05 January, 2009

In a few days I’ll be twenty-nine. Herewith my personal shaving rules:

What about you, readers? What are the top shaving tips you wish you’d had a decade ago?

See other posts tagged with general me shaving and all posts made in January 2009.


11 January, 2009 at 19:06

I’d recommend old fashioned shaving soap, in a bowl, applied with a brush. They last about a year, so it’s worth spending about £6 on a good one.

13 January, 2009 at 11:42

See I’ve always wondered about those, worth giving a go then?

Mike Nolan
13 January, 2009 at 15:28

IME shaving soap is about as good as oil. I’ve been using King of Shave gel lately – not quite as close as the really expensive oil but it doesn’t blunt the blades as quickly. I’ve been considering alternatives for when my Mach 3 gives up and I’m tempted to try a classic double edged razor. Could end badly.

13 January, 2009 at 16:29

Ah yes, I meant to say that – I use King of Shaves oil and love it to bits. So long as you’re not going for a cut-throat you’re probably OK!

15 January, 2009 at 08:54

I’m lucky enough to have my girlfriend making her own cosmetic.

So she makes me shaving soap, then as Julien, applied with a brush, and shaving is now a pleasure 😀


23 January, 2009 at 09:45

To me, the best experience in shaving is when shaved by my barber in barbershop. Dunno the kinda foam he use, but I love it. Unfortunately,I enjoy it only once in a month. My daily shaving usually in a sink and in a hurry.

Chao Xian
04 February, 2009 at 15:27

I use this Philishave.

You get to shave in the shower with an electric(!) one and no razor burn. Of course these will never be as “good” a shave as manual blades (are you that obsessed with being smooth skinned?), but the convenience and speed wins.

05 February, 2009 at 08:23

I think there’s a smoothness vs. time issue for me. I reckon it takes about 8 minutes or so for an electric shave, which gives me a one-day stubble look, probable razor burn and the odd missed long hair bizarrely jutting out of my face (typically somewhere on my neck), and about 15 mins for a wet shave which leaves you totally smooth.

Chao Xian
10 February, 2009 at 14:36

Ah, but the whole point of the Phillishave is that you don’t get razor burn because of the Nivea balm that it dispenses onto your skin as you shave.

I can attest to that.

10 February, 2009 at 23:56

How much commission do you get? 🙂

I do remember looking at that one now and thinking “hey that looks great – but wait, holy crap those nivea packs are expensive!”

Chao Xian
11 February, 2009 at 12:08

Yeah, that is it’s downfall but you’d pay pretty much the same for new disposables. It’s supposed to last you 3 months but I don’t use as much of it as they suggest.

10 June, 2009 at 11:35

Me and my boy friend have been using PrivaShave and PowerShave and it has done wonders for the razor burn and razor bumps caused by in grown hairs.

They are inexpensive post shave treatments, something like $13 for a 4 oz bottle. You can read some more info at