For those who are brand new to the world of wet shaving it can sometimes seem overwhelming looking at all the different products available – if you simply want to know which are the essential items to get started with, this is the quick guide you need.
Of course, the most vital part of your arsenal is the razor. Our best-selling style is the double edge safety razor, a classic design used for generations that’s still very popular today. In fact, it’s enjoyed something of a resurgence in recent times. It allows a superb, close shave, looks great on your bathroom shelf and is better for the planet than modern cartridge razors – the only disposable part is the stainless steel blade, which is 100% recyclable.
Popular choice: Edwin Jagger DE89 Chrome Knurled DE Safety Razor
Razors come with at least one blade included, but it’s worth trying out different combinations of razor and blade to see which will suit your beard and skin type. Many people have a preference, sensing slight differences between brands. Either way, stocking up on your favourite type will mean you can always enjoy a close and comfortable shave without having to worry about using old or dull blades. If you shave every day, replace your blade every 1 to 2 weeks; all double edge safety razor blades fit all types of DE razor.
Popular choice: Derby DE Razor Blades
Many people use aerosol shaving foams for the convenience, but for a superior experience you will need a quality shaving soap/cream. Taking your time and savouring the ritual of applying a fresh, warm lather to the face, along with the choice of fragrances are some of the reasons why wet shaving can be so satisfying. There are the solid shaving soap bars, the traditional Italian-style creamy soaps, and then the shaving creams – with so much choice on offer you can have fun finding something you’d like to try.
Popular choice: Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Shaving Soap 65g
And how will you lather up and apply your shaving soap or cream? For that you’ll need a shaving brush. We offer a range of brushes, many made with synthetic/man-made fibres. These tend to dry quicker after use and last longer than traditional badger hair brushes. Different beard types sometimes respond better to a certain type of brush. For example, black synthetic fibre mimics pure badger, which is coarser and stiffer, whereas the synthetic silver tip fibre is gentler and more flexible, suiting softer skin.
Finally, something that will make your shaving experience even easier is a shaving bowl. While you can apply the soap straight onto your face, you’ll achieve a better preparation and consistency of lather with the right concentration of water by whipping up the soap in a bowl first.
Popular choice: Edwin Jagger Stainless Steel Shaving Bowl
Now you’re up to speed on the five main items you’ll need for an efficient and luxurious wet shave. Researching and choosing what you want from within these categories is the interesting part; we’re sure you’ll find tools you’ll use and cherish on our webstore.