The Perfect Shave: Products
- October 25, 2012 |
Hot shaves now available Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Walk-ins welcome but not guaranteed. Call (312) 646-7870 to make an appointment.
According to our master barber, Charles Lenox, “Once guys come in for a shave, they realize how much they’ve missed it.” Well, the best way to experience the glory of a hot shave is, of course, by coming into Haberdash EDC for an appointment with Charles. But, for the times when you can’t make it in, we’ve got some amazing products for you to try to recreate the experience at home.
According to Charles, most guys end up falling in love with Baxter of California from the first time they experience our Baxter Method Shave, from the Super Close Shave Formula to the After Shave Balm, and every skincare step that follows. Which brings us to our latest blog post: a selection of our favorite shaving products and accoutrements, including Baxter of California, Aesop, and more.
Baxter of California’s shave cream is a far cry from the light foam you might be used to. It’s incredibly hydrating, providing what Baxter calls a “protective cushion” between your skin and your razor for a shave that’s not going to wreak havoc on your face. Soybean oil and tea tree leaf oil soothe your skin, while menthol and peppermint oil give it the cooling sensation that customers rave about. When asked about his favorite shave products at EDC, Charles instantly reaches for the coveted white tub of Baxter’s, going on to praise the consistency, the scent. In fact, Charles often adds the Super Close Shave Formula to the hot lather.
“The After Shave Balm also has the menthol,” says Charles, “It blends in perfectly with the shave cream, and has that cooling effect instead of the burning and stinging of other products.” This is another one of Baxter of California’s highly sought after shave products, a moisturizing treatment that’s designed specifically to soothe and protect your skin post-shave. Less irritation, less razor burn, no alcohol. Soothing ingredients include aloe extract and tea tree oil, a quick vacation for your skin after the wear and tear of daily shaving.
For those of you that look for a shave solution a bit more on the gel side, we have the Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum from world-renowned skincare brand Aesop. The shave “serum” is suited for all skin types, has a calming effect, and can be used daily. Under the same name is Aesop’s lightweight-yet-hydrating post-shave lotion, which absorbs quickly to protect your skin from post-shave aggravation. Both products contain soothing botanical ingredients like patchouli oil, orange flower oil, and clove flower oil, for a scent that’s warm and woody, while witch hazel, shea butter, and olive oil give the moisturizer its gentle texture.
Original Hungarian Moustache Wax
Whether you’re sporting a handlebar moustache or a mountain man beard, a little mustache wax can go a long way, especially as we work our way into Movember. Charles, who’s used the product himself, says that customers seem to love the consistency. “It’s not heavy and it’s not sticky,” he says, “It holds the mustache (or beard) and it gives it a slight sheen.” The all-natural wax is light, but can hold its own.
Badger Hair Shave Brush
For those guys looking to create a full shaving ritual at home, we’d suggest adding a badger hair shave brush and a bowl for your lather. Made in Germany, Baxter’s shave brush is soft and durable, and made from 100% badger hair, so it retains water to create a dense lather and helps to ensure the smoothest possible shave. “A lot of guys don’t understand the benefit of the brush,” says Charles. “It massages the lather into your skin and lifts the hair up to get it ready to be shaved. It’s old school, which is why I like it. It has that nostalgia of what the barbershop used to be (and what we’re continuing to recreate at EDC).”