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    Men's Exfoliating Scrub

    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.
    Michael
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    Senior Member shankster's Avatar
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    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-p...efault,sc.html

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    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BurkeCutlery View Post
    Use mud from a 1k stone.
    Hmmm. Would be quite the facial I bet.
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    Rather than using a scrub, have you considered face lathering with a boar bristle or short-loft badger brush?

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    +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!

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    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
    at B&B. How-to: Pre-Shave Prep, How to make a great lather from soaps~ a Tutorial are just a couple to look at.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pensacola Tiger View Post
    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?
    Michael
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhlee View Post
    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:



    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

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    Mikes is getting some good press in the wetshaving forums now. I have to give that a try.

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