03-14-2015, 05:00 PM
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Just curious what the benefits are to using a splash first, and then putting on the balm… why do you need the splash???

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 03-14-2015, 05:29 PM
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I've been wondering the same thing. I think I've read somewhere that an AS Splash can dry out the skin due to the alcohol content (but is good for toning the skin, etc) and applying a balm after rehydrates the skin.

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 03-14-2015, 05:34 PM
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(03-14-2015, 05:29 PM)daverasi Wrote: I've been wondering the same thing. I think I've read somewhere that an AS Splash can dry out the skin due to the alcohol content (but is good for toning the skin, etc) and applying a balm after rehydrates the skin.

Interesting point, Dave… I think there is some merit in that.  Thanks!   Wave1   (….. Matt goes searching for lots of Splashes  Wave1 )

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 03-14-2015, 05:57 PM
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I'm a glutton ..

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 03-14-2015, 06:06 PM
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I find AS balm too weak to fully moisturize and only use it alone when using a very moisturizing soap. I use lotion after using a splash because alcohol is drying. Still I never use AS Splash and AS balm in the same shave. I typically use lotion anyways. I use hand lotion as a face lotion because companies decide face lotion is somehow much more expensive.

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 03-14-2015, 06:13 PM
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(03-14-2015, 06:06 PM)fram773 Wrote: I find AS balm too weak to fully moisturize and only use it alone when using a very moisturizing soap. I use lotion after using a splash because alcohol is drying. Still I never use AS Splash and AS balm in the same shave. I typically use lotion anyways. I use hand lotion as a face lotion because companies decide face lotion is somehow much more expensive.

Get you some raw organic shea butter. Works better and a tub lasts waaayyyy much longer than a bottle of lotion or AS balm. 

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 03-14-2015, 06:17 PM
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(03-14-2015, 06:13 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(03-14-2015, 06:06 PM)fram773 Wrote: I find AS balm too weak to fully moisturize and only use it alone when using a very moisturizing soap. I use lotion after using a splash because alcohol is drying. Still I never use AS Splash and AS balm in the same shave. I typically use lotion anyways. I use hand lotion as a face lotion because companies decide face lotion is somehow much more expensive.

Get you some raw organic shea butter. Works better and a tub lasts waaayyyy much longer than a bottle of lotion or AS balm. 

I do have some. Problem is I find it difficult to absorb and it leaves my face greasy, it is quite solid and not as easy to use as a lotion. I remember seeing a poster on TSD give a recipe on how to convert it into a liquid, I will need to try that.

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 03-14-2015, 06:21 PM
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(03-14-2015, 06:17 PM)fram773 Wrote:
(03-14-2015, 06:13 PM)FreddieP318ti Wrote:
(03-14-2015, 06:06 PM)fram773 Wrote: I find AS balm too weak to fully moisturize and only use it alone when using a very moisturizing soap. I use lotion after using a splash because alcohol is drying. Still I never use AS Splash and AS balm in the same shave. I typically use lotion anyways. I use hand lotion as a face lotion because companies decide face lotion is somehow much more expensive.

Get you some raw organic shea butter. Works better and a tub lasts waaayyyy much longer than a bottle of lotion or AS balm. 

I do have some. Problem is I find it difficult to absorb and it leaves my face greasy, it is quite solid and not as easy to use as a lotion. I remember seeing a poster on TSD give a recipe on how to convert it into a liquid, I will need to try that.

I just work a tiny dab out with my finger, place in my palm, and rub my hands together. It melts quickly and I just rub it in. If needed I add a touch more. Start with A miniscule amount and go from there. No recipes needed.

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 03-14-2015, 06:28 PM
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I don't have a scientific explanation of why I use a splash, followed by a balm. I just happen to enjoy the burn associated with an alcohol-based splash, especially when applied immediately after a cold water rinse from shaving, and it leaves my face feeling great throughout the day. I later follow with a balm for the moisturizing properties, and many also contain antioxidants and other ingredients that protect the skin. 

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 03-14-2015, 06:50 PM
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(03-14-2015, 05:57 PM)Agravic Wrote: I'm a glutton ..

That's a pretty convincing argument, IMO Smile

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 04-08-2015, 07:00 PM
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scent layering?

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 04-09-2015, 07:09 AM
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I agree with my fellow glutton. The word "need" is the main idea, and I don't think anybody needs aftershave and balm, but if you ask the question "What do I really need?", you will see that shaving itself is certainly not "needed".

I read many posts from people who's only action following a shave is to rinse and towel dry. I started off my DE excursion using the hot towel, pre-shave, superlather, alum block, aftershave, and balm -- even aftershave talc!

Over time, I have simplified things quite a bit; I will still use the hot towel occasionally, but quite seldom -- feels nice but seems to have limited value aside from that. For someone else, that might be the single most important part of their shave.

I have to remind myself that generations of men have shaved their beards, and mostly without all the extra components we here at the Nook (and elsewhere) take such pains over.

Still, I wouldn't have it any other way. We've found many ways to make this erstwhile chore into something enjoyable -- viva la revolution!
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 04-09-2015, 07:26 AM
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I use the splash as an astringent and I use a balm, which I occasionally apply afterwards, for moisturizing.

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 04-09-2015, 04:14 PM
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AS to tone and close the pores and then ASB to moisturize. I have large pores and this combo has helped my skin. 

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 04-09-2015, 04:43 PM
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I shaved for probably 20 years without EVER using any kind of aftershave. Now I use cold water,alum block,splash and balm on every shave. Why? Because I can.  Biggrin  Thumbup

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 04-09-2015, 05:13 PM
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(04-09-2015, 04:43 PM)ncguy1 Wrote: I shaved for probably 20 years without EVER using any kind of aftershave. Now I use cold water,alum block,splash and balm on every shave. Why? Because I can.  Biggrin  Thumbup

+1

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 04-09-2015, 05:31 PM
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I must do stuff backwards. IF I use a balm, and mainly in the winter, I will use it first and follow that with the splash. I use the splash for the scent. It's actually pretty rare I use a balm, but another time would be if I didn't shave for some reason and just need some moisturizing.

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 04-10-2015, 04:19 AM
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I used to use balms only. But now with artisan SS and other creams post shave results have been great. But now I started using just a dab of unscented lotion instead. Works just like a balm but not in liquid form.  Although I'm still on the lookout for lotion that's mentholated. 

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 04-10-2015, 04:51 AM
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I use the splash to mix up the soap that is still on my face after rinsing. 

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 04-21-2015, 09:23 AM
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I don't feel that my shave is complete without a splash.  I need the burn to finish the experience.  If using a drying soap like MdC or if the air is really dry I might add a balm too.  For some reason most balms don't soothe my skin well enough after a shave, but a good splash will. Maybe I am just not using the right balms...

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