Best men shaving & hair removal products according to redditors

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u/LieutenantJesus · 2864 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

I've shaved my mashers and bang/taint/funhole for years and years, so let me contribute.

So let's assume you've never blessed yourself with a shorn scrotum: There are two methods you can use to rid yourself of hair. I'll go over both, since I've done both extensively.



USE A NEW RAZOR FOR THIS. Old razors deteriorate and the blades get bent/dulled. You don't want dull blades tugging at hairs and nicking you up down there.

  1. Trim up. Get a body-hair trimmer like a Norelco Bodygroom or just a regular hair-trimmer and take care most of the bush. Go with the shortest guard it'll allow-- Not using a guard is a good way to get a few nicks, not something you want down in your dangly bits. You want to get yourself short enough where a razor won't get caught and cut you up in masses of hair.

  2. Get in the shower, and get that bitch nice and hot. You don't want to try shaving dry, hell no. Wash your hair, brush your teeth, do all of your regular shower things to give your pubes a bit to get wet and soften up. This'll make it so much easier, trust me.

  3. Start shaving WITH the grain. Make a few passes. Don't press down on the razor, just let it do its job. You won't get it all in one go, and that's fine.

  4. Go across the grain. If your hair looks like this: |||||, shave in this ---> direction, or this <--- direction. The best would be doing a pass of each.

  5. Go against the grain. Now, at this point, if you feel smooth enough, feel free to stop. Going against the grain may cause irritation and ingrown hairs, so know your body and know how your hair responds. The biggest lesson is DO NOT PRESS DOWN ON THE RAZOR. You will only irritate your skin and nick yourself. Be patient and take your damn time.

  6. Finish the job. If you shave your dick, you must also shave your balls, otherwise you might as well just not even do it. It may be scary the first time taking a razor to your jumblies, but it's simple and quite safe, if you're careful (For the record, I've never nicked myself shaving down below, yet I can butcher my face when I'm not careful). Just take the sack in one hand and GENTLY pull it to stretch the skin, and run the razor lightly over it, front and back, starting the stroke from the underside of your dick and dragging down towards your feet. Don't bother too much with grain direction here, it won't matter that much.

  7. The Gooch/Ass/Asshole: You should also run over these areas with a hair trimmer/bodygroom before you go at it with a razor. The secret here is the same as the rest of your sensitive bits: Go slow, don't press down with the razor, and relax. The taint is tricky, but you can navigate it by feel pretty well. The ass/asshole is simple, except for the hole. If you're shaving your ass, you aren't gonna leave the hole hairy, so when you shave it, shave starting from the pucker and stroke AWAY. Do not shave ACROSS the sphincter, else you're just asking for a rough ride. Remember: DO NOT PUSH DOWN ON THE RAZOR.

    For your balls, you might want to make a run over them later when you're dry. Helps get those stray hairs.

    >Post-Shave Care:

    Once you get out, pat-dry the areas you've shaved. If you get razor burn, get some Vitamin E cream or moisturizer and spread a little down there. This will help the skin heal, and probably cool things off. I like to pat a little Gold Bond down there, because if I'm going to be fancy enough to shave my balls, I'm going to powder them like an English Nobleman.

    Itching: This is normal if this is your first time shaving/it's been a while since you've shaved. You shouldn't itch as bad or even at all the second time around, so just tough it out.

    Farts: You'd better be ready, because you can no longer sneak these fuckers. The bare skin will amplify your ass air to trumpet-like levels. Be prepared to use your flesh-valve a lot more efficiently after this.

    Sweat: You might feel like your ass/gooch is a lot sweatier than usual. It's not, you just lack friction from your now-missing hair down there. Invest in some boxer-briefs if it bothers you. You get used to this as well.

    >Depilatory Creams

    Alright, so now that we've covered shaving, let's discuss using chemical hair removers. I wouldn't use Nair on your private parts, you will burn yourself. You have to find something for sensitive skin (Which I'm sure Nair has now). I am a fan of Magic Shave. It's a powder you mix with water, then slather all over your crotch, wait a while, then rub off gently with a washcloth. You can get if off Amazon, or find it at most any drugstore in the shaving/hair removal aisle. Takes the hair right off and leaves you SMOOTH AS FUCK. It's messier and takes a little more time, but it's worth it in the end.

    They do sell it as a pre-mixed cream, but ever time I've used it it's been very lackluster, even after leaving it on for several minutes past the recommended time.

  8. Test it somewhere like your inner thigh. Mix a small bit, put it on for the prescribed amount of time (7 or so minutes, in my case), and wash it off. Wait a day to see if there are any adverse effects. Skipping this step is not recommended, seeing as a small allergic reaction on your thigh is a lot easier to handle than one all over your fucking dick.

  9. Mix. I use a mason jar, put in equal parts of the power and water, and shake it up. The I use something like a rubber spatula to scoop it out and slather it from dick (Try to limit getting any on the glans. It won't kill you, but you don't generally want depilatory cream on sensitive membranes like that) to asshole. The more you use, the better. Be sure to place a towel under you/do this in the tub to catch any that might drip.

  10. Wait. Set a timer and just stand around a bit. Brush your teeth. Floss. I don't care, just wait out the 5-7 minutes.

  11. Hop in the shower. Lukewarm water is the best for this stuff, I'd avoid going really hot though. Grab a washcloth and slowly rub the stuff off in a circular motion while under the stream. You might have to give some hairs a gentle tug to get them out, but it shouldn't take you any real effort. You may miss spots, and that's okay, you can get them next time. You should probably have a set washcloth just for this, because Magic Shave does have a tendency to stain.

  12. Pat dry. If you left it on a little too long, it might feel somewhat like razor burn. Use some Vitamin E/Moisturizing cream on it and dial the time back a little next time.

    All in all, I much prefer using Magic Shave to rid myself of hair, because it leaves me MUCH smoother and isn't as expensive as wearing razor cartridges out. Enjoy shaving, and know that your girlfriend/boyfriend will REALLY appreciate it.

    EDIT: Thank you for the gold, kind soul! May your balls be eternally smooth and velvety.
u/LaserHorse · 397 pointsr/AskReddit

An old school Safety Razor.

I've been using one for about 4 months and already saved a ton of money. Those disposable razors and razor heads are a total scam. Multiblades clog up and offer no benefit to the shave.

Smoother and healthier skin because the blade is always clean and always sharp.

A new blade cost me $0.10 and that is for a two sided blade.

I have only one regret in life. Making it into my 30's before discovering this.

u/nitt · 307 pointsr/

I have a solution.

Double edged safety razor: I use that one.

Blades: I use those at 17 cents a blade, but you can get much cheaper ones too.

This switch has saved me so much money and gives me a better shave. You will also want some shaving soap or cream with a brush. Enjoy

u/microseconds · 221 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

/r/wicked_edge has lots of great advice. I'll boil a lot of it down for you though..

  1. Stop using the 17-bladed nuclear-powered vibrating cartridge monsters with extra lubricating strip and kung-fu grip. Similarly, no electric shavers. They're really electric hair-ripper-outers. Not kidding. Kick it old school, like your grandfather. Look at a double-edge safety razor, or if you're really looking to go all-in, consider a straight razor.

  2. Think about your shaving cream. Does it come out of a can using aerosol? Maybe rethink that too then. Plenty of options out there that don't involve chemical-laden aerosol-propelled goo. You can even really turn the clock back with a cup/bowl/mug and brush setup to whip up a nice lather. I'm a fan of Taylor of Old Bond Street. But, I've also used DR Harris products, and they're quite nice as well. One of the side benefits of my former job was all the trips to London, so I could just stop into the ToBS shop on Jermyn Street. Sadly, those days are past, so I rely on the kindness of co-workers that still go over. :) It's easy enough to get their products in the US, it just costs a bit more.

  3. If you go the DE route, get a sample pack of different blades. Different blades work differently on different guys. For me, Derby blades are death. For others, they're amazing. For me, I work well with Astra, or can manage Feathers if I'm really careful (they're super sharp). My best blade though, has been a Personna medical prep blade.

  4. Shave in passes. Do a with-the-grain pass, followed by an across-the-grain pass. If you're really not there yet, you can add an against-the-grain pass, but that's a pretty advanced move. Remember - you're doing multiple passes. You don't need to remove every bit of hair the first pass. You don't press the razor into your face (as you're probably used to!). This razor has heft, and a blade that's really sharp. You're accustomed to a lightweight razor that has blades that are as dull as a hunk of cardboard compared to your garden variety DE blade.

  5. Use a quality aftershave. Try to avoid ones that contain alcohol, as it dries out the skin. I love the Nivea sensitive skin stuff. I can get it for way cheaper than that link shows at Walgreens, Target or Wegmans though.

    Many folks will try to sell you on the economics here, and how much money you'll save by shaving this way. While possible, it's not necessarily so. One can go bonkers and spend hundreds on the best gear if they wish. BUT, you don't have to.

    For me, I use a $30 brush from with a $5 mug from Target. My cream (ToBS Jermyn St) runs about $15 a tub, which lasts me probably 6-9 months. My daily shaver is a $30 Edwin Jagger, and my blades run about $30 for a 100-pack. I get 2-3 shaves from each blade.

    If you run the numbers, you'll likely come out ahead by going to DE, get better shaves, and have better skin as well. It sure was cheaper for me. I used to go through a cartridge a week. So, that's 4 carts a month. I was spending $30-ish every other month on 8-packs of cartridges, or about $3.75 per week. Nowadays, that's 2 blades a week, at ~$0.30/blade, that's $0.60/week in blades. That's a massive savings alone.

    You can do the ROI analysis for yourself. Take into account what you'd spend on shaving supplies, and calculate at which points the cost lines cross (ie break-even).
u/[deleted] · 145 pointsr/AskReddit

Tl;Dr OP delivers/is a faggot.

Haha, all right, I'll tell you everything I know. First, get these:

First, shampoo your groin hair with the strongest shampoo you can think off. The drier and fluffier the hair down there, the easier this is going to be.

Second, use the body hair trimmer while in the shower to get all the hair everywhere as short as you possibly can without making yourself uncomfortable. If you want to start above the dick, then start there to get accustomed to how the trimmer works then work your way to all the areas you wish to tame. I also shave my gouche etc, it's up to you. This will make the next part a lot easier.

Get some water and get it boiling hot. Then let it cool until you can touch it without seriously hurting yourself. The hotter the water the better but don't burn yourself. Now take the brush and soak it with the hot water. Then swish it around in the soap until you build up a nice foamy lather.

Lather that shit on there!

Here's the most time consuming part. You want to first go with the grain, shaving wherever you are first comfortable with. You want to use as small of an angle as you possibly can, I shave with the blade almost parallel to the skin. You do NOT push hard! It's a light grazing! LIGHT GRAZING! LIGHT! You use the weight of the head of the razor that is ALLLL the pressure you need! If it isn't enough pressure, increase the angle slightly.

EVERY time you pass by with the razor, you wash the blade in the water and apply new soap with the brush until you're satisfied. This keeps the soap and hair from clogging the blades and cutting something or ripping out a hair.

Always switch sides of the razor with each pass. This ensures near uniform wearing of the edges.

After you have passed by everything going with the grain, do the same against the grain. After you've done that, I go perpendicular to the grain for a grand total of three passes. Always cleaning the blade after every stroke, always re-soaping until you're satisfied.

After you've shaved everywhere, It's supposed to take a long time! Hurrying leads to awful bloody cuts! Then you LIGHTLY apply aftershave. It will always burn some, but not as much as it normally would! You whatever aftershave you have on hand.

For the balls, stretch out the skin as much as you possibly can and DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE! The same goes for the skin on your shaft if you have hair there.

Finally, baby powder that bitch! This will ensure you stay dry and clean and fresh all day!

At first, it will itch. There's no avoiding it. After you've shaved down there maybe 6 times, the itching will reduce until you don't notice it. ALWAYS USE A FRESH RAZOR! They're like less than 8 cents a piece, that's worth not having to worry about bleeding all over the inside of your pants!

And that's how I shave.

For those of you who don't have the time but still want to get the job done, here was an insightful post by reddit user: OftenStupid

Disclaimer: If you wish to ritualize some portion of your life, the above is wonderful and I can see how it would be very satisfying. However, If your goal is to shave your junk:

I'm with SuccumbedtoReddit, the guide reads like it was purposefully written for hipsters. What the fuck, a brush? a FUCKING BRUSH? Old-school decapitate-yourself razor?

Please, just get a decent razor like you would for say another part of your body that you do not wish to mutilate like say....ummm.. your face.

Use some warm water, you're in the fucking shower just turn the knob goddamn it.

Apply some shaving cream. No you won't make it, nor handcraft it nor pick it from the freshest cream-trees growing on the purest mountain tops. You'll go out and buy a can that reads "shaving cream" on the label. Apply cream. Fap, if the mood takes you there, as smearing warm creamy-like substances on your privates might do.

Shave. Apply some pressure. Shit, with most modern razors you can fucking hate-stab yourself with it without drawing blood. If you want to be cautious, start gently and proceed according to how much time you want to invest.

Wash it off, re-apply shaving cream, shave against the grain.

Trim the hair on the border between penis and belly, because no-one likes the "this area has been nuked from orbit" look.

Wash off, endure the itchiness for a day or two.

Play with yourself whenever and however you wish to, without the excuse that it's somehow a necessarry procedure.


You may have more nicks if you rush TOO much, but any nicks you get will be tiny and won't hurt or bleed that much. The above is more or less what I do when I'm in a rush, minus the shaving cream.

u/ehodapp · 130 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Something that's important to keep in mind with this safety razor stuff is there is very little (arguably no) difference in quality between something like a $30 Merkur from Amazon and a $100 razor from The Art of Shaving or any other boutique store. Similarly, a $30 Parker badger hair brush does the exact same thing as a $200 brush.

Historically, safety razors started out as a cheap shaving solution to save money from getting shaves from barbers and save time from doing it yourself via straight razors. Like anything vintage/retro, this sort of thing has been fetishized by the internet and there are loads of guides out there singing the praises of all sorts of "premium" safety razor gear which seriously just epitomizes the mindset of "Well I paid more for this so of course it's better."

You don't even really need to go nuts on shave soaps, I've been using this for a decade now-

The only thing I really recommend if you're getting started with this is getting a variety pack of blades before deciding on what you want to buy in bulk- Allegedly, certain blades are better for certain beard or skin types. I just buy Feather blades as they're supposed to be the sharpest.

Seriously though, if anyone is looking to get involved in this, don't over-spend. It's real easy to get up-sold on this junk for no reason other than more money = better than. It's a design from the late 1800's built from the ground up to be cheap. Don't get suckered by boutiques and men's blogs.

u/Honey_Badger_doesnt · 119 pointsr/howto

There was a really good post by /u/LieutenantJesus about this a few months ago. Here it is... the second method has worked REALLY well for me.

"I've shaved my mashers and bang/taint/funhole for years and years, so let me contribute.

So let's assume you've never blessed yourself with a shorn scrotum: There are two methods you can use to rid yourself of hair. I'll go over both, since I've done both extensively.



USE A NEW RAZOR FOR THIS. Old razors deteriorate and the blades get bent/dulled. You don't want dull blades tugging at hairs and nicking you up down there.

  1. Trim up. Get a body-hair trimmer like a Norelco Bodygroom or just a regular hair-trimmer and take care most of the bush. Go with the shortest guard it'll allow-- Not using a guard is a good way to get a few nicks, not something you want down in your dangly bits. You want to get yourself short enough where a razor won't get caught and cut you up in masses of hair.

  2. Get in the shower, and get that bitch nice and hot. You don't want to try shaving dry, hell no. Wash your hair, brush your teeth, do all of your regular shower things to give your pubes a bit to get wet and soften up. This'll make it so much easier, trust me.

  3. Start shaving WITH the grain. Make a few passes. Don't press down on the razor, just let it do its job. You won't get it all in one go, and that's fine.

  4. Go across the grain. If your hair looks like this: |||||, shave in this ---> direction, or this <--- direction. The best would be doing a pass of each.

  5. Go against the grain. Now, at this point, if you feel smooth enough, feel free to stop. Going against the grain may cause irritation and ingrown hairs, so know your body and know how your hair responds. The biggest lesson is DO NOT PRESS DOWN ON THE RAZOR. You will only irritate your skin and nick yourself. Be patient and take your damn time.

  6. Finish the job. If you shave your dick, you must also shave your balls, otherwise you might as well just not even do it. It may be scary the first time taking a razor to your jumblies, but it's simple and quite safe, if you're careful (For the record, I've never nicked myself shaving down below, yet I can butcher my face when I'm not careful). Just take the sack in one hand and GENTLY pull it to stretch the skin, and run the razor lightly over it, front and back, starting the stroke from the underside of your dick and dragging down towards your feet. Don't bother too much with grain direction here, it won't matter that much.

  7. The Gooch/Ass/Asshole: You should also run over these areas with a hair trimmer/bodygroom before you go at it with a razor. The secret here is the same as the rest of your sensitive bits: Go slow, don't press down with the razor, and relax. The taint is tricky, but you can navigate it by feel pretty well. The ass/asshole is simple, except for the hole. If you're shaving your ass, you aren't gonna leave the hole hairy, so when you shave it, shave starting from the pucker and stroke AWAY. Do not shave ACROSS the sphincter, else you're just asking for a rough ride. Remember: DO NOT PUSH DOWN ON THE RAZOR.

    For your balls, you might want to make a run over them later when you're dry. Helps get those stray hairs.

    >Post-Shave Care:

    Once you get out, pat-dry the areas you've shaved. If you get razor burn, get some Vitamin E cream or moisturizer and spread a little down there. This will help the skin heal, and probably cool things off. I like to pat a little Gold Bond down there, because if I'm going to be fancy enough to shave my balls, I'm going to powder them like an English Nobleman.

    Itching: This is normal if this is your first time shaving/it's been a while since you've shaved. You shouldn't itch as bad or even at all the second time around, so just tough it out.

    Farts: You'd better be ready, because you can no longer sneak these fuckers. The bare skin will amplify your ass air to trumpet-like levels. Be prepared to use your flesh-valve a lot more efficiently after this.

    Sweat: You might feel like your ass/gooch is a lot sweatier than usual. It's not, you just lack friction from your now-missing hair down there. Invest in some boxer-briefs if it bothers you. You get used to this as well.

    >Depilatory Creams

    Alright, so now that we've covered shaving, let's discuss using chemical hair removers. I wouldn't use Nair on your private parts, you will burn yourself. You have to find something for sensitive skin (Which I'm sure Nair has now). I am a fan of Magic Shave. It's a powder you mix with water, then slather all over your crotch, wait a while, then rub off gently with a washcloth. You can get if off Amazon, or find it at most any drugstore in the shaving/hair removal aisle. Takes the hair right off and leaves you SMOOTH AS FUCK. It's messier and takes a little more time, but it's worth it in the end.

    They do sell it as a pre-mixed cream, but ever time I've used it it's been very lackluster, even after leaving it on for several minutes past the recommended time.

  8. Test it somewhere like your inner thigh. Mix a small bit, put it on for the prescribed amount of time (7 or so minutes, in my case), and wash it off. Wait a day to see if there are any adverse effects. Skipping this step is not recommended, seeing as a small allergic reaction on your thigh is a lot easier to handle than one all over your fucking dick.

  9. Mix. I use a mason jar, put in equal parts of the power and water, and shake it up. The I use something like a rubber spatula to scoop it out and slather it from dick (Try to limit getting any on the glans. It won't kill you, but you don't generally want depilatory cream on sensitive membranes like that) to asshole. The more you use, the better. Be sure to place a towel under you/do this in the tub to catch any that might drip.

  10. Wait. Set a timer and just stand around a bit. Brush your teeth. Floss. I don't care, just wait out the 5-7 minutes.

  11. Hop in the shower. Lukewarm water is the best for this stuff, I'd avoid going really hot though. Grab a washcloth and slowly rub the stuff off in a circular motion while under the stream. You might have to give some hairs a gentle tug to get them out, but it shouldn't take you any real effort. You may miss spots, and that's okay, you can get them next time. You should probably have a set washcloth just for this, because Magic Shave does have a tendency to stain.

  12. Pat dry. If you left it on a little too long, it might feel somewhat like razor burn. Use some Vitamin E/Moisturizing cream on it and dial the time back a little next time.

    All in all, I much prefer using Magic Shave to rid myself of hair, because it leaves me MUCH smoother and isn't as expensive as wearing razor cartridges out. Enjoy shaving, and know that your girlfriend/boyfriend will REALLY appreciate it."
u/Leisureguy · 92 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here are the basic advantages:

CARE OF SKIN - DE shaving, using lather, a good razor and blade, and good technique, is much kinder to your skin that the 5-blade, tug-and-cut scraping action of a Fusion. More details on request, but many guys have commented on how much their skin/acne/ingrowns have improved since making the switch.

QUALITY OF SHAVE - This will probably not be new information, but advertisements often do not provide reliable information. (Note the obvious conflict of interest, for example.) Quite frequently, guys who have made the switch find that their shaves are much better, an observation reinforced by the comments from significant other, children, and/or grandchildren that their face is not so scratchy as it used to be.

COST OF SHAVE - My blades cost 9¢ each and last a week. For $4.50, I get a year's worth of shaves. How much do you spend on Fusion cartridges in a year? Shaving soap and cream are also much less expensive than canned foam, besides being better, more fragrant, and more pleasurable.

QUALITY OF LIFE - DE shaving improves one's quality of life. Specifically:

Environmental benefits - These are obvious: much less landfill fodder and many fewer noxious chemicals involved in traditional shaving.

Personal benefits - This was the clincher for me: shaving went from a tedious, boring, hateful chore to a real pleasure, something I look forward to each morning and truly enjoy. It makes a significant psychological difference to begin the day with taking care of yourself while doing something you enjoy rather than hurrying through something you hate.

FWIW, I wrote a comprehensive introduction to DE shaving that answers these and many other questions. You can get much of the same info on the Internet (but not all, I believe), but the book provides an organized and consistent introduction and discusses the many choices and tradeoffs in equipment, supplies, and techniques. Check out the reader reviews to see whether you think it would help you.

The doubled edged safety razor in general costs substantially less than a staight razor. Indeed, the Silvertone razor is less than $3 and gives quite a good shave. (Check out this sub-$50 beginner kit for some specific recommendations). Of course, with a DE razor you have to buy blades (read this post on blades---they're not wh¢at you expect), but blades are cheap. I mainly use a brand that cost 9¢ per blade, which lasts about a week: around $4.50/year for the blades.

The problems with multiblade cartridges:

a. Expensive, so guys try to stretch their life, which means a lot of time they're shaving with a dull set of blades.

b. Effort: even if the blades are sharp, it requires some force to push (say) 5 blades through the stubble: cutting 5 blades' worth of stubble at a time means you encounter a lot of resistance. When cutting with a single blade, you find MUCH less resistance. (To minimize resistance the most, one would use a slant-bar razor, but I would recommend that as a second razor, once your technique is good.)

c. Pressure: when you're putting that much effort into cutting, you tend to press the cartridge against the skin, scraping away. That's why so many guys believe that they have "sensitive skin". Most of them don't: they have damaged skin. (Of course, some guys really do have sensitive skin, sometimes to the point of requiring medical intervention. But for most, the issue is damage rather than sensitivity.)

Take a look at my guide for more information and detail, if you think the read reviews warrant it. And when you start, avoid the four most common mistakes cartridge shavers make when switching to a DE razor.

Hope this helps.

u/Aozi · 75 pointsr/LifeProTips

As someone explained, ingrown hairs happen when the hair doesn't actually break the surface of the skin, the most common cause for them is shaving with poor gear or incorrectly. Basically you shave and instead of cutting the hair, the razor pulls it slightly out from the hair follicle before actually cutting it. So when the hair grows back, if it's even slightly off from it's previous position, there's a good chance it won't break through the skin and end up as an ingrown hair.

Some people also have naturally very curly hair which then ends up causing much more ingrown hairs than most others. If they just happen even without shaving then the issue is a bit more difficult to manage and there's actually very little you can do about it. However if they happen after shaving, then solution do exist.

I'm going to detail some things you can do about your shaving routine that should help with ingrown hairs.

First of all, get yourself a double edge razor. If you want something cheap you can get one for about 3$ from Amazon, for something a bit better and more expensive the Edwin jagger DE89 is an excellent razor. There are literally hundreds of other options out there, you can often find DE razors from antique shops, flea markets or just your parents/grandparents place. And vintage razors are often extremely good if they are in decent shape.

Next you'll need some blades, I recommend buying a sampler pack again this one is about 11$. The reason you want a sample pack is because certain blades work better for certain people, so you can try them out and find the blade that fits you.

Now why on earth would you spend the whopping 15$ on technology from 70's when you have the new gilette 20 blade razor that is supersharp technology masterpiece? Mostly because it's not supersharp, well..It kinda is but it won't stay that way. The problem is that blades go dull, and when blades go dull they don't cut well, when they don't cut well they tug the hair and you end up with ingrown hairs. The easy solution is to change the cartridge often, but the cartridges are really goddamn expensive so you don't want to do that. DE blades? You can get a years supply for 20-30$, change it every 1-3 shaves and you can ensure the blade stays sharp and cuts well.

Someone also suggested exfoliating the skin, but you can kill two birds with one stone. You can get yourself a shaving brussh, something simple like the Omega 10077 it's a good, cheap starter brush it's a bit on the harder side so you can easily use it to exfoliate your skin prior to shaving. With that you can get a tube of Proraso shaving cream which is leaps and bounds better than the stuff you get from a supermarket in a can. Then to top it off get yourself some nice aftershave to calm your skin after shaving.

Now you'll also need to change your entire routine a bit. Slap a blade on your new razor, fill your sink up with some hot water and let your brush soak in the water. While your brush soaks rinse the areas you want to shave with plenty of hot water, this helps to open up the pores and soften your hair prior to shaving. If you want you can use some pre-shave to try and keep the irritation to your skin to minimum. Now you'll need to prep some lather, you can use a bowl, your hand or just do it right where you want to shave Here's a good guide on what you can do. The basic idea is to make sure your brush isn't exactly dripping wet but still wet, get about an almond size drop of the shave cream, then just mix up the cream like you'd be mixing eggs, add drops of water if needed. Once you have some lather, apply it in the places you want. You should use rather brisk circular motions, these help to prop your hair up and makes them easier to shave. Applying cream with hands usually has the bad effect of pushing your hair flat on your skin which makes shaving harder.

Now you have some lather so you'll need to shave. There are two main things to keep in mind with a DE: Blade angle and pressure.

Basically there is an ideal blade angle and finding one will take some time. However there is an entire wiki page dedicated to this. The second one is pressure, with a cartridge razor you ten dto press it against your skin, because the blades are dull and you try to shave as well as possible. With a DE, you should not put any pressure on your skin. The blade is sharp enough to cleanly cut the hair with zero pressure. Getting a hang of it is gonna take a week or so, but once you do you will consistently get better shaves. And be sure to rinse your blade often with the water you have in your sink, you don't want too much cream clogging the blade up.

The basic three pass DE shave includes one pass with the grain of the hair, another across the grain and the final pass is done very carefully against the grain and only if needed or you absolutely want to do it. Shaving against the grain gives you the best shave, but also irritates your skin more and is much more likely to end up with reddish skin or small cuts. So you fist shave everything with the grain, then rinse, apply lather, shave across the grain, rinse, and shave against the grain if needed.

Finally rinse with cool water, dry yourself up and apply aftershave. For other post-shave products you can get yourself an Alum bloc. It's a natural astringent that closes up most small razor nicks. After your final pass and after rinsing your face, grab the block and just massage it on the areas where you shaved, then rinse your face again. Another excellent product is witch hazel. It's again an all natural skin care product, it helps to cool, refresh and revitalize your skin. You can also use it daily even if you don't shave. Personally I apply witch hazel after I rinse off the alum. Then wait a few minutes and apply after shave.

Doing all that should help to decrease skin irritation and reduce ingrown hairs. And those products are just a dip in he ocean, there are hundreds of soaps, aftershaves, creams and all manner of other things you can get cheap and easy. Check out /r/wicked_edge for more.

u/Gliste · 61 pointsr/gadgets

Solution: Buy a safety razor.

Blades cost as little as 10 cents each and last for 3-4 shaves. I have some that have lasted up to 20 shaves.

Learn more at /r/wicked_edge

Edit: if you're interested, check this kit out

Thanks /u/EmperorArthur

u/xArbilx · 60 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

When you shave against the grain the razor tugs at the hair in addition to slicing through it, pulling it a bit farther out of the follicle. This makes it much easier to get ingrown hairs and irritation on the skin.

Edit to elaborate on everyone else's experiences by adding my own: Using Mach 3s and all that newer stuff I always broke out on my neck. Switching to a safety razor(a big part of this is also finding the right blade brand for you skin, Feather was way too sharp for me and caused razor burn, I ended up going with Derby), using a badger hair brush and shaving soap and making my own lather, shaving while showering and your hair is moist and skin is warm from the steam, and rinsing with ice cold water after the shave are what I found work the best. Hard to nail down exactly what helped the most cause I switched to doing all that at the same time.

Safety Razor



Fogless Shower Mirror

Mug to make lather in


After Shave

Cold Water ;P (I honestly think rinsing with cold water for at least 15 seconds before putting on after shave is the most important part in avoiding irritation and ingrown hairs.)

u/toctami · 60 pointsr/pics

Get one of these. I bought this exact set from walmart for 7 bucks. Soap costs a buck or less to replace and lasts longer than a can of shaving cream. Also it feels better because you can use warm water to make the lather.

u/maintheradio · 59 pointsr/wicked_edge

Alright, Im editing this comment to include all the info now that I'm finally home from work:
Like I said earlier, I got the blades from William Marvy Co. in St. Paul Minnesota. They are old stock which is how I was able to get them so cheap (5¢ a blade). I'm not sure if they will ship them but you can definitely get them a call.

The Arko is from amazon, here's the link!

Now the razors are where I lucked out; my grandparents run an antique store and I just asked them if they had any razors and they just gave me both of these razors. If you cant tell, its a Gillette Slim Adjustable and an old Gillette Tech. I have no idea what year they are from so somebody should tell me how I go about figuring that out...

u/geektrix · 55 pointsr/Frugal

Best: Use shaving soap & a shaving cream whipping brush, and use a safety razor. After the initial investment the blades are much cheaper. And the body of the device will last a lifetime, unlike any modern razor.

u/kkeut · 49 pointsr/Showerthoughts

was scrolling down just to find this comment. switching to a safety razor changed my life for the better!

guys; seriously, try using a safety razor. you get a much better shave, and a much cheaper shave as well. you can get sample packs and figure out which blade works best for you too.

a good safety razor only costs $35 or so and will last a lifetime. once you figure out the brand of razor you prefer, you can get several years supply of those as well for very, very cheap.

I got these:

Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor ($32.70)

Razor Blade Sampler Pack ($6.25)

u/fzxtreme · 47 pointsr/AskMen

Probably will be buried.

Most people are posting about manscaping but I'd like to offer a method instead of just saying do it.
I use a product called magic shave powder, link below. It's like Nair but won't fry your skin and will leave you porn-star smooth. Just add water, stir until it becomes creamy and apply to area for 5-10 minutes. Then just wash it off and watch the hair fall away. A trim before had would be best so you can get the cream onto the skin.

Trust me, it works amazingly. Link:

u/drexhex · 45 pointsr/

A Merkur Safety Razor with a Tweezerman Brush, Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream, and Derby Razor Blades.

It takes a few shaves to get used to it, but it's the closest, freshest shave you'll ever have without going to a skilled barber. 100 replacement blades that last for 7-15 shaves each would last you years, and only costs $15. Initial investment is ~$70, but you'll make it up within the first few months.

u/F009_scape · 44 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Tend Skin Liquid!

Check out the reviews on amazon (lots of dudes use on their face after shave to take care of redness, bumps, irritation and ingrown hairs).

I am a girl with serious ingrown hair issues (for years, shaving, waxing, laser.. everything), I found this at target and I swear my legs are starting to look like "normal" legs now, I apply with a cotton pad on dry skin after shower, I also apply a regular moisturizer after to fight the dryness of the product)

Btw, this smells very strong and do a patch test first! (Like, this is no joke stuff) Also, check out their website in case you are using any BHA/AHA or pretty much any acidic stuff to see how to be careful about that.

u/logmeinbro · 43 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Most guys will be fine with a non-adjustable razor like Merkur 34C, for ~$30-40 less, especially if they're new to using safety razors.

u/ripjoestrummer · 43 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hi, I see some people have given you some advice but I thought I would give you some links and maybe a little more explanation. Firstly here are links to the Maggard and the Stirling starter kits. People like to recommend these because they're very reasonably priced and you can't go wrong with pretty much anything they come with. You can make a nice shaving kit on amazon but overall you're probably going to pay more and you're going to have to be much more careful because it's really easy to get something fairly cheap that is just totally awful.

Just for fun I'll toss up some decent stuff from amazon too if you really want to use up your gift cards. This razor is a good starting razor for a pretty good price, this soap is pretty good and cheap, this brush is solid although it doesn't have amazon prime. After that all you need is a blade sampler and you'd be good to go. So after all that you're looking at about 43.74 for the stuff that comes in the starter kits at the top with minor differences. The brush isn't quite as nice as the ones in the starter kits and most people here would say proraso soap isn't nearly as good as the stirling or maggard's soaps but you would have five ounces of soap instead of two or three.

I know some people who get nice shaves with a cartridge style razor, but I don't know anyone who gets nice shaves with an electric razor. I would pretty much guarantee you'll have a better time with double edge once you get technique down and you figure out what blades you like to use. Just be aware that there is going to be a learning curve, you're working with a single very sharp blade and you have to get used to using it.

u/jewboyfresh · 41 pointsr/AskMen

Nah thats so much work.

I used this

Put it in after I shower and I had a girl tell me by beard was as soft as her cat.

u/Trollkarlen · 39 pointsr/AskMen

Here are the Amazon reviews on it

There are some downsides though. It's messy (My sink looks like a war zone afterwards) but easy to clean up even when dry, its smelly, and you can't "partially" shave so your ass will be SMOOTH. Some people have bad reactions to stuff like this so try it on a small patch of arm/chest/leg whatever first, just to make sure your body is fine with it.

But for me, well worth those downsides, works super well.

u/mcarrode · 36 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have coarse hair. If I shave with cheap disposable razors the same thing happens to me. Look into a safety razor. You can replace the razor itself for like 8$ for 100 razors, it's much easier, cheaper, and more comfortable for me.

My routine- shave in the shower. I bring in a clean cloth that I heat up with hot water, wring it out, and apply to my neck. This softens up your hair a little bit and makes shaving easier. I use some over the counter shaving cream, but Tend Skin Air Shave Gel works amazing, but it is a little pricey. I recommend that you only shave along with the grain of your hair for now, you'll see less irritation that way. Once your irritation has calmed down you can shave against the grain. At the end of my shave I'll shave once against the grain to get a closer shave. Rinse with cool water when you're done shaving.

You need to moisturize after shaving, get an after shave cream to help your skin out. I've been using Marlowe post shave lotion that I got at Target.

I hope this helps. You can try with your current supplies what I recommended and see if it helps. Biggest tips think would be to change your razors frequently, put a hot damp cloth on your neck before shaving, and shaving along the grain. Oh and get an after shave.

PM me if you have any questions. :)

u/throwaplay · 32 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Ditch the plastic razor and generic shaving cream. You can get an amazing, stubble free, longer lasting shave for way (WAY) cheaper by switching to a double edge razor.

Here is what I recommend:

DE razor: Merkur 37C Slant HD Safety Razor $40

Razor blades: Persona Israeli, Derby, Kai, Shark (100 Pk. $18) or Feathers. $20-$50 100 Pk.

Brush: Any brush from a local pharmacy. $5-$15

Soap: Wilkinson Sword, Proraso, or Williams. $3-$10

Mug: Any coffee mug is fine.

The razor will last you at least two life times, a 100 pack of razor blades should last you a couple of years, ditto for the brush, and the shaving soap will probably last a couple of months. The shave will be godly once you get the hang of it. Make sure to get a good lather and to shave at a slow pace.

I recommend lurking the Badger & Blade forum and watching the videos by mantic59. B&B is the best shaving resource in the Internet and mantic is a shaving god (and also a redditor!)

Once you are more experienced, I recommend getting a good badger shaving brushing and stepping up to the Feather razor blades. These blades can be your best friend or your worst enemy. Treat it with respect.

Watch this video to get started

u/rook218 · 29 pointsr/malelifestyle

Join the sixty cent shave club

Buy one of these

Then one of these

And for 45 dollars, you will have enough razors to last for two years.

And it is 15 dollars for every two years thereafter.

u/hvacbandguy · 28 pointsr/BuyItForLife
u/LzbnBarBCumsinOwnBox · 27 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

Use Tend Skin Care Solution and then apply balmex. It will be cleared up pretty quickly. Do the 2 step process at night before you go to bed and put on underwear - it will be almost resolved overnight.

In the future, get your bum waxed.

Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8 Fl. Oz Bottle

u/Karamazov · 25 pointsr/Frugal

switch to double edge safety razors. After an initial investment in a handle (about $15 depending on quality) you can buy 100 blades for less than $10.

u/StevenMC19 · 24 pointsr/Frugal

Some comparison math for those wanting to see the numbers right now:

All from, and the cheapest I could find at a decent quality...

  • Gillette Fusion Pro Glide w/ Flex ball and two blade refills: $10.59
  • Gillette Fusion razor blade refills, 12 count: $40.99


  • Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor w/ guard, w/ 1 platinum-coated double-edged razor: $29.85
  • Personna Double-edged Razor Blades, 100 count: $14.54

    Already, the totals are: Fusion, $51.58 and the safety razor, $44.39.

    Now, let's shave.

    I'm not including cream or soap, since that's a preference for people, and can change prices drastically for what people use. Personally, I use absolutely nothing; water works just fine and I don't break out at all like I would if I applied some sort of substance on my face prior to scraping it off.

    We'll give Fusion the benefit of the doubt as well, by getting THREE shaves out of a single blade. The double-edged razors, we'll toss out after every shave (yup, double-edged or not, resharpened or not, one and done for this experiment). We're going to shave twice a week. That's 104 times a year (I wanted a figure close to 100, because I like that number).

    Fusion: One razor, 35 blades (three shaves per blade). That's three packs of replacement blades, totaling out to 38 blades including the two that come in the starter pack...$10.59 + ($40.99 x 3) = $133.56. You can go an additional nine shaves before having to buy another replacement pack.

    Safety razor: One razor, 104 blades (one shave per blade). That's two packs of replacement blades, totaling out to 201 blades including the one that comes in the starter pack...$29.85 + ($14.54 x 2) = $58.93. You can go an additional nine...ty-seven shaves before having to buy another replacement pack.

    The craziness is that even after giving as much home field advantage to Fusion as I could, they still cost over $70 for the first year. Realistically, you can get a lot more shaves out of the single-blade, double-edged razors which increase the longevity of a single replacement pack. If treated properly, one 100pk can last over three years. Those "moisture" strips on blades today last maybe a shave, and they're just about worthless afterwards; hairs constantly get stuck in between the blades and are difficult as fuck to remove, thus causing frustration or added swipes to get all the hairs off your face; and these added technologies like a swivel head, vibrating shaft, lubrication spitting spout, or rotating super ball does nothing differently than what you've already learned how to do with the contours of your own face and how the products treat your skin, rendering these features completely redundant.

    It's a no brainer.

    Edit: Oops, messed the links up. FIXED NOW!

    Edit edit: I just want to state that I am in now way shunning the use of the pro glide if it works for you. If you have found a way to increase the longevity of those blades, and you prefer them to any other blade, then by all means, continue to shave with what you like best. This price comparison is to show to those one the fence about trying a new method, or are searching for new methods to save a couple bucks, that there is an alternative. This formula is very basic, and doesn't contain all the variables that go with shaving (i.e. sharpening blades, the actual amount of shaves you can get from a single cartridge, a high quality durable electric pre-shave, hair growth and thickness). This is just to show that the single blade product at its most basic level is a much cheaper solution to shaving needs.
u/lilmissmoonshine · 23 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Try a product called Magic Shaving Powder. It's not really for shaving, it dissolves the hairs but is much much milder than Nair. It also says it's "formulated for black men" but it works just as well for me as a white girl on my sensitive bits. You can find it here or in pretty much any pharmacy.

u/sdonaghy · 22 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

There are 3 products any guy with a beard should use. The first is a beard specific shampoo, i prefer Professor Fuzzworthy. Use this daily in the shower. Next is the beard Balm this is really what will help with the dandruff. It keeps your skin moist and beard soft. Use it one or twice a day. The last item is beard oil, this will help a little with the dandruff but is more for keeping your beard soft and preventing split ends. Use this as needed, especially if you touch your beard a lot.

u/GalaxiesCollide · 22 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Double edge razor, seriously. /r/wicked_edge will have some info, but they can also be a little pretentious.

I read info from that subreddit, then bought this

You don't need all the fancy stuff wicked edge suggests, though it would be nice. Ever since I started shaving with a DE razor, I haven't had any razor bumps or ingrown hairs.

u/psychoticguy · 21 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor by Merkur

I have this one, and it's great

u/organometal · 21 pointsr/AskReddit

After reading about it on reddit, this.

u/arbarnes · 21 pointsr/wicked_edge


The Baxter razor is a re-branded Muhle R89, which shares a head with, and is functionally identical to, the Edwin Jagger DE89-series razors (example). It's not a bad razor, but they're selling it for 2-3 times what it should cost.

The Last Razor is new to me, but the fact that they call their razors "shavers" is not a good sign. The razor itself appears to be a mid-quality twist-to-open; there are dozens of them coming out of China these days, and the going price is ~$10.

$35 for that razor appears to be the opposite of the original "razor and blades" sales model - they're charging way too much for the razor and using the price to subsidize the blades. But while $5 is a pretty good deal for a tube of cream and 60 blades, it's not unbeatable, and only makes sense if you like that cream and those blades. You can get blades for under $0.07 each and Arko shave sticks for a buck apiece. But you're better off trying a variety of blades to find the one you like best. Ditto with soaps and/or creams.

Instead of either of those, just get the Maggard Razors Basic Starter Kit. Use promo code KITSHIP for free shipping (expires at midnight tonight). You'll only be spending $30, and you'll get better stuff.

u/IAmVeryAttractive · 20 pointsr/AskMen

Best is subjective. For cost, I can get a 100 pack of double-edge razor blades for about $13 from amazon. It lasts the whole year.

u/Spacebrother · 18 pointsr/wicked_edge

Whoa... that is a lot, you can probably put it together for a lot less.

As a suggestion:

Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89 $32

Brush: Omega boar brush (or something similar) $14 - Leisureguy can probably recommend a better one for the same price

Soap: Proraso (kinda like a creamy soap) ~ $10

Alum block: Bloc Osma $9

And as an additional:

Book: Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving $10

The above comes to only $76, leaving you enough money for a brush stand, a sampler pack and maybe an aftershave!

EDIT: Looks like most of the money in the kit is the shaving stand (currently going for $22.99 on eBay), while you can get a perfectly functional one for $9 or make your own from a coat hangar

u/littlehuman7 · 17 pointsr/casualiama

If it makes you feel better, no one ever taught me about beard growth or how suits should fit or stuff like that. I've just figured it all out for myself in the past few years. Get yourself some beard balm/oil like this or this, and also a boars hair brush like this. Use the balm/oil while it's still just slightly damp after the shower, followed by a brushing after. Your beard will soon be a thing of manly silkiness. Here's style and trimming maintenance.

u/Trump_is_the_King · 16 pointsr/The_Donald

Get a double edge razor. Worth every penny. Also cheaper

Spez: here is a great reviewed razor that I use.

Also bought a variety pack of blades for really cheap about 3 years ago.. still havn't gone through them

u/6chan · 16 pointsr/instant_regret

Use a safety razor.

Get one of those old school razors with a butterfly hinge (something like this:

and get safety razors (

These give you as good a shave as anything else.

You can use each razor for a dozen or more uses, and its way cheaper to replace them.

It will take some getting used to early on, but for the first few weeks get a stiptik ( too, to stop the bleeding in case you cut yourself.

u/CARTERsauce · 16 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I am a sweaty person. I have tried all the name brand antiperspirants/deodorants. After years of crusted yellow/white stained shirts, I realized that my body seemed to compensate with more sweat, plugged up under the arms, it surfaced on my back and head. Clinical/prescription strength antiperspirants only added to the problem, and my white tees took the damage. Later I found out people, myself included, actually use too much, you only need a super thin amount applied to your underarms, don't go about it like frosting a cake.

Also thinking about the potential harm of aluminum based antiperspirants (you absorb everything through your skin), I moved on to some natural deodorants (brands like Toms) but they just didn't seem to work so well, but i did notice when I applied less deodorant, or didn't altogether, my sweat began to lessen in severity. Anytime I actually smelled (like after yardwork or a any long day in the sun), it was time for a shower anyways. After I was properly applying a thin coat, I settled on Arm & Hammers Essential Deodorant that began to alleviate my problems, notably with my clothing. No more yellow crusty shirts!

But how about some deodorant that will last you several years? Try a Thai Deodorant Stone, I've had this baby for a year now and I can attest that it works great. Nowadays I apply this to my underarms from time to time and lightly powder my feet and groin with a mix of cornstarch and talc. Life is much better now.

TLDR: Use less antiperspirant and try a deodorant stick without aluminum, like Arm & Hammer Natural Essentials, or try a Thai Deodorant Stone cause it rules. Also try applying talc/cornstarch to areas you get moist

And while we're on the topic of saving money on everyday hygienic activities, consider a safety razor (refill blades are $10 for 100 compared to $20 for 8) some nice sandalwood shave soap (I've had this bowl for a year and it doesn't really look like any is gone) and a nice aftershave (I get lots of compliments on the particular scent of this one from those who get close enough to smell it) I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging...

Before I started shaving like this, I had a bit of an acne problem and some parts of my face where I would get spots of dry skin, it's gone now. My skin is mostly clear. You're gonna get a much better shave that doesn't irritate your skin and save a ton of money when you think about the cost of Gillete Quadruple edged razors, plus how much more badass is it to shave like this? This is how your grandpa shaved. The upfront investment is a badger brush, which I called an investment because a good one will last you a lifetime.

That's my hygiene ramble.

u/CommanderBunny · 16 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Awesome! All right, here we go.


The difference between men and women's razors is that women's have longer handles and a smaller aperture for the blade. Men's usually have a wavy little comb bit that lifts up their thicker beard hair to cut.

The one I personally recommend is the Weishi. It's $17 bucks, and the metal is really light, but I ended up getting used to that fairly quickly. Not a big initial investment and perfectly adequate for my needs.

I see Murker recommended fairly often. I hear they are okay, if overpriced. I personally hated it, lol. They are definitely geared towards beards and did not play nice with my pale little legs.

You could also go for the vintage Lady Gillette. I paid $30 for mine on ebay and it's got a nice long handle, good grip, and nice weighty metal. This was actually my first purchase and I'm still really happy with it. Considering I'm happy with the Weishi, though, I'd probably just repurchase that one if I ever lose mine.


Now this one might take some trial and error. Everyone has different hair and different skin and every razor brand shaves a little differently.

A lot of people start off with a multipack to get a feel for the different blades and then narrow it down to brands they like. I think it's a great idea and probably your best bet. I'll still mention my experiences though.

STAY AWAY FROM DORCO. They are bullshit. I'm not a fan of Gillette brand blades either except for the Wilkinson Sword and they're kind of expensive at $20 for 100. Derby is also just okay.

Feather: give the sharpest, closest shave ever. So sharp that you can cut yourself and you won't even notice until the trail of blood starts going down the drain. Great blades, and a ton of people like them, but I found that they dull too quickly for leg real-estate and are too scary sharp for sensitive bits.

Voskhod: Sharp, reliable, lasts through a few shavings. I quite like this one and have repurchased it. They are good, solid razors that gave a decent shave. Good for all-over.

Shark: My favorite at the moment. Comparable to Voskhod except I feel they might give a slightly closer shave and dull a little bit faster. If I had both in the bathroom I would probably choose Shark for the legs and Voskhod for everywhere else.

Astra: Worked adequately. Shave isn't bad or great, just reliable. Worked on the legs but not as good in other places. Wasn't worth a repurchase.

Lord: I think these actually lasted the most shaves out of all of them, at about 4 uses per blade. I think I had the least incidence of cuts with these but the shave wasn't as close as I wanted. My shaves usually last two or three days with the other razors but with this one I was feeling it lasted only 1-2. I think these are literally the opposite of the Feathers in terms of their qualities.


M'kay, that's all I can think of for now. I hope this helps!

u/dubious_luxury · 15 pointsr/starterpacks

That's where Magic Shave comes in.

u/GREEN_BUCKSAW · 15 pointsr/Frugal

You should start shaving with an old school double edge safety razor. See /r/wicked_edge for more info.

I use a Merkur razor and Feather razor blades.

There are special shaving brushes and shaving soap but I don't use those. I use normal shaving foam.

The price is about 30 cents per razor blade. Each blade lasts me a week. However I don't shave every day.

u/notoneofyourfans · 14 pointsr/sex

Get Magic Shaving Powder. No blade is required. It is super cheap and your balls come away feeling like two eggs in a silk pouch. But you have to follow the amount of time it is to stay on the area you are removing hair from or it will burn like the pits of hell for a couple of days. I use it for clearing wild brush and then maintain with a good shaver....

u/Shaded21 · 14 pointsr/gaybros

Avid wet shaver here. So if you are considering wet shaving, allow me to indulge you for a second. There's a lot of perks when it comes to wet shaving.

  • It's relaxing
  • It's cheaper/less maintenance
  • There's lots o' smells and combinations

    Sure there's a lot of razors out there, but it's mostly about finding one that you like or find appealing. Does it feel better when the razor is heavy? When it's light? Do you want it to made from plated gold or just chrome? It's about finding one that suits you.

    I've been using this bad boy for the last 3 years and it's given me remarkable shaves. Theres a knob on the bottom that allows you to adjust how much of the blade is exposed, so on sensitive areas (like my neck) I can adjust the blade to glide smoothly without worrying about nicks or razor burn.

    Now, after you find one of your liking, it's time to look for is a brush.

    There's typically 3 types.

  • Badger
  • Boar
  • Synthetic

    Badger is the most common, as it's softer and holds a generous amount of water. Boar is a harder type hair and requires some getting used to (of which I have little experience with).

    Brushes can range from $10-$300. A lot of the price comes down to quality of the hair and material of the handle. Remember, you get what you pay for. One thing to consider is that wet shaving was designed to last forever. Brushes and razors from the 60's, as long as they were well taken care of, can be used today.

    Heck if you don't want to get too fancy, don't get a brush. A simple dallop of shaving cream on the hand and massaged on the face would suffice.

    Next are razor blades. There's a ton of different manufacturers. Gillete, Astra, Feather; to name a few. Every brand works for different people. I find Astra to be the ideal blade for my face, but Feather blades are too rough on me. When starting out, I'd suggest trying a "Blade Sampler Pack" from some online retailer. And when you find a brand that works, see if you could buy their blades in bulk. I get the 100 pack. So if I use 1 blade for 2 shaves, the cost of blades drop down to mere pennies compared to the cartridge razor blades they sell at the drug store.

    SO, now that you have the essentials, keep in mind of the three basic things you use for pre/mid/post shave.

  • Preshave oil (Optional although I highly reccomend it)
  • Shaving cream
  • Aftershave (Optional)

    Here is where the fun starts. There's just so many choices! You can buy special pre shave oil (preshave oil helps lubricate the blade as it glides over your face. Shaving cream does too) or you can use a glycerine soap bar like this one however, Whole Foods sells a store brand soap bar for $1 that I love.

    Try out different shaving soaps or creams until you find one you like. There's so many different online retailers that it aint funny. And they're pretty cheap too. I personally love the Eucalyptus Shave cream from Bath & Body Works and i'm still using the same tube that I've had since last year.

    Soak the brush in water, shake excess water out, put a pea size amount of cream on the brush, rub on face, make lather, shave! It feels really good too!

    They say to shave for three rounds per shaving session. With the grain, across the grain, and against the grain. So pay attention to which direction the hair grows all over your face and neck.

    With your razor, razor blades, pre shave, and shaving cream, you'll have amazing shaves and more money in your pocket.

    I haven't used electric shavers, but I can assure you that there's no closer shave you'll get than from a razor.

    P.S. Don't buy anything from The Art of Shaving. They are way overpriced for not that great of quality.
u/Papander · 14 pointsr/wicked_edge

Using a shaving soap and a brush doesn't have to be expensive. You can get 12 sticks of Arko (900g of shaving soap) for $13.15 from Amazon. Those should last you few years. Omega boar brush can typically had for around $10. Omega synthetic S-brush can be bought for less than $7. The shaving brush will last you many years.

So there's really no reason to use Dial soap. At least price wise.

u/frenchpressgirl · 14 pointsr/NaturalBeauty

I use a double-edged safety razor (obligatory r/wicked_edge link). It happens to be this one. I also use coconut oil, which is lovely and moisturizing, instead of shaving cream.

There's an initial investment for the razor and blades (I got a variety pack of 60 blades and have barely made a dent after 7 months, since I only shave my legs once a week), but after that, the replacement blades are incredibly cheap; you can get them for as little as 8 cents apiece (!).

It takes a bit of practice to get good with the thing, but I enjoy shaving so much more now! Bonus: no razor burn, and I rarely cut myself anymore.

u/Carb0nFiber · 13 pointsr/MtF

Buy shaving powder on Amazon, mix it 1 to 1 with water and just coat your body, wait 15 minutes, it's gentle unlike Nair and doesn't burn, just wash off with a warm cloth and all the hair is gone, I'll post the Amazon link

Magic Shaving Powder Gold 4.5...

u/almightywhacko · 13 pointsr/wicked_edge

The main problem with Amazon is that the absolute worst gear has glowing 4 and 5 star ratings. For instance, the Escali badger brush shown here:

Gives results like this:

Shaving items on Amazon are often over-priced as well. The false reviews and very uneven pricing make it really hard to know what to buy unless you already know a lot about shaving merchandise including how much said merchandise should cost. To add to this, a lot of resellers sell the same merchandise under different brands with different descriptions and wildly different pricing. Depending on how photos are taken it can be hard to tell if you are really buying a razor worth $30 or if you are over-paying on a cheap $5 razor from China.

With some research, Amazon is a fairly good resource for picking up certain types of gear but you need to do that research or at the very least, you need to not mind getting ripped off.

u/smallpoly · 13 pointsr/todayilearned

If you use a double-edge instead of a disposable, blades are actually pretty cheap. 100 weeks worth of blades for $11.

Check out /r/wicked_edge.

edit: fixed subreddit link

u/msb45 · 13 pointsr/wicked_edge

On amazon you can find a 12 pack of Arko shaving soap stick for $16. There might even be cheaper ways to buy in bulk.
Combine this with a synthetic or boar shaving brush which can be had for under 10$.
The quantity of soap in there will last you years (estimates range from 100 to over 300 shaves per stick), and the brush can last over a decade (or even longer) if not abused.

u/LR2 · 13 pointsr/pics

I have a very think beard and shaving with a safety razor has greatly reduced irritation and other shaving issues. I did the research a few years ago and here is the exact equipment I've been using since then:

Merkur Long Handled Heavy Classic

Feather Razor Blades

Note though that feather blades are known to be the sharpest ones available and aren't usually recommended for beginners (they are made in Japan and laser cut). The consensus is that a new user should buy a sample pack that includes a variety of blades first. Then after putting them each under a trial shave decide which one is best for you.

If you want to really get into it, I'd recommend searching for wet shaving techniques on youtube and watching some tutorials. I recommend this guy's channel.

Edit: Here is the site that I bought my blade samples from:

Also, if you don't want to go through the trouble, gillette sells these types of blades at all the major stores. Also, it's worth noting that blades are a lot cheaper if you buy them off ebay. Either way though they are substantially cheaper than buying cartridges.

u/I-plaey-geetar · 12 pointsr/teenagers

>Note: I did not write this:

I've shaved my mashers and bang/taint/funhole for years and years, so let me contribute.

So let's assume you've never blessed yourself with a shorn scrotum: There are two methods you can use to rid yourself of hair. I'll go over both, since I've done both extensively.



USE A NEW RAZOR FOR THIS. Old razors deteriorate and the blades get bent/dulled. You don't want dull blades tugging at hairs and nicking you up down there.

  1. Trim up. Get a body-hair trimmer like a Norelco Bodygroom or just a regular hair-trimmer and take care most of the bush. Go with the shortest guard it'll allow-- Not using a guard is a good way to get a few nicks, not something you want down in your dangly bits. You want to get yourself short enough where a razor won't get caught and cut you up in masses of hair.

  2. Get in the shower, and get that bitch nice and hot. You don't want to try shaving dry, hell no. Wash your hair, brush your teeth, do all of your regular shower things to give your pubes a bit to get wet and soften up. This'll make it so much easier, trust me.

  3. Start shaving WITH the grain. Make a few passes. Don't press down on the razor, just let it do its job. You won't get it all in one go, and that's fine.

  4. Go across the grain. If your hair looks like this: |||||, shave in this ---> direction, or this <--- direction. The best would be doing a pass of each.

  5. Go against the grain. Now, at this point, if you feel smooth enough, feel free to stop. Going against the grain may cause irritation and ingrown hairs, so know your body and know how your hair responds. The biggest lesson is DO NOT PRESS DOWN ON THE RAZOR. You will only irritate your skin and nick yourself. Be patient and take your damn time.

  6. Finish the job. If you shave your dick, you must also shave your balls, otherwise you might as well just not even do it. It may be scary the first time taking a razor to your jumblies, but it's simple and quite safe, if you're careful (For the record, I've never nicked myself shaving down below, yet I can butcher my face when I'm not careful). Just take the sack in one hand and GENTLY pull it to stretch the skin, and run the razor lightly over it, front and back, starting the stroke from the underside of your dick and dragging down towards your feet. Don't bother too much with grain direction here, it won't matter that much.

  7. The Gooch/Ass/Asshole: You should also run over these areas with a hair trimmer/bodygroom before you go at it with a razor. The secret here is the same as the rest of your sensitive bits: Go slow, don't press down with the razor, and relax. The taint is tricky, but you can navigate it by feel pretty well. The ass/asshole is simple, except for the hole. If you're shaving your ass, you aren't gonna leave the hole hairy, so when you shave it, shave starting from the pucker and stroke AWAY. Do not shave ACROSS the sphincter, else you're just asking for a rough ride. Remember: DO NOT PUSH DOWN ON THE RAZOR.

    For your balls, you might want to make a run over them later when you're dry. Helps get those stray hairs.

    >Post-Shave Care:

    Once you get out, pat-dry the areas you've shaved. If you get razor burn, get some Vitamin E cream or moisturizer and spread a little down there. This will help the skin heal, and probably cool things off. I like to pat a little Gold Bond down there, because if I'm going to be fancy enough to shave my balls, I'm going to powder them like an English Nobleman.

    Itching: This is normal if this is your first time shaving/it's been a while since you've shaved. You shouldn't itch as bad or even at all the second time around, so just tough it out.

    Farts: You'd better be ready, because you can no longer sneak these fuckers. The bare skin will amplify your ass air to trumpet-like levels. Be prepared to use your flesh-valve a lot more efficiently after this.

    Sweat: You might feel like your ass/gooch is a lot sweatier than usual. It's not, you just lack friction from your now-missing hair down there. Invest in some boxer-briefs if it bothers you. You get used to this as well.

    >Depilatory Creams

    Alright, so now that we've covered shaving, let's discuss using chemical hair removers. I wouldn't use Nair on your private parts, you will burn yourself. You have to find something for sensitive skin (Which I'm sure Nair has now). I am a fan of Magic Shave. It's a powder you mix with water, then slather all over your crotch, wait a while, then rub off gently with a washcloth. You can get if off Amazon, or find it at most any drugstore in the shaving/hair removal aisle. Takes the hair right off and leaves you SMOOTH AS FUCK. It's messier and takes a little more time, but it's worth it in the end.

    They do sell it as a pre-mixed cream, but ever time I've used it it's been very lackluster, even after leaving it on for several minutes past the recommended time.

  8. Test it somewhere like your inner thigh. Mix a small bit, put it on for the prescribed amount of time (7 or so minutes, in my case), and wash it off. Wait a day to see if there are any adverse effects. Skipping this step is not recommended, seeing as a small allergic reaction on your thigh is a lot easier to handle than one all over your fucking dick.

  9. Mix. I use a mason jar, put in equal parts of the power and water, and shake it up. The I use something like a rubber spatula to scoop it out and slather it from dick (Try to limit getting any on the glans. It won't kill you, but you don't generally want depilatory cream on sensitive membranes like that) to asshole. The more you use, the better. Be sure to place a towel under you/do this in the tub to catch any that might drip.

  10. Wait. Set a timer and just stand around a bit. Brush your teeth. Floss. I don't care, just wait out the 5-7 minutes.

  11. Hop in the shower. Lukewarm water is the best for this stuff, I'd avoid going really hot though. Grab a washcloth and slowly rub the stuff off in a circular motion while under the stream. You might have to give some hairs a gentle tug to get them out, but it shouldn't take you any real effort. You may miss spots, and that's okay, you can get them next time. You should probably have a set washcloth just for this, because Magic Shave does have a tendency to stain.

  12. Pat dry. If you left it on a little too long, it might feel somewhat like razor burn. Use some Vitamin E/Moisturizing cream on it and dial the time back a little next time.

    All in all, I much prefer using Magic Shave to rid myself of hair, because it leaves me MUCH smoother and isn't as expensive as wearing razor cartridges out. Enjoy shaving, and know that your girlfriend/boyfriend will REALLY appreciate it.

    Note: i did not write this
u/qpid · 12 pointsr/wicked_edge

My $.02 (For ease of use everything is linked to Amazon, prices will vary)

Razor: Merkur 180, $32

Brush: Escali 100% Pure Badger, $14

Shaving Cream: Proraso, $11

Blades: Sampler Pack, $20

And then that leaves ~$20 to play with to buy a a nice book on shaving, or a shaving stand, or some aftershave

u/Lereas · 12 pointsr/AskReddit

I've been shaving with a very similar one (the "hefty classic", it has a shorter, thicker handle but is otherwise the same) for the last 10 years, having learned about them from a youtube video about why they're better.

After that initial investment, I get blades for like 20 bucks for a lot of 100 on ebay or amazon which last me the whole year...with a mach3 or whatever, it's 14 dollars for 4 cartridges, if I'm lucky.

I also have a badger hair brush that I got for pretty cheap...there are super super expensive ones, but this one and a couple similar ones are great if you don't have the disposable income for a 200 dollar vintage restored brush with an ivory handle or something like that.

The shaving soaps and creams smell tons of times better than the aerosol goops you find, and last way way longer.

There is a learning curve, and you will cut yourself at first a little. I highly recommend watching a bunch of videos, and heading over to Badger & Blade and joining the forums. They will answer any and all questions you have, and most of the time won't even tell you to search first...they'll just reanswer them or direct you to the right post without a single complaint.

I've recently bought a straight razor and I'm still working on the technique. When I shave with my DE (double edge, or safety razor) like the one in the link, I can get a baby butt smooth face that I don't have to reshave for two days or so, because the second morning it feels like I just shaved with a regular gillette. With the straight, I can get a pretty good, very close shave...but I still razor burn the crap out of my goatee area cause my technique sucks. Still, drinking a dram of scotch and then shaving with a bare blade against your face makes me feel so goddamn manly.

Edit: the B&B forums are your best bet for questions, but I"m happy to answer anything here if you've got a couple.

u/AmantisAsoko · 12 pointsr/TrollYChromosome

Startup costs aren't really that high You can buy a great razor and some soap for ~$30, and then blades are $10 for 100 count, which will last you years.

Anything else like DSC compared to this is hilariously expensive. I feel like anyone who gets suckered into subscribing to a servie like Dollar Shave Club had the right idea, but got trapped in another scam along the way.

u/Roygbiv856 · 12 pointsr/Frugal

100 for $30 is an awful deal. I just picked up 100 personna blues for $12

Here's 100 Derby blades for $9

u/Phenic · 12 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I think you make some fair points regarding time.

However, for less than the cost of a decent electric or one of those silly quad blade handles and a few replacements you can have a shaving setup that will last you, literally, your entire life.

Is it for everyone? No. Is it dangerous? Hell no. Hard to use? Only if you don't know how to shave. Can it be expensive? Yes, I have a $100 brush because it feels like angel wings on my face. But my $100 brush does the same thing a $5 brush does. But let's go down the price list of my initial setup.

Merkur Long Handle Safety Razor $18.99

[Proraso Shaving soap] ( $10

[Shaving Brush] ( $8.99

[Proraso Aftershave Cream for Sensitive Skin] ( $16.00

[100 Feather Razor Blades] ( $24.00

That's enough blades to last you years(and those are very nice, very sharp blades, you can get cheaper ones), the aftershave goes a long way, so does the soap. The handle will outlive me, and the brush will be good for a long, long time.

u/Stubb · 12 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Safety razor, something like this guy.

u/Inabil1ty · 11 pointsr/wicked_edge

Wondering whether it's worth the extra money to upgrade from a perfectly serviceable regular shaving brush to something a little more upscale? Here's a quick side-by-side photo comparison. A couple of extra pics shown here. I shaved with the Escali for over a year before I realized I was missing out on something so much better.

u/Lanulus · 11 pointsr/AskReddit

Get a badger hair brush and some good shaving soap. It's night and day compared to the crappy canned gel stuff. The idea is that the brush helps suspend the hair in the lather and the lather itself is much more lubricating than what you get from an aerosol can.

Then if you want to complete the transition, start reading /r/wicked_edge and watch mantic59's videos. Then get a safety razor (or a straight).

u/tommysmuffins · 11 pointsr/BuyItForLife

That's a nice razor, but you don't have to pay $73 to get BIFL quality. Old non-adjustable Gillettes can often be had from flea markets for under $10. Those things were made to last a lifetime.

Regarding blade cost - $.55 USD is really expensive. DE blades are typically around $.30 for Feather razor blades, much less for some others.

u/newtmitch · 11 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Check out a Merkur safety razor ( and a sample blade pack from amazon.

Get an inexpensive shaving brush to start with to see how you like it, but eventually drop more money on a nice brush. Spend $10-$15 to start then expect to drop $50+ on a nice pure badger hair brush in a few months. The badger brush that I bought for like $70 I still have with me 4-5 years later (although admittedly I don't shave terribly often). Once you get that pricey brush, get a cheap plastic holder for it as well - keep the bristles pointing down instead of up - after using it leaving them facing upwards allows the water to settle around the base and weaken the glue holding in the bristles, ultimately destroying your expensive brush. Not good.

Check out Proraso soaps in a bowl - more convenient than paste or anything else, I've found. They have multiple types, here's my favorite as it makes my face a little tingly:

If you prefer your own bowl, Proraso makes a paste and you can get a mug or bowl to mix it in - I found I preferred the ready-to-go stuff as it's faster and makes it more likely I'll shave regularly. :)

Then, after you've done all that and realized it's the best shave you've ever done and it's actually way more fun to shave than you ever thought it'd be, go for a straight razor. Don't do an actual blade, strop, and all that stuff right away. Instead, just go get a disposable straight razor blade holder and some blades: and learn how to use that thing. Then if you're like me and shave once every week or two (super lazy!) you can literally take weeks of beard off in a single pass with a straight razor and a fresh blade. I stopped here, personally, didn't go on to a full straight razor as they're pricey and you need to maintain it (oil, strop, etc) - likely something I'd let slide and ultimately wish I hadn't spent the money on...

Also, get a styptic pencil: - it stings a bit when you cut yourself but almost immediately stops the bleeding. Unlike cuts/nicks with a multiblade razor, cuts with a safety razor or straight razor are actual "cuts" - and they bleed like cuts. Like, "blood trickling down your face" type cuts. They look worse than they are because you have water on your face and it thins the blood and it runs more, but it bleeds. This will stop that bleeding really fast at the expense of a little more pain right up front. I keep one handy.

I've turned several friends on to at least the safety razor. It's way more fun to shave that way, less expensive, and is better for your skin to boot. If you like a really close shave, too, you can get a better shave overall with a 3-pass technique (I don't do that, personally) as you get better. All sorts of options...

edit: mentioned the brush holder
edit2: styptic pencil

u/loveCars · 11 pointsr/Watches

Watches (Seiko & Omega, net spent is only like $500)

Fountain Pens (although, so far, I've just been browsing -- saving for a Faber Castell to get started, haha). Mostly because I try (and fail) to draw a lot (also I have a douchier, even worse version of that pic here. Don't ask why.). But I need a refill on pencils first.

Photography - Nikon D5200 w/ a couple of lenses - want but can't afford a Sony A7 (I find myself shooting in the dark a lot), and might end up getting a prime lens soon.

Computers (Used to be for gaming, now it's mainly for photography.) For the heck of it, I'll detail my build - I have an EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti Superclocked, 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600mhz RAM, an Intel core i7-4771 (runs base 3.5GHZ, no overclocking needed), and an Asus Sabertooth Z87 mobo. All displayed on a rather mediocre Samsung S27C750P 27" 1080P monitor, but it's done well for being a 'cheap' monitor. This has been my most expensive hobby, thus far, but also probably the most beneficial. In the future, though, I'd rather put the $2k spent building towards getting a 'real' watch.

Headphones (AudioTechnica has my heart, but there are better brands / headphones out there -- I have the M50 model, but the M50x has a detachable cord, and the same audio quality, and is currently on sale for $100. They use regular 3.5mm jacks, with a gold-plated .25" that can screw on over it to use other audio systems. I don't go all out in this area, and don't use any sort of sound-card or box). Plus with soundcloud there's an abundance of free music.

Coffee (Start doing it right, and all the other hobbies will benefit! Except you'll have no more money. Buy fresh, preferably local-roasted beans. Buy a french press if you're on a budget, or a $5000 espresso-handjob machine if you aren't. Or just go support your local coffee shops.).

Someone else mentioned mechanical keyboards, down below, and I got a Das 4 (w/ cherry mx blue's) recently, so I suppose I can list that as well. I do a lot of random writing - that is, I'll have an idea, start writing something, get about 2,500 words in, and then abandon it forever. About like how I draw.

But I really suggest drawing and music. Very therapeutic, and they don't have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Also, I loveCars because of local car-meets - they're great places go and get some pretty neat photos. Look up "[your nearest city] cars and coffee]" and you should be able to find a nice monthly or weekly meet up. There was a great one in Charlotte that I went to pretty often, and the stuff where I am now isn't too bad either. The people are usually pretty cool too.

All that said, can you recommend me any pens?

Edit: Also, just because of your fondness for fountain pens, you might find DE razors to be the preferable way to shave - pick up one of these, a few of these (platinum coated is razor sharp - but that means no cuts, because you use hardly any pressure). And then, of course, a pure/best/super badger brush, depending on your budget, and some proper English shaving product (I use Taylor of Old Bond Street, because of prices, and they do perfectly fine). It's not really a 'hobby', but there's ample room to get into it and it's definitely a more enjoyable way to start your morning.

u/invisiblebob8616 · 11 pointsr/wicked_edge

Chiseled Face soaps are on there for $16 each and are absolutely fantastic! Alternately, for about the same price you could get 12 Arko Sticks. For a few extra dollars you could pick up a Semogue Owners Club.

u/thecw · 11 pointsr/gadgets

These awesome popsicle makers. They come and go but should pop up for about $17.

A butter bell... never deal with hard butter again

A probe thermometer... it's changed my cooking accuracy like no one's business

A safety razor and 100 blades... shave like your grandfather and stop paying $8 for shit blades

15 bucks over budget. Maybe skip the popsicles.

u/jumpiz · 11 pointsr/wicked_edge

Try Amazon:

100 Persona blades for $12.50 delivered

u/Spazmodo · 10 pointsr/beards
u/Psalm22 · 10 pointsr/pics

I'm not sure about straight razors, but I switched to double edged safety razors and it is so much better than Gillette crap. I bought this Merkur Safety Razor, 100 Derby Blades, Shaving Soap, And a shaving brush.

I spent a total of $60 and the only thing I've spent money on since is different soap. I bought these things over two or three years ago and I'm not even close to running out of razor blades. I get a closer more refreshing shave and I don't spend anywhere near the money I used to spend on shaving. Also, I thought it would take me longer to shave, but I spend about the same amount of time shaving.

I've never used an old school straight razor, but I'd like to at some point. However, it would be a considerable investment initially. At least $120ish for a nice blade, you gotta buy sharpening stone, probably also on a special strop for finer sharpening. So there is more time in preparation and conditioning before and after shaving. I would imagine that it could be very satisfying if you're willing to spend the time and money.

u/DerHelm · 10 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Absolutely not true. This is a community of wet shavers that pride themselves on helping out new comers by giving free advice and links to low cost shaving. If you had even gone /r/wicked_edge you would see on the right side under "KIT SUGGESTIONS" they list brushes starting at $7.

I went from shaving once every 2 - 3 days and having neck burns, to happily shaving everyday with no problems at all. I shave with both a straight razor and double edge. And the bush I use most is a $13 tweezerman I got from amazon.

u/pixelnote · 10 pointsr/gifs

I think Astras are the cheapest at $11 for 100 on Amazon. Feathers are $26 for 100. I think those are the most extreme cases for popular brands, but I could be wrong. You can always buy a sampler from TryABlade to find out what brand you like the best.

u/FauxBoDo · 10 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hey, thanks!

That would be the Feather Artist Club DX

Originally got hooked up with them because their blades are the best I've ever used.

Used those blades in a cheapy Parker SR1 (which is an awesome product too, btw, esp for beginners!)

u/StrangeWill · 10 pointsr/

I'm a wimpy baby-man that would probably kill myself with one of these, how does the razor you linked rate in terms of nicking yourself? Pretty easy to pick up and use?

I'll even nick myself every once in awhile with Gillette's no-more-tears razors, so I'm curious... would like to look into something better if there is an option because yeah... the blades aren't cheap.

u/freetoslug · 10 pointsr/minimalism

I believe the term you are seeking is "Zero Waste" living, or something close to.

Researching a bit of "zero waste" living products may help you get started with some ideas! I find a lot of material on youtube about zero waste living and am dabbling into the reality of the lifestyle myself. I am not sure if you are a man or woman, or what kinds of products you do use in your bathroom (toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, etc.) But I figured I would offer a few of my favorite alternatives to common items that you may look into.

Safety razors. Disposable razors/plastic handles with replaceable heads are convenient, yet highly wasteful and overall expensive to maintain. There are lots of stainless steel safety razors on the market with the feature of removable blades (of which you replace and recycle once your current blade has fulfilled it's purpose). Safety razors range from about $25- $50 and can last up to a lifetime. The replaceable razor blades can be found for very cheap (their lifetime lasts according to your usage). Here are amazon links to exemplary items:

Safety Razor:

Safety Razor Blade Replacements:

Homemade deodorant and/or natural sustainable deodorants: These can be tricky to get started with. Most commercial deodorants use aluminum to block your sweaty glands and completely block the process of perspiration. So, I urge you to take on natural deodorants with patience and give different methods a chance to work for themselves.

You can make your own, in a glass jar with ingredients that are less harmful to your body and this may be the best method to find something that aligns with your own body chemistry. A typical recipe for homemade deodorant would be 1 part coconut oil to 1 part bicarbonate soda (baking soda). BICARBONATE SODA MAY IRRITATE YOUR UNDERARMS. For the first couple weeks of usage, you may experience irritation of your glands purging the aluminum blockage and other toxins built up over time. Baking soda may also cause irritation to those who shave quite frequently, however I have found that applying this mixture at least 30 minutes after I shaved armpits in the shower, that I am less likely to get slight itchiness, if any at all. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY IF THIS METHOD IS NOT TOLERABLE FOR YOU.

If you are not keen on the idea of slathering on some good old homemade, Hippie salve, then Piperwai AND Schmidt's are popular brands with minimal packaging that seem to work for majority of people. These two products still contain bicarbonate soda, but will save you the convenience of not making your own. There are plenty of zero waste options that do not contain bicarbonate soda, but I have found luck with this formula and haven't looked beyond to seek anything else. Again, youtube is a good resource for finding such.

Piperwai Deodorant:

Schmidt's Deodorant:

As for soaps, there are many wonderful body, face, and hair soaps available on the market today. Investing in simple bars with paper packaging or reusable storage may be the best option for avoiding excess packaging. There are lots of options available either on Etsy, at your city Whole Foods, or there are usually natural soap options that can be found quite locally at farmers markets and such hopefully in your hometown. Personal preference will go into certain decision making with soaps but bars are usually the best way to avoid said packaging.

Hopefully this offered a small bit of help and information to help you get started in your journey towards minimalism and green-thumb consciousness! Good luck!

u/Fookimoose · 10 pointsr/funny
u/thedreday · 10 pointsr/LifeProTips

Yes! I started with this kit. The soap and bowl are fine, the brush is rough (I bought a better one later). I actually found it at my local supermarket. Then you need a safety razor. Maggard is a very popular vendor on the sub. They sell cheap razors. Let's say you pick one up for $20. Now you need blades. I use Dorco. Others mentioned Astra and Derby. I linked to the 100 pack of each so you see how cheap they are (around $10), you could buy a smaller pack to try the blade. At around $40 (or the price for 12 Gilette Fusion Proglide cartridges you have enough to shave for around 2 years changing blades every week (I don't change that often, because I don't shave every day).

Now, how fancy you want your brush, your bowl, your soap, your razor, your blade is up to you. From the kit I built you I would get a better brush and maybe a fancier razor. People say different blades work for different people, so I would do a bit of research and try this site: For instance, you think you need a sharper blade, people say feathers are the sharpest, you can buy a couple blades for $0.55 each.

The only issue is that you (like others) might start to like wet shaving as a hobby and end up spending more money (like the $150 you mentioned). But besides that you will get a better shave than you can from fusions and canned foam/gel for less money.

u/orevilo · 10 pointsr/starterpacks

I hate to be that guy but the best shave I have ever gotten is from a safety razor. When I first bought it I got a handle and a box of razors for a total of like $30. That was about 3 years ago. Try it, and you won't go back to disposables ever again.


Then pick a handle you like

u/MonsterInTheGarage · 10 pointsr/malegrooming

Buy this.

Use these with it.

Lather up with this.

Shave in the shower using this.

u/releasetheshutter · 10 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

This is the one I used. Read the reviews though, it's not great. It's an easy way to figure out if you want to switch from the standard razors. I personally like it because I can get rid of a thicker beard with less irritation. Will probably spend $30 and get an Edwin Jagger handle soon.

u/mantic59 · 9 pointsr/wicked_edge

Van Der Hagen Luxury Shave Set (includes soap, mug, brush, holder), ~$32 @ Amazon and Lord L6 Razor, ~$13 @ Amazon.

u/harry_lawson · 9 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Complete bullshit. I’d just like to ask why you have to ask your mom to shave? You’re old enough to buy yourself some razors, dude. On the subject, I’d suggest a good double edge safety razor and some good shaving cream - it’s much better for sensitive, teenage skin and is just cheaper in the long run (the refill razor blades are like 10 cents each).

u/2Cuil4School · 9 pointsr/wicked_edge

Mine involves some leg-work, but I think it's quite do-able.

$9 "Shea Moisture Shave" Brush from Target - No link to the actual thing, but most regional Targets stock it. It's Pure Badger, generally has a relatively light funk, and is quite soft. Lathers decent.

$1.50 - Plain witch hazel from Walmart. About 15% alcohol, not too much sting, and noticeably cheaper than an alum block from online

$1.50 - Styptic pencil from Walmart or a drugstore.

$5.50 - Nivea Soothing Aftershave Balm for Sensitive Skin from Walmart; cool and refreshing on the skin; moisturizes well.

$10 - C.O. Bigelow's Eucalpytus and Menthol Shave Cream from Bath & Bodyworks - Lathers well with a little work, feels cool and tingly, provides good lubrication for an entry-level product.

$13 - Lord L6 Safety Razor from Amazon - Cheap, decent Merkur-alike that's supposed to be relatively mild and a good introduction to double edged razors in general.

$8 - 18-blade sampler from Amazon - 9 different styles with two apiece, wrapped up nice and safe and sold cheap. Missing Feathers, but it's still a good 2 months' worth of daily shaves for 8 bucks, ya know?


$48.50 - Grand total, assuming you're willing to hit Target, Bath & Bodyworks and Walmart along with your online shopping. Heck, if you want to get Free Super Saver Shipping on it, skip the B&BW Bigelows cream and get Proraso on Amazon instead for $11. You'll bring your total up to $49.50, but the Amazon portion will account for $32, which is more than enough to pass the $25 barrier; still leaves about $17.50 worth of "in-town" shopping to do.

u/VaginaDentata · 9 pointsr/malegrooming

1. Aveda Botanical Kinetics™ Hydrating Lotion - Face lotion, applied to face and mustache after shower.

2. Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Soap, MR GLO - Face soap, used before each shave.

3. Proraso Shaving Soap with Eucalyptus Oil and Menthol - Shave soap, whipped up then applied to face for shaving.

4. Proraso Pre and Post Shave Cream - Pre/Post shave cream, massaged into face after washing face with MR GLO. Massaged into face again after shave.

5. Proraso Aftershave Lotion - Aftershave, applied to face either after shave or after shower. My wife likes the smell of this.

6. TABAC ORIGINAL For Men By MAURER & WIRTZ Deodorant Stick - Deodorant, masculine scent of lavender, citrus, and warm florals.

7. Colonel Conk Evernice Model 775 Chrome Safety Razor Stand - Stand, holds DE razor and brush.

8. Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor - DE Razor, great weight and balance used to shave face.

9. Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush - So, so brush used for applying shave soap. Would like a better brush someday.

10. Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades - Razors for DE, my favorite so far.

11. Tweezerman His Moustache Scissors with Comb - Scissors and comb, after movember I decided to keep the mustache so these items help maintain its appearance.

12. Comb - Comb, used for combing hair before and after shower.

13. Aveda Men Pure-Formance™ Grooming Clay - Hair product, used after shower with hair wet or dry. Hair looks natural but styled. I'll use pomade if I want the appearance of having a more polished look.

14. Large Stainless Steel Shaving Soap Bowl from Super Safety Razors - Mug, I'd rather have a porcelain mug for class but this does the trick. I use it to soak my brush and razor before each shave. I also use it for creams when not using Proraso.

u/Sigmorhair666 · 9 pointsr/asktrp

Neither - do yourself a huge favor and get these

This alone will last you a year in blades and refils of more blades are dirt cheap.

u/drivenlegend · 9 pointsr/Wet_Shavers
u/stabsthedrama · 9 pointsr/BuyItForLife

You buy these.

Should last you like a year. You will never, EVER look back at cartridge bullshit ever again, I can promise you that. I do however buy the cheapest single blade disposables I can like twice a year for pubes and whatnot, but with these blades, that razor, a decent boar's hair brush and proraso shaving soap (these can even just be substituted for regular shaving cream or soap and no brush, it's just much, much better is all) = amazing shave. I'm a very bearded male...and I swear by this. It costs me like $20 to shave for a year instead of a ~3 weeks (brush has so far lasted me 2 years, soap usually just about a year, 100 blades about a year, so maybe 1 every 3 days or so, but I have a beard and only shave my neck/shape it up.)

I have gotten a lot of people into it by just mentioning it. Now they all swear by it. I heard about it on Reddit a few years back.

Safety razors are so, so much better than cartridges (once you get used to them a bit, but it's not hard, I'm a very rough shaver, I go nuts on my face and these things cut me less than cartridges did). Also, you can take it apart whenever you want, which is the biggest annoyance with cartridges (clogs) - you can just clean off the blade, tighten it back up, and get like 2-3 more days out of it easily.

fuck. cartridges. I have tried every method to keep them good for longer times (I was military, had to shave like crazy, and as I said - I'm very bearded). Cartridges are the worst, they're a fuckin racket.

Also I do recommend the blades I linked. Astra's are the cheapest, but meh...kinda rough... they DO last a long time though. Feather's are super sharp, but way too expensive. Personna's are a perfect middle ground, and are made in the USA, which is nice to make up for the Chinese razors I bought. Also those razors usually come with at least 1 blade for trying it out with. They take ~2 weeks to ship usually, but who cares. Buy 2 so you have a travel one.

u/UncleFoster · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Honestly, ever since I started shaving with a safety razor, not only did I save ridiculous amounts of money, but I also never had ingrown hair problems again. I was back home this week and had to shave with my dad's Mach 3, and what do you know - ingrown hairs again.

I think the safety razor forces you to slow down. Also, you get less "face-to-razor" contact because you're only dragging one blade across your face as opposed to 3 or more. The perceived "ease of use" associated with multi-blade razors incentivizes you to rush through and chew up your face.

There are a lot of safety razor purists who will tell you to get a coffee mug, a boars hair brush, and fancy shaving cream. However, all I did was change the razor and kept all else the same, with conventional cream. Its been working fantastically for me.

I linked you to the safety razor I bought, which is only $15 and works perfectly. Buy a pack of these razors to go along with it and you will be set for a couple years for what you would pay for one months worth of Mach 3 razors.

u/uzikaduzi · 9 pointsr/BuyItForLife

it takes a extremely inexpensive disposable straight razor instead of a cartridge and most places say you will actually get a better shave with less skin irritation than with multiblade cartridge types.

i have never used one personally so beyond that i cannot help

u/BurnTheThirdSon · 8 pointsr/askgaybros

Waxing is a good way to rid yourself hair and all but personally it's just really awkward to do without a helping hand!

I'd recommend using Magic hair removal powder; you just mix it with water, slap it on yo butt (or anywhere you want to use it), wait 5 minutes, and wash it off.

It's super good if you're like me and have sensitive skin, it's like hair removal cream but I find that it's much gentler on your skin (plus you can adjust the water to powder ratio to how you want it). The only problem I've had with it is when I've let my ass get too hairy and used it there's like a few hairs here and there that weren't removed but when that happens you can just shave it off without getting shaving rashes.

Definitely recommend giving it a try if you want a nice smooth buttox.

u/ImLikeAnOuroboros · 8 pointsr/MensRights

To those switching just get off the disposables. I bought this guy years ago for $25 and all i have to do is buy disposable blades (Like $10 for 100), that’ll last me about a year and a half if not longer. And it’s a way better shave IMO than the disposable stuff. Better for the environment too

u/silverstrike · 8 pointsr/Frugal

Even better than a safety razor:

$18, one time

Followed by:

[$18, every TWO YEARS] (

And that's if you change the blade more often than you need to. In two years, you'll spend $144. This will cost you $36, including the initial investment.

It looks and seems scary. And yes, you'll cut yourself the first week a few times. But, really, it takes a few days to learn, and you're good to go forever. Well worth the effort and a little blood, IMHO.

You'll save hundreds.

u/pingas · 8 pointsr/
u/JohnVanDePijp · 8 pointsr/thenetherlands

I used Astra Razor Blades 100. It was very good for multiple shaves even.

u/Johnzsmith · 8 pointsr/LifeProTips

Sure. I will offer up this as a super cheap example of a decent way to start. It will provide a decent shave at a very reasonable price and you can always upgrade later if you decide that you want to.

Razor. It is cheap as hell, but works surprisingly well.

Blades. Buying a sample pack is a great way to decide on a blade that suits you. Every blade is different for everyone. A blade that works wonders for me may leave you with razorburn or stubble and vice versa. Unlike most things cost is not indicitive of how good a blade is.

Brush. Some people prefer badger hair brushes, some people prefer boar bristle. I like both and I use both. This is a decent boar bristle brush for someone starting out. The more that boar is used, the softer it gets.

Soap. Believe it or not you can easily spend hundreds a year on soaps and creams alone if you decide you want to try everything out there. Proraso soap is a great one for a beginner though, easy to lather, slick, and protective. It gives a nice tingle to your face due to the menthol so that is something to be aware of though.

For under $45 you can get started with a full kit. For under $25 if you just want the razor and some blades.

Now here is my favorite setup

Razor. The Merkur 39c has a head that holds the blade at a slant, enabling it to cut more like a guillotine. This is good for someone like me that has very tough and wiry beard hair.

Blades. Astra Superior Platinum razor blades are my favorite. Each one will last me for 3-4 days of shaving. Remember, a blade that works for me may not work for you. Blades are a trial and error thing.

Brush. I have more expensive brushes, but this brush is my favorite. Very soft, yet has enough stiffness to easily whip up a lather and it holds tons of water.

Soap. This is a shave stick. You rub the soap on your face and then use your brush to build a lather. This listing is for 15 shave sticks. A single stick can easily last 6-9 months.

For about 130 bucks you can make a big jump in quality. The majority of costs involved are in the razor itself and a more expensive brush. If I wanted I could spend upwards of 200 dollars on a stainless steel razor and over 500 dollars on high end silvertip badger hair brush. As I have mentioned before, this hobby is as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be.

I hope this helps.

u/CarpetFibers · 8 pointsr/lifehacks

200 bucks? A decent safety razor is $30-50. What brand are you using? Also you can get 100 blades for $10.

u/DependentWoman · 8 pointsr/truelesbians

My girlfriend and I have identical body-hair rituals so, I speak for two women here:


Armpit hair - We both remove it all the time, I mean it takes 2 seconds.

Leg hair - Also consistently shave, but if we're wearing pants a lot (winter) we aren't weird about some leg stubble. We are a hairy leg democracy and vote on when we will shave so nobody werewolves alone.

Pube hair - Trim neatly. We both shave the bikini line and the top to keep a nice triangle , and use an electric razor to trim the rest of it down to a neat length, but we don't remove it all ever.



Side note: I highly recommend safety razors, specifically The Lady Gillette - you will save mountains of money. It costs $20-$30 (can be found on eBay), and then the blades cost actual pennies. Example, less than $10 for 100 blades - you could easily use less than 1 blade per week, making this last 2+ years. TEN DOLLARS EVERY TWO YEARS. You can stop buying those overpriced cartridges that were only invented to make you spend more money,

Plus, the shave is superior anyway, and it's convenient. It's so nice being able to take the razor out mid-shave (say, if I let things get a little bad) and hit the blade and the head with water and go back with a perfectly unclogged blade. I've been using mine for over a year, and made my girlfriend buy one immediately and she has never looked back either. Seriously my friends, worth it - happy to answer any questions.


u/calnamu · 8 pointsr/de
u/soggit · 8 pointsr/LifeProTips

This right here. You dont need your blades to last a super long time when they cost 11 cents a piece instead of $5

edit: obligatory /r/wicked_edge

u/JosephND · 8 pointsr/sex

God I hope someone appreciates what I'm about to write.. which is from a combination of sources and personal knowledge. Honestly, shaving your significant other can be a really interesting and personal experience. I applaud you for reaching out to the community, even if it was using a throwaway account. This is a somewhat time consuming and laborious process, but it can be enjoyable if properly planned out in advance and approached as a pampering activity.

Ideally you'll want: a bathtub, scissors, 2 soft towels (small), a bowl of warm water, a loofah, a small dish with baking powder, new tweezers, a new female razor with 3-5 blades and 2 lotion strips on the top and bottom, Bikini Zone gel, Bikini Zone aftershave, baby powder, and a CD of Kenny G (kidding. but some music and a candle can't hurt). In total, you'll probably spend $20 - $30 as a first time cost (hey, it's your wife who you love doing something for you because you love it. come on).

Use a pair of scissors to trim the hair to a more manageable level, preferably down to 1/4 inch, by grabbing patches of the hair and simply cutting. Don't go native on me and start yanking at everything, be gentle. You want to do this before the bath, ideally, since afterwards it might be too soft to cut easily.

Have her take a nice warm bath for at least 15 minutes (or shower if need be, but I think bath is preferred to help her relax and enjoy the experience more). While in the bath, have her use a loofah to exfoliate the skin in the area (being careful to not use any abrasive soaps or getting anything inside of her). This removes dead skin letting the razor do it's job better while also aligning the hairs in the same direction to help you when you're shaving her. Ask her to use Dove or something soft and nonirritating (you don't want to stress the skin before you've even brought the razor into the picture).

The other comments recommending oil/nair/veet are on the right track, but if you want the absolute best product on the market for this.. it's called Bikini Zone. Tend Skin is a reasonably close second. They also have an after shave. You will want an aftershave that acts as a moisturizer; again, I recommend this brand. Let me re-emphasize: you will want the gel and the aftershave. These two products directly addresses her concerns about ingrown hairs and rashing.

You want a NEW razor with multiple blades and a soft lubricant strip on both top and bottom (the more blades the better), a bowl with warm water (warm, not hot), and a soft towel on hand.

Have her dry off as she usually does but have her lie down on your bed (facing up) with a towel under her and one on her head. Pamper her with some soft music and a scented candle too, I mean you're going to have your head and hands buried between her legs.. might as well make an evening out of it.

Wet the towel in the water and apply it to the area with hair to help get it wet and to soften it again.

Follow the directions on the packaging for the lotion/gel and apply it first, then briefly have the razor in the water to help it get wet/warm. Why use a razor with many blades? More surface area decreases the pressure per blade, making it hopefully less likely that any soft skin gets cut.

Place one hand on her pubic mound to help even out her hair (like tugging on your cheek when you shave, just a lot more gentle). Shave with long, slow strokes in the direction of the hair. I'd suggest working outside in so as to gain comfort and courage with the process. Avoid strong downward pressure on the skin, let the blades do the work for you. Rinse the blade with every stroke in the bowl of water.

If you have to get "close" to anything delicate for whatever reason, just be sure to use a bit more lotion/oil and don't lather it so that you can't see the skin below.

When getting the hinge where the thigh meets the pubic area, have her open her legs and bend her knees to help. Shave from the knee to the groin in long, smooth strokes, ensuring that her skin is taut.

Gently pat her off with the soft, dry towel you haven't used yet. You'll want to exfoliate her a second time (gets rid of more dead skin, aligns the hairs so as to prevent ingrown hairs, and it'll allow the aftershave to penetrate her skin better meaning it'll feel softer). You can make a paste out of baking soda and warm water to exfoliate using the soft and warm towel to help you (try not to use the loofah again, the fibers might irritate the skin). Don't work it for more than a minute.

Pat the bikini area off with the soft, dry towel again. If you see any stray hairs, now is the best time to get them. Use a new pair of tweezers (preferably a decent pair with an accurate tip) and take them out while the skin is still soft.

Use the aftershave on the area, again following instructions. Avoid anything with perfumes and colors. If you didn't take my advice earlier and skipped the Bikini Zone aftershave, you can lightly use some aloe vera (the real stuff).

Give it a minute or two to sit uninterrupted on the skin. Now, you'll want to give a very light dusting of baby powder on the area (too much will not let the skin breathe, leading to pimples), lightly spread it over the skin to help reduce the chance of any rashes. Don't use Gold Bond or anything, baby powder is the best for this. Avoid letting any powder into the vagina!

... ta da! You're done for today! It might take a little getting used to, convince her to try it for at least a week to give it a shot (this means you'll have to shave again in 3 days or so) If she wears anything lacy, it may take some time getting used to the stubble catching the fibers. Have her stick to cotton for her first day; after that, she should be fine (rashes/pimples generally only happen the first time or any time an old razor is used).

Feel free to mess around as well, she shouldn't be sore and you two will probably be worked up after spending so much time down unda'h. Be sure to compliment her on how it looks/feels etc, and address it the following day and day after that so she knows you appreciate it.

u/eeltech · 8 pointsr/wicked_edge

Proraso is a pretty damn good place to start. Not that much of a "craft" soap, just plain good soap, easy to lather:

You don't need much soap per shave, so it should last a lot longer than a can of foam/cream

If you want something more artisanal, Stirling Soap has all sorts of aromas and "flavors":

u/rotinom · 8 pointsr/wicked_edge

Arko FTW.

That should keep you going until you graduate.

Check out Coconut Oil for pre-shave too. Haven't tried olive, but the coconut oil has... multiple... uses... when the fairer sex is there... or not...

Popcorn with it is supposedly amazing too...

u/del_rio · 7 pointsr/malegrooming

Magic Powder or equivalent. Mix with water, lather on ass, wait ~7 minutes. I only did it once like 5 years ago, but it worked hilariously well.

u/sebastiancounts · 7 pointsr/wicked_edge

I got this kit the other day, and i just wasn't sure what to do, because i hadn't seen anything about it.

u/KanyeWest2020 · 7 pointsr/DemocratsforDiversity

Get a beard oil or balm. I use this

u/Dylan_Ram_Brick · 7 pointsr/IsItBullshit

As an alternative, you can buy a quality safety razor, and then blades are as low as 16 cents a piece when you buy them in a pack of 100 from Amazon. I bought this razor for $30 and I get one week's use per blade, so after the initial investment of $30 we are looking at 16 cents per week.



u/garglethesenuts · 7 pointsr/wicked_edge

Shavette is great for shaping up, DE didn't get it that close edge for me either, now I use both. This one is all stainless steal I've had it for 2.5 years and still in mint condition, it holds the blade a lot more sturdier than those plastic ones...

u/MightBeOnFire · 7 pointsr/Welding

Get yourself some Feather blades if you want to make it even harder. DE razor blades are much thinner than box cutter blades, and Feathers are the sharpest that I know of.

And as a side note, DE razors are the shit. If you're tired of paying twenty bucks for 6 blades, grab yourself a DE and enjoy the savings and the cleaner shave. And pick up a badger hair brush and a puck of shaving soap if you want to treat yo'self.

u/RedbullF1 · 7 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I'll tell you what's even better...

Buy one of these: Edwin Jagger DE89

and these blades

and never look back.

u/SniffyClock · 7 pointsr/AskWomen

Am a dude but I know my wife would give the same answer.

She was going through razors insanely fast because she has sensitive skin and didn't like to re-use disposable razors. I bought a safety razor and got her to try it out. She was sold on it immediately and we haven't bought disposables or cartridges in years.

I bought a 100 pack of blades 2 years ago for 10 dollars and she hasn't ran out yet.

Edit* Should also say that the initial cost is high compared to cartridges. Probably around $75 to get set up. It's cheap as hell after that though.

u/PA2SK · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If you want true buy it for life I would suggest going with a DE razor, especially if you're worried about cost. If you get a cartridge razor, like the gillette sensor, you're going to be paying about $1 per cartridge, at least. Razor blades on the other hand can be less than 10 cents a piece. I bought 100 blades for $9, that's about a two years supply. With the money you save on blades you can afford a top quality razor, which really will last a lifetime. As others suggested, a stainless steel razor is expensive but will last forever. If you don't want to spring for that though look for something like a merkur:

u/witchyz · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I had the same thing happen to me, tbh, after I had a break. Took using tend skin some to do the trick.

u/katebishophawkguy · 7 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

You'll want to use ingrow go basically every day (morning and night) for 1-2 weeks to get rid of the layer of skin trapping the hair. After that, you can stop using it and focus on preventive measures. Exfoliating and lotioning should be enough to release the skin after that since it will only be a thin layer over the hair (if any) instead of the thick layer you were dealing with before.

My legs were really bad so I'd wait a few weeks after then do a treatment again to strip and free the hair that wasn't removed the first time then go back to moisturizing and exfoliating. If you use it too often and dry out your skin too much (which I was guilty of), you're going to run into a lot of the same problems with hair getting trapped.

I've heard good things about tend skin and exfoliating brushes for future prevention but honestly just exfoliating, lotioning, and taking the precautions mentioned above when removing hair makes a huge difference.

u/pax_mentis · 7 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I have super sensitive skin and used to absolutely hate shaving – which was especially unfortunate because my paleness rivals Jim Gaffigan's and my hair is very dark.

These are tips I've picked up from 2X over time that have made a major difference for me in getting a closer shave without irritation:

  • The right razor helps. I've found that men's razors are typically better, but these cheapo drug-store brand women's ones work really well for me. I recently used my boyfriend's double edged safety razor and I'm considering making the switch (blades are super cheap!), but I'm currently too afraid of butchering my legs by accident.

  • Dry brushing before showering with a body brush seems to help prevent skin irritation for me; failing that, exfoliation beforehand with a loofah in the shower. If I don't do either of those I am pretty much guaranteeing skin irritation.

  • Men's shave cream works better than women's shave cream and is cheaper, but conditioner or lotion works even better than those – with the added advantage that you can easily see the area you're shaving.

  • For the bikini area it's better to go with the grain or at an angle to it to avoid irritation (~45° from going with the grain seems to be good for getting a closer shave with less irritation).

  • On areas more prone to skin irritation (like the bikini area), using a product like PFB Vanish afterwards seems to help, but it's really expensive. Recently I've started using witch hazel as soon as I'm out of the shower instead – it's working just as well, but it's cheaper. Apparently a lot of strippers put unscented deodorant on the area to prevent irritation/ingrowns, too.

  • I dry my razors off after I use them to prevent them from rusting, but I've heard of dipping them in alcohol first or storing them in mineral or baby oil instead (I'm not sure which liquid would work best for this, but I'm curious – does anyone know?). Drying them has made them last way longer while irritating my skin much less.

    Also, you might benefit from reading this thread in r/ I imagine men's shaving tips apply equally to us.

    tl;dr: use men's razors, men's shave cream or conditioner or lotion, exfoliate beforehand, shave with or at an angle to the grain, witch hazel after, dry off your razor
u/z33tec · 7 pointsr/wicked_edge

Although you dismissed it in your post, it may be worth noting that the VDH Kit works great for most people. When combined with the Lord L6 razor, it's a great way for people to break into wetshaving without investing alot of money. I've been using the VDH kit for about 3 weeks now and love it. I'd like to upgrade the brush eventually (it sheds more than I'd like), but the soap smells/works great and the bowl... is... a bowl. Also, you can pick the VDH kit up at Walmart for $7.97.

u/PersonalBarber · 7 pointsr/ZeroWaste

6 years and counting on this Merkur long handle.

u/tminus54321 · 7 pointsr/AskReddit

Yup, I used to buy disposables every week completely oblivious. I still look at my razor every day and imagine how much money I could have still been wasting. It blows my mind disposable razor companies are still making money on saps like me back then. Double edge razor companies need to step up their marketing on the 18 year old market.

u/Liquidkp · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

I've got the same kit that I got off Amazon for $30.
Here is the link.. looks like its $28.75. Comes with a brush / soap / mug and stand (exact thing in the picture, down to the logo)

u/Krunchy1736 · 6 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Had good results with Magic Shave as well. Very gentle.

u/alexthelyon · 6 pointsr/IWantToLearn

I am a huge fan of using a brush and shaving soap. I decided I was done paying gilette the equivalent of my first born child just to be granted the permission to shave. their monopoly hold (at least in the uk) is insane. So I bought a shaving brush and soap, and a plain unbranded razor (with which you can use regular (read cheap) razor blades, such as these ones:

Razor: Standard Razor Set ($49.99 / 23 hours left)

Brush: Badger Hair Brush ($12.50)

Soap: Sandalwood Shaving Cream ($16.98)

You might want a stand for your brush as well, so that it is stored handle up.

u/ShaktiAmarantha · 6 pointsr/sex
u/pgmr185 · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

It was a surprise gift from my wife. I'm not sure if it is good or bad, but I was pretty happy.

Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury Shave Set and Double Edge Razor LORD Chrome

u/Zweisoldner · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Dude here, same problem. Let me pass down some bro knowledge that year of experimenting and hundreds of dollars has produced. I'm serious in saying I don't know why everybody shaves like me. It's damn near free in upkeep too.

Invest in a safety razor, this is the one I use and you cannot go wrong with it The blades are pennies each and last multiple shaves. The initial investment is big, but the shave is the gentlest shave you can give your skin, short only of a cut throat razor done by a professional. I won't go into detail of why this safety razors are gentler than the crappy cartridge junk the industry is peddling us these days, you can google that yourself.

Next, ditch shaving cream. I've used the butane crap to the highest end like Taylor of Old Bond Street. They all leave a residue, which clogs, which sucks. The best way is actually to shave while cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser. I use Cerave Hydrating, and the lotion texture is perfect for shaving. La Roche Posay Toleraine Cleanser will work very well too, or any other non foaming/lotion like texture cleanser. Use a very conservative shaving motion (the safety razor is intuitive to the male creature, believe me), and shave with the grain. Also, get a fogless shower mirror, you can get that off Amazon for under $20.

It's a bit to invest in initially, after 8 years of countless Gilette cartriges, handles, butane creams, shaving brushes, shaving cups, traditional shaving creams, and heck even waxing, this works for me. I wish I knew this when I was just another hapless 15 year old boy wiping space goo on my face and mowing it down with those mini cheese graters.

u/hairymeancritter · 6 pointsr/malelifestyle

I use Honest Amish beard balm. Beardbrand is another popular brand of beard oil. Another nice gift might be a boar's hair brush for his beard (especially if it's 100% real boar's hair).

u/RexBearcock · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

I just did this recently.
This razor from amazon gets great reviews, was recommended all around on multiple forums, and has been regarded as a great entry razor. So far I love it.

This shaving soap

This brush

This razor sampler

These are working well for me, then again I'm still relatively new. The brush seams to be a great deal for starting off. Although I obviously haven't tried them all yet, it appears to have a decent representation of some of the most popular blades.

u/psywiped · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

Cancel everything but the soap and get this list

Frank Shaving Bagder Hair Brushs are both low priced and high quality.

Taylor of Old Bond Street (TOBS) Sandalwood Shaving Soap In A Wooden Bowl smell great but doesn't leave much of a sent on your face

Double Edge Safety Razor Blade Variety Pack - 22 diffrent Blades Every face is different so what is a great blade for one person may be the worst for another

Edwin Jagger De89L Razor is the razor i started with it is balanced and has a good weight to it, it also is a medium aggressive shave

Bloc Osma Natura Alum Block is an antiseptic and analgesia, It will stop weepers and reduce pimples and chance of infection. Wet it and rub it over the shaved area after you finish.

Ogallala Bay Rum Bonanza Sampler is a great aftershave that soothes and moistens it also reduces how oily my face feels after washing and shaving

The Merkur's have poor QC, the new slant I got from them has some molding marks left on it and there have been reports of the chrome flaking off of them. The tweezerman has the same issues with QC and there have been may reports of the hairs falling out as well as the whole brush. You really need to get a sampler as the feathers may not work for your face right away.

u/shadow_moose · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I got this and this a couple years ago. I just bought 100 more blades last week. Only one blade for the shave, but once you figure out the angle and the speed you begin to realize you don't need more than one.

u/xtc46 · 6 pointsr/fitnesscirclejerk

Why do you hate your face?

I would shave with my old Mach 3 for like 2-3 months per blade (shaving 2-3 times a week usually) /w some cream and that worked well, but wasnt as close of a shave as I would like.

But the straight blade feels good man. I just got a cheap one to see if i would like it This one. I figure Ill run through all of the disposable blades I got and if I still like it, Ill upgrade to a regular one that needs to be sharpened and such.

u/AsoBit · 6 pointsr/AskMen

If it's a money issue, I might recommend him getting a DE safety razor. I bought one for $20 (at an antique mall), and I get 100 blades for $10.

u/dogsarefun · 6 pointsr/funny

that's stropping, not honing.

I use these and don't worry about how fast I go through them because they are cheap as hell.

u/boostdd · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

/u/turboturban was asking about the Feather blades. Here is a 100 pack for $27.20.

u/darexinfinity · 6 pointsr/trendingsubreddits

The razor blades are definitely cheaper 1 pack of these lasted me the whole time until very recently. The shave doesn't last longer as I still need to shave every other day to not look like a mess.

u/salsaconqueso · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

Straights do have a much larger initial investment for a minimal cost savings versus a double edge safety razor. If you want to save nearly as much, with hardly any initial cost, and you're just looking for the most economical shaving option possible, I think you'd be better off with an inexpensive safety razor like the Lord and a 100 pack of blades and an inexpensive brush, soap and bowl kit.

Those three should set you back about $30 including shipping, and assuming you get 3-4 shaves out of every blade, the blades, razor, bowl, and brush should last you 7 years, you'll need another $2 puck of soap 3.5 years down the line. The initial investment is paid off after just over 1 year instead of 6 years for a straight, and you're paying less than $5 a year to shave.

u/vernochan · 6 pointsr/de

Also das mit dem Rasieren kann ich ja verstehen, aber kaufen? 100 Klingen kosten nich wirklich viel (Beispiel) und man kann auch einfach 2-3 Packungen kaufen. Die reichen dann schon eine ganze Weile ;)

u/PookeyBear13 · 6 pointsr/malegrooming

Best thing on the market. Buy a cheap badger brush. I promise you wont regret it. I actually look forward to shaving now.

u/seventwentyseven · 6 pointsr/steroids

I use this stuff. I buzz my head with no guard each week and apply this after. If I don't I get nasty ingrown hairs on the back of the neck. I use this stuff generally every day for 2 days after the shave and then I just make sure to clean the area well when I shower and it helps prevent acne/razor bumps

u/kaloryth · 6 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Witch hazel is pretty popular. I personally use Tend Skin which I found to work pretty well.

u/bad_command_or_file · 6 pointsr/Wetshaving

Long time lurker, first time poster here. I have to admit a blasphemy. I am allergic to most perfumery, and have to sniff my soap/shampoo/aftershave first, to ensure that they do not contain the chemical that makes me react as if a legion of Romeos and Juliets has just committed suicide in front of my eyes. I came across this lowly piece of Proraso soap years ago and I have not even tried to experiment with anything else. It lathers easily, it smells nice, and it does not contain the stuff I am allergic to. Am I a lost cause?

u/pedgaro · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge
  • Starter Kit
  • Razor: SODIAL/Ri,Mei - $2.56 to U.S., Ri,Mei - $4.50 with case Canada/Worldwide), excellent starter/travel razor, shaves like a Gillette Tech. I just bought one as a travel razor, it’s great.
  • Brush: No:6 Horse Hair - $2.45, I have two, one in my travel kit, nice brush.
  • Soap: has a large selection, Arko Stick at $1.95 or Arko Tub $4.40 are popular.
  • Blades:
  • Polsilver Super Iridium (5) - $2.30
  • Astra Superior Platinum (10) - $1.04
  • Rapira (10) - $.80
  • Bic Chrome Platinum (10) - $1.95
  • Shark (10) - $.85
  • Derby (10) - $1.00
  • Racer (10) - $.76
  • Sixty-five blades for $8.70, $.13 per blade, most blade sampler packs cost $.25 to $.60 a blade. They have other blades, these are ones I’ve tried, I don’t like some, other people do.
  • Total Cost: $15.66 U.S. ($17.55 Canada/Worldwide)

  • Reviews: Blade Reviews - Photos of Kit - YouTube Razor Review - YouTube Razor Demo - No:6 Horsehair brush review the brush quality has improved since this was written.
u/mjemec · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

EJ / Mühle razors are considered to be on the milder side of the aggressiveness spectrum. If you feel that's harsh on your face I would not recommend the slant yet. The razors itself is not that more aggressive as some would portray it to be, but it's a new design you have to get used to.

I would recommend using the EJ and really improve your technique as it's possible yours still isn't perfect - 2 months really isn't that long. And a lot of time people think it's the razor's fault when it's indeed their technique that's lacking.

If you feel you absolutely must have a new razor you can check out eBay or your local antique markets for either Gillette Tech razors or the Gillette Super Speed Flare Tip. Or maybe even the Sodial/RIMEI/Silver tone razor from Amazon.

edit: I knew Leisureguy would beat me to the punch. :)

u/bobby-joe · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hey, fellow college student here.
I just picked up a Merkur 180 off Amazon for $30.

u/Sarstan · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

Moderately related.
Guys, do yourself a favor and get one of these straight razors. You'll be scared as shit when you first use it, but after three or so shaves, it becomes really easy and you'll appreciate that you're spending less than $.25 per razor, you get an awesome shave when you do it right, and you get that cool factor. Bonus points if you graduate to a normal, high quality razor that you strope to keep sharp. Not recommended for a first timer.

Not feeling so bold? Then try a safety razor. Personally I've never used one and they are more expensive for the razors than a straight razor (but a lot cheaper than common razors), but you don't have to be quite as careful.
Your ol' gel/foam will work all the same or you can get shaving soap with a quick search which is a nice addition to the experience of shaving.

u/StillEnjoyLegos · 5 pointsr/videos

Sure no problem! Someone who has tried different kinds probably could offer a better recommendation than me but the one I use is by Honest Amish from Amazon.

It works great for keeping my beard soft like a bear.... or a cat? No, a bear...

u/godzilla1517 · 5 pointsr/answers

Okay, if you want BABY SMOOTH testicle and ass area, use this shit.

I saw it in an older thread when someone asked this same question, bought a can myself, and I've never looked back. This product will completely clear your nutsack of any hair whatsoever when you use it properly according to the directions. Do not shave first, otherwise you may get razor burn, and the product does not feel good whatsoever when it gets into small cuts, in fact it is quite painful and may sway your opinion on the stuff negatively. Just do what it says on the package, and MAKE SURE you do the test run on a small area somewhere else so you can see if you're allergic to it or whatever. This shit will get your balls as smooth and hairless as they were when you were 6 years old.

The only negative thing I have to say about it is that it kinda stinks, and you have to sit there with this nasty liquid on your nuts for about 8 minutes, but other than that it's great. 9/10 do recommend

u/vehementvelociraptor · 5 pointsr/AskMen

Okay so it's a bit messy, but it works WONDERS:

Get some Magic Shave. The powder stuff. All walmarts and walgreens carry the stuff. Get maybe two heaping spoonfuls into a small cup, mix with approximately 1:1 amount of water (maybe start with a bit less). It takes a minute or two of stirring to work it in, but it should be a consistency slightly thicker than water.

Slather that all over your balls. Really get a good coating. It's messy, so maybe do it in the shower. Wait 7 minutes (I just reddit on my phone). Then turn the shower on at lukewarm temperature and slowly rinse it off, also you might have to massage/tug a bit. All that hair will fall right off.

Smooth as balls, literally. And no blades or sharp bits. some people are sensitive to deploratory cream. Test out on you inner elbow or knee first. Might take you a couple tries to get the right consistency/potency.

u/zobger · 5 pointsr/AskMenOver30

I use beard oil and balm in the morning every day after bath, and beard oil every night. Wash it with soap weekly. Trim it once a week or as needed.




u/Brandon_S12 · 5 pointsr/beards

I'm not sure that this is a trimming issue (unless you took off some length), but rather after you grow your beard past a certain length you can start to see the natural wave that the hair has to it. Mine does the same thing.

I can usually comb the "flair" out using some Honest Amish Beard Balm. If it's a bad flair day I will straighten it out using a blow dryer on low/med heat and a comb, but I use this method sparingly, as drying out the beard too much can cause split ends.

u/lord_of_vader · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Let me start off by saying welcome, and that you're damn lucky there is such a thing as Wicked_Edge for you to rely on at 17 in your formative years of shaving. It sounds like a stupid hobby, but it's for something you're going to have to do nearly every single day if you don't want to look like some indie hipster, so you might as well enjoy it.

I would suggest starting with proper soap and brush first to get the hang of a good prep for your face. This is one of my favorite "starter" packs because you'll be able to get it all in one swing for actually a very good price. Give your electric razor to a homeless shelter or something. Put it in the closet. You can start with the cartridge razors for now; beard prep and technique is far more important than expensive equipment at this point.

After a few days of getting you're routine down with the shower, hot towel, lathering etc. then come see us about a double edge razor and blades, and I'm positive after reading through the comments you'll be ordering an Edwin Jagger DE89. Let us know if you need anything else friend.

u/zebedir · 5 pointsr/CasualUK

You don't have to spend the earth on it, just go for something on Amazon with decent reviews like this or this

I like to use this shaving soap, it is kinda pricy but it lasts me ages and it's actually really nice. You'd also need a brush sorta like this and maybe a small bowl to lather up in like this one. Initial outlay is fairly pricy, probably somewhere between 20-30 quid, but once you have that stuff buying more soap and razors once every blue moon works out dead cheap and will give you a better shave.

I'm really not a fan of normal disposable razors you'll find in a supermarket, I find those multi-razor jobbies just tug more and wear out far too quickly for how much money they cost

Also if you're unsure how to use it there's a bunch of how-to guides on youtube for shaving with a safety razor

u/lizziedear13 · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Ooooh I just found something on the holy grail product recs that I tried and found worked really well! It's called SoftSheen-Carson Magic Regular Strength Shaving Powder. It's targeted (I believe)
towards African-American men who have sensitive skin and can't shave. It's a depilatory powder that you mix with water and spread over whatever area you want to remove hair from. It worked AMAZINGLY well on my legs & bikini area. Absolutely no sensitivity/tingling/redness/irritation and I haven't had any issue with ingrown hairs. The only issue is that it kind of smells? But honestly I didn't find it too bad (though I bought the yellow one which is labelled as "fragrant"). I found it at my local grocery store in the ethnic hair care section - it was less than $2. It's also available on Amazon.

Here's a link to the holy grail thread.

u/pussfeller · 5 pointsr/YouShouldKnow

Brush, razor, blade, cream.

Sorry, but IDK how the European Amazon works, but that should give you some ideas on where to start.

u/Gregoryv022 · 5 pointsr/Wetshaving

Then: January, 2014

u/Merejo · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/crshank · 5 pointsr/malegrooming

I browsed /r/wicked_edge for a bit before diving in. Their FAQ should be a good place to get you started.

I've improved my pre- and post-shave routines as well as using a brush and non-canned shaving cream. Anecdotally, the learning curve wasn't very steep for me (a few nicks and cuts starting out) and I'm noticing that my issues with sensitive skin and ingrown hairs are resolving.

Your start-up costs may seem a little steep, but you can find some deals or cheaper gear and upgrade later. The fact that I actually enjoy shaving and feel better after doing it more than makes up for the initial purchase.

I started with the following:

Razor Emporium Sensitive Skin Blade Sampler pack

Musgo Real Lime Glyce Soap

Parker Safety Razor SYNTHETIC Bristle Shaving Brush

Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado Shaving Cream

Edwin Jagger DE89bl Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor

Gentleman Jon 3.5 Ounce Alum Block

u/yeahbuddy · 5 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

You are much better off doing this. Disposable blades are a colossal, sucky ripoff.

100 blades - Made in Russia - for $9

The best soap - Made in England - for $15

Merkur razor - Made in Germany - for $32

Badger hair brush - $13

The best aftershave - Made in Italy - $14

So, $83 with money to spare and it's all you need for at least 12 months. The Art of Shaving is neat, but it's grossly overpriced. Clearly they have latched on to the hipster instagrammy nature of society with a price tag to match. I have some of their sandlewood soap and while nice, it's no better than the soap I listed.

It's funny how classic shaving is all of a sudden a trendy thing. All I know is I love it. I came from the 3 NO 4 NO 5 NO a BILLION blade world. It's a joke. Just go old school and take your time. Enjoy the ritual. Baby bottom smooth in 7 minutes. Modern disposable cartridges are a sad scam that society has fallen for. Complete and total scam.

May as well toss this in...especially if you travel. Love mine.

Parker leather razor case - $14

Thats a full year of supplies and a lifetime worth of hardware (minus the badger brush). Think about that for a minute...

u/dharasick · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

The kits on the side are a little outdated. I'd recommend the Edwin Jagger DE89, the perfect first razor. Grab some MRGLO (Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Oil) as a preshave soap, Proraso (seems to be popular around here although I haven't tried it myself), a good blade sampler, pick up some Nivea aftershave balm from your nearest target/CVS, and you should be good to go.

Creams do lather a little easier than soaps depending on the water situation. I don't have any experience with soaps so I don't feel I should comment much longer on them.

RAD = Razor Acquisition Disorder; GAS = Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

EDIT: I guess I did forget a brush and alum block. Oh well, others here posted good recommendations too.

u/Mighty_Panda · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Fair enough but I would price what amazon gives you against one of those sites. I would suggest getting an Edwin Jagger DE89, really good starter razor, or a parker though you will need someone else to tell you which one to get.

You will need a brush so look for omega brushes, these are boar brush that are cheap and once broken in can become as soft as a silvertip badger brush. As for shaving soap there is a vast array to choose from but I have been using proraso which is easy to get a nice lather from. Though if you are on a tight budget get arko, though be warned that some people hate the smell of it (it does die down after a few weeks).

As for aftershave you can pick up nivea aftershave balm from your local drugstore or supermarket. You will also need an alum block and styptic pencil, just get the cheapest ones you can find. Though you could use a healing cut gel instead of a styptic pencil, which would avoid the milky white marks the styptic pencil leaves behind.

edit: forgot to say about sample blades. Most sample blade packs on amazon are ridiculously priced so use try a blade to get a selection of sample blades. Start of with 5 different types of blades

The blades I would suggest are:

  • 1.Astra SP
  • 2.Gillette Silver Blue
  • 3.Derby, a lot of people dislike these blades but I think they offer a good starting point.
  • 4.Feather, I would leave this blade to try after you have developed your technique for a month or 2, as they are unforgiving to a beginner.
  • 5.BIC
u/betelgeux · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/Dang_Yankee · 5 pointsr/headphones

The best budget beginner razor

Some good soap

A good brush

Total: about $25

This is what i started with and it works like a charm... would recommend feather blades over lord but that's just my opinion.

u/azgabe · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Is neither an option? Many of these Twist to Open razors are rebranded Weishes. Your Van der Hagen from CVS certainly is. You would be buying the same razor. The Vikings looks cool, but same thing. The quality will be much better with a different razor.


I would highly recommend these two. The Edwin Jagger would be my #1 pick.



u/YeahImJustThatAwesom · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

First of all,
Yess! Another guy on this sub!

Okay, so im mexican and and the males in my family have a tendency to get deep pores. The sad part is that there is no way to structurally shrink your pores, but there are products you can get to kind of help minimize them.

My routine begins with a normal face wash (i forget what it's called but there are a ton to choose from if you look in the sidebar). After, i'll use the stridex maximum strength exfoliator, then i'll finish it off with some cerave cream to moisturize.

Something i want to note is that if you have been shaving with one of those machine razors or disposable ones, then you might want to try something better for your skin. I use this and it has done a lot to help cut down on the acne.

Definitely check out to get really good info to get you set on getting better skin and the cleanest shave.

u/RockyMtnAristocrat · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

How about trying a soap and brush first with your Gilette?

Mitchells Wool Fat
- Contains some ingredients that may irritate skin, but many senstitive skin shavers love it.

Mama Bear Soap - Unscented, and a revered sensitive skin soap.

Tweezerman Brush - Cheap, and worth seeing if old-style shave soaps are for you.

If either of these soaps agree with you, pick up a DE or straight, but be warned, some folks have had a rough shave or two when getting started - it gets better, and then, the best shaves you'll have.

u/CampCodeCycle · 5 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Conditioner is okay but it's really strong and not made for beard hair. I use a beard shampoo every few days and apply a beard balm every day. Trust me, if you liked it with conditioner these are two purchases that will have a huge return .

u/lgbtqbbq · 5 pointsr/abdiscussion

This Lord one is basic and great. For me I haven't noticed big differences among the razors themselves at a low price point (can't speak for the more expensive ones) but the blades themselves make a difference. Good sample pack for blades that I worked through over the course of like 2 years (mama don't shave that often..)

I have to say my favorites were the Feather, BUT I just resumed DE shaving this month and got a big pack of the Feather blades alone and they were incredibly aggressive- I think I'm not used to the angle of shave anymore, so I should've started with a sample pack again. The Derby ones were what I "learned" on and then graduated to Feather and liked those, but I think it was with the experience points I'd gathered ;)

u/craiggers · 5 pointsr/Frugal

I got myself 240 razor blades for under $20, to fit my stainless steel barber's straight razor, which was also under $20.

Damn, I've never felt so much like a spammer.

u/Forevernevermore · 5 pointsr/AskMen

I use a double edge safety razor like THIS. Most store bought razors can maintain their sharpness for one or two shaves, but this has cheap and changeable blades you buy by the dozens for the same price. It's easy to throw in a new blade and shave away each time. I stress that it is a skill that is learned and you will most likely cut yourself the first few times, but once you get the hang of it, it will outperform any mainstream razors (schick, gillete..etc) you can buy. I get 100 blades for about $24 US and that lasts me all year. I use THESE blades specifically.

u/Tadpole_Jackson · 5 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

I got this razor from Amazon

It was $30 when I bought it, though. I also bought a stand, brush, and shaving soap at the same time. I think the total was about $70-$80 The soap lasts forever and the stand and brush are 1 time buys.




I just buy blades from CVS. 10 pack is $5 and I've used about 5 in the last month.

Edit: Bad math.

u/tm1student · 5 pointsr/news
u/WorstDEALeverrr · 5 pointsr/instant_regret

You get yourself a safety razor for ~30$.

Then you spend another 20$ on 100 Feather brand blades.

There you go. Best shaving experience of your life, for the rest of your life, for the price of a few stupid Gillette thingies.

(Get a brush and soap too, if you don't already have them.)

u/PAlove · 5 pointsr/FrugalMaleFashionCDN

Merkur safety razor and these blades (Feather is another good brand of blades, more expensive though).

Bought the combo about 3 years ago, haven't even used half the blades yet. Massive savings.

u/zagood · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

My hair is pretty coarse, and I basically got to the point where I didn't want to deal with it tugging at the end of a 2nd day shaving, so I switch every time. My shaving habits are about the same as yours but sounds like my beard is a bit thicker.

Astras are super cheap so pick up a 100 pack and don't worry about it.

u/cant_help_myself · 5 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

A dime a blade and your shave is better than with the expensive piece of shit disposables you're currently using.

u/AE_35_Unit · 5 pointsr/AirForce

Ok, so I am going to assume (make an ass of both you and me) that you have absolutely no idea what you are doing.
I recommend the following:

u/tommygunner91 · 5 pointsr/MGTOW

A lot of people steer towards /r/wicked_edge but personally they over complicate it and make it 'a thing'. I was using £10 equipment at one point but found a low-mid range kit to be fine.

Assuming you're American go for -
Handle (holds the blade)

Blades -
One of these lasted me 4 years and I have thick hair

Optional -
Soap -

lasts 9-12 months+ works best with single blade

Brush -

To lather the soap and apply to face.
Basically the only difference between the can of shaving foam and a soap dish + brush is the latter being cheaper, less aggressive on the face (with time investment of a month tops) and quality of shave.

Any questions ping them across.

u/beard_pics_plz · 5 pointsr/AsianBeauty

Itchiness from irritation/razor burn? Or ingrown hairs?
If it's the former, that's a pretty easy fix: Use a super sharp blade and I love using hair conditioner for my legs. I never get irritation now that I use conditioner. I use a pretty green brand (Giovanni tea tree conditioner), so there's no residue/silicone-y feeling after I rinse it off.

[I use this razor $13] ( and bought a [pack of 100 single replacement blades for $10] ( Super cheap and effective. I use a fresh, sharp blade every 1-3 uses depending on what I want to shave. If you have a sharp razor each time, the blade just cuts through the hair and glides across the skin. A dull blade will tug and pull, leave micro tears.

u/starryrach · 5 pointsr/funny

No, you can still get ingrown hairs from waxing. There are some good products that make it better, though.

Tend Skin


u/DocJuice · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

I recommend a few things:

First, I would hold off going Against The Grain until your skin recovers and heals up. Constantly irritating such a sensitive area of your skin will cause prolonged discoloration and can lead to more permanent scarring. Time and topical scarring gel will help with the recovery. Also be sure to apply sun block to the area before going out in the sun because the discolored areas will "tan" differently and remain noticeable even after the skin heals up. Also keep in mind that some people can't go ATG without irritation and even on my smoothest ATG shaves I will sometimes experience ingrowns that I don't get when just shaving WTG/XTG.

Second, take it easy with over-exfoliating and too much scrubbing. Your skin can become too dry and your body will never establish an equilibrium constantly trying to over or under compensate for too much or too little oil. Your body has it's own mechanisms of self-regulation.

Third, try cold water shaving. Warm water softens both the hair and the skin and for some people the skin becomes so soft that even the most minor abrasion from a razor blade will irritate. Cold water will help prevent those already sensitive areas from getting too soft since it's really only the hair we want softened for cutting.

Fourth, you can try a product called Tend Skin which has worked for myself and a bunch of other woeful cases. I know there is a recipe for a homemade version circulating somewhere online for anyone not interested in purchasing the product. Tend Skin has alcohol in it and can dry out your skin so if you have dry skin I would recommend using that Nivea balm moisturizer you mentioned after applying the Tend Skin.

Fifth, you can try using a DE razor. From what I've learned using a straight razor is less technically forgiving and having a DE to use during periods where you are letting your face recover may end up being a beneficial alternative.

Overall just keep in mind that razor burn does not occur spontaneously and that something you are doing has caused it, therefore try to make that action less memorable for your face. Be gentle and allow the skin time to recover before re-aggravating the area.

u/braden87 · 5 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Might I recommend:


... 100 blades for < $10. They work nicely, I'm through about 35 of them.

u/kelpants · 5 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I got them so I wouldn't have to buy expensive disposable blades anymore - I also heard that they might cut down on razor burn. I have mixed reviews. I still use a disposable for my armpits because it's just too lumpy in there - you can go a million times faster using a disposable.

For my legs - the razors themselves for a safety razor are INSANELY cheap and come in bulk. The problem is - you need to go very, very slowly, even on straightaways like your legs. Press very lightly - let the movement and sharp edge do the work for you without applying much pressure at all. I learned my lesson by taking a pretty sizable strip of skin off my ankle the second time I was shaving because I tried to go too fast. The shave is very close and leaves you crazy smooth, but I do get razorburn (I have keratosis pilaris though so I don't know if there's any avoiding that). Lotion works. I have trouble with my knees, especially after the cutting incident, I'm scared of cutting myself there. Usually leave some hairs and often go over it with my disposable. And I always do have a couple tiny bloody spots afterwards that I didn't feel when I was shaving, but they're very small and go away quickly.

Bottom line - would I buy it again? Maybe. I think it's better suited for someone who shaves their legs very regularly. I shave maybe once a month or even two months, because I hate it, so making it even more time consuming is bad for me. But if I did it daily I think the safety razor would be awesome because it really cuts down on waste/cost and the shave is SUPER close so you could shave less and still have crazy smooth legs. Works pretty well in the nether regions also, actually. Just go slowly :)

Here is what I bought:

The razor handle is good, but my boyfriend has one that is really easy to replace the blades - you twist the bottom and it opens up the top and you just pull out and plop in the new one. Mine you have to almost completely take it apart, which is dumb. Spend time looking for the one I describe where you can just easily replace the blades.

The blades are good and cheap, I spent some time reading reviews so I believe those are the best quality/price combo.

u/AxsDeny · 5 pointsr/howto

The best way to prevent bumping is to shave properly.

  1. Take a hot shower to open the pores.
  2. Use a quality shave lather to lubricate the area.
  3. Shave WITH the grain lightly to remove hair.
  4. Rinse and lather again.
  5. Lightly shave against the grain.
  6. Rinse and repeat steps 4-5 as needed.
  7. Get out of shower and dry area by PATTING dry. Do no rub.
  8. Apply very cold water to area. This will close up the pores.
  9. PAT dry. Do not rub.
  10. Apply quality moisturizer to area to keep skin pliable.
  11. Let moisturizer dry before getting dressed.
  12. Keep the area clean, but moisturized.

    I shave with a straight razor and a safety razor. I'm sure I missed something or got something wrong in these instructions, but this is how I shave my face. I have sensitive skin, so it's likely a very similar process for your sensitive area. If I don't shave using this process I get razor burn and break out the next day. I'm sure that the Reddit collective will correct me, so take my advice with a grain of salt.
u/chance-- · 5 pointsr/howto

I really, really recommend you consider buying an old-fashion double-edge safety razor like this one along with a blade sample pack. Once you find the right blade and adjust to the new type of razor, you'll wonder how disposable razors ever became a thing. Even my wife couldn't believe how awesome they are and it took me forever to even get her to try my razor.

  • I have sensitive skin and would constantly get razor burn, my skin would turn bright red, and I'd get bumps after each shave. It took a week or two for my skin to adjust and for me to find the right blades but once that happened, I haven't had skin issues since. The first few shaves did suck but it got a lot better.
  • The blades are absurdly cheap. You can get Feather blades which are among the most expensive for about $0.10 a blade.
  • Since the blades are so much cheaper, you're more likely to switch them out properly and get a much cleaner shave.
  • The razor itself will last for a lifetime and then some
  • All of those cartridges and packaging are no longer headed to the landfill

    If you want an even better shave while saving even more money, consider getting shaving soap + a brush. I've had one of those for like 2 years now.. it's insane how long they last.

    There are plenty of sites, forums, and even a subreddit that you can find out much more about DE shaving. Some people really, really get into it so you kind of have to wade through a lot of fanboyism but it's well worth it, I promise.
u/66666thats6sixes · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you want to get into DE shaving and you don't want to worry about spending a decent bit of money on something that isn't too good, you could always start with the Silvertone/Sodial/Rimei razor -- for $2.81 + free shipping you can hardly say that the money was wasted, and it receives pretty high reviews from most. It's what I use and I am perfectly happy with it.

u/Greyzer · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Nice going.

Keep in mind that a lot of Farmers Market soaps are not really suitable for shaving (especially if they're made with olive oil), so if your lather isn't stable, it may not be your fault...

This Razor is a cheap way to get into DE shaving, don't forget to get a blade sampler as well.

u/Richiepunx · 5 pointsr/ireland

Have you ever tried wet shaving with a safety razor? I had the same problem as you for years but I switched and I've had no irritation since. They take a bit of getting used to but you won't look back once you get used to it, honestly.

u/InterPunct · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Barbasol is cheap but it irritated my skin to the point I was getting rosacea (a not good skin condition.) Now I use Arko (Amazon link) at about $1/stick and each stick lasts about 3 months. It's been great on my skin, does not require a bowl to lather, and works great.

u/padlockx · 5 pointsr/todayilearned

I do the same thing and it works great. I'm a white guy with really straight hair, but I have the skin of an infant and get horrible razor bumps on my neck. This really does help. I figured it out when I had a beard and would shave my neck area then my thick brush would get that area when I shaped the beard. The brush would knock the hairs out of the skin and prevent them from being ingrown.

Another thing I've found that helps a lot is a good razor. I know I'm not in the same exact boat, but as someone prone to skin irritation a nice real safety razor with a good double edged single blade is amazing. I use this safety razor and buy the better blades for it (and they're still really cheap.) Combined with a good shaving soap I barely have any problems compared to what I used to. It's why I grew the beard in the first place.

u/unassigned_user · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Please tell me you mis-typed the price of the mug. I was gifted the Van Der Hagen starter set when I first started out. That mug isn't worth any thing near $50.

u/nealt900 · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

The gear is this:

Edwin Jagger De89l

Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set

Later tonight will be my first DE experience, wish me luck!

u/yeahthechamp · 4 pointsr/DIY

This is "safer" for balls. I would still recommend testing and following directions carefully. Also be careful what you put on after. I will tell you Fresh Balls and this don't mix.

u/Jazzeeee · 4 pointsr/HaircareScience

Half Afro but intimately familiar with the in growns issue. I stopped shaving and now use magic shaving powder. It’s saved my life. Get the gold cans, the silver smells like shit. Magic Shaving Powder Gold 4.5 ounce fragrant Can usually get these for less than a dollar at Walmart in the “ethnic hair” or shaving sections.

u/s2514 · 4 pointsr/gadgets

I have the Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor mentioned in the article and it's amazing and it's a very reasonable price. For blades I went with these which are about 12.50 for 100 and they are double sided so even if you want a fresh blade each shave that's like half a cent per shave.

Which cream to get is more subjective but I got this with this which works for my needs. All this has lasted me a full year worth of shaving.

I don't know how good the stuff I got is vs other's because I haven't used anything else but it's way better than cartridge shaving.

u/HaroldSax · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Well, I can tell you the bowl, brush, stand, and tab of soap are the Van Der Hagen Shave Set, which can be picked up at Target for around $20. I got mine for that price, so seeing the normally listed price of $40 (even the discounted $30) really surprised me.

u/Romulan_Fale · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

What you're ordering looks good. There's nothing wrong with your razor but I personally think this one is better. That model is being replaced with newer ones(same shaving head but different handle) that cost like $12 more so the old one at this price is a good deal. As for blades get a sampler pack. Everybody's face is different and what I like you may not and vice a versa.

u/Silverlight42 · 4 pointsr/answers

DE is short for double edged, the style of safety razor I recommended.

like this one

u/I_am_Prosciutto · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I use a [Lord safety razor] ( and it works pretty well.

u/twosoon22 · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I think the selections are great but, do have a few suggestions.
You may want to avoid an adjustable razor to start with. If you think you'll want one down the road don't want to have two DEs in your arsenal, then by all means get it now. But a lot of beginners blame their bad shaves on not being able to find the "right setting" on their adjustable. I like the EJ89 as a good starter. But if you do go with the Progress, don't play with the settings, play with your technique.

I also think you should get a blade sampler with a little more variety (read includes astras). This is a pretty good one, but I think the bigger the better.

Good Luck, and congrats on deciding to change your shave.

u/kinganti · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

The lowest cost option is the Lord L6 at $12.75 but I have to disclose that this is a razor that will require replacement eventually as it's known to break over time.

Then there's the Edwin Jagger DE8x series. They all have the same head, but the differences in prices reflect the difference in the handles. I bought mine at the link I provided, and it was ~$36 and took 6 days to be shipped from England to California. This razor is high enough quality, it will last a lifetime.

The next bump up in both quality and price would have to go to either the Weber ARC, or the Weber DLC. both are $70, and solid stainless steel. Razors of similar quality and materials normally sell for twice that much. Great value. and... great razors! Our resident expert Leisureguy says his ARC gives him his best shave of any of his razors.

u/Ad_Retie_i_Ouzo · 4 pointsr/Suomi

Tulihan se sieltä osa 2 sieltä, tosin vähän myöhemmin kuin lupasin. Tarkoituksena oli toimittaa tämä joululahjana mutta motivaatio oli alhaalla minkä lisäksi sairastuin jouluaattona mikä vei viimeisetkin kirjoitusfiilikset. Vuodenvaihde kuitenkin lähenee uhkaavasti joten otin itsestäni niskalenkin ja sain kuin sainkin jotain aikaiseksi. Jotkin osiot jäivät aika lyhyiksi ja ehkä hivenen vajavaisiksi. Ajotekniikassa on jotain mitä on vaikea selittää ja kuvailla yksityiskohtaisesti mutta tämä saattaa olla helpompaa kuvamateriaalin avulla Wikikirjastossa. Wikikirjastoon laittaminen ja sen tarvitsemat muotoilut ja muutokset saavat kuitenkin jäädä ensi vuoteen. ärSuomen wikiin nämä saa kuitenkin minun puolestani laittaa vaikka heti.


Kokeilin ennen joulua ensimmäisen kerran Arko-saippuatikkua ja on muuten hyvää tavaraa. Vaahtoaa todella helposti, toimii hyvin ja on erittäin halpaa. En voi kuin suositella. Ja jos tuoksu ei miellytä niin voi käyttää käsi- ja suihkusaippuana (hyvä vinkki muillekin koville saippuoille). Tuulettaminen huoneilmassa ilman paperipakkausta kuulemma auttaa tuoksun haihtumisessa mutta koska tuoksu on mielestäni ihan ok niin jätän tämän niksin kokeilematta.

Vietin joulun Turkkusessa ja kas kummaa, paikallisen Deli Market -nimisen etnokaupan hyllyltä löytyi egyptiläistä Lord-partavoidetta. Tämä on ensimmäinen kokemukseni partavoiteesta ja vaahtoavuudeltaan ja toimivuudeltaan se on kyllä ihan hyvä. Mentoolin viilennysvaikutus on tosin näin Prorason vihreään tottuneelle aika olematon eikä tuoksukaan ole mitenkään erikoinen (mitä nyt tukkoisella nenällä olen pystynyt nuuhkimaan). Hintaa tuolle 55 gramman tuubille kertyi muistaakseni yli kolme euroa (tarkkaa hintaa en muista) mikä lienee suomalaiselle kaupalle ihan ok.

Kassan vieressä roikkui myös Lord-merkkisiä partahöyliä mutta en nähnyt hintaa tai tarkempaa merkkiä. Oletan että kyseessä on Lord L6 joka on Amazon-arvostelujen perusteella hyväksi haukuttu. Joten jos täällä on Turkulaisia tai muuten siellä päin liikkuvia niin Deli Marketista voi saada sutia lukuun ottamatta ihan kohtalaisen aloituspakkauksen. Höylien vieressä oli muistaakseni myös partateriä, merkkiä en nähnyt, mutta Lord lienee hyvä veikkaus tämän suhteen.

Yllätyin iloisesti että perinteistä parranajotavaraa saa Suomessa edes jostain kivijalkaliikkeestä. Veikkaisin että Helsingistä ja muistakin isommista kaupungeista saattaisi löytyä jotain vastaavaa. Jos teette löytöjä niin ilmoittakaa niistä ihmeessä täällä.

u/Kalima · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

i own this one and bought the long handle version for my groomsmen. I completely recommend it. I have had mine for 4 years with no issues.

u/iamsms · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89

Brush: Fendrihan Synthetic

Shaving Cream: Speick (currently overpriced)

Or if you want to go for a Shaving Soap:

Shaving Soap: PdP 63


B&M Latha Oceana

AfterShave: Nivea Sensitive Cooling (or get one from local drugstore, walmart etc (non cooling version))

Blades: Get this from

But if I were you:

I would get: the DE89 razor from Amazon, a 22mm synthetic brush from Maggard Razors, B&M Seville Shave soap/Speick Shave Cream from Maggard Razors, Blade Sampler from tryablade, and nivea aftershave balm sensitive from Local stores

u/elint · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Just commenting to add prices -- these may not be accurate for very long, since some were listed with limited quantites, but it may help some:

$29.98 - Feather:[1]
$9.77 - Astra Green:[2]
$12.77 - Astra Blue:[3]
$8.93 - Derby Extra:[4]
$12.00 - Shark:[5]
$6.99 - Dorco:[6]
$16.95 - Big Ben:[7]
$15.05 - Lord Platinum:[8]
$15.95 - Lord Classic:[9]
$29.85 - Gillette Silver Blue:[10]
$20.00 - Gillette 7 O'Clock:[11]
$17.95 - Blue Bird:[12]
$19.99 - BIC:[13]
$24.98 - Personna Super 200CT:[14]
$24.00 - Wilkinson Sword:[15]
$18.88 - Crystal (Israeli Personna) 120CT:[16]

u/e36 · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

Different people use different razors and blades. I've got a Merkur 180 and a Gillette Super Speed, and Astra blades.

u/StraightShaverSix · 4 pointsr/Wetshaving

Feathers - 22.38

Astra SP - 7.35

Personna Platinum - 24.49

Voshkod Teflon - 10.99

All prices USD. These were just the ones I checked. You may wish to check Italian Barber, He has decent bulk prices and ships from Canada but it looks like long international shipping times (3-4 weeks)

u/-BW- · 4 pointsr/Frugal

Astra Platinum. A pack of 100 costs $10.51 on Amazon.

u/bilged · 4 pointsr/Frugal

Have you tried a good safety razor? You can get the blades for $10 per 100 so its cheap even if you only use each blade once. I shave my head and get a super close shave.

Merkur razor


u/SpindlySpiders · 4 pointsr/WatchPeopleDieInside
u/solsangraal · 4 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

those aren't expensive to make-- they're expensive for suckers to buy

edit: never looked back

u/Selthor · 4 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

I use Feather. They are more expensive than that, but still cheap compared to the "regular" multi-blade razor.

u/kim-jong_illest · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Aside from what everyone else is saying as to why, you don't need expensive or fancy equipment. This setup is effective and as cheap as you can go while getting decent stuff:





u/jamestporter · 4 pointsr/news

100 blades for $15: I haven't bought blades in a couple of years, still have over 50.

u/frozen-landscape · 4 pointsr/minimalism

Safety razor. The blades are like 15 bucks for 400 blades (pure metal) and the handle lasts forever. You can find the handles cheaper on eBay etc. Just boil them before using. But amazon will have them new too.

Edit: blades and handle .

u/zonules_of_zinn · 4 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

these are like $.08. just the brand that someone else mentioned in a comment.

u/lizab-FA · 4 pointsr/ABDL

After shave, It burns but it has pretty much reduced irritation/white heads to zero for me. I use this specifically, and it works great. But I imagine something cheaper will work too, seeing as the main ingredient it alcohol.

Also put your razor in alcohol before you shave.

Also its really important as some have said to make sure you exfoliate everyday to help avoid ingrowns/white heads. That combined with after shave makes it a lot less miserable.
The few seconds of burn is very much worth not having the painful pore infections

u/trashlikeyourmom · 4 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Tend Skin.

I've never used it personally, but i hear it's amazing.

u/Jlocke98 · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/mrtimeywimey · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

When you say mug of Arko, is it this? If so, does it smell the same as this?

u/Strideo · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I know that Edwin Jagger is much nicer but if anyone wants to dip their toes in the water on the cheap I found this little razor for under $7 to be quite good for beginners. It was the first DE I used and it's nice enough that it makes a good travel razor.

u/road_tripper · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

You're getting a lot of advice in this thread from adjustable users who mean well, but have obviously never used a Futur. The Futur is quite simply one of the most aggressive razors... period.

Even on the 1 setting, the distance between the blade and guard is greater than almost any DE I can think of. Don't even consider taking it past the 2 setting unless you've been shaving for years. Also the technique for using the Futur is completely different than a normal DE. Because of the weight and heft, you need to apply almost zero pressure and let the razor do all of the work.

Honestly, you should put down the Futur and buy this for $2.50 You'll get a better, safer, more enjoyable shave while you learn technique. After awhile you can come back to Futur with real understanding of how aggressive it is and whether or not that is the kind of shaving experience you want.

u/kerbuffel · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

>I still use disposables

> haven't been able to convince my wife to budget the initial expense for a DE kit

A pack of disposables is like, what, 8 bucks? You can get this for four and then thirty blades for $10 which is actually kind of expensive but you're just getting started.

So for the cost of two packs of disposables you have a starter kit of 30-60 shaves. You can keep using your normal cream for now, but eventually you can switch over to better stuff.

Then, once you get a hang of it you can ask for fancier razors or brushes for Christmas/Birthdays/etc.

And your wife will give you bonus points for saving money! Everybody wins.

u/milky_donut · 4 pointsr/femalefashionadvice

I bought a vintage Lady Gillette DE safety razor on eBay with Personna blades on Amazon...I love it. The blades are sharp and holding the shaver feels nice in my hands. I use plain shaving cream -- my bf, however, has a nice badger brush and fancy shaving soaps.

There's a small learning curve when using double-edged safety razors but I don't think I'll ever go back to disposables or drugstore brands. I mean, it might seem like a lot for shaving but it's kinda a nice ritual to do for yourself once in a while. I went to /r/wicked_edge for info.

u/FatJoeAndAshanti · 4 pointsr/bodybuilding

Switching to a double edge razor (not straight) really helped my folliculitis. Using one blade for each pass is so much easier on my skin. Less blades is better and in this case one blade is best. I use very little pressure on the handle as too much pressure irritates the skin. Fragrance messes up my skin fragrance free cream is way to go. To top it all off I pay 12 cents a blade! I've shaving for almost 15 years and shake my head thinking how long it took to make the leap to double edge.

u/SuperDumbDumb · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hi Wicked_Edge,

I am new to this whole world of shaving, and I'm looking to shy away from my cartridge Gillette.

I wish to transition away because:

  1. 16pack of cartridges cost about 50 after taxes of costco that maybe would last 6-8 months.
  2. it looks cool and its different...
  3. I find my mustache always has a "shadow" left over, I feel the stubble left over is too thick and I wish to even get a closer shave so I feel razors would be my friend here.

    So, doing some research I found three razors:

    Maggards m1,m7,m9,m11 -


    Merkurs -


    Weishi -

    I'm not looking to spend crazy amounts of money, and the only areas I shave would be my mustache and parts of my facial hair and the facial hair that's on my neck. I style the rest of beard with an electric shaver to so that way I don't look ten years old.. :D

    W/ that being said, would the Weishi be the best deal then? I've read that some people found it to be crappy or not cut close enough, and recommended the merkurs and maggards? Would the extra money be worth it? Razors are cheaper, but again, dont wanna spend like 100s on a handle...kinda want something to get the job done and last me a good while.

    Is it a requirement to buy shaving soaps, etc or can I just use canned shaving cream?

    Thanks for reading!

u/Goyu · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I think that you would be better off with a double edge. It's less technically demanding to learn, you don't have to maintain the blade (you'll have to sharpen a straight edge from time to time and strop it daily) because it's disposable.

My philosophy is that shaving is less about the hair and more about the skin, caring for it and leaving it comfortable/not irritated. Even with a light beard, it's worth learning how to shave well because it's good for the skin and it's a pleasant and meditative ritual. The whole process of carefully prepping the skin, applying the soap/cream and doing a multiple pass shave is satisfying. Like a very masculine manicure, manly pampering. Mampering? No...

Anyway, if you click around this sub a bit, you'll notice that it's easy to go overboard and get too into it, and shave gear isn't cheap. But that's as much a blessing as a curse. I have three straight razors and a double edge, and I fully expect them to last me decades.

If I were you, I wouldn't jump in the pool quite that deep though. Here are the suggestions I make to most shave newbies interested in checking out the wetshaving gig:

Edwin Jagger DE 89:

This is a simple, entry level razor. It comes with a few blades, but I'd recommend buying a sampler pack (and yes, I picked this pack because it has Feather blades, they are exceptional, if slightly too sharp for me. I use Sharks.):

After that you'll need a brush. I'd just check the sidebar there, I use a wee scot and I suspect that not many would push you in that direction.

Then you'll want a nick stick, because dude... you'll cut yourself. It happens. Again, sidebar. But here's the cheap one that I use (don't cut myself much anymore so I don't invest in the good stuff these days):

And beyond that is the decision between soaps and cream and an aftershave. That one is up to personal preference in terms of scents and consistency.

I use this cream and like it fine:

I use this aftershave and love it to pieces, enough to spend 50 fucking dollars on it a few times a year:

This isn't a super cheap set up (about $200) but you could get a cheaper aftershave and brush and be all set for under $100 and make improvements down the line if you decide you want to keep doing this.

u/Yarcofin · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Taylor of Old Bond Street and Geo F Trumper are both London-based companies with a very good reputation here. Both companies offer a sandalwood variety of shave soap. For around £10 you should be able to get a 6 oz soap of either in a plastic tub, or you can upgrade to Geo F Trumper in a wooden bowl for about £20.

Edwin Jagger is a company based out of Sheffield that offers very nice razors for around £20. Any that start with DE8_ are good, they all have the same head... it just comes down to the handle for example DE86 has a faux-ebony handle but DE89 is all chrome... the cutting head is the same on both.

A silvertip (highest quality) badger brush will run you at least £20, so as you can probably start to see, getting a soap, brush, and razor all for £30-40 will be tricky. If you downgrade to a boar brush you can get one for about £10 which will bring all 3 products to about £40. A boar brush isn't "worse", it's just different -- many people prefer it over badger. It's also more humane as the badgers need to be killed to harvest their hair. Otherwise you will need to start getting into lower-quality soaps and razors to offset the cost of the badger brush, or spend at least an extra tenner.

For example here are some links for you, there are probably other UK-based shaving websites that carry all these as well, or if you live in a major city you might even have a physical shave shop:


Shaving soap

Boar brush (personally I would look for one with a wooden handle though, I think it's classier than the plastic. If you want to stick with plastic, they come in a variety of colours)

I intentionally picked British-made products for you since you want to incorporate strong traditional and classic themes, but other companies like Merkur (German), Gillette (American), Parker (Indian) also make good razors that you might want to take a look at. I'm also assuming you want a brand new razor and not something vintage. Proraso is a nice Italian soap I use myself that will probably cost you £5 if the others are a bit too expensive.

You can add in an aftershave but that will again be another £10 or so, same with a bowl. If you want something classic and like an aftershave, I'd pick up an alum block instead. It's a naturally-occuring mineral that acts as an astringent and antiseptic -- you run it over your face after shaving to close your pores and prevent razor bumps, etc. Brand generally doesn't matter, it's all the same chunk of rock. I think a bowl is an unnecessary extra cost, any cereal bowl or latte mug can be used. If anything, just go to a charity shop and pick out the nicest mug you can get for £1-2. The bowl is used to produce your lather... you swirl the brush on the soap for 30-60 seconds to load it, and then transfer to the bowl and the lather will grow into something like a normal shaving cream when you stir it for a couple minutes. You can also lather directly onto your face or in the palm of your hand if preferred too.

If he has any questions on how to use the stuff, just direct him our way :)

u/themoofinman · 4 pointsr/gifs

I think a great starter safety razor is the Merkur. Check it out here. I also think Merkur makes some great blades.

u/DTDTD · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here's my suggestion.

Get a slant head razor.

Use Feather blades. They're the sharpest you can get.

Stop using canned shave cream, get a real shaving soap and a decent brush.

Also get some Mr GLO soap and use it before you shave. Lather it onto your beard and let it soak in for two and a half minutes, then rinse and apply your lather. This makes your beard as soft as it's gonna get.

Shave with the grain, re-lather, shave across the grain, re-lather, shave against the grain.

Read this book and go to this website.

Hope this helps.

u/Thor_of_Richmond · 4 pointsr/malegrooming

I'm pretty young too. I started with a Gillette turbo Mach something or other. It didn't work for me, it got clogged with my facial hair and it sucked. Try checking out these two subs, wet shaving is the way to go!

I started with a merkur 180 from Amazon it was like $30 and came with 10 blades it is a kick ass razor and works super well

Good luck and feel free to ask me any more questions

u/MattWilly · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

As someone who also struggles from in-grown hairs (very curly facial hair), here is my $0.02.

  • Someone in r/skincareaddiction suggested Stridex Maximum Strength exfoliating pads. It will be an unpopular opinion here, but I have been using this product after a shave instead of an alum block and it anecdotally seems to be working quite well.

  • Growth maps are very important and will help thoroughly. That being said, I have some areas where the growth has no true grain. For these areas, I take extra caution to use less pressure. It took quite a few weeks to figure out which direction to shave in for these spots.
  • If you want to try Tend Skin, don't buy it in store. Its vastly overpriced. Instead, use this link to find a DIY recipe for cheaper. I've found that alcohol based salicylic acid products like Tend Skin and Clubman Bump Repair Gel did not work well for me.
  • Consider what razor you are using. I have found that more mild razors have been more favourable. I used the Merkur 180 for a long time, until I recently invested in the Rockwell 6S and used the number 2 plate.
  • I think with a better routine you will find that your problem will get significantly better. Physical exfoliation with a hard brush is very rough on the skin and typically it is suggested that you don't do it more than twice a week.
u/commiecat · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'd suggest getting good stuff for them. Either just the razor, decent soap/brush, or bump up your budget.

Available on Amazon with Prime shipping: Proraso tub @ $9 and Tweezerman brush @ $13 puts you close to your $30. Double your budget and you can go with a nice Merkur 34c @ $37, or a long handle for like $30.

Congrats on getting hitched, btw! You'll hopefully get a nice sum of money for the ceremony if that helps justify spending more on the gift. Otherwise I'd opt for the $30 on a good brush and soap, as those can be used with whatever razor they currently have and can always be a gateway into using a DE or straight.

u/mct137 · 4 pointsr/AskMenOver30

I have had a Merkur safety razor for about 5 years now. It's $22 on amazon. You can buy replacement blade packs online as well. I can usually find them in packs of 10-20 blades for roughly a dollar a blade.

u/TooManyTabs · 4 pointsr/BeardTalk

Yup. All of this. Great advice!

Also, people swear by this and can keep it under control:

u/GregorDeth · 3 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Something like this, buy whichever one you can find that's the cheapest and you like the most

u/tasty_pathogen · 3 pointsr/Frugal

I have a Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor that I like very much. It costs the same as two or three packs of Gilette Mach 3 cartridges.

I'm not sure that it matters much. There are cheap chinese copies that you can get for $3 but I would assume that these are no good.

There is a subreddit called /r/wicked_edge that deals with this stuff. They can probably answer all your questions.

u/digitalrain · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sure thing. I personally have the Merkur Model 180/23C, but please check /r/wicked_edge's Double Edge Kit Suggestions threads in their sidebar. Can't go wrong with those.

u/MT1982 · 3 pointsr/videos

I've always heard that safety razors are the best.


Spare blades

50 blades for $35, but in reality since those are double edged blades it's like getting 100 blades because you'll use one side till it dulls then switch to the other. Then once side two is dull you'll put in a new blade. I'm sure you can find cheaper blades as well.

u/DStoo · 3 pointsr/Frugal
u/ryanknapper · 3 pointsr/news

I switched to a safety-razor and I'm much, much happier with the results.

You want blades?
Personna Double Edge Razor Blades, 100 Count: $12.08 / 12¢ per blade
Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades ,100 Blades: $11.09 / 11¢ per blade
Feather Hi-Stainless Platimum Double Edge Razor Blades 50 Ct: $12.70 / 25¢ per blade
Gillette Fusion Manual Men's Razor Blade Refills 12 Count: $37.99 / $3 per cartridge
Gillette Fusion Proglide Manual Men's Razor Blade Refills 6 Count: $25.58 / $4.75 per cartridge

u/tinytimthetickler · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

My wife had her first DE shave last night with a Merkur 180 with the blade it came with, a Vie-Long Horse Hair Brush, and Kiss My Face Pomegranate Grapefruit and loved it.

Though she hasn't had anything to compare it to she definitely enjoyed it more than cartridge shaving.

u/scubanarc · 3 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

It's hard for me to not mention 4 important items that every man should have in their shaving kit:

merkur 180 long handled razor

feather blades, the sharpest you can buy

For sensitive skin and a close shave, this combo is hard to beat. Bonus items if you really want to shave well:

proraso, numbs the pain

boar bristle brush, really makes the lather

Wet shaving FTW!

u/whaevr · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hello! I was in your place about 3 months ago, except I have always used an electric razor since I started shaving. If you are worried about skin irritation I would recommend you do not buy an electric razor.

I was trying to nail down what could have been causing irritation in my routine when I googled something like "electric shaver/razor comparison" and came across this image. After seeing that I've gone old school and am shaving with a safety razor. I get 0 irritation after shaving now and my neck is completely clear except for a bit of PIH left behind from my pre-saftey razor days. Plus I picked up a new skill and actually look forward to shaving now, Idk I guess I find the process relaxing now.

>four blade

You don't need 4! Just 1 sharp one to cut the hair, anything after that is just extra scraping and all that dragging around with all the extra blades is just causing irritation.

here is exactly what I used to shave this morning; about 65$ upfront but after that initial cost buying new blades and soap is something that will happen once every other blue moon as compared to re-upping on cartridges at ~30$ a pack.

  • Shaving soap + brush + bowl
  • Long handle Razor
  • *Blades
  • **Alum block

    *I only have to shave about once every 5 days or so, so honestly I just use a brand new blade everytime I shave. I'm sure I could probably get 2 or 3 shaves a blade but, at ~14c a blade I'm not too worried about being wasteful- I just want them to be sharp as hell and clean

    **Wet face and rub this on after you shave to disinfect and close up any nics/cuts

    ...and if you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole /r/wicked_edge can help you out with that. Videos/links on foaming lather, applying lather, shave angles etc. I just winged it though once I finally had everything- I bleed a little bit the first time but the alum block stops it straight away. I rarely cut myself now
u/PuhTayter · 3 pointsr/egg_irl

Oh of course!

What I use might be a little unorthodox and more time consuming, but it sure as hell beats taking a razor to hairy /man/ legs

First I use Magic Shaving Powder

It gets rid of 90% of the hair when you follow the directions. But it takes a while and can be messy if you're doing a FBS all at one time.

Then the next day, because it's not advised to shave right after using the powder, I use a razor to get the rest and get everything smoooooth

I would be advised for sensitive skin areas because it is essentially burning off your hair at the root.

I just use Gillette 3 blade razors and Cremo Shave Lather for my face and everywhere else because it is great at fighting razor burn

u/BGaviator13 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Well, what starter kit was it? If it was a Van der Hagen kit like this or this, it's a known common problem with the brush.

If you want, you could get an Omega boar brush for around $13 that is pretty good quality without breaking the bank.

u/Levema · 3 pointsr/Frugal

I went with the Mekur model 180 long handled razor, with Proraso shaving soap. I also got a real badger brush after reading some reviews about how they were better than the synthetic kind.

I am really impressed with the Mekur. It's all metal and really easy to take apart and clean. I would definitely recommend the long-handled version though, because it's not all that long. But I have biggish hands, so that might just be me.

With the badger brush, well... I really like mine now. But when I took that thing out of the box the stank that it produced was prodigious. I soaked it for about two weeks alternately in vinegar and conditioner (both recommendations I found through google). Now it just smells like the shaving soap.

I usually shave after I get out of the shower, because it's easier for me. I fill up the sink with hot water and use that for wetting the brush and cleaning off the razor. Dip the brush to start out, and shake out some of the water. Too much water makes a really loose foam with the shaving soap. Cover however much of your leg you want with the soap (I do by sections, rather than the whole thing at once). Shave one or two passes with the razor, then rinse it. And repeat.

Be extra careful around knees and ankles because, as some of the other ladies have attested, you can cut yourself wicked bad. I have a couple of new scars to prove it. For those areas, you just have to go a little slower and pay attention to what you're doing.

It has definitely helped with my razor burn/bumps problems, in a big way. As an added bonus, my legs are also softer from using the shaving soap.

u/Mister_Shifty · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Weishis are mild shavers, but cheap doesn't mean bad quality... just more fragile materials most of the time. That Weishi razor could break if you drop it, but it won't rust/corrode as long as the plating is intact.

I'm a dude, so I don't know how much wear and tear legs/pits put on double edge razor blades, but I shave my piano wire facial hair as well as my head, and with Personna Blue blades ( in my favorite safety razor and good technique I can get 15-20 shaves per blade. Your mileage may vary on that.

I think informally, I'd say from what I've seen around this community, you can probably expect to get 4-6 shaves per blade (which would still be saving you plenty of money over cartridges).

u/RandyDanderson · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Off topic question but the blades on your site listed as "Personna - Lab Blue". Are they the same ones sold HERE on Amazon? I want to buy a sample pack of only the blades I can buy cheaply in bulk.

u/bluejayguy26 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I wouldn't buy a ready-to-go kit, especially from a supermarket-type store like Target. However, you can find countless combinations of razors, brushes and soaps all over the internet. My preferred razor is the Edwin Jagger DE89lbl. It is a fantastic razor with great weight distribution, blade expoture and it looks great too. I'm not sure how much you've looked into the different types of brushes but a few good brands that I like are Simpson (pretty pricy), Omega (better price for starters), and Edwin Jagger (in-between the two). For soaps I'd recommend TOBS Sandalwood. You can't go wrong with the scent of sandalwood IMO. If you want to spend less for soap than go with Arko. It's very cheap and will last quite a while because it is hard. Speaking of which, if you have hard water than don't go with the Arko and go with a softer soap/cream that comes in a tub like TOBS. You'll have a tough time trying to create a lather with a hard soap if you have hard water. That's all I've got for you, I don't use any pre-shave oils. One last thing, some antiseptic wouldn't be a bad idea. I hope this was helpful for you and good luck!

u/Human_Ballistics_Gel · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Personna Double Edge Razor Blades, 100 Count

Same thing. Super cheap, lasts forever

u/Sissykatiexx · 3 pointsr/Sissy

I've used the creams several times and most of the time it works great. However, it has a really strong smell that can stink up your bathroom and if you're not careful you can give yourself chemical burns. As someone said earlier in the thread it can get pricey too. That's why I moved to this depilarory.

You just mix the powder with water and apply it on your skin like the cream. It's much cheaper so you can do you're whole body if you'd like. Also doesn't smell nearly as strong as the others and it's never affected my skin in a negative way like Nair/veet has done in the past. Everyone's skin is different though so keep that in mind!

Don't forget to exfoliate your skin to prevent ingrown hairs and bumps! Good luck!

u/Iowa_Dave · 3 pointsr/malegrooming

Have you ever tried Shaving Powder?

It basically dissolves the hair. It's used by guys with very curly whiskers that want to burrow back into the skin.

u/chiseledface · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Anything stirling soap sells is a bargain. Currently I'm using Electric Sheep, and I really like it. Also TOB is a popular option. If you have a bit more money to throw at it, dapper dragon, How to Grow a Moustache, and LA Shave are excellent starts to an artisan shave as well.

For an inexpensive aftershave, I'd recommend [anything by Fine] (, but they are currently out of stock, so you could give Folsom a try as I hear that is has very similar performance.

u/HandsofManos · 3 pointsr/malegrooming

I've used this before. It works pretty well, though it makes a bit of a mess.

u/Khromasoul · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Just finished shaving and had to come here to talk about it! I never knew shaving could be this great! Good bye crappy cartridges and goopy aerosol creams!

Here's the links to the stuff I got:

Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set

Proraso Ultra Sensitive Pre and Post Shave Cream with Aloe and Green Tea


Any suggestions on other supplies I should pick up to make my shave even better?

Oh and if you're wondering, the basket in the back is something my family's always done. We have a basket of really common toiletries that we keep in the guest bathroom (I shave in the guest bathroom when no one's staying with us so I don't have to fight the missus for counter space) in case our guests forgot to bring something with them.

u/thelonelyboner · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding

I bought a cheap kit to get started about a year and a half ago and it's still working well. I want to upgrade to a straight razor which costs more upfront but you never need to buy blades again (just sharpen before use)

I'd say this is a good starter kit though, it's what I bought:

You can spend less on the soap kit, and get one for $9 or so to start off.

u/Endlessdex · 3 pointsr/askgaybros

All pubic hair grows really fast. Nair or Veet will burn like a mf because the tissues of the groin are "sensitive" to put it mildly.

Magic Shaving Powder.

I recommend this 110%. I use it fairly regularly and have no itching, no burning, nothing. It gets you completely smooth but is not a harsh chemical. Can get it for like 3 bucks at Walmart/amazon.

u/FuckOffMightBe2Kind · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

$40 starter set

$12.50 set -

$7 razor -

$10 sampler set -

$9 alum block -

I don't know what any of you are talking about. We're talking about starter sets for noobs. And starter sets for noobs on a budget at that. Isn't it better to start with crappier stuff and then work your way up to better/more expensive things (kinda like having a clunker as your first car)? I've scoured through all the comments and I can verify that the ones linked here are all good products (or as good as anything can be for the price), nothing here is faulty or poorly made, so why hasn't anyone mentioned them?

Anyway, this is what I'm buying. It's about the same prize as the whipped dog bundle ('cept these all have free shipping so its actually cheaper) except it comes with way more blade samples and a cheaper razor. It's a trade off I'm willing to make since you can get used to a crappy razor but knowing which blades you want will save you a ton of money.

u/timmojo · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Bingo. I'll take this one step further by suggesting that you start shaving with a safety razor, and using a really good, mild shave soap applied with a badger hair brush. The people over at /r/wicked_edge got you covered.

I always had whiteheads and irritation on my chin the day after I shaved. I was using the gilette mach 3, grocery store-bought shaving gel, etc. Every time I shaved, my face would break out the next day where I had shaved. I tried switching to a norelco dry electric shaver, and that helped a bit, but shaving with those things sucks because they don't give you as close a shave, and they are terrible at shaving the neck.

So I read up on /r/wicked_edge, spent a few bucks on amazon on a handle, box of blades (these are RIDICULOUSLY cheap), a badger hair brush, and a mild shave soap and aftershave. Now I'm basically whitehead and irritation-free after every shave. Not to mention I love shaving now, and it's the smoothest, closest shave I've ever had. One really nice bonus is that you won't be dropping $4 per cartridge anymore. Using these old-school blades costs about $0.10 per blade, depending on what brand you get! Be sure to only use the blades once, maybe twice before throwing it out and replacing it. This is key for you specifically, since your face seems really sensitive to dirty / used razors. And at ten cents a pop, you can afford to replace them every other time you shave.

So if you have a few bucks to spend and don't mind trying it out, switch to your grandpa's safety razor-style shaving. I'll include some links (no referral codes, just straight amazon), and some youtube videos that show you how to shave.

One last note: If you do switch to safety razors, watch the youtube videos on how to do it first. You can (and at first, will) cut yourself very easily with these things. You'll learn how to use them, but if you just jump right in and try to shave the same way you did with your mach 3, you'll slice your face up like Edward scissor hands. You have to re-learn how to shave properly.

u/bigbossodin · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Any chance you could help us "Soap Pucks" out with a video too?

I thought I was doing it right, but now I'm second guessing myself.

I should mention I have the following (at the moment. Not to say I won't get/be persuaded to get others later):

u/justateburrito · 3 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

I want to sell these items as I have another EJ razor with the same head. It'd be a nice kit for a newbie to start with or anyone who wants these items for their den. It includes the Van Der Hagen luxury kit and a Edwin Jagger DE86bl ebony, both of these items were used for about 6-8 weeks. The VDH soap was only used maybe 3 times.

Besides the VDH kit and razor (with boxes) it also includes;

  • a palmolive stick, I used it once, but the scent wasn't for me.
  • an Edwin Jagger Shave Cream and After Shave Lotion sample
  • pack of 5 Astra Platinum blades.
  • In the picture is an Osma alum block, I used for about a month, not sure if this can be cleaned, but I'll include it also if you want.

    I'm thinking $55 shipped CONUS only please. PM me if you have questions or are interested.
u/NutmeggerBarber · 3 pointsr/Watches

Go new. With vintage you run the risk of having rust on it. I personally use Nicely balanced and doesn't break the bank. You're gonna wanna invest in a beaver hair brush. I use make sure your wash out the brush thoroughly and then you're gonna need a ceramic bowl for lathering. There are tons of YouTube videos on proper lathering techniques and blade strokes. For shaving cream And then you're gonna need a holder for your blade and brush for its not good for them to rest on the counter and it helps the brush naturally dry. For blades I always recommend

Hopes this points you in the right direction.

u/chipmunk7000 · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Amazon has a couple for REALLY cheap and they are good quality.. If I find the one I bought I'll link it to you, because it's fantastic and was like 6 bucks or something


u/lemtzas · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I would not trust a 3 dollar anything with the safety of my face.

EDIT: I think I spent around $50 to get started with wet shaving. I used some spray shaving cream I already had.

EDIT2: The reviews for this seem favorable on Amazon. Though a lot of the lower reviews are along the lines of "I wish I got a better quality one", "too light", "you get what you pay for", and "arrived with manufacturing defect". Perhaps I would trust this with my face.

EDIT3: Relevant?

u/13bmm1997 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Sounds like you're looking for Arko. Here, this will last you a few years at least.

u/Chazboski · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I appreciate it man, this is the double edge I grabbed and I'm liking it so far, although I'm paranoid about using it on the front of my neck. (In all fairness, I get really creeped out/bothered by anything touching the front of my throat, and something like this terrifies me a bit).

Right now it seems to be working, but I'm trying to make sure I'm going into all of it right. How often do you change the blade on yours?

u/btafan · 3 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

I have this brush, and right now it's $13.90. It seems to work pretty well, it just loses a few hairs when you first start using it.

u/self_driving_sanders · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

advice: buy 3 of the tryablade pack. This way you can shave through a blade and revisit it once you've tried some others.

Maggard, Merkur, Edwin Jagger, and Standard all make good affordable razors.

To put together a kit under $75 you'll want to stick with synthetic or boar brushes. A decent silvertip will run you at least $40. Synthetic is probably the best choice as they dry most easily.

Good soaps are wonderful. You can save shit ton of money buying a lifetime supply of arko or you can spend $20-30 to grab a couple soaps from Dr Jon's, haslinger, B&M Latha, Fine, Henri et Victoria, Dapper Dragon, Maggard, Chiseled Face, Mike's Natural, Wholly Kaw, First Canadian, Catie's Bubbles, Reef Point, Mickey Lee, Captain's Choice, TTFFC, Phoenix & Beau, Soap Commander, or Mitchell's

The puck of mitchell's and the 6oz soap commander tubs will both last a really long time, but any of those should last a couple months at minimum. I've never counted but I hear the rough math is that 1 4oz tub is good for ~100 shaves.

u/DaGoodBoy · 3 pointsr/AskMen

I recently changed my shaving routines to help with dry skin on my cheeks. It turns out the Barbasol I'd been using since I was a teenager was drying me out pretty bad now that I'm an old fart.

I went old school and got a badger hair shaving brush, some unscented shave soap and a soap bowl. I also got a pre-shave oil with camphor and some unscented after shave moisturizer to use instead of the astringent I'd been using for years.

Wow, what a difference! My skin is so smooth now after I shave, and the moisturizer has stopped all the itchy dryness that used to come in the afternoons. I didn't believe it until I tried it for a month.

u/Atacast · 3 pointsr/Turkey

12 packs are available for $16 in FREEDOMLAND, so maybe have it shipped to an Amazon locker and cross the border if it's nearby?

u/naturalstrike · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Oh, links...
Silvertone double edge razor

Arko shave stick, easy to lather, and a pretty decent smell

There are all different kinds of brushes, here are a few

Also, for $26 is a good brush, from Larry at whipped dog.

Blades, well look on amazon for a sampler pack , or try maggard;
Make your own, or choose one of theirs!

u/OlympiaWest · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge


Generally online is the better place to get this stuff. There's a few brick and mortar stores that carry good stuff, but online is just easier.

Some soaps can be a little expensive, yes, but keep in mind they generally last longer than the canned gel.

There's a lot of options if you're price conscious however.

Razorock is an Italian shaving soap that's really easy to whip up so it's ideal as a beginner. They have sales on some of their soaps in the $7 to $9 range.

Also consider Arko. It's definitely not as "fun" as some of the other artisan, uniquely scented soaps, but if price is super important to you, it's definitely the way to go. That link is a 12 pack. I have absolutely no idea how long that would last someone using exclusively that product to shave, but I would guess at least 3-5 years, maybe more.

Arko is a shaving stick, so it's a little different. Again, have him watch a video in how to properly lather that stuff if that's what you end up going with, otherwise he'll probably end up frustrated.

There's tons of places to get blades. Here's West Coast Shaving's inventory of them. This is where you'll save money in the long run.

Tell him to consider getting a sampler pack. Blades are very different and everyone has a personal preference.

u/xingped · 3 pointsr/IDontWorkHereLady

That's super cool of you. Did you recommend something like this and a double edge razor by any chance? Would definitely save them a shit ton of money both immediately and in the long run. (And it's a far more pleasing shave imo)

u/Xunae · 3 pointsr/traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns

When I used an electric it just pulled all my hairs out.

and cartridge razors all around are way too expensive for replacements. I found a double edge razor (like one of these) was ultimately the best option in value and quality of shave.

The blades are only 10 cents and i never felt like i have to keep using a dull blade because i haven't gotten enough value out of it. Because of that, i could get a more consistent shave. A decent shaving soap helps too.

u/nugget_pouch · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Nothing wrong with those choices at all. Here is my 2 cents for some harware, and my suggestion would be to just try as many blades as possible to start with.

Razor, Brush, Cream

u/cptnuzzi · 3 pointsr/pics

Wow you're right.

u/crbowen44 · 3 pointsr/shaving

I went on amazon bought a brush for 10.00, a relatively cheap DE razor for about 27.00 a stand for 10 and a soap for 10.00, I would recommend trying a soap sampler to find one you like. You can find starter packs as well, and I would do that. I was trying to be somewhat frugal but ended up needing more than I thought. Most razors come with a free pack of blades, usually at least 5, and that should last you approximately 15 shaves, so at least two weeks. After that I recommend going with some kind of blade sampler since a lot of packs come with a hundred blades and if you buy the wrong blade you might be out the 10 or 15 that it cost.

It takes longer than a cartridge razor to shave, and requires more skill and attention, but the whole process is much more enjoyable with better results.
I recommend going the cheap route until you're sure you like it, and as you wear out the items you buy (bristles comes out of my brush almost every shave, a couple at a time) then buy the next level up. It can be extremely expensive, but like anything there's also regular people versions of all the expensive stuff too.

For your reference:

u/Mouath · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

The stand, mug, soup, and brush came with Van Der Hagen shaving kit I bought from target for ~25$

u/girlwithruinedteeth · 3 pointsr/asktransgender

I have a shaving tip for every transfemale here.

Do not use store bought razors, they're garbage and awful for your skin.

Do yourself a favor and pick up a Safety razor and feather platinum coated blades.

It's far smoother, cleaner and closer of a shave. smoother skin=better make up application.

This is even more important if you're black or have africanized skin and hair like I do.

It takes a bit of effort and dexterity to learn, but once you do the store bought razors are just...trash.

Oh yeah and its WAY WAY WAY cheaper than store bought trash.

u/The_Weekend · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/fenstra · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I really don't know why people are shitting on Amazon. I like supporting artisans and small companies as much as anyone else, but if OP wants to go with Amazon because it's cheaper (and it is cheaper), then let them do it.

To answer your question, the Edwin Jagger DE89bl is a great razor, Proraso Green is a great soap, and the Omega 48 is a good brush. You can also pick up all sorts of blades in bulk.

If you get the Astra blades, the kit is about $60 on Amazon and about $75 on a small site that is popular in this sub.

Let me just reiterate. I like artisans and small vendors, especially for the wider variety of scents and razors. There are better options for less at small vendors, but those are on items that only those vendors sell. for mass-produced products Amazon is often the cheaper option

u/ranalicious · 3 pointsr/poledancing

I use a safety razor and I absolutely love it. It does have a little learning curve because I was used to pressing down hard on Venus razors since I rarely had a sharp, new blade on because they are so damn expensive. But seriously, the $30 razor and 0.50 refill blades are totally worth it in my opinion. Just let the weight of the razor glide across your skin and use a good shaving cream or gel. You can even use the kind they make for men that use safety razors.

I would avoid applying something like deodorant before pole dancing because that could affect your thigh grip. I will sometime moisturize with coconut oil after shaving but only a little and never on a pole day.

This is the razor I use and I like how it fits in my smallish hands. The price has gone up since I got mine but on Amazon it will fluctuate.

u/GetInTheVanKid · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I started off with a WSP El Grande and a Van Der Hagen brush and soap set for around $50 total. Picked up a pack of sample blades from tryablade after reading advice on this forum to play the field before deciding what blades works best for your skin. I couldn't be happier with my decisions, and don't care to admit how much more money I've spent on shaving supplies since then :)

u/LinearSimcon · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Any particular reason you want to order from amazon? Ordering from other vendors focused on wetshaving could give you a better deal...

Feedback on the items:

  • Merkur razors are good, but DE89 is generally regarded around here as a better starting razor. Cheaper at Maggardrazors or West coast shaving. Or rather, any of the DE89/86/83/8x, since they're basically the same razor and head, just small differences in the handle. But I personally started out with a Merkur 34C, same head as the 180, just a shorter handle. So the 180 would probably work fine if you fancy it for some reason.

  • Personally I understand that you want to stick to one blade while learning, but I'm not sure about the use of a sampler pack then. Generally advice is to start shaving and try each blade twice until you find one that suits you, and then stick with that brand during your "trial" period. While learning that is. Bulk blades are cheaply avaliable from ebay (trusted sellers with many sales is a recommendation) or Turkish Bestshave

  • I really dislike Pure badger brushes and will always recommend Boar brushes or a better badger brush instead. I'd recommend something along these lines: Omega boar brush, or a good value badger brush, Frank Shaving, Ian Tang on ebay, Silvertip, Frank Shaving, Ian Tang on ebay, Finest, or any Whipped Dog Silvertip

  • I personally find proraso to be a solid shaving soap/cream, but there's plenty of other good ones out there :).

  • I also really like the proraso aftershave balm, good stuff.

  • Sample pack, see the above comment.

  • Some form of styptic pencil or alum block is a good idea. Haven't tried that brand though, but /u/Leisureguy (?) recommends it, which I'd say is enough for me to believe it's a good product (I think it's Leisureguy that recommends it, if I'm wrong I apologies)

  • Glycerine soap works as a preshave, just as any other preshave oil/cream.

    You could also check out this recent comment I made about starting kit, probably applies here as well :).

    When it comes to shaving stuff /u/Leisureguy is a pretty solid guy who knows his stuff, if he says something is bad, you probably should trust him ;). Avoid that VDH stuff, there's better value alternatives out there. The sites I've linked is just examples, there's plenty of good sites out there and depending on where you're based, different retailers and deals might be better for you. If you wonder about anything in particular, just ask :).
u/faMine · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

This guy or one of the previously linked Maggard razors

u/mattdoesntwearhat · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

You either got the kit, or the razor for that price.. edit: razor is 20 on Amazon and the soap kit is 25 I'm assuming you got one or the other not both

u/goldragon · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Unless you want the scent of the Eton College shave cream, I would suggest getting the Avocado or Almond shave cream instead. Both were fantastic when I tried them and I think the avocado/almond oil gives the cream a bit more slip.

The majority opinion is that the Edwin Jagger DE89 razor is a better beginning razor however it is backordered on Amazon for 2-3 months so obviously if you want to get started now go with the Merkur. There is nothing wrong with the Merkur, I started with one, it is just the EJ is a more modern and refined design.

Some few people find that they have bad reactions to the MR GLO soap, probably to the lime oil. An alternate and the pre-shave soap I use is the Proraso glycerin soap (which is nothing like the menthol/eucalyptus shaving cream/balm from Proraso).

Also, look into a blade sampler rather than a 100-pack for a single brand.

u/Noyes654 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you don't have the money for a full set of goods, I recommend getting yourself a brush and soap before anything. I kept my same disposables and just got myself this $11 kit from walgreens. Just with the switch from gel to soap and brush has been giving me the best shaves I've ever had. I can't wait to get myself the razor soon :)

u/Zakonichiban · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Thank you!

I ended up with this, this and this. I also got a stand, a ceramic bowl, some different soaps, some Witch Hazel, and some Nivea Sensitive Skin After Shave. I'll be looking to pick up an Alum Block here shortly.

u/bambooclad · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

That's cheap.

I believe its the Edwin Jagger DE89BL - $34.34...

u/TommyWiseauAhaha · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set - This is what I bought (I'm a newbie to DE shaving, I've only been doing it for little over a month). It comes with a soap, bowl, and brush that all do the job. I'm assuming this kit is on the much cheaper end of things, but you stated your budget for less fancy things and I think this is something to consider.

Also, here's the variety pack of blades that I bought:

u/Drunktech · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

The stand is part of this set

u/rumsfeldish · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

This is what I started with:

u/PixelOrange · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

An easy way to find out if it's your razor: Buy a Silver Tone. They cost $2.03 plus free shipping

I have one and I love it. I've never had a closer shave. What kind of blades are you using? Maybe try something sharper? Like Feathers?

u/Sgt_ZigZag · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

That's a Lord L6. It's my first and only DE razor. No complaints but I'm thinking of picking up a slant or adjustable next as I'd like something a bit more aggressive. It's a light razor because the handle is Aluminum so check your pressure when you use it.

u/gifsusa · 3 pointsr/sex

Multi-blade razor lift and cut the hair under the skin level. That causes bumps, irritation and ingrows. I use a safety razor that has a single blade and it's much better. Something like this:

I don't use any shaving soap down there though.

u/thinkasecondtime · 3 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Yep. I bought this:

Said it would take a month to deliver but it was maybe 12 days or something much shorter. Works well for me.

u/wicked_VD · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Below are my suggestions to get you looking around and thinking of options.

Awesome kit - Total: $148.00

Weber DLC razor with Bulldog handle - $70.00


Weber ARC razor - $65.00

Vie-Long Zurito Horsehair Brush - $32.00

Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.

Blade Sampler - $26.00

Great kit - Total: $113.00

Edwin Jagger DE89 Razor - $35.00

Vie-Long Zurito Horsehair Brush - $32.00

Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.

Blade Sampler - $26.00

Decent kit - Total**: $89.00

Merkur 180 Razor - $32.00

Omega Pro 49 Boar Brush - $10.00


Omega Pro 48 Boar Brush - $13.00

Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.

Blade Sampler - $26.00

u/pc_help_x · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here's the products I use:

u/tgjer · 3 pointsr/OneY

If you want to try a cheaper model at first, this one looks good. + 100 blades and a brush and soap for a total of $47, with free shipping.

u/Viatic_Unicycle · 3 pointsr/actuallesbians

not OP but trans. I shave in multiple passes. I had laser for about 6 sessions and then lost my job so I couldn't afford more so it wasn't as effective as it could have been, I still have facial hair and shave daily. I also use a safety razor, like this one, The blades are dirt cheap and do wonders for my legs. You can do well with disposables too, like the cartridge razors. After your first pass going either with or across the grain of the hair, then rinse lather again and shave against. You can get damned smooth (for me about 12 hours worth) and for any visible shadow I just use foundation. Though I've been told that mine isn't near as visible as I think it is. Anyways enough rambling, if you have more questions about shaving, feel free to PM me

u/jcl007 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I've been using a mix between DE and cartridge for a while now (DE on first pass, cartridge on second pass). I just can't seem to get the lather right even after watching videos. It always looks thin and is either too dry (I see flakes) or too "wet". I never had a problem shaving with foam but because of this I am even getting cuts with the cartridge (which I never used to).

Can anyone help figure out what I'm doing wrong? I started with the VDH shave kit (just using the brush and bowl) and proraso cream. I've tried a badger brush and now have an Omega 10049.

Is it my technique? Am I supposed to push down on the brush and mix the lather? I guess I don't really know what I'm doing/what I should be doing.

u/Executive_divergence · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

To hyperlink, first you use [content] then right after it you put the hyperlink (in parentheses). No space between ] and (. I have that razor coming in soonish, and if you want a cheap soap, I's suggest the Van Der Hagen. It's pretty cheap and does the job well for me. I put the soap in the bowl to use as a puck, not sure if that's how you roll or not. Have fun!

EDIT: Flaunt your Pride as a Scotsman! (Or Woman)

u/livinginahologram · 3 pointsr/france

Absolument ! Je n'ai jamais retourné à l'arrière après avoir acheté ma Edwin Jagger et des lames Japonaises Feather! Quel bonheur !

Pour les curieux :

Si vous êtes intéressé, je vous recommande d'essayer d'abord un pack d'échantillons de lames comme celui-ci :

Moi j'ai une barbe forte j'aime bien les lames Feather ou Shark, il faut essayer pour trouver quelle va mieux avec votre barbe et rasoir!

u/Psych277 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you want the most basic, cheap, functional set, here is what I recommend.

u/Squirrelled · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I also have sensitive skin and found double edge safety razors to be fantastic. I've been using them for a few years now and I will never go back. After getting lots of burning and ingrowns in my pits, I found this article and decided to give it a go.

The razor I bought is an Edwin Jagger and I buy whatever blades I find in my local grocery store. I'm sure if I used higher rated blades, I'd get an even smoother shave but I'm lazy and these work fine.

Now I can shave my pits every day if I wanted to and I rarely get any ingrown hairs, burning or irritation. That was nearly unheard of before. As per my legs, my legs are still extremely sensitive so I use an electric shaver on them. There is a bit of a learning curve (especially for legs) but the article I linked above explains it well.

Also, it might be helpful for you to use something that lathers well so you can rely on that instead of whatever barrier the razor itself has. Good luck to you!

u/Nekromos · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Not really.

The razor itself is worth about $80, and the "Free Boar Shaving Brush", "Free Shaving Mug", and "Free Select Shaving Soap" that they're boasting about in the description are simply the contents of that green box in the picture, otherwise known as the Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set, which should only cost you around $10, not the $20 that they're touting it as being worth. That only brings you to $90, which means that they're charging you $90 for the strop, pouch, and "Lifetime Hone, Strop & Polishing". The strop and pouch are GB Buckingham and Sons from what I can tell. The pouch is probably fine (though overpriced), but it wouldn't surprise me if the strop was of the same level of quality as their razors (i.e. complete rubbish). You could get a much better strop for the amount of money that they're suggesting that strop is worth.

Regarding their "Lifetime Hone, Strop & Polishing", I can't comment too much here, since I don't have any experience with their honing, nor do I know of anyone who is, but I would be very suspicious. I know I would not trust my razors to them. Also, $50 for "lifetime" honing? Something seems off there. It also does not indicate whether they hone the razor before shipping. The 'lifetime honing' note would suggest that perhaps they do, but it's not clear. If the razor's not honed before you receive it, then you'll have to send it out for honing. To be honest, if their honing is at the level that I suspect it probably is, you may have to send it out anyway.

u/castillar · 3 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

In that price range, you could pick up a Lord L6 online, if you don't already have one. It's a surprisingly good razor, especially at that price point.

u/quimby15 · 3 pointsr/malegrooming

I am a bit amatur as well but got some good advice from others. I have had a rough time getting some of my beard curls on one side of my face to stay down. I have had the best luck using beard oil and combing it a couple to 3 times a day real quick to tame it.
I know your pain on a good barber close by. I had to drive an hour to get mine trimmed. Not a big deal I just make an afternoon out of it. Just make sure you go somewhere they know what they are doing and they can help you out quite a bit since they will actually see you in person and hopefully suggest things specifically for you.

Here is my bit of advice and what I use.

First get a couple good combs, some beard oil and possibly some wax for your moustache.

This is what I have:

I use Kent Combs:

Honest Amish beard oil:

Firehouse Moustache Wax Dark. I have a dark beard so I use the dark wax. Its really tacky, and when I make my curls they stay well, but if you dont plan on handlebars then I might use something else that isnt so tacky:

u/BigGuyWhoKills · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I would start with the $10 VDH boar hair set. It sells at my local WalMart for $8.95. If you don't like any of it, at least you aren't out much.

Then upgrade pieces one at a time, and spend some time with each new piece. Decide if it's an upgrade for you or not (a lot of DE shaving comes down to personal preference).

Buy the Tweezerman badger hair brush and see if you prefer that over boar. This brush works well with the VDH bowl listed above. I would also get a brush stand at this point. Some of them are pretty cheap. The wood handle of the Tweezerman may warp if you dry it handle side down (water drains down the bristles and rests on the wood).

Get a blade sampler pack at some point and try out new blades. Shavers that are much more experienced than I swear that the best blade in a particular razor is often different from one person to another.

And the list goes on. I love this hobby, because it makes shaving pleasant and is so very customizable.

u/Wakka37 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

The infamous bowl from the Van Der Hagen set

I have no plans of changing unless I find an Old Spice mug at a reasonable price.

u/TheGrue · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I did pretty much the same. I got an Edwin Jagger De89lbl instead of the Merkur, a different scent of Conk's shaving soap (bay rum), the exact same brush, and a different razor sampler (but most of the same blades). Pretty much the same as Rex points out above.

I can recommend the Edwin Jagger, it seems to be friendly enough (no real damage yet), while still working very well. Rex's razor selection is also ridiculously popular. I don't think you could go wrong with either.

I will be trying a different shaving soap soon, first because there's so much variety, and also because I've heard that soaps including clays cause a smoother 'float' to the blade. That said, I've been going with Conks for a couple weeks now, and I like it.

u/MisterCylert · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge


If you are fortunate enough to have a significant other who indulges you in your enjoyment of wet shaving, you may be greeted on cake day with an upgrade or two. I was fortunate enough to be the receiver of a new Dovo Silver Steel SE razor and strop set from Straight Razor Designs. I'm only 3 shaves into the SE routine, and it's definitely taking some getting used to.

Anyhow, here's my current gear going clockwise, starting at the top left:

  • I lied. Let's start with the shelf. It's an Ikea Sävern

  • Arko Shave Stick - Smells a bit like Ivory soap with a hint of citronella. The rich lather this thing creates after you wipe it around your face is astonishing.

  • Desert Essence Jojoba Oil - A few drops as a pre-shave between washing my face and applying the lather seems to soften up the rough stubble.

  • Custom brush from Redditor AceByTerror. I can't say enough good things about this guy. I was initially interested in a brush from WhippedDog, but I couldn't find a handle to get me to make the jump. I stumbled across Ace's listing of brush handles for sale and was blown away by his craftsmanship. I contacted him and let him know I was having a hard time choosing between two of his amazing pieces, and settled on one. He had good things to say about knots from The Golden Nib, so I trusted his judgment and he glued the knot in, let it set, and shipped it shortly after. What I didn't anticipate was that he threw in the other handle I was interested in... YES, HE GAVE ME THE OTHER HANDLE, as a token of appreciation for being his first Reddit customer!!! I may as well die now because I don't expect that I'll ever have an experience with another vendor that will come close to being this unexpectedly awesome. Oh, and the brush... It's beautiful and functions as well as its form, as it whipped up a frothy lather that was a joy to shave with when I broke it in today. If you're interested in a custom brush handle, definitely check out his wares.

  • Copper shaving cup from The Best Shave - This thing seemed like a bargain at $5.60; however, it's lightweight and pretty thin, and does feel cheaper than it looks. The Best Shave is located in Turkey, so if you order from them and you happen to live in the US, expect your package to sit in customs for 3-4 weeks. I ordered a few blades, Arko, and an alum block from them along with this bowl. They shipped my order quickly, but US customs sat on it for a long time.

  • Edwin Jagger De89lbl DE ordered from Amazon. Actually, the threads on the first one I had broke, and EJ sent me a free replacement along with some samples. Amazing customer service! The razor consistently delivers a smooth, irritation-free shave. My current blades of choice are the Astra Superior Platinums in the green box. These are a steal at $.10 a blade, and I've been getting 4 shaves out of them.

  • Dovo Silver Steel from Straight Razor Designs - Beautiful. I wasn't ready to have something this nice. I've given myself a few nicks, but I'm only 3 days in, so I guess it's to be expected. I'm alternating between this and the DE as my skin adjusts.

    Bottom shelf from right to left.

  • Hair product and brush... next.

  • bareVitamins skin rev-er upper - Ok, so it's marketed to the lady types. Laugh all you want, but my skin seems to agree with this stuff. It's a lightweight moisturizer with vitamins for healthy, even skin and acids to exfoliate. I use a pump of this stuff after applying aftershave.

  • Royall Bay Rhum - An aftershave that is very heavy on the cloves. Provides a nice warm tingle like a heat lamp hovering around my face all morning. The smell starts a bit strong, but dissipates quickly.

  • Repurposed antique witch hazel bottle with the original label. I dumped out the contents that must've been several decades old, and filled it with Thayers Witch Hazel.

  • Ashtray filled with alum rocks from an Asian market. I got a whole bag of these things for a couple bucks. They seem to do the job!

  • Bonus handle from AceByTerror. I'll probably buy a badger knot from WhippedDog to use in this handle. Speaking of, Ace's generosity inspired me, so I've been mulling over ways to return the favor to /r/wicked_edge. I'll post a follow up when the time comes.
u/SophisticatedMonkey · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

It won't be any savings over my initial choice, however this is in stock, and it appears the only difference from what you linked is in the handle, which I could certainly live with. *Edit: That is also out of stock, with no eta

Especially given that the Mr Glo is out of stock, it looks like I will be following your recommendations with the Proraso. Please don't take that as the only reason.

I'm certainly going to take everyone's advice about the sampler pack though (the one you selected seems to hit all the brands and versions people have been raving about on here)

Thank you very much for your reply.

u/chriskingbc · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you HAVE to buy from, the Parker 24C and the Edwin Jagger DE89 are available as /u/ketchuegrast mentioned. I'll put the links at the end of this post.

Italian Barber is in Canada and has some awesome choices for brushes, razors, and soaps, but they charge in US dollars. The products are for sure shipped from Canada however.

The Badger Shaving Co is based in Vancouver and payment is in Canadian dollars. I would say if your mom is hesitant, that could be your best chance to convince her to buy from a smaller merchant with better products. They have the Sterling synthetic brushes, a wide selection of artisan soaps, and some really good starter kits that include razors.

Mens Essentials is in Canada and payment is in Canadian dollars too... and they have a store if you live in that area, but it's a big country, so I'm guessing that's not going to be an option. ;)

If she still says Amazon or nothing you can always get your razor from Amazon and then pick up some Proraso soap from a Shopper's Drug Mart. Most malls also have House of Knives, and they sell Taylor of Old Bond St shaving cream for a good price. That might be easier for you to learn to lather with hard water too.

Feel free to PM me if your mom wants to email me about Badger Shaving and I'd be happy to answer any questions. A guy named Travis owns the company and he is awesome, so he would of course answer any questions as well.

Here are links to what I would say are the 2 best starter razors on

u/01122014 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'll try and see if I can purchase from Italian Barber but I'd like to get as much stuff from Amazon if possible, otherwise I'll look to local malls etc. for the soap.

Out of these three (Edwin Jagger De89bl, Parker 26C, Parker 24c) what would you recommend for someone that'd like a really, really close shave but with sensitive skin?

I actually saw some of the horse-hair brushes but they're a little on the pricier side for my liking, which is why I was looking at synthetic brushes. Are there any you could recommend at ~$20 CAD? I know I'm asking for a lot so bear with me.

Thanks a lot :)

u/slavik262 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

This is a really cheap kit that works well as a starter (I used it to great success for the first few months of wet shaving).

If you want to jump straight to the fancy stuff, Whipped Dog makes some amazing brushes, and I'd recommend Proraso or Taylor of Old Bond Street soaps and creams.

u/BoremUT · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Yeah, I would say anything you've got there would be good except the Edwin Jagger's that you have listed. There is a ladies version of the Edwin Jagger model DE89bl on Amazon that might be a little better because of the handle length for shaving legs (3.8" mens vs. 4.1" women's - not much of a difference, but may be more comfortable to hold). And if you want to go super budget, the Lord razors are supposed to be pretty decent for the price point.

u/Booona · 3 pointsr/funny

Check out this tutorial video, part 1 and part 2. This is the video that got me hooked and excited about trying out a safety razor.

Now, you can keep using shaving cream in a can if absolutely have to. But in the long run, it will save you even more money if you use a coffee mug+round soap bar+lathering brush combo.

Essentially, you will want these three things:

  • Round bar of soap (You can find these at Walmart for a buck and a half each. This is the soap I'm using now)

  • Old coffee mug (Any mug will do)

  • Bristle brush (You can go cheap on these at the start. More expensive brushes feel and lather better, but more importantly, they hold together for way longer. Right now I'm using this.)

    It looks like that Van Hagen brand makes a starter kit for 10 bucks.

    If you're really short on funds, and don't have a coffee mug to use, go for that kit. Otherwise, grab that Tweezerman brush from Amazon, use an old mug, and get a bar or two of that soap from Walmart or a pharmacy. Try out that cheap soap first before thinking about buying it in bulk.
u/SwizzyDangles · 3 pointsr/malegrooming
  1. Safety Razor or Straight Edge barber's blade

    -I got mine on Amazon for only ~5 bucks. One person in that subreddit linked it though and I don't think I'd be able to find it. It was so cheap because the shipper was from China and it took 15 days to get here but it has lasted me quite some time. But I would recommend looking at the reviews and getting one in the 15-20 dollar range. With replacement blades (which are cheap...I bought a sample pack which came with like 50 total and I'm probably not even half way through them yet). you can just pop one right in and go...they also will last you about 5 shaves each.

  2. Shaving Soap
    Look into Poraso. I have the green kind. I was sensitive to the menthols in other Shaving Creams but this shaving soap does everything I need it to and doesn't irritate my skin or eyes.

    -It says I actually purchased this item on Jan 7 2014. I will need a new one in prob 2 months but still!

  3. Boar/Badger shave brush
    You can get these for cheap some places, but since I showed you stuff on amazon here's what you'd be looking at:

  4. If you want to get pre shave lotion go ahead. I don't use pre shave lotion so i can't recommend anything. wicked_edge would know though.

  5. For after shave I just use Cetaphil moisturizer and it works perfect for me, but look at wicked_edge again for after shaves.

    That covers pretty much all of the basics I think. Some of the stuff seems expensive but it's a very worthwhile investment and will save you money in the long run. I remember going through 3-5 blade gillette razors every month which at 10 bucks a pop adds up, plus they irritated my skin and the shaving cream sucked. So i definitely recommend making an investment in these certain products, they've helped me quite a bit.

    In the preview my numbering is screwed up, so idk what to do about that, but yeah.
u/leonhart623 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Travel size CO Bigelow Shaving Cream (The same as Proraso cream) - $5

Tweezerman badger hair shaving brush - $13

Concord DE Razor - $10

100 Derby Blades - $8

I don't know if the Concord razor is good, but the price fits. The tweezerman brush is a great entry level brush.

u/Hamalicious · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Looks good, all of those get good reviews. You might consider one of the Edwin Jagger's de89 series razors, it's excellent and in the price range. I have no experience with the Merkur so can't give you a comparison but the EJ's are probably the most recommended razor on WE.

u/patootiecakes · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Get some Tend Skin! I use mine post-shaving and it generally stops the redness/ingrown hairs from becoming a problem. It's a little pricey, but a little goes a long time and it will last you a long time.

Just don't use it too much because it can dry out your skin. Make sure to moisturize after!

u/Joey_Bellows · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here is my recommendation:

Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89 $29.60 I have this and love it.

Blades:This sampler pack $25.00. The reason for a sampler is one of the main tenents of Wicked_Edge- YMMV(you mileage may vary), the blades that come with the razor may not be the right ones for you, blades treat everyone differently, what works for me might not work for you. A sampler gives you a bunch of blades to test to find what one is right for your face.

Soap:TOBS Sandalwood and bowl I also have this and love it. $20.00

Brush:This Omega boar $16.00

All of this comes out to $90.00 which should come to $100 shipped(hopefully).

I would also recommend you buy the following if you are able:

Alum block $9.50 This is an after shave treatment, you rub it on your wet face it is a mild antibacterial and closes your pores, helps keep ingrowns and pimples down.

Styptic pencil/rollerball $4.95 I have this one and it does fine. This is for when you nick your face, you rub it on the nick and it stops the bleeding very fast.

And Leisureguy's book $12.95 This is a guide to wet shaving wit ha DE razor, it has a wealth of information and will help you immensely.

u/keereeblue · 3 pointsr/SexWorkersOnly

Shave down in the direction of the hair growth. It’ll still get you smooth. If clients start rubbing your groin against the direction of your hair growth, tell them to stop or gently move their hand away. Every single night before bed (unless I’ve stopped shaving), I use Tend Skin.

No more bumps or irritation, period.

Generously apply it in the direction of the hair growth with a cotton ball.

u/mpperry · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I bought my first DE razor 4 months ago, got a "Edwin Jagger Diffusion DE 89L - Chrome (Lined)", and have been very! pleased with it.

Yes, it's going to cost double your stated $15, but well worth the extra money in my opinion.

Currently you can get it from Amazon for $29.60 (including Free Shipping):

u/Ashtae · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Having recently switched from an electric to DE I don't think you'll be happy with an electric, it's faster but not as close and with more irritation. I picked up the Edwin Jagger De89lbl and have been very happy with it. Rugtoad's on the money with picking up a blade sample pack, every blade works better for certain people. You'll end up having a favorite that someone else hates. Mantic has some great video's that everyone recommends watching.

u/kittiessaymeow · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Tend Skin is a god send. I use it on my legs and bikini line and it’s changed my life.

Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8-Ounce Bottle

Edit: typo.

u/ilovefatgirls · 3 pointsr/beards

From top to bottom:

Beardology Beard Balm

Swissco Mustache Comb

Beardology Beard oil. (same link as above)

Honest Amish Beard Balm/leave in conditioner Also available on Amazon and eligible for Prime(save on shipping)

Bass Boars Hair Brush


Coasters hand made by a friend out of reclaimed woods.

Fox Pelt Which it looks like they are out of at the moment.

I like the Honest Amish Beard balm much more than the Beardology. Its softer and easier to work with. I got the Beardology balm as part of a package thing with the oil. Beardology is closed until after the holidays. In my search for "the perfect beard oil" I found that you can't really go wrong with whatever you pick. There are so many companies, small and large, that make the stuff. You can make it yourself if you're so inclined. Most have jojoba or argan oil as the main oil and then other oils to add scent so it's preference really.

All I can say is read up on what you like or what you think your brothers will like and go from there. You really can't go wrong with most of these beard products.

u/CarolineTurpentine · 3 pointsr/AskWomen
u/AlohaChris · 3 pointsr/MensRights

Screw Gillette.

Ditch the disposable razors altogether. Buy yourself a double edge safety razor for $26, one time, and never look back.

The Blades cut so clean, you’ll never want for multi-blade again. You’ll save so much money in the long run as they cost pennies compared to disposable head razors.

If you need technique advice, head on over to r/wickededge.

u/UnderCityLights · 3 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

You can also try Tend Skin or Thayer's Witch Hazel.

I tend to use some leftover ProActiv Revitalizing Toner because it has witch hazel, aloe vera, and glycolic acid (for exfoliation).

u/ynellie · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

God send.

Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8-Ounce Bottle

u/Disagreed · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Sorry for the late response. I'm actually using a Parker Straight Razor handle with Derby blades. I'm not sure how this compares to an actual straight edge razor.

Edit: I should mention that this was my second shave with this blade. I'm not familiar with the feeling of a dull blade. Should I be using a fresh blade every shave, considering the blades are disposable?

u/greenwithenvy83 · 3 pointsr/sex

That and this

It makes a difference!

u/OldRemington · 3 pointsr/guns

My solution:

u/Thorbeard · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I really like their soap, I would say it's as great as their cream, absolutely. They sell them most places, but I know for sure West Coast Shaving and Amazon have them.

u/ProbablyNotToday · 3 pointsr/men

I do it but I'm just starting out. I mainly started because I was tired of paying out the ass for replacement blades, but also because it gives you a better shave and you can get to a lot more areas of your face than with a regular razor.

If you just want to try it out and see how it is, you can get something like this which uses razor blades instead and it will basically do the same thing. If you want to buy a regular straight razor it's going to get a bit costly at first. Unless you buy a "shave ready" razor, you will have to sharpen it yourself.

Also be prepared for razor burn. After the first time shaving with this I had the worst razor burn since I first started shaving, but it only takes 1-2 shaves before you stop getting it. It's also not as difficult as people may think. You don't really need all that much force to shave with one so if you do cut yourself it won't be that bad.

u/losta · 3 pointsr/gaybros

I have sensitive skin and easily get ingrown hairs too. So this the regime I follow -
Exfoliate for a couple of days before.

Veet sensitive skin hair removal cream

Exfoliate for a couple of days after + Tend Skin Ingrown Hair Solution

Edit : Oh look at that a cake! \o/

u/bosinicus · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here you go!

u/CamelCavalry · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

My bad! DE is short for double edge, as in a double edged safety razor (like this). It uses a disposable blade. A straight razor is like this and has a blade that requires care and maintenance to keep it sharp. A shavette is like a straight razor, but it uses a disposable blade.

I got my straight razor from Larry Andreassen, who runs the sight, offers good deals on restored vintage straight razors. There are a few brick-and-mortar stores that will sell them, but new razors are fairly expensive and aren't necessarily better than old ones that have been properly cared for. You can get safety razors and straight razors from online stores, Amazon, or even garage sales and such (but it's best to know what to look for).

u/NomadicNynja · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'll be sure to! You're making me feel so special.. "your unique face"

Although I know it will go better than the week or two where I thought using this would be better than cartridge shaving

u/bigkegabeer · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Switching to a safety razor literally changed my outlook on the world in the morning. Much better shave, not a lot more time, no ingrown hairs, smells a lot nicer. Here's what I would recommend for starters:

  • Merkur razor. There are many models, so pick one you like the price/look of

  • Tweezerman brush

  • Colonel Conk shaving soap. Again, many kinds but I like this one.

  • Feather blades

    You can shop around and see if anything suits you better, but I highly recommend all of these. Also, this video is a good starter if you've never used a safety razor before. I've never seriously nicked myself, but I have with a Mach 3 (which I still use to shave my head).
u/glorious_spam · 3 pointsr/beards

I think he just needs to keep at it. Grooming wise I recommend combing that stache with something like and using a beard conditioner like Rub a pinch of that stuff in every morning after a shower and comb a little. Maybe get some trimming scissors to cut any long hairs if he wants to.

u/SRSix · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I use a Parker SR1, with either Feather or Shark blades.

Shavettes are much less forgiving than a traditional straight razor in regards to technique, but still provide a nice shave.

u/aphis · 3 pointsr/malegrooming

Before I stopped shaving i used Proraso.

u/fathusky2341 · 3 pointsr/MGTOW
u/lespea · 3 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

You should consider switching to a safety razor.

u/LosExpendables · 3 pointsr/beards

Mine didn't really start to perform until I got into my forties. Until then my beard growth was kind of patchy and inconsistent. Now it's nice and strong. If you aren't in your forties yet, don't give up hope. :)

Oh, and I use Honest Amish Beard Balm (Amazon), a hair dryer, and a round brush. Trust me... it doesn't just lay like that.

u/stepup2stepout · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

You can get 100 razors for 7 bucks. I don't see the advantage of using shitty disposable razors compared to safety razors.

u/Serae · 3 pointsr/PCOS

I second stopping by /r/wicked_edge.

I use a double edged razor.

That was my first set and I am still using it a year later and LOVE it.

It cost me about $35 for the razor. I then get around 100 double edged blades for around $10-12.

The shaving creme I use is the C.O. Bigelow Proraso Creme you see in the first picture.

Switching to this kind of having had a little bit of a leaning curve (mostly the angle at which you shave and the much lighter pressure you must use to avoid cutting yourself to bits) but I get a better shave. I don't get as much irritation because I don't need to do as many passes. The creme I use is really nourishing.

The blade get changed often and are SO cheap. Pennies really. I always have a sharp razor. NO more of these $25 eight packs.

u/Turtle-Bear · 3 pointsr/pics

You can get a 100 on amazon for ten bucks. They're good too.

u/gnb604 · 3 pointsr/vancouver

$36 for a 100 pack from amazon, which will last you a good long while.

u/tkbisign · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Yes. My other half owns a Gillette for that and more. I believe these are the blades we use.

u/GFrohman · 3 pointsr/Damnthatsinteresting

If you really wanna save money, switch to a safety razor. You can get 100 blades from a name brand for $10. Each blade can be reused 4-5 times too.

I'm never switching back.

u/utopianfiat · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

$3.50 cheaper, prime.

I bought this a while back and haven't even put a dent in it.

u/shazaam42 · 3 pointsr/TheRedPill

A buck? The highest-end double-edged blades you can buy are about 30 cents apiece. The ones I use are platinum treated and only about 10 cents.

u/InvictusSanity · 3 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

Sorry, typo, 100. Anyway, these are what I use. Tried a couple of different brands out and these are what worked best with my hair and skin.

u/AnonymousWritings · 3 pointsr/Frugal

You'll want to look into larger packs like this.

With shipping it'll run around $20 / 100 blades; 20 cents per blade vs. 60 cents that you are paying. I'm sure you can do better than this as well if you look harder.

/i/FinnaGetDusted Double edge safety blades are definately going to be cheaper than disposable razors. Compare to something like this 6-pack of disposable razors for 5$, and it's going to be 1/5th the price.

u/Russtopher617 · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've had one of those for six years now. Great shave and looks like the day I bought it. Match it up with a few packs of Derby blades and it'll keep the recipient clean-shaven forever. I get about a month of shaves out of each blade.

u/Hemmerly · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

My go to blade. You can get 100 for $10 (US) on Amazon. Sometimes it goes on sale for even less.

u/achinator · 3 pointsr/malefashionadvice

What beard balm/oil/leave in conditioner would you recommend? I have tried honest amish and mountaineer brand oil and I like them both but wouldn't mind trying something new.

u/polypeptide147 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I have both of those. I got them when I started too. It is definitely worth it, in my opinion, to get a higher quality one.

Here is the brush I use. You can get it in different colors and such.

Here is a commonly recommended Omega brush.

I've never hear a bad thing about either of those brushes. Boar brushes take a bit of time to break in (like a week or so, don't worry). You'll notice that the hairs get a lot of split ends. This is a good thing. The brush stays 'stiff' and maintains the same amount of backbone, but becomes very soft.

Here are the Stirling soaps. They are all pretty much the same but with different scents. The only difference is the 'glacier' ones, 'on the rocks' one, or 'arctic' one. They all have menthol, which, like that green proraso I talked about earlier, will feel great, especially in the summer. The executive man one is the most popular (I think you can sort it by that).

Oh also, don't get blades in a store. You'll pay too much. These are the ones I use at less than 10 cents a piece.

u/tanglisha · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I use a Mach 3 on my face and either a straight or safety razor on the rest of me. Safety razor blades are cheeeeeap.

As a side note, the safety razor blades I linked are sharp as hell. Seriously. You do not screw around with these blades, you pay attention when using or handling them. They're also platinum coated so they don't rust. See /r/wicked_edge for more info.

u/subtledoubt · 3 pointsr/Frugal

I came here to say make your own coffee and meals, but sounds like you already figured that out. Stunning how much people spend on take-out coffee and food a month. Next up--making your own work lunches. My husband and I cook up larger batches of food than we need, specifically to put up single servings of lunches in the freezer. If you only double a recipe, you both have the next day's lunch, but you can save more cash and time by cooking larger crock pot meals. A surprising money saver for us was getting rid of disposable blade razors and buying a safety razor like this. That paid for itself in no time.

u/Grgy · 3 pointsr/beards

Get him the following

Beard Balm (not the one i use, but the one most seem to)

Beard Soap (The one I use)

Boar Bristle Brush

It will help tame his beard, and i would be really surprised if it caused a break out.

You could always go the oil route, and personally, I love these (super cheap compared to most and the scents are awesome, Oak Moss and Bay Rum are my favs)

u/Gingor · 3 pointsr/AskMen

This is a safety razor. What you have is a cartridge razor, which are more expensive to maintain.

For example, I buy these blades, which cost me 0.09$ per blade.

u/someonecallamedic · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

So I just had this happen. I've been shaving with feathers and wilkinson swords. Liked em both and they did a great job, however, they only lasted 3 shaves before it felt like I was dry shaving. Bought a sampler pack from Try A Blade and found two blades that glided on my face like nothing. Seriously, it felt like I was brushing on lather instead of shaving my face. These were Ladas and Astra SPs.

I just ordered a 100 pack of Astras on Amazon and I should have read the revies first. It is the correct outer packaging, but the blades are not wrapped like they were from try a blade. They are not the same quality, but they were only 10 bucks so shipping them back would be 1/3 the cost.

P.S. although all of my links are from try a blade I am not affiliated or endorse one store over any other.

TL;DR Get a sampler pack and see what works. The bad blades will let you know right away.

u/nailll · 3 pointsr/depra

Непраны, нельзя больше скрывать этот всемирный проктор-н-гэмбловский заговор! В следующий раз когда понадобиться покупать очередные картриджи для денди для бритья, подумайте еще раз.

Вы спросите, почему собственно безопасная бритва, а не попсовый Жилет Фьюжн...

Ну во-первых это красиво! Помимо этого, безопасная бритва легко справляется с заросшим лицом и не причиняет такой ацкой боли как 5 лезвий фужн. Если вы иногда отпускаете бородищу - вы должны меня понять. Субъективно бреет чище.

А во-вторых - это просто выгоднее в долгосрочной перспективе (вы же собираетесь бриться в ближайшее 30 лет, правда?).

И так, минутка познавательной (и очень приблизительной) экономики.
Для удобства и правильности сравнения, я просто взял цены с

При условии что средне-статистический депер бреет 45 миллиметровую щетину 3-4 раза в неделю в течение следующих 10 лет, ему потребуется потратить:

Gillette Fusion:

  1. Станок Gillette Fusion - $10

  2. Сменные касеты (4штк) - $16

  3. Гель для бритья Gillette Fusion - $6

    Допустим гель для бритья в год нужно два балона, не больше - это $12.

    Сужу по себе - одной кассеты хватает +/- на 3 месяца. Итого нужно 4-6 картриджа в год. (около $16-26)

    Итого приблизительно $10 + $16 + $12 = $38 в первый год и $28 последующие 10 лет = 38 + 280 = $318

    Безопасная бритва:

  4. Станок Merkur Classic - $32
  5. Набор лезвий Derby 100 штук - $10
  6. Помазок для бритья Basic Badger - $12
  7. Крем для бритья Proraso - $7

    Из "расходников" в последующие года вам понадобятся только лезвия и крем. В.С.Е!
    Лезвия надо менять чаще чем раз в 3 месяца разумется, но их то 100 штук!

    За последние 2 месяца я едва израсходовал всего 5 лезвий. То есть в год вам потребуется 30штук. И 100 лезвий за 9 долларов вам должно хватить на 3 года! Что говорит о сумме в районе $30-35 за 10 лет.

    Крем - я израсходовал всего треть крема для бритья. таким образом вам потребуется около 2 тюбиков в год.

    Итого, за первый год 32 + 12 + 7 2 = $61, а за последующие 10 лет - 7 2 10 + 10 3 = 61 + 170 = $231


    Использование безопасной бритвы позволит вам сэкономить в последующие 10 лет около $90.

    Надо признаться, сам процесс бритья стал целой церемонией преображения.

    Всем бриться, депраны!
u/Hashhashred · 3 pointsr/beards
u/felixthemaster1 · 3 pointsr/videos

Sorry, I wanted to correct myself, I mean a pack of 100 blades

I suggest the derbys to start off with till you get a hang of shaving iwth a blade then you can experiment to see which blades suits your face the best. When you find the one you can order a pack of 100

u/LongUsername · 3 pointsr/milwaukee

Holy crap, I knew AOS was expensive, but that takes the cake.

I bought 100 Astra blades off Amazon for $9

Gillette Super-platinum are $5.80/15.

u/LoveOfProfit · 3 pointsr/news

Yep, same here. I use these:

I paid $10 per 100, but it was a recommendation from reddit and I like them a lot.

I'm apparently a stingy fuck because I've barely dented my supply.

u/chemosabe · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

No idea about the reputation of that site, but you can get a very similar deal on Amazon if you're concerned. The extra couple of $ might be worth the peace of mind.

u/theadvenger · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Thats actually pretty steep for blades!

You can get premium blades for less. 100 pack of Feathers for $26.50 or $0.265 or if you just want cheap blades the 100 pack of Darby's will run you less than $10

u/spritef · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/RationalArgumentMan · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Link for Canadians

I'm 20k from the border, yet the goddamn price is 50% more here in Canada.

u/moondoggle · 3 pointsr/financialindependence

Well there's a bit of up front investment to get a handle like one of these bad boys. Prices range wildly but that's the one I have and I love it. The big savings here is the blades, here's an example of sampler packs, they're dirt cheap and they last a long time, I usually get a month out of one (shaving every 2-3 days) and I've got really coarse whiskers.

You kind of have to change your technique a bit, it's not holding the razor upright and dragging it down, you sort of hold it perpendicular to your face, towards the end of the handle and let gravity pull it down. Takes some getting used to (I butchered my face several times before I got the hang of it) but like I said, savings!

If you want to get reaaaallly into it, you can check out /r/wicked_edge but that place is pretty intense.

edit: Also don't be discouraged if the first blade you try doesn't feel right. I read that there's a big difference between blades but was skeptical (they all look the same right?) it's true though. I really like the Astra and the Feather brand blades, but I couldn't shave worth a damn with the Lords blades.

u/jmoskovic · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I recently made a first timers kit for myself that I really like, it includes:

u/MTNlogistics · 3 pointsr/beards

Remember that most shampoos dry out hair...

  • Try to shampoo your beard as little as possible. Once a week is enough. When you do clean it, I recommend using organic soaps or at the very least shampoos that moisturize and are designed for kinky/curly hair. There are also numerous shampoos and soaps made specifically for beards. You can use a moisturizing/detangling conditioner as much as you like, but don't get crazy.

  • Apply beard oil or balm at least once a day. I recommend this or this, but I hear good things about Fuzzworthy as well.
  • Buy a boar bristle brush, and brush your beard throughout the day.
  • Take your vitamins! Vitamins and minerals such as b-complex, d, zinc, and iron all promote healthy looking hair.

    Follow these steps and your beard will be lustrous in no time!
u/JohnnyDerppe · 2 pointsr/Destiny

this + these is ez shaving for pretty cheap, and you can even reuse the blades a couple times. Just make sure your shaving cream isnt poop.

u/Longboard80 · 2 pointsr/shaving

It could very well be the electric razors, bud. Have you been to r/wicked_edge? I suggest going there and reading the FAQ bar on how to shave with a DE safety razor. I've been doing it for a few months and it's completely transformed my face (although I switched from disposables, not electric). My best friend has been using an electric for years though and complained about irritation. I got him to try the DE safety razor and he really loves it. His face has cleared up and he doesn't get ingrowns anymore.

If you try the safety razor, I recommend these starters:

Shave kit

Or you could try this system which got positive reviews by a user on wicked edge. Bevel

I recommend shaving after a shower, using a thick lather with a brush, and shaving with the grain only. Study your face before you shave. Notice which directions the hair grows on different parts of your face, and be careful to shave with that growth pattern. Use some alum and an after shave with alcohol in it afterwards to reduce redness and ingrown hair.

u/Diogenescp · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

The set you linked comes with a boar brush. The badger brush comes in the Luxury Set.

u/RoboChrist · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Try using this:

Warning: do a test patch first, wait a few days, then try it for real. It's cheap, it works ridiculously well, but it will burn the crap out of your skin if you leave it on too long or use it too often.

u/1Screw2Few · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Everyone is touting safety razors for a reason. Here is what you want...

Pick up a Merkur Classic safety razor.

Then buy some Feather refill blades (they are the sharpest I have found without dragging)

Get a nice silver tip badger shaving brush

A decent quality razor and brush stand

A good shaving cup to get a nice lather

Then grab some Tabac or Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving pucks. (I prefer Tabac since it reminds me of my father and grandfather. Traditions die hard I guess)

Taylor of Old Bond Street

u/1FLU · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Get the Taylor of Old Bond Street cream. Girlfriend licked my face. She was displeased with the taste, but thoroughly enjoyed the smell.

u/Alphamazing · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

>I do not understand the appeal of the Van Der Hagen kit.

The cheap-o one with the boar brush, or the nicer one with the badger brush, bowl, soap, and stand? Yeah, the one with the boar brush seems meh, but a complete soap, bowl, stand, and badger brush for $33 is pretty good, I figure.

u/ammobandanna · 2 pointsr/tifu

there is only one thing ive found that works without issue and i found it on here in a discussion about such things and thats. Magic Shave Gold get some and you won ever have to keep your sach in a bowl of icecream overnight again.

u/mamobus · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

My recommendation is bleaching or Magic Shave.

Magic shave is a depilatory but it's nowhere near as harsh as Nair. I can't use Nair but I love this stuff and I use it ahem... "downstairs." Check the reviews of course before you try it, but I got mine for $3.50 after reading a bunch of positive stuff about it from /r/wicked_edge (which you should maybe crosspost to if you don't find sufficient answers here).

u/darksideofmidnight · 2 pointsr/crossdressing

There was a post in /r/bestof today from /r/everymanshouldknow about how to shave your nether regions. I can't remember the name of it but there's paste that he uses that's like Nair but much, much more gentle that I believe grabs the hair out by the roots. I will see if I can find it for you and edit this later. He said it lasts for a few days/up to a week I think. I have no idea if it will help, but if so it'd be rad to help you out.

Edit: Wow that was easier than I thought, hahaha. Magic Gold Shaving Powder now, you should really read his original comment here on how to use it. Skip down to the section labeled Depilatory Creams in his comment. Step by step on how to and what to expect.

u/Used_Taco · 2 pointsr/beards

I like this salve.

I make my own beard oil. It was like $30 to buy all the ingredients initially, but the expensive oils last forever. It works pretty good for beardruff.
1oz apricot kernal oil
1 oz jojoba oil
5 drops castor oil
5 drops cedar wood oil
5 drops tea tree oil

I have this comb for when I'm away from the house and this one for home.
I also use this brush for styling it.

Not all of that is necessary but I'd recommend a comb and beard oil at least.

u/Just-Rice · 2 pointsr/feminineboys

I can’t find “Magic No Hair” on google. Is this what you’re talking about:

u/Incursus · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here you go. I ordered some yesterday and it showed up today. This stuff is incredible.

I was using Proraso Red before it and there's simply no comparison. You will get a fantastic shave with this cream, and it smells amazing!

u/plotbe01 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

/u/ilikesleep your expertise is needed.

As for me, I'm still using a five blade (Dollar Shave Club, yo) but that's only because I can't afford a good safety razor yet. I would highly recommend checking out this kit as it's what I use and it's what got me started. It's phenomenal quality and the price can't be beat. You aren't getting the best brush ever, but it's still quite good. Or for a step up, there is this one.

Best of luck to you, and let me know what you end up doing!

u/jZampage · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

Use magic shave, trust me. Look it up on Amazon. I use the one in the yellow canister. It is by far the best hair removal product I have ever used for body hair (esp. pubic region).

I've recommended to friends, family, exes, everyone who has used it maintains it to this day.

It's made for "black person" facial hair but it works so effectively at body hair I would never use anything else. Note: am white guy.

Here is a link:

One canister will last you a good while, and it's only like $5.00

Also worth noting that you will stay smooth for a couple weeks before needing another use, generally.

Just make sure you follow the directions carefully. I keep it applied for about 7 minutes and then take a shower and rub everything off with a wash cloth. Never had a problem, never burns anything, smells like a barber shop, zero complaints. Biggest problem is having something to mix it in, I just use a small tupperware container with a lid and shake it up with water now, seems to work best for me. A mason jar would work but it would be hard to get the residue off the sides if you're being stingy with the product.

Good luck. And you're welcome.

u/thirtymumble · 2 pointsr/sex

Huh, weird. Nobody's shown up yet to pimp /r/sex's favorite shaving product. Guess it's my turn:

Magic Shave powder, gold.

Just read the reviews.

u/melonlollicholypop · 2 pointsr/Advice

I'm not sure if this would help at all in SA, but I would see if I have any friends whose parents are lawyers and ask them to draw up a cease and desist letter to the school board. The threat of litigation is often enough to alter behavior.

If that is not an option, you might give Magic Shaving Powder a try. A black friend recommended it to my white husband who is very sensitive to shaving - apparently, it is a more common problem in the black community for some reason. It has helped.

u/Kavex · 2 pointsr/MtF

Buy a DE Razor! I wouldn't do anything less until you get permanent hair removal. Wax is a pain (really it hurts), Don't want to use chemical removal down there (ouch!) and besides permanent hair removal, I think you are stuck with shaving.

I can tell you the shaving cream and razors make a big big difference.

  • Get off the dead skin off your body (take a shower and wash up)
  • Use a shaving soap with a brush instead of the Spray Can c**p (I don't know why people use that stuff?)
  • Use a Double Edge Safety Razor (Once you use this then you won't go back to the store brand stuff, Only thing that beats it would be a straight edge razor but DE razor is good enough)
  • Then use antibacterial cream in sensitive places so you don't get any bumps but you shouldn't too much with a clean razor

    The shaving soap last for ages and DE razors are like 10-20 cent each which is a major shavings. (pun)

    I use Van Der Hagen Scented Luxury Shave Soap with a horse hair brush. I own two brushes ... one for the face and another for the body.

    Soap Kit:

    An ok starting Safety Razor:

    If you have the money then buy a better Safety Razor like Merkur

    You can go as far and buy two Safety Razors, one for the face and one for body but I find cleaning and replacing the blade is easy enough.

u/awol567 · 2 pointsr/interestingasfuck

I second /u/Blasphemy4kidz . I started with his suggestion, and it's been working fabulously so far! My top picks for razor blades are

  • Feather, sharpest and most expensive of these

  • Merkur, you'll start with these, very good but not as cost efficient

  • Astra (I own these, do not confuse with Atra!!!), sharp and durable

  • Gillette Nacet, or any other Gillettes are good, too, idk why they have so many types

    You'll save a ton of money buying these; a 100 pack of razors is $10 ish, and if you're like me you'll only use one per week, or two weeks. That comes out to about two years' worth of razor blades.

    I use Proraso Shaving Soap, but I've been eyeing this one for a while, Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl.
u/wicryeker · 2 pointsr/feminineboys

Magic shave powder

Magic Shaving Powder Gold 4.5 ounce fragrant

It's amazing

u/Carlos13th · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

I am assuming you want a clean shave? Not the stubble look?

My personal preference for shaving the parts of my face that are unbeareded or for the rare occasions I forget that I look like a man baby without facial hair is a double edged razor and this shaving cream

Pick up a sample pack of blades too too see which ones you prefer, I tend to use feather blades.

This guide might help you with shaving. Personally I tend to skip the across the grain part to save time but that doesn't mean its the best way to do it.

u/Quixotic7 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I have the Van Der Hagen Brush sold in this kit
I'm liking the shave soap better than Proraso, the brush is pretty good and the bowl works great for lathering.

u/vinpocetine · 2 pointsr/AskMen

I've never tried the creams, I've been using this one:

u/UndeadKitten · 2 pointsr/TalesFromRetail

It could also be "shaving powder" which is kinda like Nair but in a can like comet counter cleaner.

u/Isolatedwoods19 · 2 pointsr/Stims

There are some kinds you can buy specifically for your junk that work pretty awesome.

I use this stuff and it works well without burning at all, just follow the directions exactly and then wipe it off.

Edit: and test it on something that isn't your junk first

u/majorjunk0 · 2 pointsr/beards

Since we're talking about beard balms/oils. Give this a try, it's got a sandalwood-ish smell (some say licorice but i don't get that too much) and does wonders. I use this brush to work in the conditioner and get compliments on the feel of my beard and it removes flaky skin.

I will say OP has a nice setup, I'm just sharing what I use and like.

u/NateTheGreat68 · 2 pointsr/mechanical_gifs

I don't shave often enough to have a lot of weight behind my recommendations, but I have found that the quality of the brush is nearly as important as the cream/soap (or at least, you don't want the cheapest piece of crap brush you can find). I personally use this brush, this cream, and this after-shave balm.

u/charles4995 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Shaving Cream: Taylor of Old Bond

Razor: Viking Chieftain Safety Razor

Routine: Shower with hot water > don't dry face > lather cream with brush in bowl > lather on face > shave > wash face > apply aftershave lotion

u/alpinefoxtail · 2 pointsr/AskMen
u/Vicktaru · 2 pointsr/beards

The picture gallery is empty, how long have you been growing for and how old are you? If you've been growing for less than a month the answer is to just keep growing. If you're past the month and your beard is a faster growing one you can cut your cheek and neck line. If your hair doesn't grow that fast give it longer, personally I think you should wait until your face is obscured but your hair is not yet too think for a pass or two of a DE razor to cut.

If you're past the two month mark and your hair grows thick you may want to start thinking about grooming. Personally I like to start my shower by putting a good conditioner in my beard and letting it sit as I shower. I wash it out last and then after the shower put some leave in conditioner on it that will stay in my beard the rest of the day. This keeps my beard shiny and soft, and makes it easier to work with while combing.

If you're past three months and your hair grows thick you can then start thinking about trimming. This is not something we can help you with, it really depends on your personal style. I can almost guarantee that everyone here is just going to tell you to let the beast grow. It's not a bad idea either, it's easier to cut beard off than to grow it back so why not let it grow for a while. Personally, I'm almost at three months now and my expectations of what I wanted have completely changed. At first I just wanted a nice flat bit of hair on my face, a very neat and tidy full beard. Unfortunately my hair doesn't grow that way and it had to get pretty thick before it covered my face well. Now that I have grown it thick I find I like the size of the beard and want to keep growing it. Does that mean I'll have a yeard? Couldn't tell you until I get there. I plan to keep growing it until I don't like how it looks anymore, then and only then will I trim it back to the point where I do like it. This is my recommendation to you. That and get your pictures working, everyone wants to see that beast of a beard!

u/Puttzdog · 2 pointsr/beards

I got mine on Amazon so i assume they ship to the UK too.

u/jglyum · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Soft-sheen Carson magic shaving powder. I mentioned this in another post. I liked it, but ended up going with epilation because mixing this stuff up and using it while on a business trip is a little annoying.
This is gentle hair removal. You mix some powder in a bowl with water to form a paste, put it on your legs, then wait a while and wash it away. It's never hurt, and it worked really well. I just had a couple friends who would ask me why I had a bowl and a spoon sitting in the bathroom. One friend started contemplating eating ice cream while in the bathroom, but that's off-topic.
Anyway, depending on how sensitive to pain you are, you may want to try this stuff. I just looked it up on Amazon and it was like $2 ($5 with shipping). I can't remember why, but back when I researched this one, everyone said the yellow can of powder worked better than the white one; that's the one I used, and I thought it was great.

u/Kelethe · 2 pointsr/sex

This stuff is the best for shaving balls/butts/anywhere else it's hard to get a razor. You just mix it up with water and leave the paste on ~7 minutes. It's like nair but won't give you third degree chemical burns.

u/red_derp · 2 pointsr/bodybuilding

I use This all over my body.

u/FITS97 · 2 pointsr/gaybros

I thought you were trolling me for sure, but it checks out

u/usarmy973 · 2 pointsr/shaving

If you're looking for something specifically on amazon, then I would recommend taylor of old bond street either sandalwood or avocado. Both lather very well. Additionally, my wife makes shave soaps that lather very well, her products is called mason boutique shave soaps. My favorites are Octane, Bobcat, Maya, and TLM.

u/DreamWeaver714 · 2 pointsr/acting

Then in that case if you want to up the ante of gift giving, (i ordered all my supplies on Amazon since i have Amazon student and 2 day free shipping) but i also ordered a stand. Like you can build your own kit really nicely and then arrange it for him as a surprise!



Badger brush


Shaving cream, my favorite

And as for a cup to mix the shaving cream? Don't bother buying one just use a short mug it's much easier

Also, think about it this way, when you are using a regular 4 bladed razor you need to go over each spot at least 2 times right? That's as if 8 individual razors went over that spot. With a single blade you usually get every hair in one pass but sometimes you need 2-3 but still, 2-3 is less that the original 4 so you're regardless way less likely to get razor burn

u/taoofdavid · 2 pointsr/howto


I've used Magic Gold Powder a number of times and it works amazing. No razor burn. No getting yer balls caught in the trimmer. This stuff is awesome.

Mix it up. Apply it all over. Wait 7 or 8 minutes and then wipe it off with a facecloth. Baby smooth.

u/Valkes · 2 pointsr/AskMen

It's basically a mix your own nair. You can find it on amazon

u/hescrepuscular · 2 pointsr/askgaybros

Learn it. Use it. Love it. Also those bumps can be reduced after shaving by using an after-shave balm with vitamin D and putting an antiperspirant on the area. Razor bumps down there are tricky because the skin gets sweaty and rubs against your underwear and other skin, causing more irritation. You shouldn't shave there in the first place.

u/Mikuro · 2 pointsr/specializedtools

DEs? Not that hard. Check out /r/wicked_edge for tips. The key is to go in multiple passes (first with the grain of your beard) and use as little pressure as possible, practically hovering over your skin. You can be aggressive with cartridges (you kind of have to be, even), but not with DEs.

The risk with a safety razor isn't too high. You can get nicks, but it's only a little more dangerous than a cartridge in that regard. I do recommend getting a bit of gear to start with that you might not have, such as:

  • A shaving brush to apply non-canned cream
  • A tub of shaving soap or cream (I like Taylor of Old Bond Street, personally)
  • An alum block as an initial post-shave pass
  • A roll-on styptic like the Nick Stick to stop any bleeding.
  • A good aftershave balm
u/KrullX · 2 pointsr/Sissies

Magic Fragrant Shaving Powder

Review on this product had great insight on how to use it...

That's not to say it doesn't work at all. Just that it doesn't work nearly as well on coarse hairs that it does on fine hairs. In other words, if you're wanting this for your back, legs,'ll be largely amazed at how well it takes off hair. You're unlikely to be impressed with groin, face, etc. where the hairs may be more coarse.

For my case, I bought it for my face. There, it took three treatments before I saw even the slightest hint of smooth, hairless skin. Even then, it still left stubble on the neck and under my jaw. Comparing this with a safety razor where I could get these hairs quite easily, this was a bit depressing. What it did do a good job of was minimizing razor bumps and ingrown hairs.

A lot has been made of the mixing strategy. Yes, it's pain. But that's because the instructions are faulty. If you mix the way it tells you on the can, not only will you be stirring forever, you'll end up with a very slimy, very inefficient solution that will make you think you got scammed. I'm going to help you.

You need:

  • A mixing cup. You can use any cup, or you can get official and get something like Edwin Jagger Porcelain Shaving Soap Bowl With Handle, Black

  • A spoon. Or something else to stir with. I prefer a spoon but it's up to you.

  • A shaving brush. You can use your hand, but I strongly recommend against it. Just get a shaving brush. Like Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush

  • A large towel - you'll use both ends. Or if you're not into messing towels up, consider something like Kleenex Hand Towels Everyday, 60 Count where you can throw them away when done.

  • A preshave balm or lotion, or oil. You want something that is NOT alcohol based. Something like John Allan's Slick Water Lotion, 2 Ounce

  • Something to tame the skin afterwards. Something like Proraso Aftershave Lotion, Refresh, 100 ml

    Mind you, the above are just recommendations. Choose whatever products you want, just make sure they are comparable to the above. Or don't use them, but be prepared to be frustrated with your results.

    First, to give you a sense of scale and scope. A heaping teaspoon is enough for a grown man's entire face. If you're doing legs, arms, chest, etc, bump it up to two teaspoons. This is just to have enough when you're done mixing. Next, your water ratio should be just enough to end up with a consistency between pancake mix and cake batter; not runny, but not overly thick. You'll know it when you see it. Imagine perfectly made oatmeal "stick to the ribs" style. That's what you want. So if you have a heaping teaspoon of powder, put maybe a barely full teaspoon of cool water in. Then stir slowly using the spoon (or whatever). It will look like it's not mixing; it is. It just takes a while.

    Here's the hint: you'll know when you're almost done because you'll get hit in the face with a smell that I can't describe, but you'll know it for what it is. If you've ever used NAIR, or any similar depilatory, it's the exact same smell. Once that smell hits you, you'll notice the mixture getting thicker and it'll all make sense (finally). Usually takes me about 2 minutes end-to-end. If you end up with a consistency that seems watery, use a flat edge (i.e. a knife or something) and add a bit more powder, then continue to stir. Conversely if it feels way too thick (like paste), add a half teaspoon of water and continue stirring. After you do it once, you'll get the hang of it.

    Second, DO NOT do this after a shower or after washing your skin. It should probably be the first thing you do after getting up on the days you do it (which is every other day, NOT once a day). Why? You want your skin to be oily, to have some coating to protect it, in addition to the preshave. This is how you can get the best result without burning sensation. So don't wait until after showering to do this.

    Now, prep your location. By prep, I mean use the preshave, something that is designed to protect your skin from burn and irritation. DO not use regular lotion, it won't do anything.

    Now, it's important to note that this, when mixed, is essentially a plaster. It will go on wet and then dry, just like a cast. That's okay. But be prepared for it to "flake" everywhere. Try not to move too much. You don't want to make a mess.

    Apply using the shave brush as if you were applying shaving cream or foam. But go in strokes against the grain. The goal is to lift the follicles and help the mixture do its thing. Make sure you get good coverage. You'll notice that the bottom of the mixture looks dry; that's okay. It'll still apply like a plaster. But feel free to drip a bit of water in there if you're not sure.

    You'll need to wait between 7 and 10 minutes (depending on skin sensitivity) for the mix to work. During this time, clean out your mug and shave brush. The mixture should rinse rather cleanly in cold water, but the brush will take some hands-on help (it's safe). Depending on how long it stays on you may or may not feel a tingle. That's a good sign. It should not burn.

    After the time has passed, this is where people get confused. You can use a dull pseudo razor (like Pseudo Shaver), if you want, but I found much better results just using a warm, damp towel. You can warm up the water while waiting for the mixture to dry, and if you use the disposables, have one that is your warm water towel and one that is your dry towel. Or you can use a single towel that serves both functions. Wipe the mixture off in firm, slow strokes against the grain. Then clean the towel off and go back over the area vigorously to get the remainder. Dry off with the other towel. Finish up with the aftershave.

    If you did everything I noted above, you should see amazing results, with certain exceptions (I could never get the mixture to work at all above my mustache, it did 97% of the job in the groin area, and 99% of the work under my jaw). Figure 15 minutes total time to do. But again, you only need to do this once every other day minimum. My arms have been smooth for three days.
u/ComputerByte · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Maybe this

Paired with this

u/demizer · 2 pointsr/funny

Time for some gospel... Reddit, please don't use these razors. Use a safety razor, soap, and a badger brush for shaving. I shave my head and face every 3+ days. I go through a small container of soap every 4 months, and I still haven't went through the $10 pack of 100 razor blades I bought almost two years ago. I also get a much closer shave and the soap is not as harsh on my skin as the gel shit. The initial investment is about $70+, but it saves a lot of time and money in the long run and you get a mans shave, close and clean with little irritation. I spent about $15 shaving in 2011. I did cut myself really bad in the first month or two of using razors, but after that I got a styptic pencil to seal up wounds instantly.

Soap: ($10)

Brush: ($14)

Blades: ($10)

Razor: ($33)

Styptic: ($1)

Edit: Forgot to mention, I shave my head and face in about 12 minutes. When you have a fresh razor the hair comes right off. I have shaved off 1 weeks worth of growth (think thick irish beard) on one fresh razor in minutes.

u/DarthReginald · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

My Escali Badger brush actually recommends you hang it or put it on it's side, basically anything other than put it on it's base.

OP's looks like a synthetic brush so maybe it's not so important (i don't take much care of my unbranded $3 synthetic brush and it's still great 6 months in)

Edit: My Tweezerman has the same instructions.

btw I can't find brush holders locally so I just tie a ribbon round the base and let it hang. OP's method could save me 7 seconds a day so rating up for sure.

u/neumatikz · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I alternate between the Muhle Vivo, Muhle hjm, and Escali pure badger. Also have the Boar one that comes in the VDH set that I haven't used in a while.
-Normal skin type

u/sukotto · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Well, I have just about added all these to cart, trying to select a range of soap, cream, and bar so I can spend my year in experimental heaven.

I'm looking at Proraso for the eucalyptus&menthol -- sounds amazing -- and Tabac reviews said it has an "old" Old Spice smell (that I like for some reason). Arko is cheap and I figure I'll give it a try. But what is Taylor of Old's Sandalwood like? Is it a real strong scent? I have no real frame of reference.

About the brush: This serves a pretty hefty purpose (stand, brush, bowl) at a great price. How is the brush though?

Sorry for so many questions. I'm getting excited.

u/virstulte · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Plugging TOBS Sandalwood for a recommended cream... If you don't have a soap, it's notoriously easy to lather. I use it when I rush my shaves, or if I don't have time. Very good shaving cream IMHO, and it always gives reliable shaves.

Not better than my Stirling, but we're talking Amazon here, and TOBS Sandalwood Cream would be my recommendation for something to get latherin'.

For a brush, although I have not tried boar knots, the 10048 looks pretty good, and I've seen someone else recommend it already. If I was buying on a budget from Amazon, that would be my first pick.

The TOBS cream and Omega brush will set you back about what you would have paid for the VdH kit, which is rubbish from what I've heard, although I have no experience with it.

Face or palm lather the TOBS and save yourself a bowl. The mug in the VdH kit is only to put soap in anyway, and shouldn't be used to lather - only to load your brush. Even if you did try to lather in it, it's not really the 5-6 inches diameter you're gonna wish you had.

Also, if you have leftover cash, spring for some Witch Hazel. Stuff is frickin magical. Apply right before you apply aftershave balm, and let it sit for a minute or so to really tighten up your face.

If you have even more leftover funds, or opt to get WH at your local drugstore, apparently Clearly Natural Glycerin Soap is a good pre-shave. I use MR GLO, but people have told me that any high-glycerin soap makes a nearly equivalent MR GLO substitute. And, for the price of less than one puck of MR GLO, you get 3 bars of Clearly Natural. Hooray for hydration and slickness!

And if you're in for a splurge, get a fancy stand. Adds counter appeal - totally unnecessary, but cool.

Good buy on the Nivea Sensitive ASB, and sub the EJ for a Parker 24c, per /u/leisureguy's post. He's never steered me wrong. Both purchases I've made based on his recommendations have worked out great, which were my Plisson brush and MR GLO.

As for the sample pack, you're probably better off spending some out-of-pocket dough on, or any of the other sample pack resellers. Get your money's worth.

P.S. - Don't forget to soak your boar brush (should you select it) in hot water for a few minutes before you try lathering with it. Boar brushes also have a break-in period, so be mindful that your first few shaves/lathers may be less than desirable.

u/peterlcole · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Any specific suggestions? I just swapped the Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set for the Omega 63171.

I don't have to go through Amazon, but I thought it would make it easier for my dad to purchase and also if paying for shipping wasn't a concern then that would be a few more dollars to go into products.

u/buhlot · 2 pointsr/malehairadvice

Looking good, brother! When I finally fully shaved my head, it was a truly liberating experience.

Don't use a Bic, pick one of these up as well as some Proraso shaving cream. If you want, you can also pick up an exfoliating scrub as a pre-shave.

I shave my head in the shower and go by feel; I don't need a mirror until after when I touch up my sideburns to make it even. Using warm/hot water, I get my head wet and scrub with my hands, then use the exfoliator and scrub the oils/dead skin off. Rinse. (The wicked_edge subreddit users may wanna look away here) Use about a nickel-size dollop of Proraso on my left hand and lather it up on my head real well. I keep the lather on my left hand and with my right hand, start shaving with the grain. After that first pass, I add a little more water to my lathered hand and lather my head again for the second pass WITH the grain. This is where I go by feel; I use my left hand to feel and my right hand to shave until smooth all around.

Once I feel that I've gotten everything, I rinse off and use a beard shampoo to help get all those shaved bits outta my beard; they tend to cling onto the beard oils otherwise and I just use a bit of extra beard balm to keep it hydrated.

So yea, you may or may not need a 3rd pass since it'd be your first time shaving like this but I've been shaving this way for the past 4-5 years and I rarely need to anymore.

u/rudiegonewild · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

the luxury kit is much better of a brush and soap. I really like it and have felt no need to upgrade outside of being just for fun.

u/Fuzzy_Logik · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

While some creams like the art of shaving cream could be used without a brush, A brush is important when using that Taylor of old bond street cream.

Try this:

u/pigpill · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

To be honest I have had a hard time getting good quality stuff from Amazon. I prefer them, but the smaller shops just don't have their products there. Scent is almost as important to me as the lather and the feel, so you may not enjoy what I do in that aspect.

I prefer soaps over creams I think. With a soap I can lather right from the tub rather than having to put it into a separate bowl.

My suggestions:

  • Proraso Sandalwood - Not the best quality but a cheap good starter soap. Lathers in a bowl very easily.

  • TOBS Sandalwood - Some people dont like this cream, but I feel like it had a good scent and a decent lather.

  • Tabac - Probably more spendy here than you can get elsewhere. I really enjoy this soap. Good lather and will last forever. Has a clean powdery smell.

  • Through the fire soaps - I absolutely love the soap I have from them. My favorite on all fronts. I have the Forged scent.

  • Chiseled Face Sherlock - My second favorite. Very solid soap.

    I would suggest avoiding Col. Conk. I did not like any of their soaps.

u/2020inhindsight · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Dude nice! Happy birthday!! July birthdays are the best mine is the 31st :)

birthday bot
wouldnt mine this!

u/puddle_stomper · 2 pointsr/gifs

Razor: I started with this Merkur razor (and I'm still using it after two years). Edwin Jagger is probably equally popular, but I haven't tried them.

Brush/bowl: I was given this bowl/soap/brush/holder kit as a gift and still use it, but the brush broke after about a year (I could probably fix it with some good glue but haven't bothered yet. The holder is nice, but you might be able to find just a brush and bowl separately slightly cheaper if you're on a budget. I didn't use the soap in the kit because:

Soap: Proraso soap was suggested and I ended up liking it a lot. Some people like to buy sampler packs of soap/cream as well, but this was good enough for me, and it would take me forever to get through samples. This Proraso got me through 15 months with an average of one shave per week.

Blades: I started out with a sampler pack of blades from Maggard Razors, and Gillette Silver Blue and Gillette 7 O'Clock (both yellow and green were the same to me) ended up being the easiest on my face. I tried Feather, but they were way too harsh at first, I think because I hadn't really gotten the technique down yet. Gillette was more forgiving, but once I got better at shaving, I was able to use Feathers.

Other: Lastly, I really like using an alum stick after shaving to help close up pores/tiny nicks (weepers), but they're not necessary. I also now use Shave Secret as a first layer when I start my second pass (against the grain). Again, not necessary, but I think it helps me personally a little to have that extra layer of protection to prevent razor burn. It does gunk up your razor a little, though, so just be sure to keep it clean.


I still only shave once a week, and I have a 3 day minimum in between shaves, otherwise I'll still get razor burn. Read up on some info in /r/wicked_edge. /u/Leisureguy has a ton of great comments in that sub. Sort his comment history by top, and you'll get plenty of good advice right off the bat. He also has a blog. My best tips: Make sure you use a shallow angle (as opposed to the perpendicular/90-degree shave you're used to with cartridge razors), and don't let your lather be too dry. Also, if your area has hard water, consider using distilled water to make your lather. Maggard Razors has been really great at shipping fast and having good prices for me and carries everything I mentioned, but there several reputable online shops. I know lots of people prefer to use Amazon, so I linked everything on Amazon except the blade sampler pack.

u/engwish · 2 pointsr/videos

Look into using a safety razor. It's a little old-fashioned, but...

  • You buy a $30 razor that you never need to replace - Link
  • Blades cost about $0.17/week - Link
  • Shaving cream lasts you at least 6 months - Link
  • You need to apply using a shaving brush, but they're cheap, too - Link

    All in all, you spend most of your money up front, and then you're looking at about $3.20 or less per month for an amazing shave, depending on how little cream you use.
u/GreenSkyFish · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Sigh. I typed a super long post, and then I accidentally changed the page! :(((

Anyway, thank you so so much for the detailed post and step-by-step guide. Insanely helpful. Also for dispelling some of the things I wrongfully believed.

I definitely need to learn how to lather properly. That's like step one for me, and I think I have all the stuff I need to practice that. What everyone has suggested so far has really converged into a general set of steps that I can follow for the actual shaving routine itself.

I am using a 100% badger hair brush, this one.

Should I get a different one? Also my razor is pretty old at this point, I need to upgrade. I don't want to spend too much right now, if anyone has any recommendations within $30 let me know! I always believed the blade was the most important thing, not the razor. Hm.

It really means a lot to me that everyone has been so supportive and helpful! I admit I was a little worried that I might get laughed at for being so terrible at this, haha.

Hopefully some of this razor burn will be reversible once I get my shaving game up...

u/RainbowUnicorns · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

That is the one I got and it works and smells great. Also check out /r/shaving

That's the brush as well if he needed one. Just a little nickle sized dab will be enough lather if you lather the brush and the cream in a bowl for three passes.

u/lonestarfisherman · 2 pointsr/beards

I use a boar hair brush with a little beard balm on it. When showering, make sure you don't use any harsh soaps/shampoos that will dry out your beard.

u/gsfgf · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Awesome. Thanks so much. So I'd be set to if I get a kit like this?

Amazon has this brush, this razor, and this soap on package deal.

This toner

and this alum block

Does that look like a good start, and am I missing anything?

u/Alaerus · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Judging from the bowl, I'm guessing you got the Van Der Hagen set? That's how I started out, ended up getting a better brush and that made a world of difference for me. Also looks like Wilkinson Sword blades? I get those at the local store for $1.76 for a 10-pack, but just ordered a 30-pack of Feathers online (took some getting used to, but a much better shave for me). Remember though blades are very much a "your mileage may vary" kinda thing, so if those are not working for you consider getting a sampler pack, finding something you like, then using that for a few weeks till you get your technique down. As for the chin, make sure you are paying attention to prep work, and not putting excess pressure on your razor while shaving. Remember, beard reduction, through a few passes.

u/llumpire · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you live near a bath and body works, they have C.O. Bigelow shaving creams, assuming they have their buy 2 get 1 free (which they almost always do) you get 3 5.2oz tubes for $20. It is just re branded proraso (green). I use the C.O Bigelow shaving creams and love it. I'm 6 months in and not even through the first of 3 tubes.

Also, I got my Brush, stand, bowl, and a soap from the VDH luxury shave set. Its a badger brush, and whips up a nice lather. You can find the kit here on amazon for $30, but if you go to a Target, they might have it for $20 (which is what i paid for mine at a local target)

u/opana40 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I've always used Wilkinson Swords, so I know about the razor disposal in the back of the cartridge.

This is the brush.

u/RaggedClaws · 2 pointsr/shaving

I'll include links but by all means shop around...

  • Edwin Jagger DE89 - popular three piece starter razor

  • One of the many creams by Taylor of Old Bond St. - inexpensive and quality

  • An alum block like RazoRock - you can also find some of their artisan soaps

  • A synthetic shaving brush - this one looks to have the same fibres (Plisson clone) as some other very good ones. You could also get a boar brush by Omega or Semogue for eg but these will have a break-in period. Do NOT get a badger brush on your budget; it will be shite. The exception might be this mixed loft Omega 11047 "mixed midget" which is a fantastic little brush; works out of the box like a badger but gets better over time like a boar.

  • Go to your local drug store for Nivea Men Sensitive after shave balm - inexpensive, effective, and widely available.

    This is a more than decent starter kit and affordable but you'll also need skills. Check out this poster from /u/mmosh and search for tutorial vids on Youtube by Mantic59 and/or "Nick Shaves".

    EDIT: Completely left out blades. You want to sample many kinds to find what is right for you. Something like this.

u/redisnotdead · 2 pointsr/DIY

Cartridge razors are quick and dirty, you can shave yourself with no problem, and rather quickly without thinking much about it, but you'll have a hard time getting a decent close cut with them. They're also expensive in the long run.

DE razors are the enthusiast's tool. You can get a very very close shave, but it takes longer, and requires learning a new way to shave (if you shave like you do with cartridge razors, you'll cut yourslef up all over the face). It'll also take trying different brands of blades until you find the kind that don't leave your face entirely red from razor burns. They're a bigger start-up investment, but extremely cheap to run - you can get packs of 100 blades for the price of 1 single cartridge razor head - and if you have a tough beard, one single DE blade will outlast an entire pack of cartridges -.

But the most important part of wet-shaving, honestly, isn't much the razor etc. It's proper application of a proper shaving cream, and a proper after shave. Just moving from a shitty foam in a can shaving cream to something like this: properly applied with a bowl and brush will improve your shaving tenfold.

I suggest checking out /r/wicked_edge, it can be a little circlejerky at times when it comes to showing off gear and stuff, but there's loads of helpful advice strewn around in most submissions. Also their subreddit wiki has some starter gear for all kinds of budgets.

u/crazindndude · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I think you'll find you hit a point of severe diminishing returns past the $25-30 price point. That seems to be the "sweet spot" for value, as you can get the unequivocally excellent Edwin Jagger DE89 (which by the way uses the same head as Muhle). For slightly less, you can get the pretty good Maggard MR5, which packs a solid stainless steel handle for $25.

Notwithstanding a slant razor, which isn't much more expensive, I think one of the above-mentioned razors will perform admirably for 99% of the population. Honestly the difference between a $30 EJ and a $70 Standard or Weber is probably so small that I'd recommend you take your savings and spend it on a nice soap and brush.

u/iPodAddict181 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

After realizing that I accidentally ordered 2 Merkurs I managed to cancel the order. Ended up getting this instead:

u/miznomer · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

First, for grooming products, it has been my (vicarious) experience that once you convert to using Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream you will never, ever go back. I ordered it for my father on the recommendation of a male friend who has since converted others. It's a little expensive as shaving creams go, but that little pot lasts you a good six months or more, especially if you use a shaving brush with it (you want something like boar bristle if you do that). The Sandalwood scent is your safest bet there, but feel free to go for something like Lavender if you feel adventurous.

But now for my real I adore cologne. It's been a while since I've taken someone cologne shopping (I used to always take my brother...which became a problem when I noticed too many attractive men smelling like my brother), and my ex refused to wear it, so I may be a little out of touch. However, I do have some recommendations.

Boss Bottled is excellent if you want a warmer, sweeter scent. It kind of reminds me of vanilla. I had a friend who regularly wore this scent, and I kid you not, my girl friends and I used to gather around taking turns smelling his jackets after he took them off. He would specifically wait to spray it on until one of us was at his place so that we could maul him over it. We LOVED that stuff.

Gucci by Gucci is a stronger, sharper smell - it's got notes of bergamot, black pepper, and leather - very "manly," one might say. Also extremely sexy, and totally ruined for me due to its association with my brother. Though I'm told it has brought him much success.

Aqua Di Gio is very common at this point, but it's popular for a reason. Avoid it if you want to smell unique, keep it if you want a step above the generic "clean man" smell.

Polo Blue is another standby, as is Armani Code...I can't remember either one specifically, but they're also well-known for good reason.

I haven't personally smelled this one, but a good friend highly, highly recommends Versace Man.

If you don't want to get fancy, most ladies like Old Spice.

And no Axe. Never, never Axe!!

(Note: all links are from random Google searches, so you may be able to find better deals elsewhere.)

Edited to add some things to the first paragraph.

u/theg33k · 2 pointsr/pics

I have one of these. The bar of soap is shaped the same as the bowl, so no slippage ever.

u/unconscionable · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'd like to suggest an alternative list. I don't have a lot of experience with a ton of different safety razors, but I did have a cheapo safety razor I inherited from my grandpa (RIP), and after 3yrs I spent under $40 on an Edwin Jagger and the difference was staggering. I'm not one to suggest unloading a ton of money on anything, but I'd suggest your priorities are a bit skewed when you're spending less on your safety razor than you are on your alum block (which is hardly a necessity, comparatively. Some people don't even like them, although I do)...

Here's my alternative suggestion that adds up to roughly the same amount of upfront $$ (~$50 - 60), but sets your priorities toward getting a fantastic, albeit affordable safety razor that will last you your whole life:

Edwin Jagger ($40)

There are others in this price range that are good as well. I can't speak to those, but I doubt anyone here will argue that the Edwin Jagger is not a top contender for its price point. It's very popular.

I'd hold off on buying blades today (unless you really want to) since the above safety razor comes with 5 which should get you buy for your first 20 shaves or so if you want them to.. but when you do, buying them 100x at a time for ~$10 seems to be the right price point (and it'll last you 5yrs if you're like me), unless you like fancy feather blades or something. I've never noticed a difference between vendors, but others have. YMMV. Here's what I have:

That brush seems like a good price point. over $10 but under $20 seems to be a good price point for a decent quality brush unless you know what you're looking for. Mine has lasted me 3yrs so far and has no visible signs of wear or hairs falling out. I'd expect it to last another 3 at the very least, but probably many more.

Alum block? Skip it if you want for the time being, but I'd get it if I were you since it's just $6. It's the same one I have and it does its job of closing up nicks very well.

Styptic pencil is like $1 (maybe $2) at CVS / Walgreens, IIRC, no need to get on amazon if you don't want. Definitely get one of these, just don't lose the damn thing. Sure beats little bits of toilet paper on your face for hours and hours.

You can also get a puck of William's shave soap at CVS for $2 link which will last you a long time. If you want to spend a few bucks extra on that Palmolive stuff because you know it'll be better for your individual skin, then go for it.

In short: Spend the money on the safety razor, which should last forever. Skimp on everything else, which will not last forever. That's my advice. I spent 3yrs shaving with a razor that I had no idea was as comparatively awful as a good one. I wish I had known better at the time, but unfortunately I did not, and had pretty shitty shaves and got lots of nasty cuts for 3yrs that could have been avoided.

u/chasethebrony · 2 pointsr/MLPLounge

True. During the week I use an Edwin Jagger DE89 razor. I use 2 blades a week, with each blade costing $.10. It gives a pretty good shave, better than a cartridge, but nothing too spectacular.

The biggest difference I found when switching from cartridge to safety was that my shaves weren't pulling on my whiskers like the would with my wold razor. Makes for a much more smooth and painless ordeal.

u/hemifieldsofgreen · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Double edged razors are a great way to start. You could get a Lord L6 as your basic starter, or an Edwin Jagger DE 89. You can also get a Merkur.

u/ByGollie · 2 pointsr/Frugal

I shave with a top of the line Edwin Jagger 89L that cost me something like $30 (& $10 for Badger brush and soap) due to the fact i have a dense wiry beard that goes in every direction that normal cartridge/disposable/electric shavers won't shift, especially on the neck area.

200 Derby blades (each giving 4 shaves on average), used every other day for $15 - gives me 5 years worth of blades!
All purchased from Amazon

Recently i forgot my shaving kit on a vacation trip, so I bought a cheapo Gilette double edged razor for $5, a tube of Ingram shaving Lather for $2.50 and a Boarbristle shaving brush for another $3) at a local drugstore.

I had an unopened pack of Derby blades in my washbag, so i used them with the Gilette.

The results were as good, if not better than the top of the range luxury DE blade kit.

So it's down to shaving technique and blade quality - the cheapo razor, lather and brush (lather whipped up in a wide cappuccino mug)

If you're really budget conscious, and don't like the plasticky feel of the Gillette razor, try the Egyptian made Lord LP 8122 for around $5-10. This is a great metal razor, comparable to the high-end european metal EJ/Merkur models. The finish may not be as perfect as the chromed EJ/Merkur models, but that's only cosmetic and won't affect the performance

Derby or Astra are excellent budget razor blades.
I'd recommend badgerhair brushes over boar-hair, as it feels a lot nicer and doesn't get bent out of shape. Still whips up and applies the lather just as well.

For an outlay of $30, you too could be shaving with no additional costs for 2 years or more, depending on your beard growth.
($5 Lord LP 8122 + $15 Derby blades + $2.50 tube shaving soap + $5 badger-hair brush + $2 cappuccino mug)

u/greyflcn · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Well I will say this. It's not a soap block.

It's such that all you need to do is rub the brush on it, and you got plenty of lather. With no additional water.

Here's the amazon reviews:

In general, from what I read, they say it has decent performance, long lasting, but that the scent might be too much for some.

u/ZachSka87 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

The LORD is a fine super-budget razor to start and get a feel for it, but keep that in mind as you use it. Before you make the judgement to not try a DE shave if it's not going well after you buy this kit, consider getting/trying a better quality razor.

I don't know your budget for this, but the recommended razor around here for beginners is usually the Edwin Jagger DE89.

Personally, I use the Merkur 180 Long Handled Safety Razor.

They are the same price at around $33 each.

u/redditusernamme · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Have you tried this TOBS shaving cream? If you did do you like it?

u/Dubaya · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Congrats on your new job. Here is a quick and easy intro kit that a lot people start with. there are tons of options so if you dont like this or are looking for something specific just say so.



Blade Sampler

should be right under $70. Get styptic pencil at grocery for $1 and keep using the after shave you have.

Edit: to say go to youtube lookup matic59 and watch his watch these first playlist. That will give you a great intro to wet shaving. then you can watch the rest of his videos for more specif advice and techniques if you want.

u/CasualSuperHero90 · 2 pointsr/beards

Ok I was in the same situation. Work doesn't care about the beard, but I want to maintain a professional approach to work. So I heeded the advice of /r/beards awhile ago. Here's what I'll recommend:

Step 1 : Oil and/or Leave in conditioner

My current favorite

On the days I shampoo and condition my beard I dont use the leave in. Other days I use the leave in. Oil everyday.

Step 2: Brush

Pick up a boars hair brush and get the product from step 1 deep in there.

Step 3: Paste

Current personal favorite:

This process leaves my beard straight and soft. I still have to deal with the odd hair sticking out, but it looks more professional.

u/magical_artist · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I purchased the EJ 86 (imitation ebony handle) and love it.
Where ever did you find a stand that is aesthetically and functionally compatible? Price?

I just purchased Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury Shave Set

Is this where you purchased the Mitchell's ebonised oak bowl?

u/juhesihcaaa · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I use a double sided safety razor. A pack of 100 blades is like $10 on Amazon (these). The actual razor was $10 (this one). My husband and I use a pack of blades in about 10 months with each of us getting one shave out of each side of the blade. There is a learning curve to using it but I get zero razor burn, I never cut myself shaving anymore, and it's a smoother shave. I use Cremo for shaving cream and that size lasts about 6 months for me.

I spend about $15 a year for shaving stuff and I get a better shave than multi-bladed razors.

edits to include links

u/hairyhank · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

i just started a little while ago with a edwin jagger ( its been easy and great.

u/HerpDerpingVII · 2 pointsr/onebag

Solve your problem with one of these.

u/zenesis · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Hm...that is a little tougher. They last about a week for me, but i don't even really think about it since they're so cheap.

I use this website to order razor blades from the usa -

I bought my razor from amazon edwin jager 89 (never have to replace) couple of years ago for about $30 -

u/nickwawe · 2 pointsr/italy

Rasoio, ti consiglio un rasoio di sicurezza ( questo lo presi a 16 anni assieme al pacco da 100 di lamette ) durano un sacco, magari costa più di un usa e getta ma nel lungo andare risparmi davvero tanto, senza contare che dura di più e taglia meglio. Io il pacco di lamette l'ho finito qualche settimana fa, e mi é durato qualche anno (c'è da dire che non mi rado ogni giorno però)

u/Engineered_Shave · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

The QShave - or other no-name brands - razors are notorious for their overall cheapness, and really ought to be avoided. Sure you can get one for $12, but what happens when the parts start to wear off, or the threads strip out? You're off to buy another razor again, so you might as well get something of higher quality ASAP. I have a funny feeling the QShave won't last forever.


The DE89 is a decent beginner's razor, and it fairly affordable. The down side is the head is cast zinc and some people complain of the slick handle and the cap threads failing after a while. If you choose to get one, get a longer-handle one, as this works better when you are shaving behind your head.


The Merkur 23C would probably be equivalent to the DE89. It also gets good reviews but some folks complain about the same sort of cap failure after some time. The price is about the same.


The 34c & 37c are 2-piece razors, so these are easier to load but slightly more expensive. Again, they are cast zinc but they get good reviews. I would advise against the 34c and instead urge you to look into the 38c with the longer handle. They are the same otherwise. Both have knurling on the handle but there are some complaints that the handle is a bit slippery when wet.


The Merkur 37c is a slant razor, and it tends to be on the aggressive side. Personally I would suggest you avoid these razors for head shaving; they are meant for rapid removal of tough whiskers on the face, and the skin on the head is a bit more delicate. If you must get one of these razors, I'd suggest instead the 39C "sledgehammer" with the longer handle.


I started with the Vikings Blade Vulcan, a twist-to-open razor which gets decent reviews. (I'm selling it now on ebay along with other goodies because it has been supplanted by other shaving hardware.) But suffice it to say, the handle is well-knurled and it shaves nice. The Chieftain Jr. deserves honorable mention for being a mild razor at an affordable price.


Lastly, my current favorite for head shaves is the OneBlade: It shaves like a cartridge but you replace only the blade. Downside is price and the fact that there is only one type of blade to go in here.


You should also consider the Leaf Razor. It is like the OneBlade but it takes regular DE blades snapped in half. Here's a man shaving his head with it. Here's another gentleman doing the same. It also shaves like a cartridge but you can choose your blades to go in it. I like the product a lot but it didn't work well for me. Maybe I'll try it again later...


Okay, that should do it! Any questions?

u/the_doughboy · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

As another Canadian I find Amazon is the best source.
First I can tell you went to Shoppers where you got the brush and Proraso. 2nd don't buy the Body Shop stuff, its weird.
On Amazon Astra is the best bang for the buck on blades.
And for a Razor the Edwin Jagger De89bl is quite good.
Both of these are Prime eligible or free shipping on purchases over $25.

u/syn3rgyz · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

i'm actually pretty happy with the edwin jagger outside of this problem im having right now. But then again its my first one so I'm not sure how more/less aggressive would feel. The one I have right now is this one

I'm looking for something in the $50 range. I can't find the weber you're talking about.

u/n99bJedi · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Cool upgraded to it. its actually cheaper than the Merker. But that's because amazon has a price cut on it, specially the non lined detail one.
M thinking the only difference in it and the lined one is the handle has lines and the other one does not right?

u/DownTrunk · 2 pointsr/beards

Don't exfoliate your beard, but get a separate beard wash to use in the shower, I use Professor Fuzzworthy's shampoo bar ( I put on balm, I use Honest Amish ( fresh from the shower while still wet. I let that dry and then after it dries, when I brush my teeth I re-wet my beard and add beard oil ( Rub them all into your beard and skin underneath. It will condition and soften your beard and your skin.

You can experiment with different products to find what you like, but these are the ones I've found work well for me.

u/candytripn · 2 pointsr/TumblrInAction

Stop using cartilages! I made the switch to DES razors (double edged safety razors) and will never go back.

I pay about $12 after shipping for 100 pack of Astra blades, and they last about as long as a single cartridge! Do yourself a favor and look into it. The Edwin Jagger 89bl (the one I use) is a great razor for around $27.

u/Sideshowxela · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

You can get the Merkur 180 for pretty cheap over at Amazon. This Tweezerman brush is a cheap but capable item that's good for beginners. You'll want some soap or shaving cream, Col Conk/Proraso are popular soaps and Proraso is the go-to cream. Blade preference varies from person to person; some blades irritate some people's skin, some aren't quite sharp enough, etc. You'll have to learn as you go. It's generally agreed that Feather blades are super sharp, so you may want to stay away from those until you're more used to DE shaving. You'll also need a stand because your brush has to hang bristles down while drying; I've got the Col Conk one and it works well, but I've seen ones that work just as well made from wire clothes hangers so that's the way you want to go on a budget.

u/karateexplosion · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I have an Edwin Jagger DE89L and absolutely love it. Feather blades.

EDIT: Amazon link here

u/testudinidae · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

Depending on the length of your beard, it may be helpful to use some sort of product in it. I use this stuff, which seems to keep things manageable.

u/Luxin · 2 pointsr/business

$9.83 per hundres, and a great shave.

But I am in love with feathers now, they are a bit more at $23.25 per hundred.

This razor is $26.26:.

But the best part of it all, the most important part, is actually wet shaving. The above will save you money with an awesome shave, but actually wet shaving is best. Check out /r/wicked_edge.

u/MutinyGMV · 2 pointsr/BlackHair

Using a one bladed safety razor has completely STOPPED my in grown hair issue.

I use that cheap one from Amazon. Works great and only took about a week to get used to it vs my Mach 3.

u/treefiddylq · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge


I made sure to get a good razor since I assumed that was the most important part. It was consistently one of the highest rated on the reddit threads so I figured I couldn't go wrong.

Since the Brush/Soap was an "oh shit I need something right now", I got something cheap. The brush isn't very good, which is expected for 1 piece of a $10 3 pack.

I'm definitely using both poor blade angle and too much pressure. I need to find that right angle, because when I try to go shallow, I go too shallow and end up just scrapping the top of the DE across the soap for no cut.

I love your first suggestion for flipping the razor. It's simple, so I'll be trying that.

u/wetshaver · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

It is not the best handle. It's aluminum, but the head is identical to a Merkur.

Here's a link: Lord L6

u/counterattackk · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I forgot why I chose this particular one as I made this list some months ago, but looking into it again-

I'm now leaning towards a closed comb razor (as I've read that they are easier for beginners to get into, are more sensitive on the skin, and my hair isn't extremely coarse). Is there a particular one that you recommend?

I'm currently looking into this Edwin Jagger because this website says that its scalloped safety bar design provides the most support for sensitive skin.

u/lesarahpin · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

So: I normally use a DE razor like this one because I'm too cheap for cartridge razors. (DE blades are about USD$10-for-100.) Cleaning's kind of a non-issue for these, since there isn't really any way to gunk them up, and if you did somehow manage it (using elf magic, possibly), you could just disassemble the head.

I used to use single-blade cartridge/disposable razors, and I never found it to be an issue with those as long as I used a light oil and rinsed well. Stuff like castor oil or olive oil, however, definitely caused problems.

But I can't really answer this for multi-blades. My guess is that you're most likely to run into a problem with the kind of head that has a lubricant strip, since those can kind of dissolve upon contact with oil?

u/Kabloski · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I've been a lurker for a while, finally took the plunge after I saw my dorm mate's Merkur DE Razor. Items in the picture:

Luxury Beginner Wet Shaving Starter Kit from (Thanks, guys. I love you.)

An Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl

100 of the 200 Derby Extra Double Razor Blades (My friend bought the other half.)

u/OneLegAtATime · 2 pointsr/TheVeneration


I've mentioned this setup at some point here, but now with pictures! I'm sick and working from home today, so I need something to get my mind off of this grant writing.


  • Lord L6, Astra SP blades. Razor is $9 on amazon. Blades are 20 cents a pop if bought in small batches, or 10 cents a pop if bought in larger quantities. each blade lasts me 2-3 shaves.
  • Arko (less than 5 bucks for a 2-pack).
  • Razorock alum $7
  • Ecotools makeup brush - cheap, synthetic 2-pack from amazon

    Probably one of the cheapest full shave kits you can buy. The single Arko stick has lasted me 2 years so far, and I anticipate it will last another 3-4 until it becomes a mushy pile. Arko works really well with the extremely hard water we get in southern california.

    I only shave 2-3 times a week, and lathering straight onto the face reduces the amount of soap wasted. First thing I would upgrade is the brush, followed by a search for an aftershave after the alum.

    I would highly recommend the Lord. Some people seem to have longevity issues with the aluminum handle screwing into the heavier-metal head, but as long as you don't force it you won't strip the threads. Supposed to shave like a Merkur for a fraction of the cost.


  • Aeropress (inverted)
  • Porlex mini grinder
  • Burundi beans, lighter roast.

    Not my favorite roast, but probably my favorite extraction process (I also own turkish coffee, french press, moka pot, vacuum pot/siphon). Inverted, it acts like a french press with a paper filter. Of course, it also means you have a foot-tall precarious boiling-water hazard, which has been an issue some drowsy mornings.
u/RexWM · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've had this for 4 years. Still works perfectly.

u/xMythx · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/NoHelmet · 2 pointsr/pics

Looks like a Lord L6 from the photos. Not known to be a great shaver, but some guys like it. Also, his blade angle is atrocious.

u/Durithill · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

How about this? Or is that too expensive? >_<

u/SubGothius · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I took the DE plunge not too long ago myself after a lot of advance recon, mostly on the Badger & Blade forum's reviews section. Unlike multi-blade cartridges designed to "lift and cut", which leaves the sharp, sliced-off tip of the whisker slightly below skin level where it can become ingrown, a single blade will only cut at skin level, so you may be able to shave daily if you couldn't with cartridges. I used to be plagued with ingrowns especially on my neck, haven't had a one since getting my DE rig, tho' I still shave only every other day due to slow whisker growth, which is up from 2-3 times weekly with the old cartridges.

I found that quality boar brushes were surprisingly well-regarded on the B&B and other forums, and often recommended for lathering with hard shaving soaps. Even a high-quality boar brush (e.g. by Omega) would still be about half the price of a decent badger brush, itself better suited to lathering with softer shaving creams or pastes.

For a double-edge safety razor handle, you can often find perfectly good, old Gillettes for a song at antiques shops and eBay; their old "Tech" model seems widely recommended for beginners. For new models I can recommend the recent-issue Muhle or Edwin Jagger models, which both use the same, gentle but effective head design. I got one of these and was frankly astonished at how smooth it was; shaving with a new blade the first time, I couldn't even tell there was any blade in it at all, and yet there went the whiskers, and no nicks or cuts at all.

For a cheaper alternative to dip your toes into safety razors at lower cost and risk, the Feather Popular seems well-regarded as a gentle, quality razor handle for the price, and if you decide to upgrade to a nicer handle later, you can always keep this around as the travel razor you could stand to lose with trivial concern.

For blades, I started with a 10-pack of Kroger store-brand blades that were on sale for like $1.50; figured that's no big loss if they sucked, meanwhile researching opinions for better blades. Found out ASR/Personna makes most private-label blades in the US like those Krogers, which I found at least acceptable and will prolly keep as travel blades due to the nice, sturdy and protective dispenser.

Eventually, I splurged on a 100-ct carton of Astra Superior Platinums based on reviews alone (a bit risky) and couldn't be more satisfied; smooth and sharp (but not quite as treacherously sharp as the more expensive Feather brand), they seem to last about twice as long as the ASR/Personna Krogers and degrade gracefully when they start dulling enough to notice.

However, everyone's face is different, and some blades and handles go together better than other combinations, so you may want to start with a "sample pack" like this one which looks to have a decent variety including most well-regarded brands and some lesser-known but underrated ones, 2 of each blade.

Just my buck two-eighty, YMMV, etc.

u/freebeer256 · 2 pointsr/Frugal

There's a whole subreddit for wet shaving. My roomate switched to it and says it's amazing


Edit... He uses a a safety razor such as this. The blades are cheap, and he claims it gives him a much better, less irritating shave than something such as a Mach 3.

u/ilovetofaceswap · 2 pointsr/Wetshaving

Yeah, they are actually all clones of this design:

u/M_Stocks · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Merkur 34C - Popular DE -

Tweezerman Brush - Popular starter brush -

Proraso - Popular shaving cream -

That's all you NEED. A sampler pack of different razors is recommended. If you want to try a cheaper shaving soap, Arko seems to be gaining in popularity. You must not have tried looking very hard...

u/ryemanhattan · 2 pointsr/gifs

You should seriously try a double edge razor. Blades are way cheaper, and most people find that one blade gives a better shave than the current crop of multi-blade cartridge razors.

I've liked this one. Give it a try, you may never go back

u/mr1337 · 2 pointsr/Frugal

A good double-edge safety razor, blade sampler pack, shaving brush, and shaving soap can free the both of you from expensive cartridge razors and canned goo. It could take you a little bit to learn how to shave the "old fashioned" way, but as someone who recently took the plunge, it's worth it. Gives a much better shave for a fraction of the cost. (Replacement blades are usually $0.07 - $0.30 each)

If you have hard water, you may want to go with a shaving cream instead, or you could get a gallon of distilled water for $1 that will last you through about a month's worth of shaves.

Shameless plug for /r/wicked_edge. There are a lot of resources there to help you transition.

[edit] Here's a cheaper alternate razor - this is what I have. You can get them even cheaper if you want to wait a few weeks.

u/Craig · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

OP, I have one of the lady gillette and I like it quite a bit, but it is definitely more aggressive (for me, at least) than the new Lord L6 that I got from Amazon.

If I were inclined towards shaving my manly bikini area, I would absolutely reach for the L6.

u/Syzygy117 · 2 pointsr/beards

I'm happy with Honest Amish beard balm, simple. smells good. and keeps it looking nice and soft.

u/Bamboo_Harvester · 2 pointsr/shaving

Are you trying to use these with a safety razor or what?

What you ordered will fit in a double-edge safety razor. Not a straight razor... or a Gillette razor like you can get at the grocery store.

If you’re trying to delve into wet/DE shaving you’ll need a razor to go along with those blades. There are tons of choices but here are a couple of good places to start:

Weishi Butterfly Razor

Merkur HD

EJ safety razor

u/improbablyhungry · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

just get a DE already.

cant beat that deal.

pick up a brush and some quality cream and get into it.

u/HerpDerpison · 2 pointsr/Frugal
u/twentyafterfour · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Are there any notable differences between the DE87 and DE89 besides the fact that the 89 has the solid metal handle as opposed to the faux ivory?

u/OVNEV · 2 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Get a safety razor and a box of 100 blades for like $30 will last you a few years if you shave like twice a week. A straight razor is too expensive IMO, they are like 200 dollars and you have to strop them. Get something like this with a blade sampler pack. I think Feather is the best blade but people have many different opinions on blades. A sampler pack will help you choose what you like the best. As always, check out /r/wicked_edge as well.

u/Kusatteiru · 2 pointsr/PersonalFinanceCanada

The one I bought is the Merkur 34C, it is pricy and if you have larger hands. The Merku4 34C will feel small. Select the 38C, as it has a longer handle.

The other one I have seen people recommend it the Edwing Jagger DE89lbl. I think either one will work fine. If you can get to a House of Knives or a Tommy gun's I think they will have them on display so you can handle them.

Please note, unlike your normal cartridge razors, these razors are top heavy. It takes a bit of practice to be able to shave well, quickly and not cut yourself. Since the weight is at the top, you need less overall pressure to shave. Also I would really recommend that you sign up for one of those razor blade clubs, that way you have a large selection of blades to try. Not all razor blades are the same. I use feather because I read they are really good but aggressive blades. I had no idea what that meant. It just means you gotta be careful. My SO kept going "i see you cut yourself again" for a good 3 months. While I learned how to shave with both the razor and the blade combination. The razor itself will come with a blade, and the others you will have to try on your own. Looking back, I should have signed up for a "gift box" of blades to try a couple of brands instead of just going "I'll just use Feather because the internet said it was good."

Good Luck.

Also not using alcohol based aftershave and shaving foam has been great for my face. I use shaving soap, and some baby oil.

u/beerhawk · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I myself am not a fan of parker butterflys. I had one and it had just poor all around construction. It worked, but was not overly enjoyable. Also failed after like 2-3 years (the metal inside that controls the butterfly actions is like cheap pot metal).

I would suggest the similarly priced Edwin Jaggers or possibly a Merkur.

Also, combo blade packs are totally the way to go. I was crazy polarized on blades that I sampled. I personally settled with Astra and Feather, but that is just my preference. Sharks were ok, but IMO there are better blades.

Edit: Also, for $13 [this] ( shaving brush is amazing. I bought it as a throwaway for a trip I was taking to Thailand. I ended up keeping it as a travel brush. Works fairly well, sheds a little bit. Still, surprisingly good for the price. I have $60 brushes but still don't mind using the Tweezerman.

Also, I personally don't use alum; I almost never cut myself. I shave about ever 2 days (more and I get mild irritation), I stay away from aftershaves with lots of alcohol in them, use a good glycerine soap, and if you need to there are a plethora of face moisturizers out there.

u/Rotten_Chester · 2 pointsr/beards

I had this exact same problem, where my skin would get super dry whenever I grew my beard out for more than a couple of weeks. Beardruff like you wouldn't believe. So i usually would keep it pretty trimmed, that seemed to help. But about 2 months ago I decided I would give it a full-effort try. Same issue, super dry skin. Using dandruff shampoo on it kept the beardruff down but the skin was still really dry and itchy. I was about to trim it down again but then some random post brought me to /r/beards and I did some reading here. I decided to try some beard-specific products and a good brush. I ended up with Honest Amish beard balm ( and a generic boars-hair brush ( and my beard has never been better. Beardruff? Gone! Itchiness? Gone! I give my beard a good rinse every shower and wash it with shampoo two or three times a week and then brush this stuff in afterwards and its never felt better. Seriously, worth every penny.

u/orwiad10 · 2 pointsr/army

$40 including shipping over 200 shaves or move @ 2 cent or less per shave. 2 shaves per side? That's 400 shaves or 5 days a week for 80 weeks... after you buy the razor, you will shave for 5 dollars for every year to 1.5, forever. Following years it's .025 cent per shave

Dollar shave club at the cheapest is apox 36 a year. 5 double blades per month, meaning you'd average about 3 to 4 shaves per cartridge. That 4th time is rough, doesn't matter what brand it is. I'm getting .2 per shave for 12 months on the math for this one.

So, for cost, you get more shaves, and (imo) more quality buying in bulk. But the true difference is years to come, DSC, keep paying your yearly 36, or pay 5 every 1 to 1.5 years.

u/jdubba · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

> Im looking to get a razor on Amazon due to convenience, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Honestly, I understand where you're coming from. I think a lot of us coming in have the same thought, you're in unfamiliar territory trying to order from an unknown source and amazon is a safe, known place to pick things up. However, if you choose to upgrade, I strongly recommend going to somewhere like Maggard Razors. The owners run an excellent customer focused business, that out does amazon by a mile on a lot of things. There are some commercial items you can do better on through amazon if you know what you're looking for, but in general, they are just the best place to go. You can check out safely through Pay Pal, and they ship very quickly. I think if you look around you'll see and endless amount of recommendations for using them here, and for very good reason. In the world of wet shaving, it just doesn't get more convenient than Maggards.

Specifically if I were in your position, I would order an MR-1 or an MR-5 and select the V3A head. It will run you about $26 + shipping. You won't get a more efficient razor than that from amazon for that price. It is considered to be on the more aggressive side for razors, but you've been at it for six months, so it shouldn't be an issue. I find it to be very comfortable to use, and it's currently one of my favorite razors.


All that being said, if you want some options from amazon, here are a few. The one you linked above was my first DE, and I would not recommend it. It was inefficient (very mild), and I don't care for the thin hollow handle.

  • Edwin Jagger DE89 — Decent razor, will be more efficient than the one you have, but is still comfortable.
  • Mühle R89 — Same head design as the Edwin Jagger, but manufactured by Mühle. Generally has a better fit and finish than the EJ
  • Merkur Progress — Modern adjustable that will allow you to change the settings to find the balance of comfort and efficiency that works best for you. Downside is the plastic adjustment knob.

    Most of the results that come up if you search amazon for safety razors, are just overpriced weishi or baili clones, which is same thing you have right now. The rest are EJ clones that may be coming out of Pakistan and have serious QC issue. A prime example of something to avoid is that Viking Blade razor near the top of the results, which is a $9 baili razor selling for nearly $40. Be careful to avoid stuff like that, which is one more reason why places like Maggards are held in high regard. They are very transparent about all the things they sell, and you don't have to worry about getting scammed.
u/2dP_rdg · 2 pointsr/gifs

Love it. Amazon says I bought mine in Apr 2012. So we're going on 4 years and haven't regretted it a bit. Never even thought to replace it with a different one. I shave ~3 times a week and have a shaped beard (less shaving surface) so I'm slow to go through blades. Amazon says I bought Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades 30 Ct on Apr 2012 when I bought the handle. Then I switched to Astra Superior Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades - 30 Ct on August 2014. Plus a $12 Tweezerman shaving brush.. That's $77.59 (mostly upfront) but only $1.73/mo since I gave up cartridges (not including shaving soap)... The brush is just starting to get to the point where I am looking at replacing it / switching it to my travel brush. Financially, it's so worth it to give up cartridges. In regards to the blades, I may switch back to Feather.

I started with this (Nov 2011) and I have never cut/bled so much in my life haha. Holy crap did this take some practice. Eventually, I gave up.

u/ahawks · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Yes, I own both this (Parker SR1) and the white plastic handle SRW version. In short, I have had mixed results. The white plastic is my go-to razor. The metal one is the WORST razor I have ever used.


  • The metal that holds the blade is rough and jagged, and irritated my face very badly.
  • The blade arm does not line up with the slot in the handle, so it constantly catches when opening/closing
  • In general just felt unbalanced, cheap, flimsy


  • blade arm and slot slightly misalign, but not a major issue
  • area around blade is smooth and even, doesn't bother my face
  • Has been an excellent razor, I love using the disposable blades so I know I'm getting a high quality shave every time without having to worry about stropping. (I use Shark blades).
u/psyic · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

To piggy back on other comments, consider a replaceable-blade straight razor. It has the lack of honing of a DE, the affordability of disposable blades, and the badass feeling of a straight. I just got a Parker SR1 ( and I love it so far!

u/magnadoodle · 2 pointsr/Frugal

My setup consists of Edwin Jagger's DE89L razor and Tweezerman's badger brush, both which consistently get great reviews on the shaving forums such as (mentioned by lou2ser). Getting these two alone will be saving you about $30 without sacrificing quality. (This is assuming you are buying new since getting a used razor would be even cheaper).

As for blades, the Merkur platinum blades are consistently good, but I never felt they were a good value at $0.50 to $0.71 a blade. There are other brands out there that will give you a better, smoother shave at a fraction of the cost. Although there will be great debate on what blades people prefer, my go to blade are the Astra platinums which you can get as low as $0.15 a blade.

What you should not leave out is the shave soap. If you are using the shaving cream from a can, that can add up quickly. By using shave soap which a decent puck can run between $2 - $6, it can last you for a year or more. Finally, you should wait on getting a stand since it is not really essential for getting a great shave.

edit:formatted the links

u/elgringo · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I have hated shaving for quite some time. But, a few months back, I bought this razor on a lark:

I'm in love. I really enjoy the hell out of shaving now that I'm shaving with a straight edge. Shaving has become something of a soothing ritual... take the brush and lather the soap up, hot steamy water to the face, shave face with a straight edge, repeat (closer shave when you do it twice), cleanup and replace blade for next shave.

I find myself shaving more often than I need to. Maybe it's just an excuse to play with a knife. I always have loved playing with them. Perhaps it's the challenge of getting the hand/eye/pressure coordination just right that I enjoy so much. Regardless, I like shaving now. I'm getting a very close shave, and as an added perk, it's hella cheap.

Items I use:

The razor. I would suggest getting a razor with a replacable blade unless you really enjoy sharpening your razor and stropping it every time you're going to shave.

The brush and soap. I can see myself upgrading these, but regardless, I'm really rather happy with them.

You'll inevitably nick yourself. A small dab of styptic pencil, and it stops the bleeding and cleans the wound. Stings just a bit, though.

After my first shave, I liked it so much, I straight away bought another 120 replacable blades. Nothing like a virgin blade every time you shave.

u/yomaoni · 2 pointsr/beards

beard balm has helped me get rid of my flakes.
Beard Balm

u/MountaineerJesus · 2 pointsr/barstoolsports

Big fan of this stuff.

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner - Made with only Natural and Organic Ingredients - 2 Ounce Tin

u/bookishboy · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

With regards to shaving: You can get a fantastic shave without relying on the overpriced multi-blade cartridge razors so popular these days. I'd recommend the following as you can acquire them:

  1. A reasonably priced stainless steel old fashioned double-edged razor handle. Here is one example on Amazon that is cheap with good reviews

  2. A brush for lather, especially badger hair. I use this one by Tweezerman, also on Amazon

  3. A decent shaving soap/cream. I use the Bigelowe brand from Bath and Body works, which is often on a Buy 2, Get 1 sale and a $10 tube of this stuff will last you a LONG time. As a matter of fact, I have an extra tube of the stuff at the moment. If you think you're going to spring for the razor and brush, PM me with your address and if you're in the US I'll send it to you. You only need a toothpaste-sided dab of this stuff to work into a lather, and it had an excellent minty feeling against your face.

  4. Double-edged razor-blades, and you can get sampler packs in order to try different ones and see what you like best. Check in at /r/wicked_edge for opinions of different brands. Most are very economical on a per-blade basis compared to the multi-blade cartridges so many people use these days.

    A few additional helpful hints:

  • Shave right after a hot shower, it wets the hair, opens up the hair follicles and removes dirt and debris from your face that otherwise might detract from your shave.

  • The red "bumps" on your face may well be shaving bumps. Quick question: do you have curly, kinky or "nappy" hair? Many seem to be of the opinion that double(or more)-bladed razors exacerbate this, because when you pull the cartridge across your face, the first blade snags many hairs, pulling them out slightly from the follicle, and the next blade cuts the hair, which then drops below the surface of the skin. This results in a seemingly very clean smooth shave.... for the first day. If your hair is tightly curled as it grows out though, some of the hairs will grow into the skin instead of smoothly out the follicle, resulting in shaving bumps during the days after your shave. Using razors with single blades, and shaving right after a hot shower should reduce this.

  • If you're using an old-fashioned shave with lather that you work up with a brush instead of from a can, you don't need a shaving bowl. If you're right handed, use your left hand as a paddle surface to work up a lather on, kind of like Bob Ross and his paint palette.

    Best of luck!
u/RavenOdette · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I use a Parker SR1 not sure if it counts as a DE or a straight razor since it's a little of both

u/thehippestcat · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

there are straight razors that use the disposable blades, you just need to bend them and break them in half. so when you buy 100 blades, you're really getting 200.

u/CalebGT · 2 pointsr/news

When you do eventually run out, you should try Feather brand blades. Still cheap at 23 cents per blade, and I've been really impressed with the quality.
I can't believe how much money I wasted on cartridges either. Such a scam. Razor tech peaked in 1901, and every 'advance' since has just been marketing to move more blades.

u/Jay_Normous · 2 pointsr/ArtisanVideos

No, there are straight razors with a disposable blades like this one called shavettes

and this one

The original video showed this at 4:22. See how clunky the blade looks when he's shaving the guys neck? It's a disposable cartridge. It doesn't look like Hawley is using one like that in the shaving video

u/icantbelieveitsnotme · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

i had the same one (my barber sold one as well), but i didnt like the slide that holds the blade. eventually, it got loose and would slide when i dipped it in water. i bought the parker SR1 recently, and i love it. the parker holds the blade differently, more securely.

u/vailman · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

> a SE for £10 which includes 100 blades

The SE's that have replaceable blades are referred to as Shavettes. You can buy blades for them or buy DE blades and snap them in half. I have a shavette and I just use my DE blades. I have This One. When you see people suggest blade sampler packs for DE shavers who are starting, that same advise applies to the shavette. I dont use my shavette very much because my beard hair on my neck grows from my chin out which makes going against the grain very difficult. Any cheap "true" SE that is cheap is not going to be able to be honed properly and/or be able to hold an edge. Honing service from maggard razors is only $20 but if you buy a vintage SE it may need restoration as well which is more expensive.

> I swear they put some addictive drug in it

Thats called caffine! But I wouldn't be surprised if there was some cocaine in there as well!

u/ake-ake · 2 pointsr/Netherlands

Je kan een 100 pack via kopen. Ze bezorgen voor $31.18 naar NL. Dus met een credit card heb je ze over een paar dagen binnen. En bedankt dat je me eraan herinnert, ik gebruik die ook, en die van mij zijn bijna op.

Hier is een link:

u/Bobstbob · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

So I've lurked here a long while but I can tell you that blades for a DE razor last different for different people but if you take care of the blades (like letting them air dry, once you put it in leave it unless you are going to change it) they should last about a week. Even if it is less than that, cheaper blades can go for a dime each while feather blades which are the most expensive can go for a little more than 30 cents: example 1 example 2

So its not too bad even if they only last 4 days or so.

u/stupidlyugly · 2 pointsr/funny

I just saw that in Walmart. They want $8 for 12 replacement blades. Here are the most expensive high end DE razor blades I know of on Amazon.

So the Pawn Shop wants $.67 per blade for what is probably mediocre quality at best when the top of line is, in actuality, $.25. And a serviceable blade runs $.095 per.

u/AttilaTheHungover · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

Used to have this problem also, maybe just not as severe. I would always get itchy rash type things and ingrown hairs on my neck. The following worked for me, but it may not for anyone else considering everyone is different.

First, I only shave after I get out of a nice hot shower. Really opens up the pores and gets the hair soft. Then, instead of using typical canned commercial shaving cream, I switched to hair conditioner, and it works well, with the added bonus of adding a little moisture to your skin in the process. To actually shave, I switched to using one of these instead of one of the "five-blade-40-dollar-high-tec" razors. I know it's not technically a true straight razor but I'm in college ballin' on a budget so it's what I can afford. It will take some time to get good at, and you will cut yourself in the process, but once you get the hang of it, it is a much closer shave. Then, rinse your face, dry it off, and throw on some mild scented aftershave.

As suggested, /r/wicked_edge is an incredibly helpful community for things like this.

TL;DR stopped using commercial shaving cream, bought a "straight razor," shaved with the grain, fixed all my problems. /r/wicked_edge plug

u/ilikesleep · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


Civilized men always need to Shave

u/Yeugwo · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

this used to apply this

u/bryson430 · 2 pointsr/vancouver

Me too. I'm down with Nacet Platinum, all the way.

Online is definitely the right way. Buy a whole card of them.

u/Rugiewit · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I recently bought 2 year's worth of blades for $11. Check out r/wicked_edge

u/mriswithe · 2 pointsr/gifs

Just a suggestion, best blades I have ever used, and for $12 you are good for quite a long time. 100 blades is 12 cents a blade, and you use half of one in a shavette. When I shaved regularly I would go a week of shaving daily without issue on one, just changed it after a week or so usually because I could.

u/TheAthenaOwl · 2 pointsr/transontario

I've been ordering my blades from Amazon. They're super cheap and the quality is fine.

I buy the Astra blades here:

u/cristobalcolon · 2 pointsr/italy
u/designtofly · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

No kidding! For some reason, Amazon selects the 4-pack automatically. This link should select a single 100-blade package that's fulfilled by Amazon:

However, even a 4-pack shouldn't be more than $40.

u/iamwhoiamnnomore · 2 pointsr/BeAmazed

Honest Amish beard balm....get some. It will change your life with how much more comfortable and good looking it will make your beard.

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner - Made with only Natural and Organic Ingredients - 2 Ounce Tin

u/redux42 · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I used to absolutely love the Swedish Gillette blades but they stopped making them. These are my new standard:

u/SwiftRifle · 2 pointsr/guns

Oh, I use a Merkur long handle with these to shave every day. I just ran out of blades and didn't feel like using a dull one to shave!

u/Tunesmith_ · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Also, I think you'll find there are much better deals on blades online.

Actually, you can probably find everything shaving related cheaper than in a brick and mortar shave shop.

Good luck!

u/slickmickers · 2 pointsr/beards

Oh! It's called Honest Amish Beard Balm. I don't think it has anything to do with the place. My bad homie.

Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner - All Natural -Vegan Friendly Organic Oils and Butters

u/brickabrack · 2 pointsr/xxfitness

I buy these, split them in half, bend them slightly, and shave those motherfuckers off. It's very zen.

u/Schenectadye · 2 pointsr/beards

6 months, washed, oiled, waxed, brushed. Mustache styled with 81 T comb, fingers, and Fisticuffs.

Edit: for the lazyyyyy

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner

Kent The Handmade Comb

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo

[Honest Amish Original Beard Wax] (

Honest Amish Beard Balm

Fisticuffs Mustache Wax

u/al_kohalik · 2 pointsr/Frugal

i got these for christmas and absolutely love them. the blades come in 20 boxes of 5 and i haven't used one box yet. best christmas present ever.

u/whiskeyisneat · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Nice, I have the same razor. Yours is a lot shinier though. I like it but it tends to shave with the sides of the razor leaving a bit of a hair streak through the middle.

Anyway, as others have said, any double edge blade will fit. I just bought this box which should last me until I die; but if you want variety and to find what works for you buy this box.

u/jedifrog · 2 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

Just support with your wallet what works for you. For me, it's an Edwin Jagger DE89 with Feather double edge blades and a sandelwood Mühle silvertip badger brush, with Tabac shaving soap. I've chucked the cartridges and the electric shavers a long time ago and I'm not going back. A lot cheaper and a much much better shave.

Here you go. $25 bucks for a 100 of the sharpest blades on this planet.

u/cruzweb · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

You can do this on the cheap to start. Pick up This razor (I just bought a 2nd one yesterday) and These blades. That way, if you decide strait razors aren't for you, your investment is < $15 and you're still good to go. If you like it, then pick up a solid BIFL one and it will, indeed, last you for life.
Keep an eye out at estate sales, garage sales, antique stores, etc. Many times you can get an excellent quality older razor for a few clams. If you're patient, this can end well, but if you decide that you would rather have a new one of quality, there are many options available.

You can buy the shaving soap, brush, shaving cup and even if you decide to go back to cartridge razors (although after a few weeks most of us wondered how we ever did cartridge razors to begin with), you'll find that the soap and brush is much nicer than the goop and shaving "cream" that people put a big price tag on and sell. It just feels so much better on your skin.

I'll add, however, I still keep a cartridge razor around for some of the more sensitive, non-facial areas of my body.

u/durants · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Then you know what you must do...

Amazon Link

u/johntclark44 · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

They are German-made and available in the US, if that is what you're getting at. Couple those with some Col. Conk shave soap ( and you're good to go!

u/l30 · 2 pointsr/videos

How can anyone take shaving advice from a grown-ass man still shaving with a disposable razor? Get a fucking safety razor, you won't regret it.

u/Marsandtherealgirl · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Does he like star trek? This book is super cool.

Aside from nerdy, maybe he would enjoy something like this. Beers are best enjoyed in the appropriate glassware!

edit- I got this razor and this blade sampler kit for my ex and he said it was the best gift he had ever been given.

u/Terror_Bear · 2 pointsr/BeardTalk

This stuff will solve all your beard management problems. Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-in Conditioner

When I first heard of this stuff, I was unsure how it was going to work and hesitant to take the leap and make the purchase, but I'm glad I did.

Here's what you do.

You take a dab of this stuff, rub it between your hands till it turns into an oil like substance, and apply it to a damp beard (I usually use it after I shower). Now, massage it into your beard, then take the time to get yourself styled to your liking.

After all that, Your application site is going to feel a little oily/greasy for about 30-45min till it's absorbed, but once it is absorbed. Your beard should hold its shape. If it doesn't, they also offer a more aggressive option.

Later on down the road, your beard will be trained to the point that you wont need to apply the stuff as often.

u/cwm9 · 2 pointsr/offbeat

This + this = less $ for P&G

u/Terciel1976 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

11.95 on Maggard's for 100

7.69 on Amazon for 100

This is relevant for me, too, as it's my early leader for favorite blade.

u/premature_eulogy · 2 pointsr/Suomi

Tälläsiä itse käyttänyt nyt kolmisen vuotta, toistaiseksi rahaa mennyt kolmen vuoden aikana n.20€.

u/MVPittman · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

This is what I ordered from Amazon. Haven't even used them yet.

u/TummyFullOfMeth · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Is there any difference between the tubes and the bowl of Proraso? I feel like I can be really conservative with my bowl of Proraso and that the tube would be easier to waste .

u/MetalCard · 2 pointsr/pics

Never been into a straight razor so I use a metal safety razor instead.

I use a Merkur Model 180, a cheap shaving brush (about $15) and simple shaving soap. (about $2.50 each) I buy 100 Razors and one blade lasts a good 2 weeks on average.

Its about $60 initially, then 2.50 every 3 months for new soap, and $16 around every 3.8 years for blades. (3.8 years is an estimation based off 2 week blade use, haven't reached it yet myself.)

Yeah, its going to be more expensive over time for sure compared to your set up, but it beats $34 for 8 razor heads every 3 months.

u/Giacky91 · 2 pointsr/italy

io ho sono passato dalla schiuma da barba a montare questo:


la mia routine è diventata:

prebarba proraso della linea verde (pre barba)

sapone (sapone)

pennello (pennello proraso)

ciotola regalatami per il compleanno (ciotola WOMO)

dopo barba della JUST regalatami dalla mamma della mia ragazza, non mi trovo male. Sta per finire e di certo la cambierò.

EDIT: per le lame ho iniziato con un multipack (multipack). Ti permette di provarne alcune per poi decidere quale prendere

u/NachoCupcake · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

It can be or it can't be. I started a couple of years ago (maybe 3?) and when I did, I spent about $120 for everything. Since then, I've spent a total of about $50. That includes blades and soap.

Really, to get started all you need is a razor and blades, then you can buy the soaps or creams piecemeal as you go. A lot of manufacturers will give you free (or cheap) samples of their products, so you can try before you buy.

My recommendations for starting out are:

You can get a cheaper razor, but I recommend a longer handle. You can also find nice older ones at antique shops for really cheap if you're willing to clean them up before using them. I'm not that patient, but maybe you are. The blades are a variety pack, so you can get an idea of what you like because they're all a little bit different. The last time I replaced my blades I bought these because they're really cheap (less than 10¢ per blade) and I like them a lot.

Eventually you might want to get a brush and some fancy soap, but I've seen brushes at Walmart for $5 or less.

There's a lot of fancy lingo that goes into wet shaving, but it's really not a whole lot different than using disposables. The only real differences are that you have to take better care of your skin (shucks), you don't have to press as hard with the razor, and you control the angle of the blade (a blessing and a curse.)

If you have any questions, please ask! There's also always the sidebars at /r/ladyshavers and /r/wicked_edge!

u/nomnombacon · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

In general, exfoliating before shaving should help.

Check out Tend Skin - they have different products, I have used the one I linked with much success.

Also, try using Coochy as shaving gel. Yes, it is meant for intimate parts. Yes, it is amazing at keeping you rash-free. No one has to know.....

I do have not used the following advice myself, but strippers swear by using Neosporin as shaving cream and then applying a thin layer of gel deodorant on the freshly shaved skin. I would be cautious and patch-test if you decide to try this.

u/ollyrand · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddicts

I just read about this product that seems to be exactly what you’re asking for on Buzzfeed! The reviews are stellar, it looks like it might be worth a shot :) Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8 Fl. Oz Bottle

Also wow you’ve got a great skincare routine, I clearly need to take a page out of your book lol.

u/kryren · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I use this one. It's nothing special aside from it has a long, textured handle where as my husband uses one with a standard, smoother handle. The longer handle is, for me, better for getting my legs and awkward bikini areas. Look around online and see what looks best. I've seen razors come with cool wooden handles and colored metals!

Keep an eye on it as it can rust and get dirty after a while (like, I don't hardly shave during the winter so come spring I might have some rust from it being in the shower unused). Just pop the blade out and put the razor in the dishwasher to clean it.

u/DoctorWhookah · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Parker and Merkur make good razors. They're more expensive than something like you could get from Maggard but if you have free gift cards, what the hell.

Razor - Long handled Merkur

I have this Parker brush and I love it. It is pricy and doesn't really fall under "starter" or "budget" labels but it is a nice, soft brush. If you don't want to spent that much or you want boar there are plenty of other options out there.

Tons of blade samplers out there. Pick the one that fits your budget.

I recommend a cream to start with as opposed to a soap. Creams are super simple to build lather with. TOBS is always a good choice. My favorite from them is Eaton College. but they have SEVERAL scents in their lineup.

That's all you really need and it can all be purchased from Amazon. Happy shaving.


u/missdjx3 · 2 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I use TendSkin and it works well for me.

u/JWrundle · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips
u/FuzzyMofo · 2 pointsr/Frugal

Or you can get a cheap safety razor for $6 and a pack of 100 blades for $11 on with free shipping (if you have prime or buy other things to total $35).

The razor I use- good quality, but the handle is a little short(you get used to it very quickly)

The blades:

u/jbisinla · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'd look at the double edge kit/gift suggestions.

A lot of people like the Silvertone, which for <$3, including shipping, is a solid deal, although you may have to wait for it to arrive from overseas.

That would leave plenty of money for a blade sampler, a soap or two, and a styptic pencil.

If you want to go a little more expensive on Amazon, the Edwin Jagger DE89 is a pretty popular choice, and very pretty, just don't drop it.

u/Captjacklw · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

I have senestive skin so I always try to get something that helps me not to break out. The cream keeps my face smooth and teh razor best bang for the buck


Cream:Van Der Hagen Shave Butter

u/pangalaticgargler · 2 pointsr/bald

My process. I shave my head in the shower but you may not want to, like to, or feel comfortable doing so.

  1. Shower with warm-hot water.

  2. Put on chosen type of shave cream, gel, substance. (I have been using this which has been wonderful)

  3. I use either a safety razor (this) when I am wide awake and alert, otherwise I use a plastic two blade bic.

  4. Short strokes with little pressure. This I cannot state enough as pushing too hard, taking too long of strokes makes you more likely to cut yourself and get ingrown hairs.

  5. Use your choice of aftershave balm. This is a personal preference. I find that if I don't I will sometimes get that annoying itchy burny feeling.

  6. When I wash my scalp I use a wash cloth and soap and scrub firmly. This has lead to my head having less ingrown hairs/pimples.

  7. Clean your blade. Get the gunk out from between the blades, and put it somewhere it can dry properly.

    Bald life protip: If you are going this way get to learn your scalp. Your skull probably has bumps and ridges that you may not know very well yet. Get to know them as most of my early cuts were from trying to rush and the blade catching a little.

    Shaving tip: Short, soft strokes with a sharp razor. I can't stress this enough.

    Last tip: When beginning to shave your head do it when you have time. Don't do it before school or work do it before bed. Take your time and you will get a better feel for what works best for you.
u/notable_bro · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Shaving gel with menthol plus a safety razor is the best I've done.

u/princessplant · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

you can try the nip+fab glycolic fix pads! those are super cheap and you get a lot of product, but it's not ab. those were what I was using, they're not super strong but they work well as a starter!

tbh what's worked even better for me than a chemical exfoliant is a product called tend skin. it helps prevent ingrowns, and it's AMAZING. it's a little pricey but it helps so much i don't even care, if you can find it that's my favourite product for prevention!

u/Mina418 · 2 pointsr/BabyBumps

Has anyone here used Tend Skin? Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8-Ounce Bottle
This product has changed my life when it comes to shaving. I struggled with pale skin and dark, thick hair as an adolescent...everywhere😒 and have struggled ever since. I can't stand my body hair! I would get the worst razor burn everywhere and the worst area was my bikini line/lady parts and then I was told about Tend Skin when I got my first waxing at my mom's salon. Just a little bit of Tend Skin on a cotton ball after shaving has been making all the difference for me throughout my life. I know it's such a struggle...ach! I've been getting waxed during pregnancy so far bc I can't see what I'm doing anymore. I come home and dab the Tend Skin on where I got the waxing and it has worked so far. Maybe this will help some of you...

u/marypies78 · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I used to get awful ingrown hairs from any kind of hair removal - shaving, waxing, it didn't matter. Really painful red angry bumps, especially in my underarms & bikini line. A friend introduced me to Tend Skin. It has been like a miracle! No more ingrown hairs!

u/Firephox · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

A recommended Amazon "College Student" budget setup (Total - $64.40):

Baili Razor - $11.99 ( I started with one of these and it still gives a great shave)

Razorock Synthetic Brush - $13.99

Double Edge Razor Blade Sample Pack (30 Blades) - $9.95

Proraso Shaving Soap - $10.00

Gentleman Jon Alum Block - $7.99

Clubman Pinaud Styptic Pencil Travel Size .33 oz (pack of 3) - $5.69

Aqua Velva Cooling After Shave, Ice Sport, 3.5 Ounce - $4.79

You can upgrade later as you can afford it, but this would be a good start. Watch a lot of YouTube vidoes, just search for "Safety Razor Shaving" or "DE Razor Shaving".

u/illiniwarrior · 2 pointsr/preppers

along with the packs of safety razor blades you should have extra safety razors in your stores ... if nothing else they make great barter items that will build future clients for the razor blades ...

Amazon has a direct Chinese razor manufacturer shipping for free ... all metal construction ... $3.36 ea .... has hundreds of favorable reviews ... worth a gamble to give one a try ... Silvertone or Sodial Silvertone Safety Razors

u/whotookmysammich · 2 pointsr/milwaukee

Invest in a safety razor.

The initial purchase for the razor itself will run you $30-$40, but after that you only need to buy the blades. I buy Gillette Platinums, which are $6 for a 5-pack at The Art of Shaving.

u/Dubhan · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

That razor is the same one that sells on Amazon for dirt cheap. It's a touch light for my taste, but not a bad razor at all and for the price it's amazing.

u/similar_observation · 2 pointsr/WorldofTanks

Yes. It's a brisk eucalyptus with some light menthol. There's some sort of grain bits in the soap that add that scrubby-ness.

Feels great for a morning wake up shower. Goes nicely with my shaving soap.

u/SillySillyGirl · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

It's normal especially the first few times. I used to shave my legs after soaking in a hot bath and that really helped. And I used TendSkin, it's like magic and the bumps will be gone.

u/flukshun · 2 pointsr/

i just did (better term would be "gone with a more cost-effective solution"):

merkur 180 safety razor: $30
10 merkur double-edged blades: $7

u/CholulaMan · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

This is the one I have and I have no issues placing the razors. I use each blade once and never have any issues.

Silver Tone Double Edge Blade Razor Shaver w Nonslip Metal Handle

u/MeritWinstheSoul · 2 pointsr/funny

Ha! I have horrible issues with my idle hands as well. There's also a product called Tend Skin which helps a lot with keeping your skin clean and less bumpy after shaving or waxing. There are a ton of DIY recipes online to make your own - it works really well!

u/Ventusx · 2 pointsr/news

Probably these Razor and Blades

u/time4mzl · 2 pointsr/Frugal
  1. Buy razor handle
  2. Buy pack of razors
  3. Shave
  4. ...
  5. Profit
u/bemon · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I bought this as my travel razor and it works surprisingly well.

u/Cd-from-LA · 2 pointsr/Sissies

Hey girl! I also have issues with razor bumps sadly :( but I use this, and honestly it's a miracle worker! It's a little expensive, but I'll apply this directly after shaving, then lotion, then use it again the next day. Anytime you see a bump, you can use it and it'll lessen the bump within 12 hours.

Tend Skin The Skin Care Solution For Unsightly Razor Bumps, Ingrown Hair And Razor Burns, 8-Ounce Bottle

u/sfitsea · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

FWIW, I've heard that the disposable DEs are rough. If, after that, you want to spend very little, try a sodial. They're not bad for the low cost.

I' r also heard that, for <$25, Maggard's razors are the best you can get.
Or, better yet, get a Maggard starter kit (includes brush, blades, and soap). It'll be worth having to eat Ramen for a few weeks, if budget is the issue.

u/dajohn17 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

This would be a better option if you want to try one... I paid around 7 for the same one and I loved it, albeit I have upgraded.

u/hella-slay · 2 pointsr/Frugal

A good, cheap pair of earbuds

Or, if you're willing to spend a few dollars more, these earbuds are fantastic.

A watch

Amazon also sells tons of their own cool stuff- look around

A safety razor.

Also, Amazon sells a ton of books for super cheap. Look around.

u/RuneTail · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

its on amazon right now for $10.45 which is less than a dollar per stick, it lasts a stupid long time too I get 5-6 months per stick. I dont know how much shipping is without prime though, since I get a sweet deal from my University my prime is 50% off forever.

u/Tssusmc · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

At minimum get this. It's available at most major drug stores and Walmart.

u/Cbosselman · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Ive had a beard for pretty much as long as ive been growing hair on my face. I stumbled into this subreddit and have been thinking about giving a DE razor a try. I found this on amazon the other day is this the kit you got?

u/EditRedditNow · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Thanks for the advice on the razor. I noticed tryablade has a 115 pack... I really don't think I need that many. It would be nice if i could get everything from amazon also. Sample Blades -- Brush -- Soap are these good choices for a novice?

u/UC235 · 2 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

Just buy it from here: If you have Prime, they're $1.04/ea delivered. I'm not sure the shipping would even be that cheap coming from another member.

u/scabface · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

The ingredient list from the photo on this page is different that the one listed above, maybe that just because it's in a different language?

u/UMich22 · 2 pointsr/vegan

Safety Razor


Deodorant - Herban Cowboy Dusk Scent.

Body Wash - tea tree oil from Trader Joe's (buy it there and not on Amazon due to price).

u/Goose88 · 2 pointsr/madmen

Ok, here is what I recommend to start with. This is basically what I started with to. None of these items are the best quality, but you can get a feel for the shave technique and you'll know if you want to spend more money on better stuff quickly.


Blades note you'll want to try other brands eventually, but these are not harsh, they're inexpensive, and thus a good first purchase.

Bowl & brush note
toss this puck of soap, it's shit.

Shave soap

This will get you going for gear. You can sub out stuff for better quality if you want, but I'd keep it cheap to start. You'll also want to learn how to use all this stuff. This is what I used to learn how to shave the first time. You'll find there are many techniques and schools of thought, but this is the best basic guid to learn and develop muscle memory.

Good luck, and if you need help pm me or check us out at /r/Wicked_edge/

u/Aceholeas · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge Here is amazon. People say they have seen them at cvs, I saw one by the same co at Krogers (Not the same one I have though)

u/bovinitysupreme · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

The Micro Touch One razor is decent enough but nothing to write home about. I prefer my Ri,Mei A2003 ($2 direct-from-China), but it's apparently a crapshoot whether you'll get that one or a crappy one when ordering those.

I haven't tried the VdH Luxury set that Walmart now sells. They used to sell the VdH Deluxe set, which I bought in 2007. I've re-bought that set more recently at Rite Aid for the brush, which I find quite acceptable (way better than the cactus-tipped jellyfish-backboned Art Of Shaving "Genuine Badger" that I got when trying to go more upscale). The Deluxe soap is, well, decent enough but nothing to write home about. The Luxury soap (in the kit that's now in Walmart) is slightly better but still not awesome, and it smells like mom's thanks.

People seem to love the mug in the Luxury kit. I can't imagine that I'd like it. I'm sure the brush is decent enough.

All in all, if you want to get started today and don't mind that you're spending way too much on this stuff, go ahead and grab the stuff at Walmart. While you're there get some aftershave if you don't have any; they have Skin Bracer, probably Brut, and maybe Pinaud Clubman, all decent. If you're the sort with dry skin grab some Everyman Jack or Nivea post-shave balm instead of the alcohol splashes I mentioned.

u/FromNASAtoNSA · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Safety razors are amazing. Get yourself a brush and some soap.

My brother got me this kit

The soap, I used dozens of times and it's still got so much life left. The brush works like a charm as usual.

You gotta get yourself some blades. They're standard and universal. You can get 100 for like 8 bucks and each one should last you at least 3 shaves. Likely more especially since you aren't shaving your whole face.

Run warm water, dip your brush in it and twirl it around the soap. Play around until you get a decent lather, rub it over the area you want to shave, and apply the razor.

No pressure, let the weight of the blade do the work as you guide it. It's hard to cut yourself and the whole experience is relaxing and will make you feel like a classic old timer in the 40's raising a family on a single man's working wage living in the suburbs.

u/outfromtheashes · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

It looks like Van Der Hangen.

u/docsquidly · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

In addition to the usual canned shaving creams and gels I've tried:

u/pcadrian · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Not that I know of. I bought mine on Amazon. I was so happy with it, that I ended up buying in bulk and they sent me 3 times the amount advertised. So I'm literally set for life.

u/StrawberryGuillotine · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

So I get the shaving cream all mixed up with a brush and then have at it with the shaving razor?

Is this a decent razor to invest in?

u/Sirlolleth · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you're on a budget, I can definitely attest to arko! you can get 12 sticks for 12 bucks and can just squish 'em into any bowl of your choice! Arko is tallow based, so I definitely wouldn't recommend melting it, as that can break down the tallow, but arko is super soft so it doesn't matter much. Arko is one of my favorite soaps, and it definitely performs way above its price range! With this much, you won't have to worry about running out anytime soon (though don't let that keep you from trying other soaps...)

u/caustictwin · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

No problem. The nice thing about the 71R is that it is 3 pieces and all screws together. I had a friend that had a cheap butterfly razor and it kept coming loose and cutting him. You can get whichever you like as far as soaps go. Col Conk has a few different scents : Amber, Bay Rum, and I think Lime. The scents don't last for a long time. It's mainly what the lather smells like, that's all. I would suggest investing in a nice badger hair brush but those can be rather costly. It all depends on how serious you are. You can get a kit like this one but I would go for this one and any bowl will do. Hell, you can use a large coffee mug if you want.

u/BurlRed · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

They're Maggard's MR6s and the brushes that come in the Van der Hagen premium shave kit on Amazon. Nothing fancy, but decently recommended for starter stuff. Also cheap. I'm not made of money and who knows if they'll ever get used.

u/DruePhoenix · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

To be honest, you don't really need an expensive one. Most of the guys over at /r/wicked_edge admit they get the fancy ones just because they're enthusiasts.

I bought this f'n thing and never had any problems with it. Often it comes down to finding the right blades for you. Then finding techniques and various cremes and salves that appeal to you.

I haven't shaved in 9 months, but before that I had the most amazing baby smooth shaves in my life with minimal irritation(pretty much a miracle.)

u/williampum98 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I bought the Van der Hagen shave kit a couple months back. Since I'm new to DE shaving, I felt this was a good beginning kit to start with. It came with a bowl, so I put some soap in, then wet my brush, and add a little water to the bowl. Half the time, the lather is too dilute, and the other half, it's too dry, but I'm afraid to add water at that point.

u/macfergusson · 2 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

Amazon isn't terrible, you just have to price check what they have vs. the same product elsewhere.

Anyways, for a very cheap introductory razor:

You will want to upgrade from this, but for just getting started to learn on you can't really beat the price, and it can certainly tide you over until you feel able to expand your shaving budget.

Edit: Hell, PM me your address and I'll have some stuff shipped to you.

u/dsm4ck · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

May I ask why you will never go back to Dollar Shave Club? Also, I had had good luck with the Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor (MK 23C)

u/naery · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

This is an EXCELLENT beginner's set. Razor, Brush, Stand. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but the brush is fantastic (I have entirely switched to this brush, over some other more "fancy" brushes) and the razor is a good weight with a good medium length. Plus, having a tidy stand is bonus points.

This is one type of soap/mug set.

And this is another soap/mug set. I personally prefer this type of bowl. It's also much heavier than it looks (I think it's ceramic). The brush is crap, though.

This is a cheap, good-smelling aftershave. But it's alcohol based, so he might not like it (stings slightly).

This gets you nearly everything for under your budget. The two items I'd say are missing are available at Wal-Mart for less than three dollars combined. You need the pre-shave oil (Shave Secret, $1.50 at my local WalMart) and a styptic pencil ($1.15 at my local WalMart).

Even after these, we're still around the $90 mark, and these items will last for literally years (except the consumables, of course).

There's your complete set, minus blades. The purchase of blades is a rather personal affair, though, and I'd recommend a sampler pack. There are literally dozens of sampler packs available. Here's one. Bear in mind, however, that most people can do three to six full shaves (i.e., the entire face) using ONE blade.

One piece of advice: If you want him to enjoy it, don't skimp on the brush. In my opinion, probably seconded by a majority of wet-shavers, the brush is going to be the single most important deciding factor for a noobie who isn't purchasing these things for himself in determining whether he likes the process or not. There's virtually no doubt that he'll like the results.

Does this help?

u/emeliminator · 2 pointsr/ladyshavers

Do you have access to Amazon?

I use the Merkur 180 DE razor and I love it! It has a good weight to it and the handle is long (shaving legs with a short handle razor is tough).

Here's an Amazon link for the razor :