Shaver haven

wetshavingThere comes a time in about every guys life where they become set in their shaving. Sometimes it’s with an electric razor or sometimes it’s with a blade with 9 mini-blades. In any case, as technology advances, so do our methods. Very rarely do we go backwards in the process. However, going backwards can be the best thing ever. Case and point: 2 years ago I took up wetshaving. That’s right, one razor just like grandpa used to. Sure, to do it correctly, you need some good shaving cream, after shave balm and a badger hair brush. The problem is that this stuff isn’t exactly carried at Target. So in order to get it, you need to find it online or some specialty shop. Insert the Galleria in Edina. As I was Christmas shopping last week, I found that there are three superb stores that carry top notch stuff. Goodbye online shopping…..

Ampersand is a home decor-type store, but they also have a huge section of shaving products by Art of Shaving and Kiehls. On top of that, they also carry Molton Brown products.
Since when was there a L’occitane in the Galleria?? The only one I ever knew of was in the MOA. Anywho, they have some of the best aftershave balm out there–actually 3 very good kinds.
And then there’s Twill. From the outside looking in, it’s just a tailoring/suit/dress shirt shop. But in the back they carry Truefitt & Hill shaving products. Besides Geo F. Trumpers, this is the best brand out of London.
Since shaving products are easily available now, toss out those old disposables and take some time in good shaving. And remember: If your shaving cream comes out of a can like cheeze whiz, it’s probably not that good.

5 Comments so far

  1. Ed Kohler (edkohler) on December 24th, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    Great point about shaving done right. I picked up my badger brush at the MOA at Crabtree & Evelyn. The Kiss My Face line of shaving products are a bit non-traditional, but do a nice job and can be found at many coops around town, including Seward. They don’t carry any bar soaps that I’d recommend.

  2. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on December 28th, 2009 @ 12:49 pm

    I have been an old-school brush and soap man ever since I started shaving, during the early Jurasic. I didn’t know about these places, though. Thanks, Jon!

  3. David (jacc) on December 28th, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

    When I worked in the Grain Exchange Building I’d go get a straight razor cut from Leo every two weeks, it’s amazing the difference it makes.

    I recently upgraded to a three razor contraption and it made a huge difference for the first couple of weeks, but my face seems to have adjusted growth strategy and I’ve been getting a five o clock shadow by noonish.

    I do use some so-so shaving cream. I like the Aveeno oatmeal, which seems to work nicely, but I run out and will often shave with Gillette or Barbasol. They have to be the worst, right?

  4. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on December 29th, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

    My shaving mug is an Old Spice special. I buy Williams soap.

  5. perfectshave on January 16th, 2010 @ 12:41 am

    I am a wet shaving enthusiast and a busy man as well. I work so much that I order my wet shaving stuffs like shaving soaps, aftershaves and Merkur razors online at

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