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This is why the "big shaving companies" hate us

Posted by Alexander Shave Rave on

The good old Safety Razor has been hard to get rid of. Considering that the 'Holy Grail' cartridge razor was developed in the 1960's it's impressive how prevalent straight razors and safety razors still are. 

 

The cartridge razor was a stroke of genius, less metal, wrapped up in a plastic shell, and sold for more than twice the price of 10 safety razor blades. This was pushed by the big corporates and guess what! it worked. But the reality is this, the cartridge razor is one of the biggest corporate cons of the 20th century. It offers no significant benefits, costs significantly more and irritates the skin for many men. So why do we endure these horrific tools of torture on a daily basis? Because it's now the norm, it's been shoved down our throats from day one. It's all we know because it's all they ever let us see. How often do you see an add for the latest shaving gimmick on tv? probably every night, and that's where our problem lies.

 

It's pretty ironic that the most affordable way to shave is considered these days to be "Luxury Shaving". Thankfully more and more people have re-discovered the joys of traditional shaving, are having a great time and saving a ton while they do it. Lets do the maths! at shaverave a packet of blades can be as low as $4.50. This pack contains 10 blades that will last around 3 days each on average. Total cost per week in blades? a tiny $1.05. Buy them in bulk and the savings compound. 

 

So lets look at the mass produced Gillette Mach 3, surely being one of the most used razors in the world, it must be the most affordable option? a packet of Gillette Mach 3 turbo heads costs around $9.95 a pack. You only get 4, and if you follow the instruction of changing the blade every time the lubrication bar wears out (on average once a week for course growth) it will cost you on average 2.50 a week. More than twice of the safety razor. And this is for the entry level razor! move up the line to the Fusion and this multiplies again. 

 

How about the experience? Cartridges love to get clogged, it's perhaps their most annoying feature. Worst still, they feel cheap, mass produced and dull. This is something that most men do every day! Cartridges are the shaving equivalent of the Toyota Echo. Sure it gets the job done, but you hate every minute of the experience.

At Shave Rave we are driven by experiences, making small changes to your life can have massive effects on the way you enjoy things. Using a safety razor is not only cheaper, it is enjoyable! You buy one handle it will last you for life and it engages you. Every morning, you open your razor, feel the weight of handle, the smooth glide of the chrome against your skin. It's the BMW of shaving, except that in this case... it costs less than the Toyota Echo. Win!

It's a savings Win and an experience Win. The big companies have tried to kill traditional shaving since the 60's and have never managed to completely defeat it. Give it a try and we're pretty confident you'll never touch a cartridge again. 

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Layrite Pomade, is it for everyone?

Posted by Alexander Bainbridge on

This week we launched Layrite Pomade. We were super excited about this an the launch was a huge success. If you haven't already check out the range here: https://www.shaverave.com.au/collections/layrite

 

Layrite has been making quite a name for itself in recent years and receiving excellent reviews. I was first attracted to it after a visit to the famous Hawleywoods Barber Shop several years back.

 

Water based Pomade has a come a long way. I won't label brands, but I have seen some truly shocking products that can't even hold for half a day... My perception of Water based wasn't all that great... Not until I tried Layrite.

Every water based product does what it says on the box, it washes out like a gel... that much is proven. However, Layrite actually lasts all day. Every time! And that's why it is awesome, that's what separates it from the rest. 

 

One thing I really, really love about Layrite Pomade is the smell, unlike many other brands it is really subtle, and that is important. Especially if I want to wear a nice aftershave, I don't want it ruined by my hair product... It's counter productive. However, with a subtle vanilla smell, it doesn't intrude and will smell pleasant if anyone gets near your hair. 

 

I use a wide range of products, but for daily use, it is hard to beat the simplicity and flexibility of Layrite. 

 

The full Layrite range is availabe at: https://www.shaverave.com.au/collections/layrite


Stay Handsome Gents.

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The Beard is Dead! Or is it?

Posted by Alexander Bainbridge on

We've been seeing a lot of press lately about the demise of the beard. "Beards Will Die in 2016", "Beards Finally Meet Their End". But what is the reality?

We saw the rise of the 'Lumberjack' beard as the hipster movement took hold, all of a sudden there were beards everywhere. It seemed everyone had a long cultivated beard that they had apparently "always had".

There has been a definite decline in the amount of beards around town, but this isn't necessarily concerning for the bearded community. If anything, we're seeing beards return back to 'normal' levels. The decline may not be a sign of the beards untimely end, more a sign of the decline of temporary trend setters. 

Talk to any bearded man and they're usually quite proud of the beard they have cultivated. Beards are an effort! You've got to keep it clean, moisturized and styled. For those who have put the effort in, they take their beard very seriously. And we mean deadly serious!

Before hipsters, there was a beard culture, and it will continue long after the trend is dead and long after the next trend. You can't keep a good beard down! 

We took to the streets of Sydney Australia and asked some bearded men on the street for their thoughts.

"I think there's something naturally attractive about a beard for men, it's just enjoyable to watch it grow out and turn into something"

"Men's fashion can be quite restrictive sometimes, regardless how popular the beard gets, I still feel you're a minority when you grow one. I like getting comments on it and talking to fellow bearded men about it, it's like a community"

"To be honest, I feel as though the beard is pretty sacred, It's not for everyone, and the less fashionable it is, the more unique and enjoyable it is for me"

We're really excited to see where things go from here, we have pretty severe doubts that the beard could every be removed from society. It would be pretty disappointing! We have however seen a rise in the corporate beard. Men sporting well crafted and usually medium to short beard growths. They're making up a larger and larger portion of our sales at Shave Rave, so we can't wait to see what happens next. 

For those who rejoice in their beard, we've got your covered! You can view our full range of beard care products at www.shaverave.com.au

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How to Shave with a Safety Razor.

Posted by Alexander Bainbridge on

Traditional shaving is an attractive idea to many men. However, it has become something of a lost art through the recent decades.

 

Fortunately, traditional shaving has been making a steady come back, enriching the lives on the men who dare to try. Safety Razors really aren't that hard! fortunately, we are here to give you some advice. 

Using a well lathered shaving cream or shaving soap is really important here. It is important that the beard has had some time to soften and absorb the cream. This will not only reduce irritation, but give you an closer and more effortless shave. 

Once your face is nicely covered, it's time to get shaving. We recommend shaving with the grain. This will reduce the chances of ingrown hair as well as reducing irritation. What does this mean? typically it means shaving downwards on the cheek, and upwards under the neck.

All parts of the beard are not made equal, hairs around chin can be harsher and stiffer. We recommend shaving this part last to ensure the shaving cream has further time to soak in. 

Unlike cartridge razors, safety razor's require you to control the angle at all times. This angle can vary razor to razor though it's usually somewhere around the 30 degree mark. 

You won't want to apply too much pressure as the weight of the razor is usually enough to get the job done. Forcing the razor into the skin can result in irritation or nicks. To gain some more control, use your free hand to stretch the skin.

If you're in a rush, one pass may get the job done... but two passes will result in a cleaner shave and make sure you don't miss any areas. This is essentially a repetition of the above steps. 

Wash off the lather and give your face a splash with cold water. This will close the pores.

You're all done! 

You can view our range of safety razors and shaving creams on www.shaverave.com.au

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Happy Shaving!

 

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