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Guilty of shaving purchases while Christmas shopping!

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:28 am
by Short Round
Well I couldn't help it as I hit the stores. I bought some "me" stuff while Christmas shopping.

Granted I didn't get any high end stuff, you simply don't see it in my locale. I'm a relative newb as you probably can deduce from my post count.

Some simple purchases

-clubman Island Bay Rum after shave
-Burt's Bees shaving cream [didn't notice it's not a lathering cream until I got home, it's basically a quick face cream :-( dang it]
-a couple VDH delux pucks that were on close out in the drug store
-a mini puck of Williams shave soap because I've never tried it
-a new styptic pencil because I broke mine
-a bottle of citris Humphrey's witch hazel

After the holidays I plan to buy some more stuff, a bulk order of yellow Gillettes as they're the most consistent on my face. I like feathers too but not on the first shave and by shave 4 they're toast. Super Iridiums are a little better for my face but so far I am most pleased with the Gillettes. Less weepers.

I got a laugh seeing a 10 pack of Hannaford Supermarket store brand DE blades for $11.84. They look like the the same Dorco's storebranded everywhere else for less than three bucks. Those are the only DE blades I saw while looking in the supermarkets, drug stores, and walmarts.

Well last night I shaved with the Burt's bees shaving cream (meh), and used the Humphrey's post shave. I liked the Humphreys, a light pleasing smell and no irritation. About 20 minutes later I used the Clubman Island Bay Rum AS. Very nice albeit slightly clovey.

Overall I really enjoyed the new stuff.

Still looking forward to treating myself to some Trumpers and trying Prorasso. I might have to invest in a Futur too when I mail order.

Thanks for the great site, I'm still reading and learning.

Merry Christmas and good shaves unto you!


Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:07 am
by druphus
Welcome Tom!

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:02 pm
by crunchy
Hi, Tom!

Don't get too bummed about the Burt's Bees cream just yet. I bought some a little over a year ago and used it sporadically. Then I just happened to try it as a superlather (a cream + a soap) with Col Conk Lime. Oh my goodness! A WONDERFUL SHAVE!!

I am loving that combination. I would suggest you try the Burts Bees cream with some of the VDH or Williams soap.


Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:12 pm
by Sam
Yeah, Crunchy is right. You can try something early on, then think there is better and then at some point, want to come back to it. I thought Musgo was the bee's knees (lol) and then got to British Creams, and if it were not for what is said to be a reformulation of the product (they replaced one ingredient I think) I would love to try it again. I always liked the smell.

Oh, and stumbling upon new combinations is always fun.

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:19 pm
by GA Russell
Welcome Tom!

I think you will find that shopping on the internet can be as much fun (though different) as shopping in a brick-n-mortar. Everyone has his favorite online merchant. I like ShoeBox ShaveShop.

I mention this because when you shop online you can get far better products for not much more than what you can find at a local shop.

I recommend that you continue to try different blades before you place your first bulk order. It's very possible that you will find something you like even more than the 7 O'Clock yellows.

One more thing - It's Christmas, so treat yourself to some top shelf shaving soap. A puck of the good stuff lasts five months, so even the priciest soaps are inexpensive when you amortize them.

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:20 pm
by marsos52
well tom ...all i can say is......


enjoy your holiday


Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:11 pm
by desertbadger
Welcome, Tom, and Merry Christmas!
You hang around here and it'll be a lot more that just the Futur and Trumpers!..... :twisted:

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 1:27 pm
by Short Round
Thanks for the warm holiday welcome. :D

I like that idea of the superlather. I already have some Col Conk's Lime. It seemed to dry my skin out so maybe your combo would be a perfect symbiotic relationship with the burts bees.

So far I've been quite the lurker and have been very interested in digging through the old posts here. A mountain of experience and opinions here.

I will order a nice tallow soap next. My only stumbling block on the internet is that most of the internet shaving shops are running a paypal based business. That's a no go for me. Pay pal is on very thin ice with me.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.


Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 2:44 pm
by joe mcclaine
Welcome Tom,

You're in good company.

Today I went out for a card for the C.O. and came home with a bottle of Eucris and Tam Dao . . . and the card, obviously.

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 6:13 pm
by Squire
Hey Tom, welcome aboard.

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:54 pm
by Short Round
ooops, dbl posted

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:55 pm
by Short Round
Thank you kindly,

May your holiday be as warm as a nice hot towel treatment.

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 9:31 pm
by brothers
Hi Tom. Welcome to SMF. We look forward to your participation.

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2009 8:59 am
by ateace
Welcome, Tom. Not a bad haul for being waaayyy upstate :lol:

Keep us posted on your experiences and progress. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Members here are friendly and helpful.

Happy Holidays!

Posted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:17 pm
by Short Round

The BB's mixed with the Col. Conk's lime was a good shave! I applied the Burt's Bees to my face and then applied my mug lathered Col Conk's and face lathered it in.

Slicker than ........ I'll just say it was slick and a BBS.

Used the Merkur HD with a fresh yellow Gillette 7 o'clock.
hot water rinse, then cold, then the humprey's, then awhile later the virgin island bay rum after shave.

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 5:08 am
by crunchy

(in my best attempt at a Ferris-Bueller announcer voice)

Glad it worked for you!

Posted: Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:49 am
by gsgo
Greetings Tom and happy holidays!

Guilty as charged, picked up a jar of Proraro Pre Shave Cream and a tube of Nivea Shaving Cream while back home for the holidays.