Originally Posted by Erok32
I own a few pre shave oils, and the art of shaving is the worst. It's far too thick and causes the blade to clog, causing way too much resistance and therefore butchering your face. I'm not a fan. King of shaves or jack black beard lube are acceptable replacements, but I feel that a good lather is best.
If you check the reviews at Badger & Blade - everyone for pages totally rubbishes AOS pre-shave oil as the worst, most hopeless thing ever. Then someone says the trick is to use a very tiny amount of it. Then most of the reviews become glowing.
That's what I found to be the case - it is hopeless if too much is applied. Shame they didn't make that point obvious on the bottle.
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Originally Posted by Alex
Thanks Renato, I might try some of the pre-shave oils mate.
Not sure if I am using what you called an "average" shave creams or soaps. Currently I am using Italian Palmolive (menthol), Trumper's Rose cream, Dr. Harris Arlington and Tabac shaving soap. I thought those are pretty good... I use Alum block as well plus various aftershaves and balms (Musgo Real, Nivea Sensitive, Skin food, etc.)
As I said in my previous post: I just cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. Unless it's my skin (but KAI II did work perfectly).
Renato, I read your post on B&B, great read. I've also encountered Colonel Conk locally (but haven't used personally), saw some creams and soaps at Crabtree and Evelyn, L'Occitane, Trumper's at Ludlow's and MensBiz.com, TOBS on Collins St.
Certainly, there is a good variety of creams can be had in Melbourne in addition to the ones you've mentioned.
You have top notch shaving creams and soaps. Trumpers Sandalwood is my gold standard in terms of slipperiness in creams (Crabtree& Evelyn is the runner-up to date). The only thing I've found more slippery is the goo gel that comes out of the 5 blade Schick Hydro cartridges. Tabac soap isn't as slippery, and the cushioning effect of its tallow (that many rave) about continues to elude me. I can't see much difference between it and other vegetable soaps.
Yes, we have heaps of foreign creams available in Melbourne, but they're pretty expensive - what I was trying to show was that the very moderately priced Aussie made ones were on par with the very expensive foreign ones.
If you are like me, your problem may well be "quality" blades. I don't like them. I have several threads at B&B in the razor blade section about Astra SPs.http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...-all-that-Much
Basically, I first went off DE shaving for decades because it would take 5 days of nicks before my English made Wilkinson Sword blade finally came good and stopped nicking me, and it then stayed good for the next two weeks. With Astra SPs, I've done 15 shaves before it finally has nearly stopped nicking me - and that is with it in my second mildest razor.http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthr...ndard-SS-Blade
Have you tried using Supermax Stainless Steel (the cheapest blades you can find on Ebay) or Gillette Super Thin Stainless Steel? You may get a nick on the first shave, but they are nowhere near as vicious as Feather and Astra SP blades, and are fine on the second and subsequent shaves. The only problem they have is that if you use them in a really mild razor - like some Gillette Tech clones - with Trumpers cream, they don't shave very close at all. And they are absolutely hopeless in my mildest razor, my Weber DLC, with any soap or cream, which needs a Feather or Astra`SP to deliver a close nickless shave - I can't nick myself with it.
It's a good thing I don't work in Melbourne anymore, I shudder to think what my collection would be like if I still did.