07-30-2015, 04:15 PM
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Well, I think I have solved the problem of my sensitive neck going red and getting scraped after most shaves.

Here’s what I do. Two passes on my face, but just one pass on my neck. I use an iKon OSS. Open comb on my face, but closed (safety bar) on my neck. Smooth Bolzano blades or Gillette 7 o’clock blades.

Witch hazel, of course. I use a bucket of it after every shave.

Very occasionally, I use alum on my neck.

And, here comes the secret ingredient. Saponificio Varesino Pro Victis skin repair cream on my neck. “Pro Victis” means The Peacemaker according to the label, and that’s what it is for me. And, if needed, I rub on a bit of Institut Karite pure shea butter at night.

I can use an after shave balm or splash, or not. I probably use one about half the time. Many bother my skin, so through many years of experimenting, I’ve got it down to half a dozen that I love, and that don’t irritate my skin. I dilute the splashes with a bit of water in my hand, otherwise they’re too strong and often cause redness.

I use only the best shaving creams and soaps. I’ve given away most of the mediocre performers. I have the best shaves with Castle Forbes (all 3 scents), Baume.be, and X-pec. There are a few more that I’ve held on to, and occasionally use in my rotation. They’re good, but not as slick and moisturizing as the ones I mentioned.

I now change my blade after only 2 shaves. Used to use one for 3 or 4, but I find that my best shaves with these blades are with the first 2 uses. I might be able to get 3 from the Gillette, but I’ll have to experiment a bit more.

I use a scuttle. I like the lather warm for the second pass, although I don’t think it is a part of the success formula for my neck.

So, that’s my protocol. Do you have a secret ingredient, or a special technique, to preserve your neck?

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 07-30-2015, 04:52 PM
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David, congratulations on your success! 

For me, I use light pressure and, my elixir, unrefined shea butter.   Smile

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 07-30-2015, 04:55 PM
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(07-30-2015, 04:52 PM)celestino Wrote: David, congratulations on your success! 

For me, I use light pressure and, my elixir, unrefined shea butter.   Smile

This^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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 07-30-2015, 05:03 PM
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(07-30-2015, 04:52 PM)celestino Wrote: David, congratulations on your success! 

For me, I use light pressure and, my elixir, unrefined shea butter.   Smile

Hmmmmmm.  Is my Institute Karite unrefined?

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 07-30-2015, 07:42 PM
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I go first pass against the grain on the neck and then see where the stubble lays from there. I can get most of it done and very close in one pass. I use a sharp blade in a very efficient razor. Also, pull the skin taught and buff if I need to.

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 07-30-2015, 08:19 PM
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(07-30-2015, 07:42 PM)zaclikestoshave Wrote: I go first pass against the grain on the neck and then see where the stubble lays from there. I can get most of it done and very close in one pass. I use a sharp blade in a very efficient razor. Also, pull the skin taught and buff if I need to.

I do the same, proraso green for pre

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 07-30-2015, 09:54 PM
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(07-30-2015, 05:03 PM)David Wrote:
(07-30-2015, 04:52 PM)celestino Wrote: David, congratulations on your success! 
For me, I use light pressure and, my elixir, unrefined shea butter.   Smile
Hmmmmmm.  Is my Institute Karite unrefined?

David, I am not sure as I have never used that brand of shea butter, before. What colour is it? The majority of unrefined shea butter should have a yellowish colour to them and they should not be white, from my understanding.

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 07-31-2015, 12:58 AM
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(07-30-2015, 09:54 PM)celestino Wrote:
(07-30-2015, 05:03 PM)David Wrote:
(07-30-2015, 04:52 PM)celestino Wrote: David, congratulations on your success! 
For me, I use light pressure and, my elixir, unrefined shea butter.   Smile
Hmmmmmm.  Is my Institute Karite unrefined?

David, I am not sure as I have never used that brand of shea butter, before. What colour is it? The majority of unrefined shea butter should have a yellowish colour to them and they should not be white, from my understanding.

It's pure white. Smooth surface.  The ingredients list says only shea butter.  The can says it's "100% Pure Shea Butter" but does not mention if it has been refined.  As I understand now, the unrefined is better.  Will have to look into this more.  Is there a Canadian supplier for unrefined?

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 07-31-2015, 05:03 AM
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Hi David, Celestino created a very informative thread some time ago on un-refined Shea Butter and the example cited is actually packaged in Vancouver. Located here...


Good luck!

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 07-31-2015, 01:02 PM
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I just go with the grain once, no one is going to feel it unless they are strangling me  Confused  .

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 07-31-2015, 02:41 PM
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(07-31-2015, 01:02 PM)Sabre Wrote: I just go with the grain once, no one is going to feel it unless they are strangling me  Confused  .

Not married? Wink

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 07-31-2015, 02:44 PM
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(07-31-2015, 02:41 PM)kwsher Wrote:
(07-31-2015, 01:02 PM)Sabre Wrote: I just go with the grain once, no one is going to feel it unless they are strangling me  Confused  .

Not married? Wink

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 07-31-2015, 02:57 PM
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After 8 months of wetshaving, I'm finally getting close to BBS on my neck with no redness, bumps, or weepers.  

The formula for me:

Shave immediately post-shower and/or use glycerin soap/hot water to soften hairs pre-shave

Good Soap that can retain hydration/lubricity for the duration of the shave (B&M, CRSW, Mike's, ABC, SMN, Valobra)

Extremely light pressure for three passes (WTG, XTG/ATG, ATG)

Sharp blades -- I get rid of them after 2 or 3 uses

Heavier Handle -- F=ma

A Slant -- in my case -- Ikon #102

And most importantly, practice, practice, practice.

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 07-31-2015, 03:57 PM
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(07-31-2015, 02:41 PM)kwsher Wrote:
(07-31-2015, 01:02 PM)Sabre Wrote: I just go with the grain once, no one is going to feel it unless they are strangling me  Confused  .

Not married? Wink


Not anymore, but I had sharp reflexes anyway...

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 07-31-2015, 04:12 PM
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(07-31-2015, 05:03 AM)kwsher Wrote: Hi David, Celestino created a very informative thread some time ago on un-refined Shea Butter and the example cited is actually packaged in Vancouver. Located here...


Good luck!

This is useful, comprehensive material.  The description states that it is raw and unrefined, so that's what I want.  And, it's coming from Canada, so that of course works for me.  

Thanks!

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