In the never ending battle to achieve a comfortable enjoyable shave, I have experimented with countless products. I think this combination is the ideal:
Merkur Futur style Safety Razor – This is pretty much the standard in brand, they have various models available but I do like the adjustability of this safety razor. Well made, and will last more than a decade with proper care.
Feather Double Edge Razor Blades – Another standard, but they are a standard for a reason. These things are sharp as any blade you might find and do an amazing job working for you. While the duration of these specific blades is not fantastic (maybe three shaves per blade), that can be rationalized with the low price-point (five to ten cents a blade).
Geo F. Trumper Violet Shaving Cream – Lathers wonderfully. I’ve tried everything from Truefitt & Hill to the Art of Shaving to countless others and Geo F. Trumper produces the best lather, has the most unobtrusive smell, and is very gentle on all skin types.
Geo F. Trumper Coral Skin Food – This stuff is way better than any aftershave imaginable; if you knick yourself, it heals within seconds of application; it feels great, tingly, and nourishing on your skin; you end up smelling like roses (or lime, or sandalwood, depending on which you choose) for a few minutes after your shave, which is a really nice end to the whole experience.
Pure Badger Shaving Brush – Just make sure it’s silver-tipped badger, there are a ton of brands out there with relatively identical products. Pick one that looks nice.
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Aramis “24 Hour” Deodorant – I’ve used this stuff for about a decade now. I think it’s scent is unobtrusive and it’s results are very effective. I don’t think there is more to look for.