Brush ‘n’ Crème, A Shaver’s Dream
Like video killed the radio star, canned shaving cream killed shaving soap (well almost). Allow us to revive wet shaving by rekindling an authentic love for the art of how to use wet shaving soap into rich luxurious crème with this in-depth, step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Gear and General Preparation
No shave is happening unless you have all the equipment. We suggest a classic approach comprising good quality soap bars where the fat content matches or surpasses 30% vegetable or tallow as well as glycerin from vegetable oil.
Unfortunately, the cheaper brands often disguise regular shower / bath soaps as shaving soap prompting one to invest in a more expensive propriety brand shaving soap.
The best shaving soap produces exceptionally thick lathers when applied correctly. In addition to an excellent shaving soap, it is advisable to invest in a quality shaving brush.
Step 2: Loading the Shaving Brush
Fill your basin with warm to hot water (112ºF/44ºC is recommended) and soak your shaving brush in the water for at least a minute. You want the warm water to soak deeply into the fibers. Remove the lid of your shaving soap and sprinkle a couple of the water droplets onto the exposed soap surface.
Now using the shaving brush (expunge excess water and) gently massage the water droplets into the surface of your shaving soap. The action should be circular and it shouldn’t be long (15 – 30 seconds) before a sticky soap paste begins to form.
Continue until the shaving brush becomes distended with a dense soap paste. If you stop too soon you won’t have enough product for full coverage.
We call this a paste simply because the thickness precludes the swift glide of razor blade.
Step 3: Applying the Loaded Brush to Your Stubble
Rest the fully loaded brush on the surface of the soap and wet your face with some of the water in the basin. Now it’s time to apply the soapy paste to your face in firm circular movements. The idea is to saturate the stubble on your face with product.
Once your face is completely soaped up you may be tempted to stop. Don’t. If you stop, the paste will inevitably dry out before the blade has a chance to glide over it.
Step 4: Building a Lather
So then how is a paste (now resplendent on your mug) transformed into a lather that will allow the close shave you desire?
All you do is dribble a few drops of the warm basin water onto your upturned wet shaving brush and massage that into the paste on your face. You will notice as you continue with the circular motion that the paste becomes richer, smooth and shiny.
At that point, not only has the stubble had time to soften, but, you also have that sought-after lather ready for the master strokes of your safety razor.
We hope this guide will be the inspiration to spur you to answer the call and join us, with brush and soap in hand, as we emulate the iconic men of yesteryear in a ritual that is synonymous with courage, honor and the vigor of masculine sensibility.