Aftershave Balm/Splash[GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] Aftershave is a product applied after shaving that most often contains some sort of antibacterial or astringent ingredient to cleanse and protect the face. Common ingredients include alcohol, witch hazel, or tea tree oil. Splashes are runnier and more liquid in consistency, making them a good pick for oily or acne-prone skin. Balms are creamier and better suited to dry, sensitive skin. [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]
AggressiveThe term “aggressive” refers to the efficiency of the shave a razor offers. Aggressive razors offer a closer, smoother shave, but are recommended more for wet shaving veterans, because it’s easier to nick yourself and cause irritation with one. Wet shaving vets and those with thicker, coarser hair may favor a more aggressive razor, because there’s a bigger gap between the blade and the safety bar. This allows more hair through, saving time for the shaver.
Alum Block/Stick[GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] An Alum Block or Alum Stick is made from a chemical compound called aluminum potassium sulfate. Once wet, it creates an astringent and antiseptic liquid that you can pat onto your face to soothe irritation and stop bleeding from any nicks. It’s totally odorless, so it doesn’t interfere with the scent of Aftershave or cologne. [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]
Badger HairBadger is one of the most popular choices of hairs for use in shaving brushes. It’s favored because, unlike many animal hairs, it retains water rather than expelling it, and this is crucial for creating a great lather. It comes in four varieties: Pure Badger is the most common and most affordable type of badger hair brush. It’s made from the hairs on the body of the badger, which vary in length and can cause the brush to be uneven. Therefore, a lot of Pure Badger brushes are trimmed to fit, so the end of the brush become blunter and exfoliate the skin more. Best Badger is collected from a smaller portion of the body, mostly the belly. It holds onto more water than Pure Badger, creating a richer lather. [GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] Super Badger is found only on the back of the badger and is much finer and softer than Best or Pure Badger. Super Badger brushes tend to be more densely packed than others since the hair isn’t as thick. Because of this, Super works well with dense shaving creams. Silver Tip is the rarest type of badger hair. Collected from the back of the neck, it’s the softest and finest of the four. It has the best water retention as well, making for a truly luxurious lathering experience. [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]
Bay Rum[GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] Bay Rum is a specific scent of Aftershave that consists of bay leaf, spices, and Jamaican rum. It has its roots in the 16th century when sailors in the West Indies created it to mask body odor at sea. [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]
Blade[GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] The blade is the part of the razor that cuts the hair. To do this, there must be at least one sharpened edge, known as the Cutting Edge. Normally there are just one (Straight Razors) or two (Safety Razors) edges. [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]
Boar Hair[GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] Like Badger Hair, Boar Hair is a popular choice for making shave brushes. Boar is a bit stiffer than Badger Hair, but softens over time with use. Boar hair is less rare than Badger, so it’s considerably cheaper, so it’s a good choice for the shaver on a budget. Its stiffness can also be a benefit for those who like to exfoliate with their brushes. [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]
Cartridge Razor[GDC_row] [GDC_column size="half"] [/GDC_column] [GDC_column size="half"] These are the razors that we’re most familiar with in the mainstream, the kind you see in TV ads and in most bathrooms around the country. They were developed in the 1960s to have a more ergonomic handle and an entirely disposable top (AKA cartridge). They usually have from two to five blades in each cartridge. [/GDC_column] [/GDC_row]
A DE, or Double-Edge, Razor is a type of Safety Razor that, as the name implies, uses blades with two cutting edges that can be changed out as needed.