There’s a reason the old-fashioned shave is making a comeback. Guys are realizing that shaving need not be a nuisance; rather, with the right products, it can be a meditative pleasure, and a moment of private indulgence. Here, the stuff you need to kick it old-school.
Lather: Cyril R Salter Sublime Citrus Shaving Cream
The first step to shaving nirvana is upgrading your cream. Since the 1940s, wise barbers have trusted London-based shaving supply maker Cyril R. Salter for products like this densely textured, citrus-scented cream. You should, too. 200 ml, $19.50.
Brush: H.L. Thater Silvertip Shaving Brush
To build that luxurious lather, you can’t use something so crude as fingers. For the softest, most supple feeling against your skin, nothing beats silvertip badger hair. The large 28 mm knot on this brush holds loads of hot water and cream for effortless lathering. $162.50.
Shave: Edwin Jagger Classic Double-Edge Safety Razor
Any fears of ditching your beloved seven-blade razor will evaporate the moment you feel the solid heft of the Edwin Jagger DE89. It is a serious tool for serious men. It might take a nick or two, but you’ll quickly learn how to handle this classic shaving instrument to produce incomparable results. $39.75. (50 blade sampler, $14.95).
Soothe: Geo F. Trumper Extract of Limes Skin Food
Go retro with this moisturizing glycerin-based formula. The muted lime aroma will invigorate you, and your skin – perhaps accustomed to years of harsh alcohol balms – will thank you. 200 ml, $40.
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