Shaving cream basics

Shaving cream is one of the most important elements for a nice shaving experience. Many people relate shaving cream to the foam that you get in every super market. This is kind of true, but what you put on your face can be so much nicer than what you get when you go buying your groceries.


I discovered the world of shaving creams when I started reading about double-edged razors and the traditional way of shaving. After I shaved with normal cartridge razors for a long time, I stumbled upon the other way of shaving on the Internet. It revolutionized that tedious process for me.


I discovered that you do not have to go with the standard shaving cream out of the can, which is very dry, does not work well with my skin type even though I thought i matched it well (sensitive skin for example), and generally provides an unpleasant shaving experience. I am sure some of you can relate.


Just the creation of your own lather (shaving foam formed by cream or soap) based on shaving cream out of a tube can be a revelation, and that is why I dedicated an entire page to it. Firstly, it is something you create yourself, without anyone manufacturing the final product for you. It is in your hands what kind of shaving cream touches your face in the end. Shaving cream also comes in a variety of scents. You can get anything from unscented, to avocado, lime, green tea etc. The possibilities are endless. Do not get intimidated by all of the choices you have. Just choose a cream and get started!


You can start with a cream that is in a tube, and then mix it with water to get a nice end product. It will feel good on your skin, and provide the best shave for you.


Of course you will need some practice, but the learning curve is not very steep, and it is a lot of fun! You can experiment with more water, more cream, less water, distilled water and so on. The possibilities are endless. It is not difficult to find a basic shaving cream that works for you.


Furthermore, the prices are very moderate. With one tube of shaving cream (price: about 10 Dollars), I can shave for about 2 or 3 months. Shaving foam never lasted that long for me.


Of course, this is all a bit more time-consuming than just pushing the button of a shaving foam can and putting it on your face. But when you get good at it, you will not need much time to create a lather that works well for you. It will just be second nature.


I can’t emphasize the fun factor of all this enough. Just stick with it, and you will see that you will love it. You could possibly change the way you are shaving, and maybe even switch from cartridge razors to double-edged or single-edged safety razors!


Some nice resources to read and get more information:


    Straight Razor Shaving For Beginners | The Art of Manliness – I shaved for years using a safety (double edge) razor and loved it. I’m keeping my beard for now, but if I decide to shave it off, I’m tempted to try straight razor shaving. It might not be for me, but you can’t deny its manliness.



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    Personna Razor Blade Review | – When I first started wet shaving, the DE razor I bought came with a couple of Merkur razor blade samples. I tried them out, but wasn’t thrilled so I started looking for a substitute. I turned to the Blade and Badger forums for a little …



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    The Razor’s Edge | Tomfoolery – By Don Millard. It all came to me at the Dollar Store. As I stood there rubbing the prickly two day’s worth of beard poking through my skin and making my face feel like sandpaper, I stared at the prices of razor blades in disbelief.