Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable (6th Edition)
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The sixth edition of the complete beginner's guide to traditional wetshaving---brush, shaving cream or soap, and safety razor with double-edged blade---is a major update of the previous edition: a third larger, with a new chapter, new sections, and covers aspects of shaving such as DIY products and guidelines on collecting that were not in the previous editions. Reviews of new razors and other shaving products are included, and the appendix now includes well over 100 on-line vendors as well as forums and reference sites. The book provides excellent guidance for beginners putting together their first shaving kit and discusses tradeoff considerations in the initial purchases.
Traditional shaving is enjoyable and thrifty: double-edged blades are as low as 7¢ each---a year's worth of shaves for $3.50---compared to the same amount spent for one single disposable multiblade cartridge. The recommended beginner razor, one of the Edwin Jagger DE8x series, can last a lifetime and uses a recently designed head that easily provides a comfortable shave using techniques described in the book.
The multiblade cartridge's tug-and-cut action often results in skin irritation, razor bumps, in-grown hairs, and razor burn---thus all the "protective" shaving preparations and "soothing and healing" aftershaves now offered. Most men with these skin problems decide that they have "sensitive skin," never realizing that the problem is their daily use of a multiblade cartridge whose its tug-and-cut action, made even worse by the shaver pressing hard to try to extend the life of the (expensive) cartridge.
The book also includes a chapter on shaving and skin problems, including information on how DE shaving can help those who have acne as well as how to cure and prevent razor bumps and in-grown whiskers.
The book is a complete instruction manual and guide for those just beginning DE shaving, and it also includes links to a host of resources on the Web that complement the book. Included with the book is a comprehensive list of on-line shaving vendors and other sources of equipment and supplies for everything you need to get started.
It's a perfect gift for Father's Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays, graduations, and bar mitzvahs---and a particularly apt gift for men who shave daily but when asked whether they actually enjoy shaving answer, "No. I hate it." Give them this book so that they can look forward eagerly to their next shave---not an exaggeration. Men who have just started DE shaving frequently write that they wish they could shave more than once a day and look forward eagerly to the next shave.
elevator travel, and the like. Modesty in fragrances is becoming. When I travel, I use an aftershave having no fragrance or only a short-lived fragrance, like the Thayers witch hazels and aftershave. Beyond skin sensitivities—which are allergy reactions—the skin can also be damaged in time by some ingredients—menthol, for example, is generally regarded as damaging to the skin. Sometimes the ingredient itself may be harmful, sometimes the ingredient is harmful only in combination with other
is inexpensive and has a soft knot of black synthethic that also does an excellent job. These newest synthetics are particularly nice, but all the “artificial badger” brushes do an excellent job. Horsehair brushes Horsehair brushes are enjoying a renascence among traditional wetshavers in the U.S., with a rapidly growing number of fans. Horsehair brushes seem to be favored particularly in Spain and are available in a range of designs, including some made of a mix: horsehair and badger,
fibre, a good idea for travel. Another form of travel brush is a brush of diminutive size that will fit inside (for example) a plastic prescription pill bottle. The most well-known in this line is the Wee Scot; its big brother, the Simpson Case, is quite good as well. (Em’s Shave Place in fact sells the Case with the option of a matching travel tube.) The Omega 11047 badger/boar combination brush works quite well as a travel brush, and Omega also makes a small badger brush and a couple of small
isolation in Paraguay. In these two groups they found no trace whatsoever of acne. In their article in Archives of Dermatology, the researchers attributed their amazing discovery to the adolescents’ nutrition. The diets of these contemporary sheltered groups resemble those of our distant ancestors: no refined sugar or white flour, thus no peaks of insulin or IGF in the blood. In Australia, researchers convinced Western adolescents to try a diet restricting sugar and white flour for three months.
the lowest setting (1 on Futur or Progress, 2 or 3 on Gillette Adjustable), and advance the setting only as you must in order to get a good shave. As soon as you get a good shave, stop there. You want the lowest setting that works, not the highest setting you can stand. It’s not a contest. — If you pay attention to these basic points, you’ll enjoy your shaves. There will be a learning curve, as you make the transition from cognitive understanding to practiced skill, but you will at least know