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    Question Do you wear after shave?

    I have never purchased an after shave, but have been tempted lately to get one or more of the Guerlain ones. I don't really get what they are for though.

    Do you wear after shave, and if so, is it only when wearing the matching fragrance?
    I don't get it - is the point to make your face smell?
    How long does the scent last?
    Are they worth it?
    Do you ever wear them just as a fragrance?

    My guess is that the scent fades quickly, and the purpose is to sooth the face after shaving while giving you a whiff of the fragrance for a while you get ready to face the day.

    Any thoughts are welcome.

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    I understand their traditional utility is to shrink/close the pores after shaving, and to disinfect any small cuts. This is a crude way of doing both, for alcohol is not very good for the skin. It also gives a good barometer of how well you are shaving, for any microscopic injuries will sting - making you more careful. But alum is a somewhat better choice, as not alcohol-based. in modernity, anyway, I think there is no practical purpose for aftershaves. I prefer to use an unscented aftershave balm (which, on the neck, happens to give a better basis for scents to cling to).

    Which leaves aftershaves' possible purpose of scent. They are a very weak concentration. I think Habit Rouge is a scent whose aftershave is occasionally admired? Personally, I don't wear them.

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    Fragrance aftershaves are usually too expensive for what they are: alcohol with a little bit of fragrance. If I want my face to smell like my SOTD, I simply mix a couple sprays of my SOTD with some unscented after shave balm in the palm of my hand and apply to the face.

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    Quote Originally Posted by dilney View Post
    Fragrance aftershaves are usually too expensive for what they are: alcohol with a little bit of fragrance. If I want my face to smell like my SOTD, I simply mix a couple sprays of my SOTD with some unscented after shave balm in the palm of my hand and apply to the face.
    I mix three sprays into neutral balm to get that effect.

    To the OP - aftershaves' strength vary wildly. Some barely last an hour. Joop Homme aftershave splash lasts about two days.

    In some countries or areas of countries it is not perceived to be manly to wear EDTs, but wearing aftershave splash is perfectly acceptable.

    Some aftershave splashes don't sting, like Mennen Skin Bracer, Halston Catalyst, and most of the Trumper aftershave splashes. But designers keep opting for the standard stinging concoctions.

    Because many aftershave splashes are near half the strength of their respective EDTs, if one gets them in a gift set say, they can be used as splash-on colognes. No one says one has to apply them to the face.
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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    When they are received as part of a gift set, I'll try them out, but usually wind up giving them away.

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    I have found that aftershave splash is better for my skin than balm. I don't shave every day, but when I do I tend to use Kouros aftershave splash, followed by two sprays of Kouros edt to the chest. The sensation of applying the aftershave is invigorating and bracing but does not sting.

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    I always use a scented aftershave. I currently have and use Guerlain Vetiver, Cartier Roadster, and YSL L'homme.
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    I use L'Occitane aftershave balm which has a Hugh concentration of Cade.
    It's more of a moisturizer. Very creamy and refreshing.
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    I don't. I found it causes me to break out. The only things I will use are body washes and colognes.

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    nope ... fade too quickly ...

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    Nope. Just a general lotion instead.

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    I'm using Chanel after shave products. Their balms are great.
    I especially love the Egoiste one.
    Pefumed nicely and it projects for an hour or two.
    I tried a splash of Allure a while ago, as I always liked splashes years ago.
    But the alcohol really hurts these days, so the next one will be a balm again.
    Prolly Egoiste or maybe Antaeus / Bleu this time.

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    I find the concept of an aftershave a bit dated these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kron View Post
    I find the concept of an aftershave a bit dated these days.
    So has your face evolved now and doesn't require alcohol or similar to assist in closing pores now.
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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    I've a couple of aftershaves (Knize Ten and CDG2Man Balm) that I use very rarely. Usually I apply an unscented moisturizing/refreshing lotion.


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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    The purpose of after shave is primarily to sooth and disinfect your face after a shave. The scent is just a bonus.

    Wearing such a wide range of scents, I prefer not to wear one that is heavily scented. I finish shave with witch hazel, and Trumpers Skin Food. While the Skin Food is scented, it is a very fleeting scent that doesn't interfere with EdT.

    I personally prefer balms to alcohol laden shaves. Some guys wear AS matched to their EdT. But once you have several scents, that's a real quandary trying to buy two bottles for everything.

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    Aqua Velva Ice Blue on occasion, but as a cologne, not an aftershave.

    I apply one of several Nivea Aftershave Balms post shave. They have a nice, light scent to them as well as being soothing to the face.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    So has your face evolved now and doesn't require alcohol or similar to assist in closing pores now.
    Yes I also have the ability to control Metal with my mind

    I started using the Clinique 3 step products at the start of the year and would happily recommend them to anyone:
    http://www.clinique.co.uk/cms/produc...ystem_mpp.tmpl
    Last edited by Kron; 20th December 2011 at 03:51 PM.

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    Unscented balm, in order not clash with the scent
    Currently wearing: Lancetti Uomo by Lancetti

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    I only get aftershave when it is part of a gift scent, and even then I rarely use it. Most AS splashes seem silly and pointless anymore, given the wide array of high quality beauty products available. I hardly even use the AS balms either, as they are generally mediocre moisturizers wedded to a fleeting scent. I tend to use those as a body lotions so I can use them up quickly and return to my normal routine of lotions and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kron View Post
    Yes I also have the ability to control Metal with my mind

    I started using the Clinique 3 step products at the start of the year and would happily recommend them to anyone:
    http://www.clinique.co.uk/cms/produc...ystem_mpp.tmpl
    I've been using the Clinique products for a while now, and I agree completely. I used to use the men's system, but recently switched to using the regular 3-step system, here.

    You get more for your money, and the product seems to be exactly the same, regardless of what Clinique's marketing material says. You can also get a big set that includes travel sized versions of each that are a very good value, and the system comes in 4 versions for different skin types. The pump dispensers are much nicer on this set also. I keep a pump in the shower and a bar (which lasts longer) on the bathroom counter for washing in the evening.

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    Got two for free and I bought one.

    I use them not very often, usually when I don't want wearing long (equal to or more than 6 to 8 hours) or mid lasting ( less than 4 hours) scents because of a whim or any particular circumstances.

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    Well, I tried to create a survey to get some quantitiative results, but the server hung up when I was posting (that happens a lot, no?), and I can't seem to add a survey now.

    Anyway, for my part, I usually shave with an electric and don't put anything on afterwards. Maybe I should be? A couple of times a week I shave with a cartridge shaver, and then apply an aftershave balm. I've been using the Acqua di Parma one, and its nice and refreshing, and doesn't last long enough to interfere with my SOTD.

    I guess the sequence should be: wash face, exfoliate (?), shave, apply A/S balm, and moisturizer. Does that sound right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    I've been using the Clinique products for a while now, and I agree completely. I used to use the men's system, but recently switched to using the regular 3-step system, here.

    You get more for your money, and the product seems to be exactly the same, regardless of what Clinique's marketing material says. You can also get a big set that includes travel sized versions of each that are a very good value, and the system comes in 4 versions for different skin types. The pump dispensers are much nicer on this set also. I keep a pump in the shower and a bar (which lasts longer) on the bathroom counter for washing in the evening.
    Thats interesting to know thanks, I'll look into it when I've used my current lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kron View Post
    Yes I also have the ability to control Metal with my mind

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    I've been using this the past year.
    It is suitable for my skin. Highly recommended.

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    I use Floris Eau de Santal aftershave splash, but only when I am wearing the edt (or the eau de parfum version) as well. Otherwise I use an unscented blam from Anthony Logistics and sometimes mix in a couple sprays of my SotD.
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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    Well, I tried to create a survey to get some quantitiative results, but the server hung up when I was posting (that happens a lot, no?), and I can't seem to add a survey now.

    Anyway, for my part, I usually shave with an electric and don't put anything on afterwards. Maybe I should be? A couple of times a week I shave with a cartridge shaver, and then apply an aftershave balm. I've been using the Acqua di Parma one, and its nice and refreshing, and doesn't last long enough to interfere with my SOTD.

    I guess the sequence should be: wash face, exfoliate (?), shave, apply A/S balm, and moisturizer. Does that sound right?
    You have an odd sequence - since most of the exfoliating scrubs say to use them only a couple of times a week. I always treat the A/S balm as a moisturizer, and only apply moisturizer with sun protection factor if I know I'm going to spend two or more hours out in the sun.

    The Aqua di Parma A/S balm you mention is the richest, most luxurious feeling one I've come across.

    Renato

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    As my skin tends to be more on the oily side, I prefer using an after shave splash to a balm. It never stings me, but is rather bracing.

    I currently have about 20 that match my EDT or EDP. My favourites are the YSL's, Chanel's, Dior's and Guerlains.

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    Default Re: Do you wear after shave?

    I use clinique fragrance free aftershave and I wear my fragrance after. I figure it is hard to own the aftershave for each fragrance I own. I really recommend the clinique "post shave soother" or whatever it's called.

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