Long time lurker, First time poster
here was my set up. Shaved after a nice hot shower
Shea Moisture Shave Brush
Merkur long handle
Wilkinson Sword Blade
C.O. Bigelow Proraso Shave Cream
Thayers Witch Hazel
Finally after a month or so of wet shaving with my Merkur I have achieved a DFS! It was only my Second shave with the C.O. Proraso and now I understand why the stuff gets such high praise on here. one Little dab in my mug and the stuff explodes in a minty eruption of eucalyptus and menthol! I work at whole foods market so when I first started wet shaving I was using KMF patchouli ( Whole Foods Team members get 20% off on all products) but the stuff was just not cutting it for me. I loved the smell and the lather is amazing but it left my face dry and irritated. SO I convinced my wife to let me buy The C.O. From BBW because they were running some amazing deals and she could get some of her favorite hand soaps and I could get some shave stuff and everyone would be happy. I am so glad I did because I was about to go back to my Fusion But now I have found the joys of wet shaving.
Also I think i found a new helpful tip for beginners. Turn off the faucet so you can hear the shave. My wife was yelling at me for wasting so much water when I shaved because it took me so long and I leave the water running while shaving. This time I heeded her warnings and filled up the sink with Hot water, plugged the drain and began to shave. Being able to hear the shave really helped me get the angle just right and alerted me to when i was pressing to hard. So to any newbies out there Listen to your environmentally concerned significant others and TURN OFF THE WATER ALREADY!!
One last thing I really want to start trying more products Like other blades, brushes, Soaps Etc. But again the wife doesn't see the point of having more than one option for shaving. So if any veterans could share ways that they have been able to either convince their wives to let them buy more stuff or any money saving tips.
Thanks for this Site and the great community!