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Men's shaving: Blade or Electric...?

  • 21-10-2022 10:27am
    Registered Users Posts: 3,363 ✭✭✭Dinarius

    And which make/model/brand...?

    Blade: Wilkinson Sword/Protector 3




  • Registered Users Posts: 8,181 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    I bought an electric razor, as I had great intentions of using it daily, but since I've been WFH, I keep letting it slide, and then it gets to about 4 days growth that's too much for it, so I have to revert back to the blades. Which reminds me...

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,233 ✭✭✭thefallingman

    shaving foam irritates the hell out of my face so i use electric they are so handy and clean

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,363 ✭✭✭Dinarius

    Have always wondered about that. Are some electric shavers better at a few days growth than others?


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,181 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    There could be, but whatever one I have (think it's a Philips) is pretty useless on me after 4 days. Well, it'll do it eventually, but it'll take ages. Quicker to lash out the Gillettes. The original plan was that I could shave at my desk as I checked my email in the morning. Even left the shaver on the desk. It just didn't work out. The odd time I do remember to use it, I like it though. Much more convenient than foam and water.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,451 ✭✭✭Feisar

    Böker Butterfly Classic. I think it's just a branded version of something else. Must look at getting decent blades for it.

    First they came for the socialists...

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,363 ✭✭✭Dinarius

    Funny you should say that. When I have the time, I actually like the ritual of foam and water. It's kind of me-time, if that makes sense.

    But, the cost of blades hurts me. That's why I'm always looking over the electric fence! 😊


  • Registered Users Posts: 911 ✭✭✭markad1

    I use Gillette Labs Heated Men's Razor

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,049 ✭✭✭PGE1970

    I use a Muhle classic safety razor with Astra blades (50 blades are €7.95).

    I use Taylor of Old Bond Street Cedarwood shaving soap.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,155 ✭✭✭Badly Drunk Boy

    Blade: Gillette Proglide or Fusion. I have both but never remember which is which, or which I prefer. I never liked using an electric razor.

    For lathering up, I use the green Proraso shaving cream. A small little bit of it does the job, and it has a nice feel and smell too.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,363 ✭✭✭Dinarius

    Names that are new to me and I like to price of the blades.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,163 ✭✭✭kennethsmyth

    I have really strong facial hair and I get bad skin (bumps etc.) after a day when I shave with the best a man can get so I moved to electric. I managed a couple of years ago to get a great deal on the braun series 9 using boots points etc to really get the price down.

    If I shave with it regularly (at least every second day) my skin doesn't get red and I get a shave (with my really strong hair) that will last a day. However the series 9 I need to shave at least every second day as if you leave it longer the shaver is not as good on more hair growth and you may end up with red skin.

    I have found the electric shaver perfect for me and don't shave with blades anymore at all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 182 ✭✭setanta1000

    Thanks for the link to that Proraso - haven't seen that before. I used the Palmolive Shaving Cream for years but found that recently it's become harder to get (ie my local Tesco' doesn't stock it any more!) and wasn't sure what to get as an alternative, so must give it a try.

    As a related question what's the general consensus on After Shave Balm vs Moisturiser after a blade shave? Is there technically any difference? I used Loccitaine After Shave Balm for years but it's gotten a bit pricey the last few years. (Yes, I know my wife spends €80+ on moisturiser but that's different 😛)

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,163 ✭✭✭kennethsmyth

    The braun series 9 is good at 2 to 3 days growth but the series 7 is better at longer growth. The 9 however is very smooth and good on the skin. I love mine and would definitely buy again if needed. Had it about 3 years and I've changed the blades once.

  • Registered Users Posts: 15,775 ✭✭✭✭banie01

    I switched to DE shaving years ago. I've got an Edwin Jager razor and tend to use feather blades. Some Palmolive shaving gel and I've never had a bad shave in 10yrs. I tend to use an alum block post shave as an astringent.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,225 ✭✭✭Sono

    Wet shave ever 3/4 days yer only man, dunno how people use electric razors.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,632 ✭✭✭Man Vs ManUre

    Just grow your beard that is the trend now. ZZ Tops all the way.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,876 ✭✭✭EmmetSpiceland

    Most men shouldn’t grow beards. They look awful. Those patchy, scraggly, yokes you see on lads with bald, ruddy, cheeks is just embarrassing. If you can’t grow a “proper” beard, don’t. But even if you can it doesn’t mean you should go around looking like an unkempt tramp, keep it neat.

    Then you have the guys who think stupidly long sideburns look “cool” or ones who plait, or put beads, onto whatever strings down from their chin. Gross.

    I, myself, shave daily with a Gillette Mach 3 blade and Gillette shaving foam. I will grow a “full beard” when I go away on 2 weeks holiday but I would be sure to shave before returning to work.

    I’d always advise keeping both head, and facial hair, short. It’s just more hygienic and looks, much, better. But on a site where users thinking showering twice a week is fine, I’m not sure many will “heed” such advice.

    The tide is turning…

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,181 ✭✭✭Gregor Samsa

    There was an Irish brand of shaving oil a few years back that Dunnes used to carry. It worked really well, but I remember one time getting some in my eye while I was on a work trip to Prague, and I ended up looking like I was crying all through a meal with clients.

    Dunnes stopped carrying it then, I went back to foam, and I don’t know if it’s made any more. Can’t remember the brand name at all. I think it was made in Mayo or Sligo.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,914 ✭✭✭corcaigh07

    Philips Oneblade for me, it's an excellent yoke. Works better dry as well and the finished result leaves a tiny bit of stubble behind which I prefer.

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,239 ✭✭✭✭kneemos

    Have a Philips electric shaver,not bad actually if you're not that fussy.

    Shave once a week or so with Wilkinson Sword 5's,last for ages. Top Tip though is never buy Gillette or any related products, absolute garbage.

  • Registered Users Posts: 77,928 ✭✭✭✭Atlantic Dawn

    Gillette Fusion manual blades, have tried almost all others, these tick all the boxes. Close 2nd would be Wilkinson Sword Hydro 5 which is not quiet as good for everyday shaving but I find better when there's a few days growth to get through.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,867 ✭✭✭✭cj maxx

    Immac , get rid of shaving altogether, otherwise a Mach 3

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,262 ✭✭✭✭jester77

    A good single blade razer, not those crappy 3-5+ blades Gillette crap. Skin is sensitive, running 5 blades over the same spot is not good. One good blade, good cream and one movement should be enough for the majority of people.

  • ive taken to using a wahl foil electric which is doing a surprisingly good job over scalp and face (previous electrics used to irritate my skin)

  • Registered Users Posts: 43 thenumber3

    This is it.

    Used to be called Total Shaving Solution, rebranded. Made in Mayo.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,097 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06

    Through a combination of circumstances, I ended up with both a Braun (series 3) foil electric and a Philips (aquatouch) rotary.

    I found the best combination was to use the Braun initially, especially on neck or I was getting ingrown hairs. Then apply two squirts of the below King Of Shaves oil and finish with the Philips. Need to clean the Philips regularly as the oil and hair clunks it up.

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,049 ✭✭✭PGE1970

    You'll have an outlay to get a brush, soap, safety razor etc but blades are cheap.

    Get an alum block and proraso do a good cheap gel for cuts.