Let’s begin our shaving soap tale by peeking back to a time long, long ago… In a galaxy far, far away (sounding familiar?)…
The modern gentleman didn’t yet exist, but men’s lives were about to change forever. It’s 3,000 BC and shaving cream has been recorded for the first time. Its purpose? To soften the hair, prepare the follicle, and protect your oh-so sensitive skin from razor burn and acne.
Our ancestors knew what was up, and the function of shaving soap hasn’t changed a bit. Then why, oh why, are more and more men suffering from these same problems… and 5,000 years later to boot!?
Good news is you can solve this problem and we’ll give you the tools to do just that. With options ranging from creams to gels, from soaps to foams, from pucks to
With options ranging from creams to gels, from soaps to foams, from pucks to croaps (cream-soap for you newbies), how do you know which one to choose? And, for that matter why do you need one at all?
Trash The Aerosol:
You heard me. Those bad boys were born into the shaving world during the 1940s. Frankly speaking, that’s where they should have died. Many men don’t realize canned shaving cream holds a host of chemicals and ingredients that are hard on skin and less efficient at softening hairs.
Flammable ingredients also found in products like antifreeze, paint, and brake fluid don’t belong on your skin. A quick list includes propylene glycol, petrolatum, paraffinum, noncomedogenic, propane, butane, isobutene, and mineral oil. These ingredients are linked to premature aging, allergies, dryness, irritation, and acne… You get the point.
For Gentlemen on the Go:
Although not perfect, quality creams and croaps are a good alternative to hard soaps when you don’t have time to soak a soap puck properly. Neither of these options requires a brush. But, let’s be honest, that’s a shame. Who wouldn’t want to slather on soapy suds with a sophisticated wet shaving brush.
For The Connoisseur:
Any old-school shaving enthusiast will tell you a shaving soap puck is the way to go. Soaking it is part of the ritual–and tradition has its benefits. Whether you go semi-hard, or all the way with a triple-milled, you get the privilege of using your badger brush. What’s the difference you might ask? Semi-hards’ softer quality mean less soaking time, while triple-milled takes longer to bring to a lather. In turn, tripled-milled soaps tend to have an extended lifespan making them more expensive.
There are three main ingredients to consider: glycerin, oil, and tallow. If you ask an old-school shaving gentleman, you’ll hear tallow-based soaps are the only acceptable way to shave. However, for some men, applying animal fat to the face is slightly repellent. Luckily, it’s the 21st century and soaps can be made out of all natural oils such as coconut, palm, olive, argan, etc. Third viable options are glycerin-based soaps. Many gentlemen look down at this option as being inferior to either tallow or oil,
Whichever cream, croap, or soap you decide to go with, stay classy! Be a modern gentleman, and happy shaving!
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