Top 5 Benefits of aloe vera in shave soap
The ancient Egyptians called Aloe Vera the ‘Plant of Immortality’ and used it in many skin remedies because of its healing properties. It’s truly considered a miracle plant due to its various benefits for skincare.
Aloe Vera becomes the best ally for the recovery of skin during and after shaving. Thanks to the combination of a set of natural properties, the extract of the plant becomes a powerful moisturizer, soothing, regenerating and healing the skin.
Here are the Top 5 Benefits of Aloe Vera in Shaving Soap:
Top 10 Benefits of goat milk in shave soap
Goat milk is particularly prized in a quality shaving soap since it helps to soothe, reduce irritation and moisturize the skin after a shave. There are other milks used in soaps, mainly donkey milk but none contain the unique skin nourishing properties of goat milk.
Shaving soap containing goat milk is perfect for people with sensitive and/or dry skin.
Here are the Top 10 Benefits of goat milk in Shaving Soap:
Jojoba Oil is technically a wax harvested from the jojoba shrub found commonly in the Southwestern United States and Mexico. Because of its low saturated fat content, jojoba presents as a liquid oil with many properties that are beneficial for your skin, especially so as an additive in shaving soap.
Here are the Top 3 Benefits of Jojoba Oil in Shaving Soap:
How and where to learn more about wet shaving, upping your shave game, meet new people, read reviews on everything from shaving soaps to straight razors and join in on the in depth world of traditional shaving.
afeitadoclasico: (Spanish forum)
Against The Grain: (UK Forum)
Badger and Blade: (American forum)
Barbear Classico: (Portuguese forum)
Barbershop.no : (Norwegian forum)
borotvafórum: (Hungarian forum)
Brijacnica: (Croatian forum)
Britev: (Slovenian forum)
Coupe Chou Club: (French forum)
Damn Fine Shave: (Newish forum)
foroafeitado: (Spanish language forum)
Forum Savrseno: (Serbian forum)
geltir: (Turkish forum)
Google+ Traditional Shaving Community
gut-rasiert : (German forum)
Il Rasoio: (Italian shaving forum)
Mens Only: (Greek forum)
Nassrasur: (German forum)
Razor and Stone: (Focus on straight razors)
Rasando: (Italian forum)
Shave Canada: (Canadian forum)
Shave My Face: (One of the original forums)
Shaving Society: (Netherlands forum)
Straight Razor Place: (Focusing on, you guessed it, straight razor shaving)
The Shave Den: (American forum with a large International membership)
The Shave Nook: (An extremely popular wet shaving forum.)
The Shaving Room: (UK forum) .
What is a Wet Shaving Meet-Up you ask? Simple, its a get together of great people with a common interest, shaving, yep shaving! With the growing popularity of traditional shaving, people are approaching it not just as something you HAVE to do, they are making the most of it. More importantly, they are making it FUN! So why not meet up, share your latest purchases, tips and techniques, antique store finds, favorite shaving soap, razors, brushes, aftershaves, etc with other like minded folk?
These meet ups can be small local gatherings of 5-10 people or huge mega events with 100's of attendees. A few of the larger ones, Big Shave West for example is akin to an industry trade show with people coming from around the world, vendors with booths and demonstrations. Even a panel of industry and knowledgable folks discussing trends and giving their views on the overall state of shaving today. You can usually find raffles and have a chance to win prizes donated by brush and razor makers, shaving soap producers and aftershave vendors. There is even a cruise this year organized by the NYC Wet Shavers group on a private boat.
The Wet Shaving Meet-Up Page is a great resource to stay up to date on all upcoming meet-ups. So get ready to be social and plan on attending a meet up near you!
Other Wet Shaving Meet-Up links:
If you are organizing an event and would like us to list it or if you have a Meet-Up community we should know about, please send us an email and we will be happy to spread the word!
Use a shaving mug, coffee cup, lathering bowl or even your sink. Only use warm water not hot! Try not to soak the brush past the bristles or hairs. Time can be anywhere from 2-3 minutes or however long it takes you to shower.
Take your soap in one hand and your brush in another. Swirl the tips of the brush on the soap in a circular motion. Do not use much if any pressure. Just enough for the bristles to splay slightly. Load in this manner for about 30-60 seconds. Check your brush and you should see the tips are fully coated with soap. Don’t be afraid to go back to the soap and load a little longer if you don’t have a nice coating. One tip I’d like to mention and this works extremely for our shaving soaps. Swirl with a dryish brush for about 15 seconds, add a few drops of water to the soap, swirl for another 15 seconds, add more water and repeat for close to a minute. This will help you to build a beautiful photo-lather that is shiny, properly hydrated and has the consistency of a very thick cream.
The men’s traditional shaving movement, which began a few years ago as the interest of a few individuals, is about to go mainstream, if it hasn’t already.
Online US shaving forums such as; Badger and Blade, The Shave Nook, Wicked Edge (reddit), Straight Razor Place and Damn Fine Shave, to name a few, are vibrant communities with huge membership numbers of "wet shavers" and growing daily. International shaving forums are also big, The Shaving Room and Afeitadoclassico are but a couple of examples. Let's not forget about Facebook, yes Facebook! There are hundreds of wet shaving groups with huge amounts of members, talking daily about their gear, favorite shaving soaps, brushes or razors. Feeling adventurous? Here a couple of popular choices; Razor & Brush and Shave The Man.
Then we have online retailers like Cold River Soap Works Shaving Soap, Maggards Razors, West Coast Shaving and Bullgoose Shaving, which are a few of the more popular and trusted shopping sites. Of course we cant forget to mention at least one brick and mortar shaving shop, Art of Shaving or how about Pasteurs Pharmacy? There are simply too many examples to list. From large storefront specialty operations to your neighborhood barbershop that carries a few shaving soaps and creams, brushes and other mens grooming supplies.
Shaving soaps and creams are wildly popular. From the trusted, tried and true shaving soap producers such as Cold River Soap Works, Martin de Candre, Truefitt & Hill, Proraso, Taylor of Old Bond Street, to your artisan makers like Stirling Soap Company, Mikes and Barrister and Mann.
This is great news, an example of the market and common sense working with consumers to give them more choice and better products that cost less. Men’s traditional shaving is shaving with a single blade inserted into a safety razor (it’s different from both modern plastic shaving and a straight razor, which is a step beyond safety razor shaving).
Cold River Soap Works is a big fan of natural hair shaving brushes! Here we will provide some tips for giving your shaving brush the best care so you can use it for years to come.
Your brush is most likely made of boar bristle or badger hair. These are both hair products so treat it as your own! Wash your brush with a good shampoo and conditioner to keep the hair soft and residue free. If your brush has developed a soap residue, soak it in a 10:1 vinegar solution for a few minutes and then wash as above.
When loading your brush with soap or building your lather with cream go easy. The core of the brush is where the magic happens and mashing down with your brush can twist and break the core hairs and over time cause hair loss and a dimpled effect in the center of the brush.
High and Dry:
When you are done using your brush shake it hard a few times to remove all the water and hang upside down in a stand to dry. If you don’t have a stand dry the brush by allowing it to dry resting on its base.
Using these tips should extend the life of your shaving brush and give you many comfortable and close shaves for years to come! Happy Shaving!