08-24-2015, 01:10 AM
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Hi People

I'm looking at buying some shaving products ( pre shave scrub, shaving cream and balm) Can you guys help me in deciding the best range? Preferable a British brand.

Many thanks

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 08-24-2015, 04:01 AM
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  • jtmke
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  • milwaukee
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I skip the pre shave stuff and use a hot towel. 

GF Trumpers, Taylor of Bond Street, Truefitt and Hill, Castle Forbes, and Simpson or Kent brushes are all excellent and British brands.

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 08-24-2015, 04:14 AM
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I'll have to go with Castle Forbes cream and after shave balm and a nice Classic Simpson brush, if just starting, if not, a nice Simpson Chubby.

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 08-24-2015, 06:54 AM
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  • kwsher
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In addition to previous suggestions, if you expand to Soap- Mitchell's Wool Fat is a must have IMHO.

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 08-24-2015, 06:59 AM
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Is this first kit, for yourself, do you have anything, what is your budget?

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 08-24-2015, 07:03 AM
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  • nikos.a
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Also, D.R. Harris products are excellent!

Windsor is my favorite scent.

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 08-24-2015, 05:26 PM
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  • chazt
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(08-24-2015, 06:54 AM)kwsher Wrote: In addition to previous suggestions, if you expand to Soap- Mitchell's Wool Fat is a must have IMHO.

+1.

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 08-24-2015, 05:49 PM
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Castle Forbes and MWF are both top shelf, if your new I'd go with the Castle Forbes, its easier to lather and just as slick as MWF.

Stick to those 2 of you want the best, don't bother with TOBS cream or any other cream for that matter. Also I prefer Castle Forbes Lime, don't care for the lavender at all. Check out maggards razors theybsell samples of castle Forbes, Dr Harris,trumpers ,TOBS. CF is a little pricey to get it and hate the scent.

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 08-24-2015, 05:54 PM
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(08-24-2015, 06:59 AM)Bruce Wrote: Is this first kit, for yourself, do you have anything, what is your budget?

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This... R u just starting out...? New to wet shaving? Budget?

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 08-24-2015, 05:57 PM
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Also preshave if you think you need it, my opinion is with a good soap or cream its not. However noxema or the proraso pre shave works well for me. As far as aftershave splashes I like Fine aftershave, not really into balms..

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 08-24-2015, 06:34 PM
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Don't forget Vulfix..............

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 08-26-2015, 02:10 AM
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(08-24-2015, 04:01 AM)jtmke Wrote: I skip the pre shave stuff and use a hot towel. 

GF Trumpers, Taylor of Bond Street, Truefitt and Hill, Castle Forbes, and Simpson or Kent brushes are all excellent and British brands.

Ok cool thanks. Why skip the pre shave step? I thought that was an important part of the shaving routine?

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 08-26-2015, 02:28 AM
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  • jtmke
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I skip the product. 

I use a hot towel on the face, lather, then apply the towel a second time. After that I lather and shave. The idea is to soften your beard, either with product or a shower or a hot towel or a combination of these. 

Prep is very important. I choose not to buy product but rather do it like a barber might.

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 08-26-2015, 02:52 AM
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  • BobH
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I do not do a prep, never did me any good, so can't advise on them.

I have used Castle Forbes, TOBS both cream and puck form, MWF and DR Harris puck Arlington. Any of those should do nicely. On the less expensive side be sure and try a Palmolive shave stick, they are surprising good imho. I know the Palmolive is not a British brand but is/was cheap as chips in the UK.

I have 3 Simpson brushes, 2 synthetics and a Manchurain badger, that I like very much. I think they make a good brush.

Generally don't use a balm but have a tube of Simpsons balm which seems to do the trick if needed.

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 08-26-2015, 03:01 AM
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Murdock would be my choice, but replacing the pre shave scrub with their pre shave oil.

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 08-26-2015, 04:25 AM
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  • jtmke
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Forgot Vulfix. Great brushes at less than  Simpson prices. Their super is about the  same as Simpson Best, but the Silvertip is as good as Simpson Super badger.

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 08-26-2015, 06:12 AM
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Hi,

If your looking for a good preshave oil, i can recommend Executive shaving Pre-shave oil line and Pachouli (available on their website) Reasonably priced and is water soluble so it's not too sticky. Smell is pleasant.

Not sure how much of a difference it's making to my shoes, but out of the preshave range it's one of the best that I have tried.

Hope this helps.

DM

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 08-26-2015, 06:17 AM
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And by shoes I mean shaves  Smile (iPhone auto typing)...

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 08-26-2015, 07:43 AM
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I find washing my face with glycerin soap sufficient for pre-shave. I'd look at Dr Harris or Trueffit and Hill products. Harris is my favorite British line.

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 08-26-2015, 08:03 AM
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Get Baum.Be shave cream very easy to use creates an amazing lather that has great cushion and slickness.  A cream I highly recommend for beginers.  Its very forgiving when it comes to the amount of water u use.  If i could only use one cream for the rest of my life it would be this.  I think its from Belgium, but its definitely worth your attention and reasonably prices at $30

Yes if you take a shower before you shave that should hydrate enough that you wont need preshave.  
Aftershave try country club or fine,  MY favorite scents are sweet water, southern oud, but you cvant go wrong with any of the CC scents I own them all, With fine i love american blend and clean vetiver.  Both brands are refreshing, clean and not sticky!

I reccomend you venture out past brittish goods youll be missing out on a ton of great stuff!

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