Ponderings from the Recliner
Welcome to the inaugural edition of “Ponderings from the Recliner”, PFTR for short. Judy writes on many interesting topics that may or may not be of interest to the male counterparts of her lady readers. That being the case, I feel that I have an obligation to the men. We are a brotherhood, right? We live with these wonderful women . . who spend too much of our hard earned money on fabric and yarn and cooking gadgets. PFTR will focus on some of the interesting things that I have learned over the years or that I am currently exploring. I may or may not include marital advice! I may even tell you about some great deals I find on the internet that you too may wish to buy. I am kicking off this first edition with something that I do each and every day and have spent years researching. Drum rolllllll…… and the topic is……. my secret to getting a good shave.
That may not seem like an interesting subject on the surface, but I am going to share with you the results of years of exhaustive research on the topic. I have never shared my secret with anyone before so I hope you will give it a try and let me know how it works for you. And the best part is, I am sharing this for free! I am not even going to charge a dime for this earth moving finding.
Being Italian, I have a pretty heavy beard. I have tried all types and brands of razors and shaving creams over the years, and then suddenly, one day (I believe it was June 2, 2011), I came across the perfect combination of a razor and shave soaps that I have used every since.
I have never liked the shave creams that comes out of a can. Being frugal, those canned creams can be pretty pricey. Also, I have also never liked the shave an electric shaver provides. So what do I use you ask? My preference is a good blade razor that has disposal heads and shaving soap applied with a brush. The razor I have settled on are Harry’s. I am sure you have seen their commercials. They can be purchased online or from one of your big box stores. I like them because they give a really close shave and they last a long, long time. However, the key to the shave is the shaving soap. I don’t like shave creams that are real foamy, real thick, real slick or too thin. I want one that gives my beard just the right amount of lift, stays put throughout the shave and lets the razor cut closely with just one pass. The key to my secret is that I am using a combination of two commercially available soaps.
Vince’s Secret Shaving Formula
First, I put my shaving brush under hot water and then I twirl it in Van der Hagen Deluxe Shave Soap. It only needs to be twirled a few times. Next, I just touch the loaded brush in Maca Root Shave Cream made by the Body Shop. A little is all it takes! Used separately, one is too thin and the other is too thick, but in combination they give me the best lather. While this is my favorite combination, I have also the following combination – C.O.Bigelow Premium Shave Cream along with the Van der Hagen soap and then just load my brush with this mixture. One bar of soap and the shave cream last me over a year. How’s that for frugal? I use a boar’s hair shaving brush that I have been using for years. The one I use was also produced by the Van der Hagen company and is very reasonably priced.This is a nice little set – brush, soap and bowl. To get started using my formula, you would also need the maca root shave cream referenced above.
Well that’s it, the secret is out and it was all free! I hope you will give it a try. Enjoy! Vince