09-01-2012, 10:42 AM
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does anyone use aloe vera as an ASB? Teiste mentioned it to me a few days and I was considering giving it a try.

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 09-01-2012, 10:51 AM
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  • beartrap
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I haven't but I know someone who does just that, not the store bought bottle kind, but actually grows that plant, breaks off a piece of it after every shave and smears it on his face.

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 09-01-2012, 10:56 AM
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  • Dave
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I use it when I've had a rough shave with burn. It helps

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 09-01-2012, 10:58 AM
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(09-01-2012, 10:51 AM)beartrap Wrote: I haven't but I know someone who does just that, not the store bought bottle kind, but actually grows that plant, breaks off a piece of it after every shave and smears it on his face.

I have actually two aloe plants myself. one is smaller with a few branches (if that's what they'd be called?) and the other one is dying that I need to revive.

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 09-01-2012, 12:05 PM
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  • Exapno
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I have used it as an ASB (not from the plant, from a tube that is 99.9%). It does a good job but is more suited to a night shaver as it can leave the skin 'tacky' for a while. It does absorb but quite slowly. Excellent for razor burn, sun burn etc though.

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 09-01-2012, 12:15 PM
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(09-01-2012, 12:05 PM)Exapno Wrote: I have used it as an ASB (not from the plant, from a tube that is 99.9%). It does a good job but is more suited to a night shaver as it can leave the skin 'tacky' for a while. It does absorb but quite slowly. Excellent for razor burn, sun burn etc though.

seems it would be perfect for me since I have a tendency to shave at 2-3 am in the morning, lol.

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 09-01-2012, 12:18 PM
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(09-01-2012, 12:15 PM)andrewjs18 Wrote:
(09-01-2012, 12:05 PM)Exapno Wrote: I have used it as an ASB (not from the plant, from a tube that is 99.9%). It does a good job but is more suited to a night shaver as it can leave the skin 'tacky' for a while. It does absorb but quite slowly. Excellent for razor burn, sun burn etc though.

seems it would be perfect for me since I have a tendency to shave at 2-3 am in the morning, lol.
Let us know how it does for you Andrew

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 09-01-2012, 12:31 PM
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Strangely, I'd describe it as healing but not moisturising. Judging by the photos from your recent threads I think it would be perfect for you to use as it's more for repair than maintenance. As an everyday ASB I think it would be a little heavy. Seems like your beard is thicker and crazier than mine, I've only got one swirley but you've got a whole fleet of them. I've recently discovered that if I reduce them with a pass that is as WTG as possible as much as I can and then finish by blade buffing ATG on that area I can get it shaved with almost no irritation. Also looks to me like your skin does not appreciate being messed around with needlessly. Mine is the same and for that reason I'm trying to keep my whole shave (and products) as simple as possible.

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 09-02-2012, 08:19 PM
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Andrew, i have used real aloe from plants and it works wonderfully for skin irritations; bottled one does also;
i still think that unrefined shea butter does a better job as it leaves the skin moisturized all day, whereas the aloe dries, eventually. Good luck.

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 09-05-2012, 01:46 PM
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I like it. I use an aloe vera gel from a dollar store that is intended for "after-sun". It feels great after shaving.

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 09-06-2012, 03:21 AM
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I have tried aloe vera by itself as well, the 99.9% organic version and straight from the plant and I also feel that USB is better in every way as an aftershave balm-like product.
The USB seems to soothe, heal and moisturize without leaving any tackiness like the aloe can.

Now, if you get a particularly bad shave, using aloe first with USB to seal it in and moisturize over the aloe is a nice idea.

(09-02-2012, 08:19 PM)celestino Wrote: Andrew, i have used real aloe from plants and it works wonderfully for skin irritations; bottled one does also;
i still think that unrefined shea butter does a better job as it leaves the skin moisturized all day, whereas the aloe dries, eventually. Good luck.

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 09-06-2012, 03:23 AM
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(09-05-2012, 01:46 PM)bjorney Wrote: I like it. I use an aloe vera gel from a dollar store that is intended for "after-sun". It feels great after shaving.

Agreed completely. When I've had a bad shave I use this stuff instead of anything else. It does a great job and at the low low cost of $1.

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