For a traditional wet shave, shaving soap is the way to go. Alternatively we stock shave gel, shave cream, shaving foam, shave oil and many more skincare and shaving products. But, for a sophisticated and classy shave experience shaving soap has always been a favourite although we understand men's shaving routines differ to the individual. The pre shave ritual makes all the difference to the experience of the shave, if you dont have one yet why not check out our shave kits that are perfect for first time wet shaver.
Shaving soap offers a rich, thick lather full of fragrance to suit everyone. Whether that be natural ingredients for sensitive skin or an intense perfume. Shaving soap offers an excellent protection to your skin ready for your shave and assist the razor blade glide across your skin with minimal discomfort such as razor bumps or razor burn.
The Modern Man stocks shaving soaps from a variety of luxury brands, including some of the biggest names in shaving like Edwin Jagger, Proraso and D.R. Harris. A quality shaving soap will generally contain the ingredient glycerin, which is derived from vegetable oil. This is vital for locking in water and keeping the skin hydrated and provides moisture during your shave, as well as helping the soap soften your skin and facial hair.
Many come in their own jars, often made of wood, which you can form the lather in or a shave soap bowl. To do so, wet the shaving brush in hot water for at least a minute, so it absorbs plenty of moisture, then dab the brush in the soap and use circular motions to whip up a lather. The longer you whip the richer and finer the lather will become - as far as a smooth shave is concerned, the finer the better. You then want to apply the lather to your face, again using circular motions. If you do not already have a shaving brush check out our selection now.
The common alternative to shaving soap is shaving cream, and the differences between the two are fairly slight. The main difference is of course the form they come in - soap is a firm bar, cream is obviously a soft liquid. Furthermore, shaving soaps traditionally offer a slightly slicker feel to creams, which proves particularly popular amongst men who practice straight shaving. Soaps generally need slightly less lather to cream, which means men with oily or combination skin often find them preferable to shaving cream. Choosing between cream and soap is mostly a matter of personal preference, and we recommend you experiment with each to find what works best for you. Whichever you choose, you will find they do an excellent job of preparing and protecting your skin, whilst leaving your face feeling soft and refreshed.