Shaving, Skin, and Body Care

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ITT we get all Badger & Blade and yap about how we remove facial hair. Or body hair if you really must, whatever.

I must state that shaving cream in a can is beneath contempt for me, as it is just a goopy joke. I vary all over on whether I use brushless stuff from a tube, a cake of soap with a brush, or a tub of cream, or just plain baby oil. It's all way more lubricating and less irritating than that nasty spray stuff, and most of it doesn't leave such a noxious odor.

Tomorrow, I start yapping about actual razors and stuff, but do chime in before then!
 
Plus, chicks totally love seeing a shaving brush in the bathroom for some reason.

Well, I have a Merkur Slant double-edged safety razor, but despite nearly a decade of practice, getting the angle just so around corners is beyond me. I shamefully use double bladed cartridge razors. If there was a safety razor with a pivoting head, I'd totally get it, because the single is so cheap and lasts longer. I know that I'm being ripped off when using cartridges.
 
I use a safety razor. I really like that after shaving I don't end up all iritated. When I used cartidrges or that stuff my neck eded all red. Since i start using the safety razor that has gone. Plus it'sa lot cheaper. Though it's a bit of trouble to find the blades in here.

I also love the fresh sensation of the cream.
 
This hysteresis "lift and cut" claim is marketing nonsense devoid of evidence. Just an excuse to sell junk when a lifelong razor handle and head with cheap flat blades is all you need.
When I used cartidrges or that stuff my neck eded all red. Since i start using the safety razor that has gone.
Same here. You need to press on cartridges, while the safety razor just glides on its own weight.
 
This hysteresis "lift and cut" claim is marketing nonsense devoid of evidence. Just an excuse to sell junk when a lifelong razor handle and head with cheap flat blades is all you need.

Same here. You need to press on cartridges, while the safety razor just glides on its own weight.

Plus you feel like a reall badass with the razor. :youtheman:
 
I have no desire to master the straight razor. I don't care how close it gets, the risk is too high.

Here's a great article that is worth clicking through to read. Just a taste below.
Many of you may use Gillette Mach 3 razors...All of them are monstrously expensive; I’ve been going through Target every now and again and approaching the razor aisle and standing around sighing languorously the same way I used to stand around near the Nintendo games hoping that someone would buy one for me...Anyway, straight razor shaving is probably really great but since I am not retired or a 1930s detective I thought it would be better to adopt a method of shaving that requires less of a commitment than a part-time job. That’s where safety razors come in...
Merkur razors look like you could take them to war and since they have few moving parts they probably will be around long after you and I are dead.
http://www.splicetoday.com/consume/shave-like-a-man
 
I have an Edwin Jaegger myself. Experimenting with boar brushes and soaps these days. Soaps are better for travel.
 
I have some Edwin Jaeger too, but find it not aggressive enough. The slant seems to stay at the right angle better for me.
 
So anyway, on the previously mentioned baby oil.
https://www.lewrockwell.com/2006/04/jeffrey-tucker/the-shaving-cream-racket/
The Shaving Cream Racket
By Jeffrey Tucker
April 22, 2006
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Look, I’m the last guy to trash a consumer product. I’m disinclined to blast the manufacturers of a beloved bathroom gel as deceivers who make money off people’s ignorance and perpetuate the problem they are supposedly solving, or charlatans who deliberately hook people on some chemically produced gunk solely for the sake of profiting from repeated uses.

But someone has to say it: shaving cream is a racket.

Why don’t people know this? It’s just part of the lost knowledge of our time. Wean yourself from it for a week, and you will find that your shaves will be closer, unbloody, and quick. Imagine a full shave in less than a minute, with no cuts, gashes, or discomfort. It is within your grasp.

You won’t have the face of a tenderized chicken breast. Your skin will be solid and robust. You will feel the same revulsion I do as you encounter that long row of shaving products at the drug store. You too will feel pity on the seventh eights of the human race that does not understand this simple point.

Why is the world hooked on this stuff? Here’s what happens. Early on in a person’s life, when whiskers and stubble begin to appear on the skin, the young teen is presented a razor and a can — a can with a squirting top that releases a foam. It is a charming little foam. The child is taught to rub it on and then shave it off.

Oh how funny looking it is when the foam is on us! And how fun to zap it off. We are left with clean and smooth skin. Pure magic. But the magic doesn’t last.

It never occurs to this child — so innocent, so naïve, so trusting — that he or she has been hooked into a lifetime of shaving hell. That foam, that sweet looking puff of magic, is in fact the great enemy of a good shave — black magic that relies on perpetuating dependency and ignorance.

The problem is this. Shaving cream does something evil to the skin. It somehow weakens the pores and makes the top layer mushy and unresponsive. The kid comes to believe that somehow the foam is essential to the experience. Without it, surely the razor would leave a trail of blood.

But then strange things start to happen. Red lumps appear. The shaved skin comes to feel sort of strange, oddly sensitive to temperature changes and ever more vulnerable to being sliced and diced.

People think: oh I need a new razor! So they go out and buy ever more fancy brands, with multiple blades, pivoting heads, strange lubricants, and push-out tools to deposit the hair remains in the sink.

They don’t consider that it might be the shaving cream that is the source of the trouble.

Why don’t people imagine this possibility? Because shaving cream seems so frothy and innocent, the glorious barrier that stands as a guard or shield between your skin and the sharp blade. The cream is our valiant protector, so surely that is not the source of the problem!

In fact, it is not our protector. Shaving cream is destroying your skin, turning it into a whining, pathetic, dependent, beaten, insipid layer of pasty pulp. Your skin has become the fatted calf that has been killed, the lamb slain on the altar, the virgin sacrificed in some ancient cannibalistic ritual of an uncivilized people.

Of course the problems persist — and get worse.

There are many attempts to avoid them along the way. People try aftershave, more and more and more of it. Pretty soon, they are tossing handfuls of the stuff on their skin, putting alcohol all over tenderized and sliced up skin. Then they become attached to that too. But it is not enough. The redness and pain are still there.

There are those who believe in hot lather. They buy fancy machines and rise extra early to warm them up. There are those who make the leap toward electric razors that swirl and buzz around in a creepy sort of way. There are those who believe the key to shaving is time: this site, linked from LRC, actually makes the preposterous claim that a good shave should take 12 minutes.

Stop the insanity!

The core problem is shaving cream itself, and the solution is a radical one: throw it out and never buy it again. It is destroying you and making your skin weak and sickly.

But you say: surely if this were true, it would be common knowledge. Not sure. There are many thing that are true — the state is a parasite on society, private property would solve most social problems, rock music is tedious and stupid — but are nonetheless not generally known or applied. The truth that shaving cream is a racket should be added to this.

Many problems in the world cannot be solved by one person. But this one can. You can begin the process of letting your skin become normal again. You can restore your skin’s health. It won’t take longer than a week or so. Stick with it and you will see what I mean.

The first stage of freedom uses only a razor (double blade is fine) and a bit of baby oil or mineral oil. While in the shower or soon after you get out, put some oil on the skin area you want to shave. Then shave it. The end.

At first, it won’t feel right. You might cut yourself. It will be scary. Your skin might hurt a bit. It might swell up. Why? Because you have turned your skin to mush for decades of shaving cream use. It needs time to recover from this. You need to do this for days.

This is your first day of relief from shaving cream hell. Your skin is recovering. Do the same the next day. And the next. And the next. After 5 days, normalcy will be almost returned.

After a week, you can even give up the oil and use only warm water. You will find that you will be able to shave ever more swiftly and with ever more abandon. A man can shave his whole face in 20 seconds without a single abrasion.

My freedom from shaving cream began twenty years ago after a friend uttered to me the great truth that shaving cream is a racket. Ever since I have exulted in my knowledge and felt deep pity on the rest of the world for languishing in unknowingness.

To my knowledge, this is the first and only time that this great truth has been revealed. May this short article serve as a hinge of history.
 
If you're umming and arrring over what goes on up there what do you do about your shaved scrot!

Everyone does that right!?!?

Fucking amateurs
Um, why do you want to know, and there is nobody paying me to shave anything so I am an amateur.
 
So, it's just me? there was a drunken night out a few weeks ago where a couple of us dropped it into the conversation, some turned their backs in disgust others came out as serial shavers. The main motivation being how you gonna expect to drop em in her mouth covered in fuzz!
I use a clipper to trim. Too prone to ingrowns to shave down there.

Also, expect to drop them in her mouth? Good sir, if you're doing it right, it shouldn't matter if there's hair on there or not, as she should take them willingly.
 
Seriously? Has anyone actually ever tried that?

Being a lazy man I will often forgo lathering up and on occasion have just used the pre-shave oil or cream.

Both do a great job sans soap. Truefitt & Hill Ultimate pre-shave oil is great. Bottle lasts forever. Use their soap too. Baxter of California for post-shave.
 
Christ, just got to the ball-shaving bit. Different strokes for different folks.

Wouldn't consider shaving or even trimming. I'm lazy. Just learning to wipe my ass on a consistent basis
 
Go on, who's gonna try it?

Oh yeah, use spoilers!

She'll love it btw...

You might get fools over at SF to agent orange their balls and post. But this is a refined forum where such things should not be discussed.

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I shear myself every so often. Using the foil thing for real closeness is tempting, but it itches like mad when it grows back. A buzz cut works best for the groin and pits.
 
If you totally shave, clothing directly touches the skin. It's weird without some fuzz for an air gap.
 
Shaving cream? GTFO, pussies. A bit of shower soap after a few minutes in a hot shower to soften the skin has served me perfectly for years.

Basic Gilette whatever setup, you know, those overpriced ass razor blades? I get my $ worth. I can make one of those fuckers last for months.

And after shave? GTFO with the Aqua Velva.
 
I like Baxter of California After Shave Balm. No alcohol. Moisturizes. Doesn't make you smell like a hoor
 
After shave is the men's grooming equivalent of extended warranties from Best Buy.

WTF, there are even pre-shave products. When did cutting a bunch of hair off your face become such an endeavor for dandies? Use soap, be a man.
 
Shaving cream? GTFO, pussies. A bit of shower soap after a few minutes in a hot shower to soften the skin has served me perfectly for years.

Basic Gilette whatever setup, you know, those overpriced ass razor blades? I get my $ worth. I can make one of those fuckers last for months.

And after shave? GTFO with the Aqua Velva.
Some of us actually have manly beards and need something a little more impressive than shaving via paper cut.

I like Baxter of California After Shave Balm. No alcohol. Moisturizes. Doesn't make you smell like a hoor
Baxters makes good shit.
 
Some of us actually have manly beards and need something a little more impressive than shaving via paper cut.

What do you do, just rub your hands on your balls and then smooth them over your face? Let the bacteria do the work?

I don't do a fucking thing. I have 6/10 thickness beard. A few minutes in a hot shower and some soap works a charm. I haven't had a cut in 2 years probably. And I change the razor when the fucker rusts. Gillette can suck my ass with those razor prices.

Sorry, all respect, but there is douchery at foot here.
 
I use soap for shaving, but I do like a nice scented aftershave as I don't use cologne right after a shave.

In my limited experience, I have never experienced a difference between after shave and cologne. Nor do I slather cologne on my face in 2014. I use it on my chest, if ever. You kiss a girl hello and give her that nose full? Jersey Shore move.
 

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