This has nothing to do with Xanadoodle or crochet but since this is the only blog I’m currently maintaining I decided to put it here.
Last fall I discovered a fabulous subreddit called /r/wicked_edge. At the time I was looking for a birthday present for my husband and I’d gotten fixated on the idea of his daily shaving routine. He’s a big guy with a tough beard and he also happens to shave his head. That’s a lot of hair removal that he does fairly frequently.
I’ve stood in the grocery store shaving aisle with him as he grimaced at various multi-blade cartridge razors, and tried to help suggest products and ingredients for pre- and post-shave skin care. What I gleaned from all of this was a sense that shaving wasn’t comfortable. It was a laborious task that had to be done and more often than not left him feeling bumpy and raspy. He wasn’t getting the results that the chore deserved.
Now, I’m a bit of a bath product junkie. I’ve often said that if I won the lottery my first big purchase would be the entire contents of a Walgreen’s store, just so I could try out every product. I’ve even made and sold my own hand-crafted artisan cold process soaps (proof: my old Etsy store). I’m not a particularly appearance-focused gal, and in spite of how it sounds I’m actually extremely low maintenance. I like hygiene products and processes but I don’t like over-engineered solutions. And there’s nothing more over-engineered than a multi-blade cartridge razor.
Which is why I ended up at Wicked Edge. What I found was a dedicated and intelligent community that recognized that engineering doesn’t solve every problem. Strongly focused around double edge safety razors, but also supporting single edge and straight razors, the community provides guidance and expertise for people who want a superior shaving experience.
I spent a couple of months doing research before making my decision. I bought a Merkur 180, since it seems to be the most commonly recommended model for first-timers. I also bought a Van Der Hagen badger brush, ceramic bowl and shaving soap. Fortunately my husband was thrilled with the gift and we were both immediately amazed with his results. No cartridge shave came close to what he gets out of a traditional wet shave. His skin tone is smooth and even and he says it’s the first time he’s ever had a comfortable shave in the mustache region. In the 10 years I’ve known him, I’ve never felt his skin so smooth and soft. We’re sold!
And frankly, I’ve been so impressed that I’m now in the process of switching my leg shaving over to the DE experience. To experiment I shaved one leg with the Merkur and the other leg with a Gillette Venus. The Merkur was simply a closer shave and left my skin smoother, shinier and more even in tone. So my next purchase is an Edwin Jagger De89. My husband and I will duke it out over who gets it when it arrives.
But anyway, back to the soap thing. Because I have a history with soaps and skin care I started thinking about shaving soaps. While any soap experience should be suited for your skin, a shaving soap is going to get even closer, just by the nature of wet-shaving. Why does this matter? The next blog entry will be all about soap, cleansers and detergents, and why you should give a damn.