11-10-2013, 02:35 PM
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I was recently asked by my wife to inventory and reduce my den to just a few soaps/brushes/razors.

Those of you guys with with very populated dens; how do you guys decide what soaps you keep and use?

Do you guys keep a rotation and how do you stick with it?

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 11-10-2013, 02:41 PM
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  • beartrap
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Wake up, get up, go the the soap drawer, open it, stare at everything for 5 minutes while yawning, decide on the soap, smell it, smile, open brush drawer, pick a brush, touch it, smell it, smile, go back to the soap drawer for a different soap... repeat next morning.
You got the idea Biggrin

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 11-10-2013, 03:04 PM
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My very hard water is a blessing & a curse. It really makes it easy for me to quickly learn which soaps will work for me & which ones won't. I also have fairly sensitive skin so I keep those soaps with fewer ingredients. This also helps curb lots of soap purchases because there aren't many artisan soaps that work well for me & I've grown weary (almost Winky) of trying new ones.

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 11-10-2013, 03:20 PM
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Easy, if I haven't used it in a month or so, its time to consider giving it the boot.

Selecting the day's shave is the fun part - open the drawer, smell a few, and pick the one that fits my mood! Biggrin

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 11-10-2013, 03:29 PM
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(11-10-2013, 02:41 PM)beartrap Wrote: Wake up, get up, go the the soap drawer, open it, stare at everything for 5 minutes while yawning, decide on the soap, smell it, smile, open brush drawer, pick a brush, touch it, smell it, smile, go back to the soap drawer for a different soap... repeat next morning.
You got the idea Biggrin

Yup. This is pretty much my routine!

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 11-10-2013, 04:31 PM
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No such thing as too much soap. If it's an issue, just split the collection into a visible and invisible rotation. I have a box I go to and rotate soaps in and out.

What's out can be minimalist. What's in a nearby drawer, out of sight, can be greater and what is stored in a big box(es) somewhere in the house in a cool dry place is the rest of it.

Part of the fun is asking oneself what kind of shave experience one feels like and then going for it.

Too much cream is another issue. Cream has a shelf life.

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 11-10-2013, 04:35 PM
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I'm trying to keep it down. I get sort of unhappy when I get carried away with something.

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 11-10-2013, 04:39 PM
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Hear you on that one, but Shaving is one of life's little luxuries, and hey, they don't go bad, so worst case your son/daughter get to enjoy all those top shelf soaps you bought back in the day that are no longer made....Biggrin

(11-10-2013, 04:35 PM)Face Bannon Wrote: I'm trying to keep it down. I get sort of unhappy when I get carried away with something.

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 11-10-2013, 09:19 PM
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(11-10-2013, 04:39 PM)david1201 Wrote: Hear you on that one, but Shaving is one of life's little luxuries, and hey, they don't go bad, so worst case your son/daughter get to enjoy all those top shelf soaps you bought back in the day that are no longer made....Biggrin

+1 This is what I keep telling myself when I buy more soap! I actually don't have that much of a surplus and am always looking to add more...you see, my thirteen-year-old son is going to start shaving at some point, very soon, so I need to be prepared, right, and I can't risk having my favourite artisans possibly stop making their soaps, so I need to stock up, just in case! Biggrin

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 11-11-2013, 03:11 AM
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How many soaps and creams do you have? How many do you need to trim down to?

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 11-12-2013, 05:38 PM
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(11-11-2013, 03:11 AM)tgutc Wrote: How many soaps and creams do you have? How many do you need to trim down to?

I have at least 15 soaps and 8 creams. Most of them are small pucks, but that said I had a sample of MWF from Larry over at Whipped Dog and using it every third-fourth shave it took me maybe 7 months to finish!

I'd like to have 5-7 soaps/creams in total but I won't finish everything that I have for a very long time, nor do I want to get rid of what I have because I love having them.

Ideally, I'd like to approach shave den minimalism but I just don't see that happening.

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 11-12-2013, 06:04 PM
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I have many I should put up on BST or at least trade but I have a tough time doing that. I usually ending up PIFing to our son to let him try new things.

I am going away from creams and would really like to get down to 7 soaps....but. can't Dodgy

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 11-12-2013, 06:08 PM
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(11-10-2013, 02:35 PM)Starkicker Wrote: I was recently asked by my wife to inventory and reduce my den...

What ? ? ? A47

When my wife complains about my shaving related AD, I simply draw her attention to her collection of Louis Vuitton handbags...

If I encounter further debate, I explain I'm stockpiling for our 2 sons!

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 11-12-2013, 06:30 PM
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(11-10-2013, 02:35 PM)Starkicker Wrote: Do you guys keep a rotation and how do you stick with it?

I do a three day rotation:

Day 1: Soap A -- a solid favorite that I like, and I'm trying to use up.

Day 2: Soap B -- ditto.

Day 3: Toss up -- I can try a sample, try a new soap I've bought, anything. If a soap emerges as a solid favorite during Day 3 toss up, it can migrate into either Day 1 or Day 2, but only after the current Day 1 or Day 2 is used up.

This way the favorites eventually march into the guillotine of "every 3 day use." But there's that outlet of Day 3 to be able to try anything, do whatever I'm in the mood for.

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 11-12-2013, 06:52 PM
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(11-12-2013, 06:08 PM)ben74 Wrote: If I encounter further debate, I explain I'm stockpiling for our 2 sons!

* Good things for boys! It would never work with only girls, I believe. Biggrin

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 11-12-2013, 06:57 PM
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Sure, I have a rotation. I look at my soaps and think, "God that's a great soap and I haven't used it in awhile...."

I've tried to implement a rule to use a soap 2 days in a row and I don't even manage that sometimes.

I see these posts about using the same soap for X months till it's gone and I can't comprehend that. In fact I don't think it's humanely possible to finish a puck of soap....Smile

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 11-12-2013, 07:18 PM
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(11-12-2013, 06:57 PM)david1201 Wrote: I've tried to implement a rule to use a soap 2 days in a row and I don't even manage that sometimes.

Yes, even on favorites I still don't use two days in a row 95% of the time.

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 11-13-2013, 04:19 AM
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(11-12-2013, 05:38 PM)Starkicker Wrote:
(11-11-2013, 03:11 AM)tgutc Wrote: How many soaps and creams do you have? How many do you need to trim down to?

I have at least 15 soaps and 8 creams.

Take it from me, you DON'T need to reduce your stockpile... Yet!

If you can shave every day for a month (or in my case 2 or more) without using the same product more than once, then, MAYBE you can consider down sizing...

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 11-13-2013, 08:59 AM
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I would recommend a marriage-counselor. This sounds too serious to ignore.WinkyWinky

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 11-13-2013, 11:54 AM
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(11-12-2013, 05:38 PM)Starkicker Wrote:
(11-11-2013, 03:11 AM)tgutc Wrote: How many soaps and creams do you have? How many do you need to trim down to?

I have at least 15 soaps and 8 creams. Most of them are small pucks, but that said I had a sample of MWF from Larry over at Whipped Dog and using it every third-fourth shave it took me maybe 7 months to finish!

I'd like to have 5-7 soaps/creams in total but I won't finish everything that I have for a very long time, nor do I want to get rid of what I have because I love having them.

Ideally, I'd like to approach shave den minimalism but I just don't see that happening.

Your wife brings up a legitimate point.

I have more product than you and we both have too much, which is why I am on the 'use it up' program. I will tell you that once you stick with one product until it's done and realize that a modest puck of soap will last you many, many months, it becomes a lot easier to translate "I'm ordering five pucks of soap" to "I'm ordering three years of soap."

I have years worth of soap in my den. Think about this. I don't have years worth of shampoo, or toothpaste, or bath soap. Why is shaving soap different?

I think I've mentioned my feelings that there is a level of encouraged materialism in wetshaving culture, with prestige associated with ownership of a large number of products, that I think is unhealthy.


Anyway, a suggestion:
* Take each product in your den (start with soaps for instance) and use it for two or three days. Take notes on performance and scent.
* Once you've gone through your products, there will be at least one that you don't like as much as the others. Maybe you don't like the scent, or it's not a good performer. Sell it, PIF it, toss it in the trash, whatever.
* Lather, rinse, repeat. Eventually you'll have a smaller den of better products.

This works for any type of product and I got rid of a bunch of aftershave this way, as well as trading/PIFing soaps and creams.

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