Hi All, I am new to the AOM community and was very curious if you guys had a ritual when you shaved?
1. I start by putting on either some Van Morrison or R.L. Burnside.
2. Hot towel treatment
3. Pre shave oil( I use Art of Shaving's unscented)
4. lather (Proraso Shaving Cream, Eucalyptus & Menthol)
5. shave.(Merkur Model 180 )
I repeat steps 4 and 5 to get a closer shave.
6. Cold water wash followed by Old Spice after shave and Aveeno Moisturizer
This whole thing takes me about 35 minutes. It helps me get focused for the work day ahead and almost brings a certain calmness about me.
I can only hope when it comes time for my son to shave he learns to enjoy it, not just breeze through it because he has to.
I usually wake up at 5AM, brew some tea (preferably English Breakfast or Earl Gray) and put my shave brush in a bowl with hot water. After a shower, I'd make the lather with Proraso cream, adding a splash of tea when it's just about right. This gives the lather a more robust scent and the nutrients of the tea blends do improve skin, but not notably. Then I'd scrape my Mach 3 across the grain twice, followed by a towel wipe to get excess lather off my face. Then Aqua Velva would be applied after a quick cold water splash. I dress and get my day going.
I do have a handsome heirloom straight razor from my great-great grandfather that I use with delight on Sundays when time isn't a big deal. Have you ever cut yourself with a sharper-than-razor-sharp razor from 1902 when you're rushed?! Don't do it!
For me it really depends. If I am running late or dont have the time to indulge in a nice straight razor shave (because lets face it, if you hurry this the outcome looks like something out of the texas chainsaw massacre) so I use my nifty electric razor to catch all the major scruff, then do a quick whack with my gillete that resembles a small vibrator. This follows a hot cloth to the face and a splash of Old Spice.
On a day I had more time to myself I would get a hot lather going and use the straight. I followed up with a hot towel and Old Spice. This ritual usually involved some good music, and a cigarette.
Why is that? Thor hated baths...something about lighting/water not playing well. Plus he didn't want to spook the goats... ;)
I like to switch it up. Either way, I like 30-40 minutes. Shaving is my time, and I take full advantage.
-Most of of the time Proraso Pre-Shave Menthol Cream.
(I'm looking for suggestions on something new to try. I'm leaning towards Crown Shaving Co.)
-Soak my brush in hot water.
-Lather up. (Going to try "Nomad" from Crabtree & Evelyn.)
-Shave. Feather razor blades. Merkur razor.
-Cool water splash.
-I rotate between after shave choices: Rosewater/Thayer's Witch Hazel/Imperial Bergamot After Shave/Lucky Tiger Bay Rum/Crown Shaving Co. After Shave Tonic
Very interesting guys. Love to see how other people approach this.