08-02-2014, 02:09 PM
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Describe the best setup you know that has given you the best BBS shave of your life.
This will include prep, razor(and setting if using an adjustable), blade, soap or cream, AS and balm or lotion. I think I know what my combo is, it's just remembering it all is my problem...I mean with all the variables involved.

P.S. If you haven't achieved the shave of your life, then read and listen to what the pro's will post.

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 08-02-2014, 04:26 PM
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  • Stubbl E
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  • Lake Tahoe, California
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My shave routine hasn't really changed much in the last 30 years or so. Occasionally I'll find some new-to-me soap or cream or maybe a blade that works well for me, and I'll add it to the quiver; but the basics of prep, razor, and post-shave have remained pretty much the same. Of course brushes change, but I definitely still prefer good firm boar bristles over any badger hair I've tried.

The real key to a successful routine, IMO, lies for the most part in consistently reproducing what works but also in a certain "head-space" wherein you don't feel compelled to run after every other bell or whistle that comes down the pike.

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 08-02-2014, 04:54 PM
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This is mine, and it would be my desert island setup too. I've been using this combo for a few weeks. Only thing I change is use a different brush, but still a Simpson Best, and a couple times a week I use an Osma alum block instead of the witch hazel splash. My skin really seems to respond well to this setup.

Prep - Noxema
Razor - Pre-War Gillette Tech
Blade - Shark Super Stainless
Brush - Simpson Duke 2 in Best
Soap - Mitchell's Wool Fat
Post shave - Cold water rinse to wash off soap, then Dickenson witch hazel splash
After shave - Aqua Velva Ice Blue

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 08-02-2014, 07:02 PM
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I'm in the midst of a radical 4-week skincare regime experiment. I'm 2 weeks in and I'm noticing lots of changes in the behavior of my skin & hair, which is calling in to question some long held habits in my shave routine as well.

Because of this I can't say fully what my setup is as it may very well be changing or it could remain the same and just be even better than I've experienced to date.

Preshave: definitely changing; was a facial bar of some kind
Water temperature: cold water shaver but this may be changing as well
Razor Blade: GEM PTFE
Razor: GEM Clog Pruf
Brush: Synthetic with Generation 3 Plisson-esque fibres
Soap: Martin de Candre - Fougère
Post shave: Krampert's Finest

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 08-02-2014, 07:20 PM
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Ok, here is my combo that works great.

Prep - Paul Mitchell hair conditioner
Razor - Merkur 34C HD
Blade - Rapira Lux
Brush - Edwin Jagger Best badger
Soap - RazoRock XXX
Post - Bloc Osma
After shave - RazoRock XXX splash
Balm - RazoRock XXX milk

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 08-03-2014, 06:49 AM
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I go as follows:

1. Hot shower
2. Whole Foods 360 glycerin soap
3. Merkur 37C (slant) with Kai blade
4. Rooney 2/1 silver tip
5. Mike's Natural Barbershop soap
6. alum and cold rise
7. Alt Innsbruck AS

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 08-03-2014, 09:29 AM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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1. Hot shower + artisan soap with shea butter
2. Max Sprecher 8/8 Spanish Point
3. Mühle STF V2.0 25mm synthetic
4. Wickham Super Smooth soap
5. Myrsol aftershave

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 08-03-2014, 10:05 AM
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Great results with:

Hot shower
Chagrin Valley shampoo

Haslingers Ewe
Chubby 2 two band

GEM ClogPruf
GEm blades

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 08-04-2014, 11:32 AM
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Here's mine. Not necessarily my favorite things but this was the most memorable shave I've ever had.
Pre: Anthony Logistics face wash followed by Proraso Pre (gray).
Soap: Haslinger Schafmilch (this is one absolutely amazing soap that everyone HAS to try. It will change your life!)
Brush: Rooney Heritage 1XL. 2010 gel tip.
Razor: iKon Shavecraft 101
Blade: Feather
Post: Osma alum, Fine Italian Citrus A.S.

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 08-04-2014, 11:48 AM
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  • SRNewb
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  • No. Va, USA
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Prep-Hot shower
Brush- Semogue 1470
Soap- Sirling MITA
Razor- Schick Injector (E3)
Blade-Chinese Schick
Post- Aqua Velva Musk

Anything with the Schick really.

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 08-07-2014, 01:02 AM
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  • Julyan
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  • The Hague,The Netherlands
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I'm still figuring out but atm i would go for

hot shower
brush: currently I'm grabbing my Muhle Cosmo synthetic, not because it is the best but because its easy to lather with doesn't need to soak before hand. (the other brushes haven't got as much time as they deserve yet)

prep: apply lather and let it sit for a while and massage it in.
soap: Haslinger schafmilch
razor: Weber with buldog handle
blade: polsilver super Iridium
post: baume ASB

and the blade will never touch warm water. also I use cold water for rinsing.

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 08-08-2014, 01:43 PM
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  • Grumpy
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  • DisneyLand
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This is mine.

Prep before shower - Noxema Mix with some other
stuff thrown in.
Prep before shave - A little bit of Shave Oil (Orange
scented)
Razor - Any one of the several I have.
Blade - Mostly Astra's
Brush - Any one of the several I have.
Soap - Any one of the several I have (Soap, Stick, or Cream)
Post shave - Warm water rinse to wash off soap, Cold water to close the pours, wipe face with Alum Block, Cold water to was off the Alum, wipe with Witch Hazel pad (Plain Witch Hazel and a makeup pad), splash on Apple Cider Mix (homemade after shave), put on after shave balm (another mix of this and that (Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Corn Huskers, etc.)

After shave or Cologne - Any one of the several I have.

I know it seems like a lot of steps and I could probably do without most of them but, hey it is my time in the morning for myself. So I take my time, do a 4 Pass shave and enjoy the 10 or 15 minutes of shaving.)

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 08-09-2014, 01:45 PM
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  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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three minute soak in my wife's WEN hair conditioner,
Mitchell's Wool Fat( sometime's Tabac)
M&F L7 (sometime's Stubby 3)
Personna 74 (sometime's Wilkie LB's)
Fat Boy (sometimes my Red Tip)
Alt Innsbruck ( sometime Baux balm)
all of the above subject to change any morning

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 08-09-2014, 05:27 PM
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Mouser, The 74 works

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 08-10-2014, 03:31 AM
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  • Mouser
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  • Forest City, Florida U.S.A.
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(08-09-2014, 05:27 PM)DoctorShaveGood Wrote: Mouser, The 74 works
and works, and works, and works.........

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 08-10-2014, 11:06 AM
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Here is my setup

Shower
Pre: I coloniali balm as a pre (this works so well)
Razor: R41 or Merkur Futur setting 2.5/ 3/ 4 for lighter days
Blade: 7 O'clock Yellow
Brush: Omega 48 or 620
Soap: Omega
Post: I Coloniali balm
A/S: floid Blue

The I Coloniali Balm was game changer for me, after reading Johnny's review it is the best balm ever IMHO

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 08-10-2014, 07:41 PM
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When I know I have to have a BBS...

Hot shower
Water kettle
Whitehead scuttle
Polo 8 in Super or my 2 band Thater

Proraso Pre shave
QCS cream (any scent), QCS seems to work great for me in hot water
2011 R41 with an original Super Iridium blade
Cold rinse
Rub an ice cube on face
Speick AS
Edwin Jagger Aloe ASB

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 08-20-2014, 07:13 PM
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  • savagejoerude
  • If you ain't a LOSER, you ain't livin'!!
  • New Orleans USA
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Haha.... The last one......

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 08-21-2014, 09:09 AM
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* Cold water splashed on face before shave
* Face-lathering
* Mystic Water soap
* WSP Manchurian + Oscar11 All-Amber handles
* Weber DLC + UFO U2V1 handles
* Super Iridiums
* Unrefined Shea Butter

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 08-21-2014, 02:31 PM
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  • Mel S Meles
  • On the edge, ouch
  • 44.4899° south of the North Pole
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  • The day before, after shaving, disassemble the Standard Razors RAW razor, and clean and dry every piece, especially the blade;
  • Day of shave: Start the water running in both the shower and the sink to get hot;
  • Put mug under the hot water stream in the sink while shutting down the shower for a minute to save hot water;
  • Let the mug overflow into the stoppered sink until the sink water is up to the rim outside the mug;
  • Meanwhile, reassemble razor and blade (Wizamet-packaged Iridium Super);
  • Drain the sink and the mug of the water that has lost heat from heating up the sink and mug;
  • Refill mug and sink with fresh hot water;
  • Put eyeglasses into water in sink so that they will not fog up after exiting the shower;
  • Dip brush (Mühle 33K252) tips in hot water and sprinkle on top of the puck of shave soap (Provence Santé Green Tea) in a small bowl (separate from the shaving mug);
  • Enter shower and soap up face with Neutrogena Original Unscented bar soap;
  • Wet washcloth with hot water and hold the washcloth against the face and neck for a few moments;
  • Squeeze half-a-pea size drop of Burt's Bees More Moisture with Baobab hair conditioner onto the palms of hands and smear the conditioner all over beard and neck area (no rinse yet);
  • Proceed with the rest of the shower;
  • Repeat routine of hot washcloth on face and neck;
  • Towel off outside shower and put on now fog-free glasses;
  • Wet face at sink and apply a very thin layer of Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream to beard and neck;
  • Wet brush with hot water, shake out, and load shaving soap;
  • Face lather thoroughly;
  • Empty water inside mug into sink, and put the mug back into hot water in the sink; place the lathered brush into mug to stay warm (poor man's scuttle);
  • First pass shaving;
  • Rinse face and apply new very thin layer of Noxzema;
  • Re-lather with the shaving brush that has been sitting in the poor man's scuttle;
  • Second pass; rinse.
  • Disassemble razor, rinse each piece, and dry thoroughly.
Most days, no post-shave.

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