With summer getting into its swing, a lot of us are looking to clean up the beards we've let go through the spring. What better way to get into the spirit of a new smooth skin routine than with some DIY shaving cream tailor made to our favorite scents?
A classic, quality barbershop shave always includes a "hot towel," which goes on your face prior to the shaving. The experience is not only relaxing, but the heat and moisture from the hot towel serve to open your pores and soften your beard, so you can get even closer with the razor. Plus, it's all kinds of old school fun, and you can easily recreate the effect at home.
Can't believe I never thought of this myself. I spent years buzzing my own hair (and asking for help on the neckline) before I finally consented to going to a barber like a grown-up. But that's for another post...
The inaugural episode of Saturday Night Live featured a mock commercial for the Triple-Trac, a three blade razor:
"From the straight razor, to the safety razor, to the injector system, amd finally the highly acclaimed twinblade cartridge. Almost perfect, yet not quite the superlative groom. Introducing the Triple-Trac. Not just two blades in one system, but three stainless, platinum teflex-coated blades melded together to form one incredible shaving cartridge, easily fitted into your old twinblade holder. Triple-Trac's triple-threat cartridge, with more close shaves than ever before...Triple-Trac's third blade, a finely-honed bonded platinum instrument, cuts cleanly through the whisker at its base, leaving your face as smooth as a billiard ball,
The Triple-Trac. Because you'll believe anything."
Thirty-five years later, as we know, George Carlin's satire is alive and well...I just used one this morning.
The shaving market in the U.S., as anyone who's ever stepped into a pharmacy can attest, is a bit silly, and worthy of the ridicule its recieved. More recently, "The introduction of Gillette's Fusion razor, kept secret until its debut in 2005, was eerily predicted the year before by the satirical Onion newspaper, which ran a fake memo from a shaving executive bragging about besting a competitor's four-blade razor by making one with five."
No wonder, all sorts of men are opting for traditional safety razors, creams, brushes, and salves. The Wall Street Journal has created this fascinating exposee.
I don't shave. My face, that is. So although I can't say for certain if the fog-less Reflect shower head is the best thing for the morning manscaping ritual since the twin blade, but it sure seems like it. According to the manufacturer's website, Reflect works thusly:
A while back Chris hooked you up with Five Very Manly, DIY After Shave Recipes. Now we take a step back in the process to help you make your shaving experience even more soothing.
- Calendula and Lavender essential oils are the essential ingredients in this Soothing Shave recipe from Bath and Body Recipes.
- This easy DIY Shaving Cream from Thrifty Fun requires very few ingredients.
- Life123 offers another fairly Easy Shaving Cream Recipe.
- If you prefer a gels, check out Towards Sustainability's Homemade Shaving Gel offering.
- And if you want to go old school, this Shaving Soap recipe from Teach Soap is a best bet.
For those of you not
A proper aftershave does three important things post-razor: 1) it contains an antiseptic agent to keep your newly vulnerable skin germ free; 2) It helps soothe the skin and 3) it helps close the pores (openned from the warm water and the blade) to keep out dirt and oil.
And, like all good things - it can be made at home. Here's five options to check out, with lots variation in difficulty, complexity, and, of course, scent.
1. Bay Rum Aftershave - The Art of Manliness recently offered these two recipes for a classic Bay Rum. "West Indies bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum, combine to give the bay rum fragrance its distinctive woody