09-26-2018, 09:50 PM
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(09-26-2018, 08:43 PM)Smooth Steve Wrote: I enjoy using the PAA mentholated cube.  It is very slick, but I agree that a good soap does not require additional slickness.  I really only use it to add the additional cooling effect - especially with soaps that do not have any.  It is not necessary but just prefer enhanced cooler shaves.  Oils have done nothing for me.
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You do know you can purchase menthol crystals, you can add to anything, right? I think I bought 4 oz for 5 bucks or less. Just a couple of the crystals is MORE than enough for a 100ml bottle of aftershave, and that is like a sprinkle of salt out of a salt shaker amount, if that makes sense lol

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 09-28-2018, 11:21 AM
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I recently wrote a blog about the benefits of a pre-shave oil. My consensus...pre-shave oils are nice and offer you a way to be a little more luxurious. If you get in-grown hairs often, razor burn, or feel a lot of irritation when you shave, it might be time to invest in a solid pre-shave oil. In the end, a pre-shave oil lubricates your facial hair and preps your skin so it is moisturized and ready to be shaved. While it might allow you to get a closer shave with less irritation, you might also just want to invest in a better shave soap or get a new razor. However, if you want the extra luxury and you have the $$, why not invest in a new product! 

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 10-03-2018, 02:45 AM
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Im down to soap and water as my pre shave

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 10-19-2018, 08:36 AM
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At present I have a decent stock of pre shave products due to a bargain purchase of Proraso pre-post shave. When I began wet shaving I would use hair conditioner after a bath also. I found that it worked for me. If you are shaving immediately after a bath it's easy, other than that it would add the time you leave in the conditioner to the process. I would also dip the brush in hot water and spread it through my face. This I found relaxing, perhaps it makes hair easier to shave.
But this thread has made me curious to try without any preshave. Sometimes one has more time, other ocassions one is tight, so it's good to know about this possibility. It seems to me a really good soap and cream should do the job if you apply hot lather and spend a good time lathering. I'll try that next time.

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 10-19-2018, 07:46 PM
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Ok, I did it. And I got a very nice shave. Just hot water applied with a brush. After the brush had soaked in hot water I bowl lathered (I usually face lather) with D.R. Harris Arlington shave cream. Had a great one pass shave with a J.R. Torrey 992 razor and finished with Proraso as after shave balm. No difference from using a pre-shave.

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 10-20-2018, 08:53 AM
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I switched over to wet shaving ,technically, completely in 2012 after a couple of years of using soap/creams and a brush but a disposable multi-blade razor. I finally made the jump to DE's when I found some old Gillettes and a Schick that my grandfather and father used. I've been keeping a daily shave log since 2013, everything I used that day, how many weepers even if there were any (I'm retired) I found no benefit from using any pre-shave products whatsoever. I always shower first before my morning shave and the hot water and steam are enough if you have good technique. That said my beard is average, as told to me by a barber friend who gave me a couple of shaves and was honest with me, I had thought before that it was heavy, but he said most men make the same mistake. After all your beard is the only one you shave. But my point I was getting to before my ramble is that I could see where men who truly do have heavy, coarse beards might benefit from pre-shave products.

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 10-20-2018, 11:36 AM
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I have very dry skin and more often than not use a pre shave.  It really helps moisturize my face to reduce irritation.  Though I can see how most people would not see a difference with them.

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 10-27-2018, 12:08 AM
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Probably depends on your skin type/ beard type. Honestly feel that pre-shaves are unnecessary and adds to the clutter.

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 11-05-2018, 12:52 AM
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I use a homemade pre shave oil in the winter. My wife mixes a little almond oil with witch hazel. Works great!

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 11-09-2018, 06:01 AM
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I see pre shave oil as a tool. As always when working on a machine use the tools needed to get the job done, but I also don't bring the tool box to change a bulb. When I use a pre shave I always drink Dos Equis...of wait lost my thought. When I am in a pinch I see nothing wrong with a pre shave, but why buy it. I use a light EVO with a few drops of my favorite E.O. and off I go. I have a very small bottle at the ready when those 1% events. The untimely phone call, humidity in the house drops to low in the winter, or it is just going to be an extra Lavender day. For those of us with really dry skin it certainly can be a tool. Remember oil and water do not mix so never add oil to a wet face, to me that is a wreck waiting to happen. As we have read here many use other tech or tools to accomplish the same end. As always the weight of your oil may vary. Happy shaving

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 11-09-2018, 06:11 PM
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Early on I sort of thought pre-shave oils were a good idea, even found some recipes and tried making my own - that is, until I found out the hard way I'm allergic to castor oil.

But, like others have noted, it adds time to the process, time that doesn't necessarily add any value for me.  I'll use some Shave Secret on occasion - not out of any particular need, but more for a change of pace.

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 11-20-2018, 07:29 PM
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Some find that they help. Many can't tell a difference. Do a week with and a week without, to see which you are.

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 11-20-2018, 07:45 PM
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(09-26-2018, 09:50 PM)vigilantesd Wrote:
(09-26-2018, 08:43 PM)Smooth Steve Wrote: I enjoy using the PAA mentholated cube.  It is very slick, but I agree that a good soap does not require additional slickness.  I really only use it to add the additional cooling effect - especially with soaps that do not have any.  It is not necessary but just prefer enhanced cooler shaves.  Oils have done nothing for me.
Steve
You do know you can purchase menthol crystals, you can add to anything, right? I think I bought 4 oz for 5 bucks or less. Just a couple of the crystals is MORE than enough for a 100ml bottle of aftershave, and that is like a sprinkle of salt out of a salt shaker amount, if that makes sense lol

Yeah, I thought about adding crystals but the cube is just convenient.  I lather off the puck and don't want to sprinkle the crystals on the soap.  I don't want to worry about dumping too much or too little in the lather, etc.  The Cube is very slick and is like $5.99.  It has lasted 150 shaves and is still going probably for another 20.  It is pennies a shave so cost is no factor. There is also really no scent to the Cube.  I don't want to mess with most of my AS's and/or play with their scent.  To me the Cube is probably one of my favorite shaving products.  It just works great for me.
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 11-20-2018, 07:50 PM
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I'd have passed, but the title asked the question, so I'll weigh in .. no, just another way for a drummer to make some coin.

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 11-21-2018, 03:34 PM
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I have a very coarse beard and I shave in the shower after cleaning up. I have tried with and without a pre-shave oil. After experimenting, I use a pre-shave oil every time I shave now. Even though the steam from the shower helped, it was enough by itself. I never get ingrown hairs or irritation anymore. I put the oil on and leave it to sit for a minute or two while I'm making my lather. I don't think it will help everyone but if it works, use it. Good luck.

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