

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#9 posted 06-20-2014 08:34 PM

had a beard most of my life . don’t need none of that stuf

-- If your not supposed to have hair on your face......why does it grow their

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#10 posted 06-20-2014 09:08 PM

I don’t know. I guess everyone needs a hobby?

-- Brian Timmons -

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#11 posted 06-20-2014 11:33 PM

Bill, hence I posted it in the Coffee Lounge forum. The forum specifically for non-woodworking topics. See how I did that?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#12 posted 06-20-2014 11:56 PM

What is shaving?

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#13 posted 06-21-2014 12:04 AM

I’m with you Ed. KISS. My bathroom is full of more potions and lotions than I’ve got cut-offs in the shop (maybe that comparison will satisfy BW, who, it appears, after all these years still hasn’t read the header on this forum). Two of them are mine – a bar of glycerin soap and a bottle of Old Spice after shave.

And just a note in case any blade manufacturers are reading – one blade was fine, two blades were clever, but for god’s sake, now you’re just getting ridiculous.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#14 posted 06-21-2014 12:11 AM

Who needs razors…I shave with a 2” chisel….Veritas, of course.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#15 posted 06-21-2014 03:06 AM

I trim my beard once a month or so with an electric trimmer. just use a razor for some edging sometimes.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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