I've been a wetshaver since the seventies, when the CFC thing started me looking for non-aerosal alternatives. I dug out my grandfather's Old Spice mug, bought some Williams or something and found a new-in-box brush like the little shriveled up thing my grandfather had. It was just sitting on a shelf in a general store in the middle of nowhere and this setup lasted me a couple of decades. Over the years I went from Trac IIs to Mach IIIs. I've been happy with Machs since day one. Then two years ago I found this site, dug out my father's old DE and started my search for the shave everyone on this site raves about. I have since given up with DEs three or four times, now. When I use the DE my face feels burned for the rest of the day. I try to not use pressure but the whiskers don't come off. Being used to a BBS smooth shave with my Machs it's hard to walk away from the mirror feeling like I haven't shaved as is recommeneded on this site. I now have a badger brush, several kinds of blades (got the sampler from someone here), Taylor Lavender, Nancy Boy, C&E Nomad (something I've used almost a decade). I've been experimenting with angles, etc., but still have to finish up with my Mach in several places. I'm tired of paying for the Mach IIIs. But I keep going back to them because the shave is so smooth. And with the creams and methods I have learned about on this site I am getting the smoothest, most enjoyable shaves ever.
So, I have no idea what I am doing wrong with the DE. Any suggestions would be welcome. I guess my biggest gripe is the number of passes it takes to get all the whiskers and the constant burn afterwards.
Before I get shot down about Gels, understand that sometimes I just don't have time to use the brush...
I discovered Anthony Logistics Shaving Gel leaves my face refreshed after a shave, better than it has felt in years, no burning sensation at all. But my razor skips on my face for the first couple of passes. Feels like it could take huge chunks out. The gel seems like it doesn't mix with water and is more like glue. The third pass is great. Anyone have the same problem with this and what did you do about it?
Anybody try Mr. Taylor's Shaving Gel? I was going to try this when I next ordered (was going to get some Avocado, too) but shipping is so much these days I hate to get dud products.
Thanks for any suggestions.