02-26-2016, 10:27 PM
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  • ben74
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  • Perth, Australia
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Can you live happily without your post shave routine?

Occasionally I'm distracted in the mornings during my shave.

This will sometimes result in a nick or a little irritation, but I happily shrug it off.

Its hard to avoid with 3 children in the house and a wife determined to leave for work before you do.

What I find worse however, is when I forget to apply aftershave.

It ruins my day to the point where I've considered keeping a spare A/S in the car or at work.

No A/S leaves my skin feeling fatigued and stressed and nags at me more than that tiny portion of stubble that I missed under my nose!

Anyone else feel the same?

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 02-26-2016, 10:34 PM
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I have had a few shaves where I forgot to throw the aftershave in my car when I go into work. And yes, it is quite disappointing to go through the fun routine of a shave only to leave it incomplete and not give the skin what it needs.

Only 2 real soaps stand out in my mind that have the best post shave but even then, I would not choose to ONLY rinse and leave the face alone after that.

Give me aftershave or give me death!

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 02-26-2016, 10:39 PM
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  • ben74
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Nice to know I'm not the only one Zac!

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 02-26-2016, 10:41 PM
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  • Johnny
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Not only my after shave, but in  the dry winter months, my balm.  It's like the American Express Card, I don't leave home without them.

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 02-27-2016, 02:22 AM
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  • BobH
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I guess I could but I'd rather not forego my alum and as post shave routine. That would make my shave feel like unfinished business. Oth I live easily without a preshave routine never having found any benefit to that.

Bob

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 02-27-2016, 02:29 AM
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  • slr31
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I could happily live without it as I am in the shower within a minute of finishing my shave.  I do, however, apply A/S sometimes because I like the smell of it.

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 02-27-2016, 02:32 AM
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  • nikos.a
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I couldn't stop using post shave products. Normally in winter months, except from the after shave lotion, I also use a balm. It's a part of my shaving routine.

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 02-27-2016, 02:33 AM
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About 80% of the time I use no post shave products. Even when I do, it is mostly because I feel like a nice scent on occasion. Otherwise, if you have a good razor and good technique, there shouldn't be a need for post shave unless you have dry (or extremely sensitive) skin.

But then again, I shower shave, so that might make a difference to not requiring much product.

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 02-27-2016, 02:40 AM
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  • carvelo
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With Puerto Rico's weather, absolutely yes.  Although, I love my balm.

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 02-27-2016, 02:43 AM
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  • carvelo
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(02-26-2016, 10:41 PM)Johnny Wrote: Not only my after shave, but in  the dry winter months, my balm.  It's like the American Express Card, I don't leave home without them.

Johnny, you need to get down to Puerto Rico.  Only bring your sunscreen  Biggrin

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 02-27-2016, 03:08 AM
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  • VTMAX
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Not in Vermont...although it's been a pretty mild winter.

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 02-27-2016, 03:24 AM
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(02-27-2016, 02:29 AM)slr31 Wrote: I could happily live without it as I am in the shower within a minute of finishing my shave.  I do, however, apply A/S sometimes because I like the smell of it.

+1, enjoy my aftershaves, but don't really need them on most days (Probably because I shave with cold water).

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 02-27-2016, 04:41 AM
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  • eengler
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Definitely need my post shave year around. Winter months are critical.

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 02-27-2016, 05:48 AM
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  • SRNewb
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I could, but why in the world would I want to?
I sometimes test soaps artisans are hoping to bring to market. On those occasions I skip post shave product for and hour or so because I want to see what the post shave is like with the soap. If the soap has good post shave feel, physically I could go without post shave products entirely, with no problems. But I almost always go back and apply later
It's a lovely part of the shave, and I'd miss it if I passed it by.

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 02-27-2016, 05:56 AM
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I have oily skin and don't need any balm.  My only post shave product is Witch Hazel, followed by cologne.  I don't use scented aftershaves.

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 02-27-2016, 06:19 AM
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  • Mouser
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Ben's mentioning of keeping an aftershave in the car reminds me of myself back in the day when I was using multi-blade disposables. I kept one in the car so I could hit my poorly shaved areas in the car before I would get to my first call of the morning. Obsessed with a smooth shave and now I get a BBS almost every time.
But aftershave? Yes I could do without it. But I won't.

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 02-27-2016, 09:20 AM
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It could just be my imagination, but it seems like an aftershave really makes a difference for me.  The irritation usually isn't too bad, but I'd rather be without it.

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 02-27-2016, 10:19 AM
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  • chazt
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I don't have a "rush issue" as I shave at night with the exception of Saturday morning, so again, no rush. My post shave routine is cold water rinse, alum, cold water rinse, P-Red balm, cold water rinse. Leaves my face soft and smelling fine!

Biggrin

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 02-27-2016, 10:26 AM
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Gotta have mine   Sbathroom_grooming_shaving_100-100

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 02-27-2016, 11:18 AM
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(02-27-2016, 05:48 AM)SRNewb Wrote: I could, but why in the world would I want to?
I sometimes test soaps artisans are hoping to bring to market. On those occasions I skip post shave product for and hour or so because I want to see what the post shave is like with the soap. If the soap has good post shave feel, physically I could go without post shave products entirely, with no problems. But I almost always go back and apply later
It's a lovely part of the shave, and I'd miss it if I passed it by.


Exactly my thought Mike!

I've forgotten my post shave possibly once or twice and while I lived through it, it kept nagging at me all day. Well, until I got home anyway.

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