06-08-2014, 06:27 AM
#1
  • Johnny
  • MODERATOR EMERITUS
  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
User Info
Who here uses TALC as part of their shave?

When do you apply the TALC, before the after shave/balm, or after the after shave/balm?

What brand TALC do you prefer?

178 23,809
Reply
 06-08-2014, 07:42 AM
#2
  • bullgoose
  • The Enabler
  • Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A
User Info
Freddy does. Biggrin

46 18,356
Reply
 06-08-2014, 07:51 AM
#3
User Info
Great question Johnny, I've wondered this myself.

21 555
Reply
 06-08-2014, 08:14 AM
#4
  • beartrap
  • Resident Цирюльник
  • Southern California
User Info
I thought talc was used for body, never new it was used after shaving, interesting...

88 4,233
Reply
 06-08-2014, 09:00 AM
#5
  • Johnny
  • MODERATOR EMERITUS
  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
User Info
(06-08-2014, 08:14 AM)beartrap Wrote: I thought talc was used for body, never new it was used after shaving, interesting...

In the past, barbers used it after a shave. I think some applied it with a dusting brush and others applied it with a tissue.

178 23,809
Reply
 06-08-2014, 09:33 AM
#6
User Info
Freddy's discussion of talcs stimulated me to try a few of them. I found that they didn't really add much to my shaving experience, but I have continued to use them on my chest and shoulders after showering, especially in the summer. I have Floris Jasmine, Woods of Windsor Lavender, and Penhaligon's Lords.

207 12,263
Reply
 06-08-2014, 09:35 AM
#7
User Info
I remember going to the barber as a kid. After shaving the back of my neck they would always brush on a powder. I'm assuming it was talc?

21 555
Reply
 06-08-2014, 09:57 AM
#8
  • jcmy53
  • Senior Member
  • Cincinnati, OH
User Info
Clubman makes a "shave talc". Good if you have oily skin, I use it once in a while after putting on aftershave.

[Image: tauBqUJ.jpg]

--
John

13 2,109
Reply
 06-08-2014, 11:02 AM
#9
User Info
I also used to have it applied by our barber after he gave me a haircut, but I have never used it since.
I think a good shine looks fine! It just radiates our natural inner beauty! Biggrin

83 21,077
Reply
 06-08-2014, 11:07 AM
#10
User Info
I used to use the Clubman talc BEFORE I would shave back in my Norelco days. Not so much anymore.
I would use it AFTER the aftershave, definitely not before.

39 3,919
Reply
 06-08-2014, 02:43 PM
#11
  • freddy
  • Banned
  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
User Info
I love using talc. I, too, remember the barber applying it to the back of my neck after a haircut.

After I have shaved and used an aftershave balm that I have worked completely into the skin, I actually enjoy patting talc onto the area that I've shaved. I find that it helps smooth out my skin and leaves a very pleasant scent that doesn't last too long.

I have quite a few talcs ranging from the inexpensive, but fantastic, Cussons Imperial Leather Silk (U.K.), which I picked up in Scotland and don't believe is in production any more, to the much more costly Penhaligon's Blenheim Bouquet (U.K.). Pinaud Clubman (U.S.A.) and Roberts Borotalco (Italy) are good basic talcs that I use often. One that goes very nicely with a menthol shave is Himani Navratna Cool Talc (India); I love the feel on my skin and the scent. There are many many others.

[Image: uvTLwM3.jpg]

Is talc the end all and be all of a shave? No, of course not. However, I thoroughly enjoy finishing off a shave with its smooth soothing feel. And, as always, YMMV. Biggrin

2 11,211
Reply
 06-08-2014, 03:52 PM
#12
User Info
In that great movie Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Bogart gets a shave and it's aftershave then talc.

Seems kind of odd in the shot. His face still looks wet and the barber dusts him a bit.

I believe the practice of talc after a shave is a carry-over from an earlier era when a "shine" to the skin was considered unattractive. Women also wore powder based make-up and dusted places on their face with a compact (any place they saw shining).

I believe that a man with a sheen to his face was thought of as oily or swarthy, and they liked their skin to look smooth and chalky. So they dusted it both for comfort and for looks.

0 303
Reply
 06-08-2014, 04:14 PM
#13
User Info
(06-08-2014, 07:51 AM)BriDroid Wrote: Great question Johnny, I've wondered this myself.
+1. Too shy to ask, though.

0 163
Reply
 06-08-2014, 05:10 PM
#14
  • freddy
  • Banned
  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
User Info
(06-08-2014, 04:14 PM)cegadede Wrote:
(06-08-2014, 07:51 AM)BriDroid Wrote: Great question Johnny, I've wondered this myself.
+1. Too shy to ask, though.

Why? That's why we're here. Smile

2 11,211
Reply
 06-08-2014, 05:45 PM
#15
User Info
From when it just wouldn't do for a gentleman to be seen sweating Smile

Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk

6 1,224
Reply
 06-09-2014, 07:52 PM
#16
  • savagejoerude
  • If you ain't a LOSER, you ain't livin'!!
  • New Orleans USA
User Info
I am quite fond of talc. I have 2 neck dusters I use to apply it. Borotalco. Clubman, Jeris are the brands I use on my face and neck after a shave. (I apply the talc last thing. Even after I wax the stache). I have some Pinnaud Bath Talc that has a slight menthol sensation I use on the body... Love the stuff...

5 1,151
Reply
 06-10-2014, 06:54 PM
#17
User Info
I use it quite often in the warmer month; on the collar, under the pits and especially in my shoes when not wearing socks.

3 315
Reply
 06-10-2014, 07:24 PM
#18
User Info
i use mentholated body talc ( Himani navrattan cool talc pictured above in freddy's post ) in summers. it has a great cooling effect.

1 495
Reply
 06-10-2014, 07:45 PM
#19
  • tgutc
  • Senior Member
  • Michigan
User Info
I have and use Borotalco, Clubman, English Fern, and D.R. Harris Arlington. I apply to my shoulders and back of the neck after showering or to freshen up. I believe talc used to be used after the shave because having a shiny face wasn't socially acceptable back in the day.

45 3,955
Reply
 06-11-2014, 07:50 PM
#20
  • evnpar
  • Emeritus
  • Portland, Oregon
User Info
Talc based powders have small, easily inhaled particles, and can cause serious respiratory problems. Talc can smell and feel good, but if it smells good, you're inhaling it, and long-term inhalation has been linked to significant respiratory problems.

38 5,109
Reply
Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)