First, this is my first post but I have been lurking and learning for some time now.
I recently read a thread about a pre-shave routine using your shave cream as a pre-shave.
My wife had purchased for me a tube of Aveda foamless mint and sage shave cream which smells and feels great on my face but I am not a fan of non-lathering creams.
So after I read that thread I decided to try the Aveda as a pre-shave. On my wet face I applied the Aveda and rubbed it in well and let it sit for a minute or so. Then I whipped up some Body Shop cream (my favorite) in the bowl and applied it right over the Aveda. WOW! The best shave I ever had!
I followed that routine for all 3 passes. No irritation and a super smooth shave.
I will try some other foamless creams soon but from this day forward it will be the only way I shave.
Try it. You will love it.