I don't know if it's just me, but I have a growing faith that pretty much everything I read here about traditional products is true. Is it just me?
DE shaving... I read up on DE blades/safety razors, brush lathering with shaving soaps/creams, etc etc. I read up A LOT before I decided to order a brush/soap starter set, to go out and find blades and such.
While I waited for everything to arrive, I started using the wet-shaving techniques with the mach 3 and canned shaving cream. The shaves got better with just that. I could have chickened out and stuck with improving my technique with the gear I was used to using. But I still wasn't sold, everyone said DE was better, I had to know.
I got to shaving with DE and it was amazing. How could I deny the results? I felt silly that I questioned it in the first place.
Before I knew it, I am using superlathers, witch hazel with aloe, I can no longer count the shaving soaps and creams on one hand. A variety of aftershave balms & splashes hide on the shelf from the wife. What's next?
So then I happened upon a post about hair products. There were people praising Groom & Clean. Wow, that's crazy... if I start using that, maybe I should pick up some dentures while I am at it! But from what I was reading, it sounds exactly like what I have wanted in a hair product all along. Research and research. Yup, it's my daily hair control product now.
Oh, did I mention that I found the Brown Leaf section of the forums? Yeah, I learned enough about what is involved pipe smoking to feed the curiosity I have had for many years. Soon I made the switch from cigarettes to pipe smoking, and I have been smoking significantly less. I smoked a pack a day(that's 20 cigarettes a day!), and now I smoke the pipe 3 to 6 times a day, and it's steadily reducing. I see myself being able to quit altogether, which was one of my goals in switching in the first place... but I find it a relaxing pastime and I am shooting to bringing out the pipe just once at night, after dinner or before bed, for the relaxation.
So yesterday I find someone posting about how they have used shampoo bars for the first time and they love it. Then many others chime in how they made the switch long ago and will never go back to regular shampoo. I didn't research any further this time. I just posted one question... what stores can I find shampoo bars? Why not. Lets do this.
Seems like the pattern is discover it, research it, buy it, try it, love it. I think I'll cut back on the researching a little bit.
Six months ago I never would have guessed I would be heading down this new-found path to the past. I never would have guessed so many products from bygone years would have made this many improvements in my life moving forward.
My question was originally going to be about products you have discovered and adopted that began with wet-shaving... but I think I will expand it now. How much has wet-shaving, as well as the people and resources at B&B made changes to your life?
For me, I have learned to slow down and appreciate more in life, that faster isn't necessarily better. That 'latest and greatest' isn't necessarily better. That a chore doesn't need to be a chore. That we should be open to try things you normally wouldn't do. You never know when a life change is one internet order away!
So about those shampoo bars........