06-06-2016, 02:34 PM
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True situation: You've accepted a well paying assignment to do a project in a remote corner of the world. When you arrive, you discover you've left your shaving soap at home. A visit to the local market turns up plenty of food, but no proper shaving cream – not even canned goo. All you've got in your kit is a straight edge and wee bar of hand soap. You're mostly skin on top, so you don't carry shampoo. Company policy insists you make every effort to appear in public each day clean shaved.

What do you do?

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 06-06-2016, 02:48 PM
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double post

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 06-06-2016, 02:51 PM
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(06-06-2016, 02:48 PM)kav Wrote: " We want to return to civilization as soon as possible"- George Conway   "And what makes you think you've left it"?-Chang  Very few cultures, however 'remote' in a world with only a handful of truly isolated people  lack local means and traditions to shave.
[Image: jocIg9f.jpg] As to the matter of porters? We have been expecting a shipment from BULLGOOSE SHAVING for several months now. Father Perrault is most anxious to try  Savonnerie du Moulin

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 06-06-2016, 02:59 PM
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Wow! What a difficult situation! Can you find some coconut oil or some other type of oil to mix with your hand soap to get some form of lubrication?

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 06-06-2016, 03:05 PM
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Bath soap plus oil.
conditioner.
Mayo.
Olive oil.

There's a reddit post previously where someone shaved with random stuff like yoghurt etc and come up with his opinion. Can't find it now. I think he tried 4 of the above . Can't recall the result.

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 06-06-2016, 03:28 PM
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What do you suppose the locals use?  Maybe your coworkers can tell you. Barring that, maybe coconut oil would work OK if you can find some.

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 06-06-2016, 04:42 PM
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The answer is... You shave with just water. I do it all the time. And it's not rough at all. In fact, I'm less likely to get nicks or weepers going soap free. It really is a great, comfortable shave!

The proviso to this is, you might need a lot of water. Shower shave, bath shave, or shave in the local river if you're really in the middle of nowhere. 

So, I'll take the job. PM me with details. Biggrin

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 06-06-2016, 04:44 PM
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Have any co-workers there to mooch something from?

What do the locals do?

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 06-06-2016, 05:21 PM
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(06-06-2016, 04:44 PM)PanChango Wrote: Have any co-workers there to mooch something from?

What do the locals do?

Agreed.

Locals have beards too.

1.Go to supermarket
2. Buy canned goo
3. Go home - prepare your skin with olive oil as pre shave
4. Massage the canned goo thoroughly into your stubbles for 3-4 minutes
5. Start using your STRAIGHT and enjoy a fine shave

6. Go online, you were online when you wrote this, so go online again, paypal some money to an online shaving shop and wait for your soap to arrive.

FINITO !!
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 06-06-2016, 05:48 PM
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Hand soap will work just fine if yo have your brush.

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 06-06-2016, 06:02 PM
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So, which remote part of the world is this; Point Barrow Alaska, the Seychelles, Katmandu,  the headwaters of the Orinoco river?

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 06-06-2016, 06:47 PM
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(06-06-2016, 06:02 PM)kav Wrote: So, which remote part of the world is this; Point Barrow Alaska, the Seychelles, Katmandu,  the headwaters of the Orinoco river?

I believe this information is of the outmost importance, great question as a starting point to the main question Thumbsup

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 06-06-2016, 08:30 PM
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Thank you, everyone, for your helpful comments! Tepid water and plenty of it seems the best solution for a down-to-the-bone straight-edge man. He's in central Africa, where diet Coca-Cola can be got anywhere, but an almond-sized dollop of Arko is but a dream. As he gets acclimated, I'm sure he learn what men there use to make their lathers.

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 06-06-2016, 08:49 PM
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I had a barber who would shave himself with his Feather SE and hot water only (he used a towel and dipped it in hot water). He swore by it.

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 06-06-2016, 09:14 PM
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Given the political turmoil and social injustice Africa suffers from past and present economic colonialism your friend should ponder not what his employer wishes to project, but what will gain trust with the people. My avocation of anthropology taught  me you 'don't go native' but also not to impose even well meaning values.
Tell your friend to ask help from someone of social stature- and this could very well be someone of little import to  outsiders but immense influence locally. I gained the confidence of the last speaker of a California language this way. He was a janitor. Who says sweeping down Cutters fore and aft doesn't pay off.

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 06-07-2016, 02:36 AM
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A decent hand soap and lots of water is possible, I've done it. You may, rather will, have to constantly apply and lather as you go as hand soap lather tends to dissipate rapidly, but you can do. Takes more time and attention.

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 06-07-2016, 02:37 AM
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and Kav's advice is spot on.

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 06-07-2016, 05:52 AM
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Two years in Viet Nam taught me how to use cold water and whatever soap was available. You can get fairly good at making a decent enough lather out of almost any soap when you have to. However, it's probably related to my current indulgence with luxury shaving items.

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 06-07-2016, 06:13 AM
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Can you send him some?   Huh

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 06-07-2016, 06:17 AM
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(06-07-2016, 06:13 AM)hrfdez Wrote: Can you send him some?   Huh

As if you don't have enough!

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