Gifts for men can be tough, and nowadays it’s not easy to find things that meet the budget either. For under $25, The Art of Shaving 4 Elements Starter Set is a quality gift that won’t break the bank. Included is a small shaving brush andtrial bottles of their pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and after-shave balm. If they like it, they can also get more! Plus, this version is unscented and hypoallergenic so you know the recipient will have no reason not to use it, unless they are living in the wilderness.
Admittedly, I was a little skeptical about “shaving soap” before I used it, but after eShave sent Frachelli their Lavender Shaving Soap Bowl my reservations were set to rest. The soap quickly lathered up when whisked with a shaving brush and allowed for a clean, close, and irritation-free shave. Plus, if you have the room to set it on your vanity, the nickel plated bowl also looks pretty swanky. $34 with the bowl, and available in two other scents (Mandarin, Avocado Oil & Linden).
We recently did a post on The Art of Shaving 4 Elements Kit and the folks at The Art of Shaving were kind enough to send Frachelli some of their products to try out. To start on my several day scruff, I applied the Ocean Kelp Pre-Shave Gel and then used the handmade Silvertip Badger Brush to lather my face up with Unscented Shaving Cream. (Using the brush was my favorite part of the shave, but I quickly learned that you only really need a dab or two of the cream as it really spreads as you brush it across your face) Next, on to the slightly intimidating Power Shave Razor complete with a Gillette Fusion cartrdige. Not only does the razor vibrate, but it also has a built in spotlight so you can truly see what the hell you are doing. The end result, I happily slapped on the After-Shave Balm after a very enjoyable and clean shave with no cuts and no irritation. Granted I’ve only used the products twice, but I typically cut myself EVERY time with my standard shaving supplies, and therefore I’m already extremely pleased. The Art of Shaving products may be a bit costly, but if you want a consistent, comfortable, clean and enjoyable shave – it’s worth it if you can afford it.
You get a closer shave in the shower, but how the hell are you supposed to see what you’re doing? The best solution is a fogless mirror that you can hang right in there with you. The one pictured above also features a light, two razor holders, and a digital clock. The light and razor holders serve obvious purposes, but the clock is extra special for guys like me who tend to doze off in the shower in the morning! Kill two birds with one stone, get a great shave, and stay on time with this great addition to your morning routine.