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  • Royal Traditions and British Excellence
    April 29, 2011 Mike Sandoval

    Royal Traditions and British Excellence

    Millions of people around the world watched today as Prince William and Kate Middleton were married in a ceremony steeped in British tradition. The guests in Westminster Abbey were all dressed impeccably in their formal attire. Perhaps the groom used D.R. Harris or Truefitt & Hill in order to look his best? In order to go along with the mass media coverage of the day, this article takes a look at British traditions, but also how the Royal Family has influenced shaving history in the United Kingdom.

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  • Shaving Lather: Too Dry, Too Wet, And Just Right
    December 8, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Shaving Lather: Too Dry, Too Wet, And Just Right

    One of the biggest challenges for new wet shavers is learning when your lather is right.  Many men spend years shaving with foam or gel from an aerosol can and never have to focus on actually creating lather for every shave.  While these products are convenient and take out the guess work, they are generally not good for the health of your skin and will never provide the benefits or enjoyment that one gets from traditional wet shaving with a brush.  This article takes a closer look at the three basic stages of shaving lather: too dry, too wet, and perfect.

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  • Combat the Cold with Aftershave Balm
    November 19, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Combat the Cold with Aftershave Balm

    The arrival of the winter season often poses a challenge for keeping your skin healthy.  As the temperatures and humidity drop, your morning shave can become more uncomfortable, leaving your face feeling rough and dry throughout the day.  One solution for this problem is simple: switch to using an aftershave balm instead of a splash.

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  • October 28, 2010 BOLD Collaborator

    Combinations of Superlathering

    One of the aspects of wet shaving that I enjoy the most is the continuous quest for new products, tips, and tricks to get a better shave today than yesterday. A while back I read online about a method one adventurous shaver used. Perhaps he was bored or for the sake of research just thought of mixing soap and cream together. He kindly shared it on the web and it forever changed the way I shave.

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  • Tutorial: Creating Lather with the Load/Hydrate Technique
    September 6, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Tutorial: Creating Lather with the Load/Hydrate Technique

    Sometimes it is difficult to get a good, usable lather from a shaving soap or shaving cream, depending on the hardness of the water, floppiness of the brush, and properties of the product. Shaving 101 has published two articles that break down the building process step by step for two beloved, but challenging, products. Both Tabula Rasa and Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap are fantastic products that everyone should try at least once -- if not regularly. This article reiterates the "Load/Hydrate Technique" and offers instructions on building the perfect cushioning lather.

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  • Overlooked Nemesis: Hard Water
    January 3, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    Overlooked Nemesis: Hard Water

    I have always been focused on the quality of the product, and never much considered the influence of the quality of the water on my shave. While I never had problems with my shaves, certain products that I’ve read other people rave about never performed well for me.

    Tired of the limescale buildup and dry skin that our family was experiencing, my wife and I invested in a Culligan water softener and carbon filter system. Aside from the obvious benefits in that my shower head is clean, my dishes aren’t murky, and my clothes are softer, I have better enjoyed my shaving products. Some products work really well, and some of my favorites work even better.

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  • September 12, 2009 Mike Sandoval

    Shaving Blogs: Information Sources

    If you are looking for information on wet shaving, you'll find it online. There are many new blogs and forums that offer advice and product reviews. A newbie to wet shaving can find everything from shaving videos, demonstrations, restoration projects, and product discussions in various videos on these sites. Many of these sites, like Shaving 101, are personal sites, where men share their likes and dislikes of their favorite shaving products. And some blogs are parts of commercial sites that offer shaving product promotions and information about newly released products.

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  • Pick Your Poison: Soap or Cream?
    August 15, 2009 Mike Sandoval

    Pick Your Poison: Soap or Cream?

    The sink counters of men who enjoy traditional wet shaving are usually cluttered with bowls and tubs of various shaving soaps and shaving creams. These products come in a variety of textures and fragrances, and it may be difficult to know which product to choose. This article helps explain the differences (besides the obvious) of soaps and creams so that you can have the most efficient and enjoyable morning shave.

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