First post here and thought I’d introduce myself. Been lurking for a while in preparation for my foray into the “real” shaving world. I am a total newbie to all this wet shaving stuff. I started out a few months ago simply enough…by buying a bottle of Old Spice aftershave. When I first started shaving, that is what I used. My grandfather used it, and he was the one who taught me to shave all those years ago (by that time, he had switched over to cartridge razors), so I figured I would buy a bottle in honor of the old man. For whatever reason, smelling that old-school familiar smell made me want to get in touch with my inner manly man. I had long-since known that the shaving process utilized by most men, myself included, was an expensive, unpleasant racket. The Edge shave gel I used stunk. It was blue, artificial goo. As much as I always made fun of razor companies for continuing to sell the “one more blade! Now there are ten blades to give your face that ultra-smooth shave!” gimmick, I utilized a Schick Quattro. Shaving was a chore, a pain in the butt. I shaved in the shower before work, in a hurry. My face was devoid of hair afterward, yes, but it also routinely got tore up and covered in shaving bumps.
My wife had our first child, a son, a month ago. As you dads know, those first few weeks/months can be absolute H*ll with regard to your sleep/sanity. Since I was needed around the house, obviously, my usual methods of letting off steam (having a few at the bar, going fishing at the creek) were out of the question now. Heck, I was lucky if I even had time to shower! But I began to think…what would be a calming daily ritual I could partake in to clear my head and briefly escape the stress of the world? Yes indeed! So on to the internet I went, reading and reading about wet shaving and DE razors and shaving soaps (soaps? I thought I needed canned shaving “cream” to shave! Wow!) and all sorts of stuff.
Last week, the Van der Hagen shave set I ordered finally came in, along with a bar of Col. Conk’s bay rum. I didn’t order a DE razor at that time, because I wanted to see if the brush/soap thing was something I would even care for. The evening my goodies arrived in the mail, I set up shop in the bathroom and decided to give it a try. After some initial difficulty getting the Conk’s to lather, I was in business. Let me tell you, even with my crappy Quattro, that shave was AMAZING. The wonderful smell of the bay rum, the slick lather, the (somewhat gamey smelling) badger brush…it all combined to make the experience absolutely AWESOME. This wasn’t a chore, this was MY time. I felt a kinship with all the busy, stressed out husbands/fathers/dudes of ages past who had enjoyed fifteen minutes in front of the mirror with a brush and a blade as their free, man-time. As soon as I finished splashing some Clubman on my face, I fired up the laptop and ordered my first DE razor (due to arrive any day now!).
Anyhow, kind of long…but that’s my story!