Shaving cream that doesn't smell too strong ?

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  1. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    If you're the type of person who gets sinus headaches from strong fragrance, you'll know what I mean.

    Or if you just prefer a light fragrance. That Schick Hydro Gel is so loaded up with cologne, it'll blow you over.
     
  2. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    I just use running water and a razor. Let the water flow over the area you're shaving and use the razor.

    I haven't used shaving cream in 20+ years. I find my method gives less irritation and I don't have any accidental cuts.
     
  3. Merkava_4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    flyinmac, you must have some super soft - super slippery water coming out of your bathroom faucet. If I attempted to do what you do with the hard water we have here in Clovis California, there would be blood all over the walls.
     
  4. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    Just well water from the ground. I find it provides enough lubrication if I keep the water flowing over my skin while I shave.

    I always have had shaving accidents if I used shaving cream. And I'd always get irritated bumpy red skin irritation. But since I switched to just water only, I haven't had either problem.
     
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    My advice would be to check with a health store to see what they may have; some companies (Tom's of Maine, Burt's Bees) make excellent organic products - which are made entirely from natural ingredients - and which are a lot less irritable on the skin.

    The toothpastes, shampoos, moisturisers, soaps, and so on that I use (and have used for nearly two decades) are entirely natural & organic, and do not irritate my skin.
     
  6. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Kiehl's Ultimate Scent Free, not super cheap, but not "boutique" expensive either, easily found and super fantastic.
     
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    I'm currently using the Target brand gel. It does have a scent but I can't relate how strong you would find it. I wonder if an unscented gel is sold?

    You could also use soap.
     
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    I've used Art of Shaving's unscented and it's a fantastic cream. Very cushiony and slippery. No fragrance at all.

    EDIT: Link
     
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    Also a terrific option - I picked up some of their products on a promo, still have some oil - I almost mentioned it in my post (#6) above - it's a bit more expensive vs. the Kiehl's ($20/8oz vs. $25/5oz, about 2x-per-oz) if that's a factor at all.

    Side note: I shave about every 4 days, so maybe I'm not qualified to participate in this discussion :D
     
  10. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Holy crap, I'm used to about $2.50/7 oz. :eek:
     
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    My go-to is Taylor of Old Bond Street. It's expensive (about $14 for a 5.3 oz tub) but it lasts me 7-8 months or so.
     
  13. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I use Imperial Shaving oil also. Not quite as expensive as the one listed here.
     
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    I use this too... In the shop they've got every 'flavour' you can imagine... Some practically unscented others, um a bit more 'metrosexual'. Go for their cream in a pot rather than a tube. It does last longer than you think its going to. Their shaving brushes are really, really good too (unless you're a badger).
     
  16. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I did not mention this before, but my primary shaving method is electric shaver, currently a $70 Norelco, which my understanding is, it's no where near the best electric shave, but it is adequate. My critique is that I think more RPMs than it provides would be an improvement, maybe your Braun. :)
     
  17. ctrlzone macrumors regular

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    it costs an arm and a leg, but its worth every penny
    my dad and brother tried it once, and braun got rid of another 2 sets :p
     
  18. Scepticalscribe, Jun 7, 2017
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    The thing is, @Huntn, products that use only natural ingredients tend to be a bit (sometimes, quite a bit) more expensive.

    My skin is extraordinarily sensitive - I only wear natural fibres, such as cotton, or linen, or wool, for example - and I tend to develop skin rashes in response to - or reaction to - some of the more abrasive chemical compounds you can find in some of these products.

    So, these days, (and for quite some time), I buy only natural products, often organic, and sometimes from individuals who actually make the products themselves; while the products are excellent, and comfortable to use, some of them are relatively costly.
     
  19. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I am fortunate that I am not bothered by most manufactured fibers, but I prefer, love cotton. Other products such as skin and hair products are the same situation.
     
  20. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    I use Taylor of Old Bond Street as well, with a Vulfix Badger Hair Brush. It is the best shaving cream I ever used. Although a bit pricey, the cream lasts me about 6 months. It takes very little to build up a lather with a brush. If taken care of the brush should last 10 to 15 years. It will actually be usable longer they just start getting floppy.
    https://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Old-Bond-Street-Natural/dp/B00EOUM8RA/
    https://www.amazon.com/Vulfix-Super-Badger-Shaving-Brush/dp/B0064GNNHQ/

    They also have scented versions which are quite nice. The rose is mild. If you are concerned, it doesn't really smell feminine. Eton college is a good scent. A very classical scent with citrus tones. Their scents, I believe, are all natural concentrates. Not the harsh chemical odors used by the likes of Gillette.
     
  21. hallux macrumors 68030

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    When I shave, I use DSC's Shave Butter. I don't shave often anymore, and when I do it's usually not much - just a trim compared to the full shave I used to do (yes, facial hair).
     
  22. Zenithal macrumors 603

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    I use a traditional cream or soap by Taylor's. However, as someone pointed out, Burt's Bees makes quality skin friendly products. Italian Proraso isn't bad, either.
     
  23. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes, I mentioned Burt's Bees and have long thought their products excellent (they make stuff marketed to men, too).

    Haven't come across Italian Proraso, must investigate them.
     
  24. A.Goldberg macrumors 68020

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    As others mentioned, the Art of Shaving makes a good scentless shaving cream. That's my go to.

    In a pinch I use Neutrogenia for sensitive skin- minimal smell, far cheaper, readily available.

    Must be nice :D

    Ugh no no no no no! I've tried multiple electric razors, including the Series 9 (now sitting in a box in my storage). I've never found an electric shave remotely satisfying and always slightly discomforting. Maybe it's because of how coarse my facial hair is.
     
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    I use the AoS shaving cream and it works and smells well.
     

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