The Art of the Shave
I’m the type of guy who only has to shave every other day. Not really because I can’t, but my day job is relatively casual, so I can get away with a little stubble.
The other day, we were at the mall and I had noticed that The Art of Shaving had opened a store, so we walked in. Nice stuff, but a little on the pricey side. Besides, I have two shave brushes already, though I’ll need a new razor once I’ve gone through my pack of disposables I had to buy on my last trip.
Of course the razor I liked was their horn razor, which turned out to be $450 for the brush, razor and stand. And I didn’t need any shaving soap, so we just browsed for a bit and left.
I’ve been using a brush and soap for around 12 years and will never go back to out of a can. A brush just works better for my skin and I find that I rarely nick myself. Plus, even though a jar of shave soap costs way more than a can, it last me 4 times as long, so in the end I spend less money. Right now I’m using a jar of Omega which my wife bought me 2 years ago, though I didn’t start using it till early this year. It’s alright, but not my favorite. Prior to that, I used J. Peterman’s 1903 for years. I bought about 4 jars back when their stores shut down 10 years ago, which lasted me years. I bought a new jar 2 years ago, but they changed the formulation from a hard soap to a thick cream. It still had the great 1903 fragrance, but it wasn’t the same.
When I travel, I don’t want the hassle of TSA losing my brush, so I use a cream out of a tube and just apply with my finger. In the past I used Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream which I’d received in a gift pack, but since running out I now use C.O. Bigelow’s Premium Shave Cream. Both work great, though I prefer the Kiehl’s which has less of a cooling after effect.
Even though I’ll never use a can again, I can appreciate a classic Noxzema ad: