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mhlee
05-12-2012, 05:09 PM
I'm looking for a new exfoliating scrub to use before shaving. I've been using Bill Jealousy's Liquidsand for a few years and, while it works very well, it has polyethylene (plastic) as one of its ingredients and I'm trying to avoid using products that include plastic that ends up in wastewater and potentially in the ocean.

I'm interested in any recommendations, especially from the straight razor users, because I have somewhat sensitive skin, but have relatively thick stubble and get ingrown hairs easily. The scrub must not include plastic as an ingredient.

Thanks in advance.

shankster
05-12-2012, 05:33 PM
Try Kiehl's.I use some of thier products,not the exfoliating scrub,but the other stuff is top notch.

http://www.kiehls.ca/Pre-Shave/men-pre-shave,default,sc.html

Eamon Burke
05-12-2012, 06:37 PM
Use mud from a 1k stone.

I can give you some of the swarf mats out of the oil pan under my grinder if you'd like. I bet it's abrasive as hell.

:knife:

BobCat
05-12-2012, 06:45 PM
Use mud from a 1k stone.

Hmmm. Would be quite the facial I bet. :justkidding:

Pensacola Tiger
05-12-2012, 07:03 PM
Rather than using a scrub, have you considered face lathering with a boar bristle or short-loft badger brush?

Hattorichop
05-12-2012, 07:12 PM
+1 on the kiehl's
My sister worked at Holt Renfrew in T.O. In the past and she would always get me their products for my b-day and Christmas.
The pre shave oil they sell is a must in my household!

Jim
05-13-2012, 01:19 AM
Michael,
I do not recommend a scrub, but do suggest you consider using a brush to make and apply you lather and your preshave prep. If you have a high quality lather you should not need additives or any oils to pre wet your beard. I don't know what you are doing now but I could suggest a few things if you have any interest.

Being aware of our use and how we discard products is a by-product of wetshaving in the traditional way. Brushes can last decades and one high quality soap can last 7-9 months with daily use.

Here is the index list of tutorials (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/71700-WET-SHAVING-INSTRUCTIONS-AND-TUTORIALS-New-READ-THIS-THREAD!) at B&B. How-to: Pre-Shave Prep (http://api.viglink.com/api/click?format=go&key=84af7ecc25510a8a4a20cbf566f90362&loc=http%3A%2F%2Fbadgerandblade.com%2Fvb%2Fshowthr ead.php%2F71700-WET-SHAVING-INSTRUCTIONS-AND-TUTORIALS-New-READ-THIS-THREAD!&v=1&libid=1336886031806&out=http%3A%2F%2Fwiki.badgerandblade.com%2Findex.p hp%2FHow_to_pre-shave_prep&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fbadgerandblade.com%2Fvb%2Fforumdi splay.php%2F55-Shave-Clinic-amp-Newbie-Check-In&title=INFO POST WET SHAVING INSTRUCTIONS AND TUTORIALS%3A New%3F READ THIS THREAD!&txt=<font color%3D&quot;%231d527e&quot;><b>How-to%3A Pre-Shave Prep<%2Fb><%2Ffont>&jsonp=vglnk_jsonp_13368862013252), How to make a great lather from soaps~ a Tutorial (http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=21136) are just a couple to look at.

Jim

mhlee
05-13-2012, 02:16 AM
Rather than using a scrub, have you considered face lathering with a boar bristle or short-loft badger brush?

No. Do you have a recommended brush and soap?

Pensacola Tiger
05-13-2012, 07:20 AM
No. Do you have a recommended brush and soap?

The brush should have some "backbone"; I use an inexpensive Omega boar brush (http://thesuperiorshave.com/Omega_Brushes.html). If you want a badger brush, get one with a short loft and a "bulb" type knot. Many of the Simpson brushes fit the description. This custom brush has a loft of 45 mm:

http://i758.photobucket.com/albums/xx226/Pensacola_Tiger/Brushes/51d6d578.jpg

Any good shaving soap should work. I've found that I favor those with tallow as an ingredient over those that are strictly glycerine based. YMMV. I've been using one from Mike's Natural Soaps (thanks, Lefty!):

http://www.mikesnaturalsoaps.com

Rick

Jim
05-13-2012, 09:25 AM
Mikes is getting some good press in the wetshaving forums now. I have to give that a try.

Pensacola Tiger
05-13-2012, 10:24 AM
Mikes is getting some good press in the wetshaving forums now. I have to give that a try.

Two I've tried and like are the Peppermint & Rosemary and the Orange, Cedarwood and Black Pepper.

Korin_Mari
05-14-2012, 05:54 PM
You know... my boyfriend LOVES Lush products (to the point where his car's vanity plate says "lushie" on it...). I think he uses Ocean Salt and likes it a lot. I use it sometimes too (granted I don't shave), but if you don't have your mouth pretty shut tight, you kind of taste the salt. It's kind of abrasive, so it's more or less a once a week product, but it lasts forever.

mhlee
05-15-2012, 05:18 PM
Wow. He's committed.

sachem allison
05-15-2012, 05:40 PM
You know... my boyfriend LOVES Lush products.

couple of the guys are going to be sad.

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 07:53 PM
couple of the guys are going to be sad.

I'm not worthy of such emotions or flattery. (Thank you) lol :)

WildBoar
05-15-2012, 09:00 PM
I'd avoid this one -- scroll down and read some of the reviews: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Veet-Men-Hair-Removal-Creme/dp/B000KKNQBK/

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 09:36 PM
I'd avoid this one -- scroll down and read some of the reviews: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Veet-Men-Hair-Removal-Creme/dp/B000KKNQBK/

things like veet and nair are terrible. It can burn through your skin if you're not careful. I've done it before, so i speak from experience... The scar went away after a few years, but my legs were mummified for a while. :(

WildBoar
05-15-2012, 09:41 PM
Yeah, that's pretty much what the reviews say, only in a delightfully witty British manner.

shankster
05-15-2012, 09:42 PM
things like veet and nair are terrible. It can burn through your skin if you're not careful. I've done it before, so i speak from experience... The scar went away after a few years, but my legs were mummified for a while. :(

After reading those reviews,you were lucky it was just your legs...:eek2:
Sorry if I offend,but I couldn't resist :)

Korin_Mari
05-15-2012, 10:11 PM
After reading those reviews,you were lucky it was just your legs...:eek2:
Sorry if I offend,but I couldn't resist :)

ROFL so true.

Shinob1
05-15-2012, 10:24 PM
things like veet and nair are terrible. It can burn through your skin if you're not careful. I've done it before, so i speak from experience... The scar went away after a few years, but my legs were mummified for a while. :(

Try having your surgeon, (and spouse), put Nair on for you where you had surgery! I have to have it done to keep my wound free from hair, talk about burning...

Korin_Mari
05-16-2012, 07:14 AM
Try having your surgeon, (and spouse), put Nair on for you where you had surgery! I have to have it done to keep my wound free from hair, talk about burning...

::SQUIRMS:: !@*(&!&^@!!!! omgggg I don't even want to imagine.

Mike Davis
05-16-2012, 01:21 PM
I have a client who had the bright idea to nair his back before a tattoo appointment. He had burns so bad, his physician recommended skin graphs. Needless to say, seeing what it can do, i would not recommend it to anyone lol. I am reading all of this stuff as i am trying to get into shaving with a straight, and would love to get away from disposables...

Shinob1
05-16-2012, 01:44 PM
What's interesting is the surgeon said it was good for keeping wounds clean because the acid in it doesn't affect the wound. For people who are getting bad burns, I wonder how much they are putting on or if they just have sensitive skin? Not that I'm a Nair supporter, but I haven't had too bad of an experience, but it does burn like a :curse:

Still-edo
05-16-2012, 02:20 PM
No. Do you have a recommended brush and soap?

I picked up a cheap badger brush at target for like $10. They're an awesome place to start if you want to feel out the waters with that. I'm actually still surprised at how well it works. They have soap too that shouldn't be too bad to use.

add
05-16-2012, 11:34 PM
Mens' exfoliating scrub?

C'mon, 20 man point deductions for the lot of ya.

7188

Crothcipt
05-16-2012, 11:50 PM
I can hear my skin cells crying out in pain, as they are being ripped from my skin.

add
05-17-2012, 12:01 AM
I can hear my skin cells crying out in pain, as they are being ripped from my skin.

Volcanic pumice and pain.

What doesn't leave your skin smooth and soft .... can only make you stronger. :bat:

Vertigo
05-17-2012, 12:13 AM
Mens' exfoliating scrub?

C'mon, 20 man point deductions for the lot of ya.

7188

+1.

BTW, ANYONE RECOMMEND ME A GOOD LOOFAH?

Still-edo
05-17-2012, 02:49 PM
+1.

BTW, ANYONE RECOMMEND ME A GOOD LOOFAH?

+1 on the loofah. Tired of using this brush I got at pepboys.