A close shave. Perfectly polished shoes. Handsome accessories that make him...perfectly handsome. Every gentleman knows that it's more than just the clothes that make the man. For many of today's men, that starts with a clean, close shave.
Supporting his best efforts to embrace his softer side can be just as rewarding as running your hand across his freshly shaven face.Whether he shaves daily–or once in a blue moon–a proper shave makes a big difference in how he looks and feels.
Our men's soap shop grooming set humidor gives him not only an excellent double-blade razor (with five extra blades), sandalwood scented soap and aftershave, boar bristle brush and a bowl--everything he needs to groom like a gentleman--but it also provides an extra gift-within-a-gift value as the cedar box is perfect for storing his favorite cigars while the aftershave is a useable flask.
If returning to the classics is more his style, there is no better place to start than the time-tested and reliable straight razor.
More than just the tool of his grandfather, the straight razor has endured because of its unparalleled performance in giving a shave that lets his face shine. Plus, with an element of danger, it's the height of manliness. You might even say it's the man version of a facial. With a hot towel and smell of soap, it's a relaxing, rejuvenating experience that can't be matched.
Like anything worth doing, using a straight razor has a learning curve. It just takes some practice. It's an art that when executed properly will make his morning routine a daily pleasure.
Here's how to get started.
- Soak a towel in hot water then wring it out. Place around face to soften whiskers for a closer shave.
- Add shaving soap to the bottom of the shaving bowl. Soak brush in hot water. Remove and flick off excess water.
- With the brush, mix the soap and lather up using a swirling motion. Cover every whisker.
- Place the first three fingers on the back of the blade and the pinkie on the blade’s tang. Rest the thumb on the side of the blade for control. Hold at a 30-degree angle.
- Use smooth, even strokes and shave with your beard (not against the grain) for the first pass. Start with the right side, move to the left, then shave the upper lip, the chin and, lastly, under the chin.
- After the first pass, reapply hot towel and get another round of shaving cream.
- Shave again.
- When finished, use a cold, damp towel to close pores.
- Splash with aftershave.
When he wants a meticulously close shave he turns to the most traditional of tools–the straight razor. Bring the barbershop experience home with these steps for an old-fashioned straight razor shave.