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The Best Shave I Ever Had

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:41 pm
by HBK42581
I don't think I've ever told this story here before. I've had irritation from shaving for as long as I can remember. It is what led me here. I still suffer from it and it has gotten to the point where most of the time I just use some electric trimmers to get it as short as possible to where I can rock a Crockett stubble look (at least that's what I THINK it looks like.) But the best shave that I ever had was when I was vacationing at Sebago Lake in Maine with my friend and his family back in 2000/2001. I used a Mach 3 and some Gillette Sensitive shave gel. I think it was a cold water shave. I got no irritation. None right after and none the next day when the stubble started to grow back in (which is where I usually run into problems.) I've tried to replicate it since then and have had little to no luck. Someday, I hope to be able to achieve it again.

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:07 pm
by ShadowsDad
A Maineiac here... I'm guessing it was also soft water.

Have you tried using distilled water?

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 6:39 pm
by HBK42581
That's the ONE thing I haven't tried yet.

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 7:42 pm
by gsgo
+ Soft Water

Probably not given enough credit in adding to nice results.

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:52 pm
by Racso_MS
I honestly can't understand why you are having so many problems.

If you are consistent with the basic technique, you use the the same combination razor, blade, and shaving cream/soap, there should not be problems.

I'm perplexed. If you prep correctly, use a quality soap/cream and razor/blade, and your technique is good, I do not understand why you are having problems.

There seems to be something that needs adjustment.

You need to experiment with all of the various methods of wet shaving.

I wish you luck.

Keep us in the loop.


Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:12 pm
by CMur12
I've heard of men susceptible to razor bumps and ingrowns having reduced problems with cold water shaves because the cold water can reduce inflammation.

I should probably try it myself, as I have very "sensitive" (more accurately "delicate") skin on my neck and I always get some irritation from dragging a blade over it.

- Murray

Posted: Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:16 pm
by Ouchmychin
I know it is heresy but I have had the least razor burn with those vibrating Fusions. The head lays flat on my skin and if I don't go wild with pressure and use the techniques I learned trying to use a Feather blade In a Merkur Futur I get reasonably close with no burn. Also, I prefer a Neutrogena brushless shave cream I get at Walmart. It is cold-cream based (mineral oil I think) and much less irritating than soaps. Just rinse off and no aftershave needed.