here’s a way to save a little bit of moola and to cut back on what you may be tossing in the trash: shaving with a double edge razor.
it took a bit of cajoling from jp (who had been shaving his face with a safety razor for a while) to switch me over from the schick intuition to this method. i was worried it would nick my legs and be hard to get the hang of.
but it wasn’t. once he showed me how to change out the razor (the only waste) and to whip up the shaving cream and use the badger hair brush, i realized i was a changed woman. all i had to remember was to use each side equally so the razor’s edges stay even in their sharpness (or eventual dullness). and only use enough water to froth up the shaving cream (almond-sized amount) as you need to get the brush thoroughly wet. other than that, it’s the same as any razor you’ve used before! for my shaving cream i use a cream from a tube (resources listed below) squeezed into a vintage coffee mug i thrifted. jonathan uses a solid shave soap that he whips up from its package and puts into a metal bowl (also thrifted).
whenever my father finds an old safety razor he sends it jp’s way. so jp has quite the collection. he mostly uses the black-handled razor (seen in the second-to-last photo), which was given to him when my mother’s father died. the bronze one in the above photo is the one that i use and is from my paternal great-grandfather.
here are good resources for starting your own shaving kit:
- simple safety razor by concord (wait to see if you like it to upgrade to the nicer ones)
- astra blades
- badger hair brush (really, only use badger hair)
- proraso shaving cream (this is what i use, whipped up in a mug)
- taylor of old bond street shave cream (jp’s choice)
just don’t ask me how to use the straight edge. i leave that up to jonathan and his face.