4 Simple Steps To The Perfect Wet Shave
People who know me, know that I tend to gravitate toward overly complicated, procedure laden, and ritualistic endeavors that often harken back to a time that I didn’t experience, yet have an inexplicable nostalgia for. I still like film cameras, because they have a way of making the whole process slow down and mean more than the rapid fire digital era has lead us all to believe. I have limited frames of film to work with, and a mechanical camera that forces me to stop and think about what I am doing. The result of which is a simpler and significantly more satisfying exercise. Do I get better results? Not necessarily (although sometimes). The antiquated methods have more to do with the enjoyment of the activity that they do about results, although in the grand scheme of things, results are always important.
I have a penchant for fountain pens too. They can be messy and cantankerous to deal with, but ultimately add a level of enjoyment to my copious and sometimes burdensome writing chores that I have been missing for years. I suppose I could simply pick up the nearest rollerball pen and achieve the same results, but at what cost? A fountain pen makes me want to write and it makes me feel more expressive, and despite the fact that my personal handwriting resembles that of an epileptic third-grader all hopped up on grape soda, I feel like I write better. I love fountain pens because I like the process, and I revel in the nostalgic inconvenience of the whole thing. Best of all, fountain pens represent another pursuit that I can delve into, research at length, and at some point become a go to source of fountain pen knowledge—and I really like that part.
Not all “old school” activities have to be undertaken solely for their antiquated charms however. There are some out there that although time has seemingly passed them by, actually present the state of the art in terms of results. One such operation is the old-time pleasure, and quite frankly superior results, that can be had from a wet shave with a safety razor.
Whoa! Slow Down There, Cowboy!
Did I just say that an old fashioned wet shave with a safety razor yields superior results? I sure did. That single blade, usually made of tungsten steel, will shave you closer than any newfangled, 5-bladed, pivoting-headed contraption on the market today. Not only that, but you’ll save some money in the process.
1. Preparation is Key. Despite being the rugged he-man you are, the skin on your face is delicate. Mighty delicate. It is prone to nicks and cuts, ingrown hairs and drying out like a coyote skeleton in the desert sun. You’ve got to prepare it for the trauma and abuse that can result from introducing blade to face, and this is no place to skimp. The first thing you will want to do is gently wash your face (and neck) with warm water and a nice, all-natural soap that still has all of the glycerin content. I can’t stress how important that is. Then, while your face is still damp, take a few drops of a really high-quality shave oil [like Urbane Commando] and rub all over the areas you intend to shave.
2. Lather up! I’m not going to go into painful detail as to why you should avoid canned lather from the giant consumer packaged goods companies, you should probably have already realized that by now. If not, there is plenty of information out there on the web. What I will tell you is that the best way to lather your face for the optimal shave is to use a quality boar-bristle brush to apply an all-natural shave soap or cream. The brush allows the lather to completely cover your skin while causing your whiskers to stand at attention like the good little soldiers they are. Now you are ready to shave!
3. Pay Attention To The “Grain”. You’ve probably heard this one before. The hair on your face grows in a directional pattern. The sides (usually) grow downward, whereas the neck hair sometimes grows sideways, or downward, or even upward in some strange cases. The point is, you want to shave in the same direction the hair grows—especially if you are prone to ingrown hairs. If the first pass doesn’t quite yield the close results you were looking for, re-lather and take a light pass against the grain---but ONLY after you have made a first pass with the grain. That’s it---easy peasy, lemon squeazy.
4. High Pressure Gig. If you are using a good old-fashioned single-edge safety razor or even an uber old school straight razor, don’t press too hard. This is easy to say, and hard to put into practice sometimes, but you gotta watch it man. Let the weight of the razor do most of the work. If you press too hard, you are opening yourself up to myriad cuts, nicks, razor burn, ingrown hairs and various other things that will lessen the experience. So don’t do it. BOOM.
That’s it. It’s not rocket surgery by any means. If you just follow these few simple steps, you will be on your way to the closest, cleanest, and dare I say, sexiest shave of your life. But beware, once you do it for the first time, you will be hooked
Though this story has been in the news a little since the weekend, we thought we would point it out here, and perhaps add a little clarity for those who may be a little confused by all of it. Based on the settlement from a recent class action suit brought a large retail group who were upset by (what they considered to be) outrageous fees imposed by credit card companies , it is now legal for merchants to pass on up to a 4% surcharge on all credit card purchases. This goes for websites as well as brick and mortar establishments. Mountain Organix LLC WILL NOT be participating in any such surcharge activity. The prices that you see on our website are what you will expect to pay. Period. Not one cent more. Credit Card service fees are, and always have been simply a cost of doing business and we are not in the business of gouging our customers. Moreover, we will not be selling any of our all-natural soaps, beauty products or 100% soy candles to any retail merchants who intend to levy these charges.
As part of the new law, merchants are required to post a sign or notice clearly stating that they are participating in the passing along of the fee surcharges. The notice should appear either on their homepage (for websites) or near their front door (for brick and mortar establishments). We would caution you to check your receipts for a while anyway, lest some of the less scrupulous merchants try to pull a fast one on you. The law officially went into effect on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
It should be interesting to see if those merchants who do elect to hit you with the charge are also going to adjust all of their current pricing. You see, credit card fees are not a surprise to anyone and they are built in to the cost of doing business. There are a few businesses out there that adjust prices based on payment method (
The good news is if you elect to use your debit card WITH PIN, the fees will not be imposed. However, we would caution you to use a debit card online very sparingly. The vast majority of security breaches happen that way.
Thank you for all of your support in the past, and be careful with all future shopping ventures—or you could end up paying more than you bargained for.
Mountain Organix LLC
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The mad scientists in our soap laboratories have been spending quite a bit of time working with the door locked. Usually that's a bad thing, but in this case some pretty cool stuff has emerged. We call them "Gridiron Gladiator" soaps, and they are here just in time for football season!
These hefty hunks of soap are just our humble way of paying tribute to some of our (and your ) favorite football behemoths. With names like: "Mountaineer Pride", "Thundering Herd", "Buckeye Nation" and "Steel Curtain", you can tell we have started with the teams residing in our immediate region. But their popularity has been a touchdown (sorry) and there is no limit to the amount of teams we will add.
Unfortunately, some of our choices have been dictated by school/team colors. As you know, we pride ourselves in using only the very finest all-natural ingredients in everything we make and that policy extends to the use of artificial colors (FD&C or D&C) too. We won't use them! Never have, never will. Where that causes a problem is that Mother Nature, in Her infinite wisdom, has left us with very few choices for creating the color blue --a color that is very prevalent in sports schemes. Indigo is all natural and it is what is used to make blue jeans blue, the only problem is that it makes soap a kind of sickly blue/gray. But that's ok, we are problem solvers here and we always find a way.
We are so excited about this series of soaps and their recent popularity that we have decided to do CUSTOM runs. If your school, team, organization, etc. would like a team soap that we don't feature yet, contact us! We'll make it for you! Not only that, but we'll do custom labeling as well. Need a yellow/green soap for the Northridge Girls' Vollyball Team fundraiser? We'll do it. Think it would be cool to give away teams soaps at your Superbowl party? (It would be very cool, btw). We can make it happen. Contact us at THE CONTACT PAGE. We can make all your soap dreams come true.