This thread on Indian Old Spice shaving cream in a tube has a couple of comments from The Nid Hog and Theperfectstorm praising (gasp!) vintage canned foam.
If there is one thing that seems to get almost universal disdain here, it's "canned goo". A guy can say he shaves with a nice soap or cream and a Fusion, and he'll get some rolled eyes but an equal amount of "whatever works for you!" supportive posts.
If a guy posts that he shaves with a Single Ring, Bolzano blades and Edge Gel, you can almost smell the tar and feather being prepared.
There are a ton of threads asking "Why the switch to cartridges?" but hardly any debate on the move to aerosol foams and gels. It seems that the consensus is that men put away the brush and mug due to speed and convenience, and somehow forgot that the old way was better.
I did a "week of canned goo" after I'd been using a brush for awhile, and found the modern products to be anywhere from truly bad to adequate but uninspiring.
Even though I'm getting old enough that the gray hairs are starting to dominate, I'm not old enough to remember any pre-80's canned foams, nor have I tried to locate any. Those posts from some guys who have opinions that I put some weight behind got me thinking, however.
- Were the original canned foams better than the hated "canned goo" products we have today?
- If so, why?
- Is there something about an aerosol foam that makes it automatically inferior to a lather that's built by the shaver?
- Why the change, and why was it virtually universal (as far as I can tell)?
Any memories from guys who were shaving during the big switch in the Fifties and Sixties would be awesome.
Just to add my own pre-conversion history, I used to use Edge Gel, and before that I had tried whatever foam was on sale or available as a travel size at the PX. I must have been unsatisfied at some level, because I do recall trying Old Spice shaving soap and liking it, using a Gillette Brush Plus gizmo to build the lather. I remember my father using a mug and OS soap on the weekends, but his everyday shave was a can of Barbasol, IIRC.