Poll: Spalsh or balm...which do you prefer?
 02-02-2013, 05:53 PM
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I used to think I was a splash guy, but I've been using balms more recently and I think I've discovered that I like the balms better. Maybe it's a seasonal thing, I don't know, but I'm really enjoying how the balms are making my face feel right now. What do you prefer?

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 02-02-2013, 06:02 PM
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Splashes for me now that I've found one that actually moisturizes too. Balms leave me too tacky, shiny, & greasy.

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 02-02-2013, 06:05 PM
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I never really used balms other than Skin Food until I got some Razorock 888 wax and I'm now a convert, although I tend to mix it with a little splash of Aqua Velva just for kicks.

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 02-02-2013, 06:07 PM
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(02-02-2013, 06:05 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: I never really used balms other than Skin Food until I got some Razorock 888 wax and I'm now a convert, although I tend to mix it with a little splash of Aqua Velva just for kicks.

I like the wax, but I got the original and don't like the smell very much, I might need to try a differnt flavor.

Thanks for the update on the poll...I was trying to figure out how to edit it it to include "both".

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 02-02-2013, 06:10 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I added a third question to the poll. I voted both. If I'm using an after shave, I generally follow it up by applying some Speick Balm. I have very dry skin but I like the scent of certain after shaves and the Speick Balm does not cover up the scent.

The only balm/emulsion that I use by itself is Santa Maria Novella Emulsione Analcolica.

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 02-02-2013, 06:14 PM
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  • Tonality
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Definitely splashes. I haven't found a balm that doesn't leave my already naturally oily skin just plain uncomfortable.

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 02-02-2013, 06:14 PM
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Splash for me but I tend to have oily to normal skin. Plus I " love the burn "

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 02-02-2013, 06:29 PM
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(02-02-2013, 06:07 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote:
(02-02-2013, 06:05 PM)Nickadermis Wrote: I never really used balms other than Skin Food until I got some Razorock 888 wax and I'm now a convert, although I tend to mix it with a little splash of Aqua Velva just for kicks.

I like the wax, but I got the original and don't like the smell very much, I might need to try a differnt flavor.

Thanks for the update on the poll...I was trying to figure out how to edit it it to include "both".

I don't care for strong scents so the 888 is ok for me. a sort of medicinal smell but fades rapidly. I just add a small splash of AV and the two seem to get along nicely in both feel and scent.
I think I'll try the Lavender wax since I usually enjoy lavender, But this one works extremely well.

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 02-02-2013, 06:43 PM
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  • tgutc
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I'm a big splash guy. I prefer alcohol based splashes. I do use a balm once in a while when my face is really dry in the winter. One balm I really like is the Nomad balm though. Currently I have 33 different splashes and 7 balms.

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 02-02-2013, 09:56 PM
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  • Kavik79
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  • Albany, NY - USA
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splashes, absolutely, for all the reasons already mentioned
Balms: always leave me feeling oily and tacky
Splashes: love the bracing feeling of the burn, love the tight feeling of the skin afterwards, just feels all around clean and finished somehow

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 02-02-2013, 10:11 PM
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I think right now I'd put myself I'm the "both" category. I think I've been leaning towards balm for a couple reasons:1- my neck has been dry and red the last couple weeks, and 2- my wife dislikes the scent of just about every splash I own, the balms I have are pretty lightly scented to no scent.

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 02-02-2013, 11:37 PM
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  • Songwind
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I use both. My most soothing aftershaves are balms, though I have a couple of splashes that give them a run for their money.

Also, I don't tend to double up a lot on scents, so sometimes I go with a balm just for the smell.

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 02-02-2013, 11:50 PM
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I like splashes, due to oily skin and hate that sticky feeling when using a balm. Love the skin tightening and burn of the splashes. But I wouldn't be opposed to using a balm if it didn't leave that sticky/tacky feeling. Any suggestions would be welcome! Never can have enough options in the shave den. Tongue

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 02-02-2013, 11:59 PM
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  • blzrfn
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I'm with Kavic and Sunflake, I just can't use balms (other than Pre de Provence) as they leave my skin very tacky. I have some good ones too that I need to trade or sell as they are doing me no good. Dodgy

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 02-03-2013, 12:06 AM
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I use a splash that is a balm, so since the catagory doesn't exist I can't vote.

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 02-03-2013, 12:08 AM
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I put on a moisturizer at night. Some times its a cream and sometimes I put on pure apricot oil.

If I shave right before bed, I'll opt for an ASB because I want the moisturizer effect for bed time.

If I shave earlier in the day, I'll use either an ASB or an AS. Depending on my mood.

I don't go by texture, I go by smell of AS and ASB that I own.

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 02-03-2013, 05:12 AM
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I voted both. I like splashes because the scent seems last longer, but in the winter I am dry and need the balm also.

Are there some balms with long lasting scents?

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 02-03-2013, 06:51 AM
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(02-03-2013, 12:06 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: I use a splash that is a balm, so since the catagory doesn't exist I can't vote.

And an excellent one it is! I'm excited about the menthol version as things with menthol are usually lighter scented and the scent tends to fade quicker which for me is a plus. I do enjoy the regular it's just too much scent everyday for me. But on the weekends it's perfect Smile

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 02-03-2013, 08:46 AM
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I voted both. I started off using only balms since I had so much irritation and thought I had very sensitive skin. But I think that was due more to bad technique. Now that things are better I also enjoy using splashes, mainly due to the longer lasting scent.

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 02-03-2013, 09:46 AM
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balms in the cold month, lotions in the warm.

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