Ordered mine from Amazon back in April, got it 2 months later.
Well, I have to say that d/e shaving is not for faint-hearted.
After few shaves I was almost discouraged, until I watched a couple youtube videos on
Another must have thing for me is shave secret[amazon.com] - pre-shave lotion.
After years of throwing money away on cartridges, I don't think I'm ever going back.
I gotta agree, Shave Secret is great (AND CHEAP!). Get it at Walmart for $3.xx without having to pay a crapload for shipping. I tried olive oil and eShave's lime sampler but neither worked nearly as well. With Shave Secret I don't nick anymore.
+1 op. Good deal. I started wet shaving about 4 months ago. Its definitely turned into a hobby that has in no way saved me money compared to cartridge shaving. However, my shaves have been much better, and my skin is much healthier do the the prep and care that I now take. For the new wet shaver out there. It's not easy to develop a good technique. It will take some time, but once you master your own technique your shaves get much better and quicker. Definitely watch mantic59 YouTube videos. You will be able to learn the proper way to shave.. Also like others have mentioned, browse around badger and blade forum or the shave den. Both forums are very welcoming, and if you have any questions, they can help you out...
My routine for shaving is as follows: after showering, rinse with hot water to soften the beard. I then apply proraso pre/post shave cream. I let that sit while I whip up my lather. I apply lather then do my first with the grain pass "wtg" I apply more lather then I do my 2nd pass, across the grain "xtg" I apply more lather for my final pass, against the grain "atg" If my shave is not to my liking, I go and do touch ups over the rough patches. Once i'm done shaving, ill rinse with warm water to rinse away any soap residue, then I'll rinse with cold water to close the pores. After rinsing, ill apply an alum block After the alum block sits for a minute or two (i begin clean up while this sits) I'll rinse with cold water again, dry my face then apply witch hazel. Once the witch hazel drys, I'll apply my after shave. Once the after shave drys, then ill apply my after shave balm. My shave process normally takes around 15-20 minutes to complete.
Some of my favorite item are:
Razor- Weber in arc finish http://www.weberrazor.com/products
Blades- Israeli Red Persona
Cream- New proraso in sandalwood scent
Soaps- Cella followed very closely by any razorock soap
Aftershave- Clubman Pinaud- classic barber shop scent that reminds me of my childhood
Aftershave balm- Pre De Provence. Also Nivea makes a fine product for a good price.
Witch hazel- I use Tn Dickinson $3 a bottle at Walmart. I also buy essential oils and add them to the witch hazel to make custom scents.Thayers also makes a line of scented witch hazel which are very nice but can be pricey.
Alum block- Razorock is the only one I've tried. I'm sure any brand will do here.
Let your family know the signs of addiction.......
My homemade shaving stand, with from left to right:
Three "birth year" vintage Gillette razors (1966) and a new Edwin Jagger razor bought from Soap.com back in March of this year. Previous to this I was strictly a Braun electric razor shaver for at least 2 decades.
Also there are two boar brushes and one badger brush and a sampler of blades I got from West Coast Shaving.
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