St. James Of London–Creams With A Twist

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[UPDATE! St. James of London is offering Sharpologist readers a 15% discount on products purchased from their website!  Use coupon code Sharpshave at checkout.]

I’ve mentioned St. James of London shaving creams on Sharpologist a couple times now, including getting listed in the “best shaving creams” list.  They are one of several new shaving cream brands on the market that are cut from the cloth of the old-line British shaving establishments.  But St. James is unique in that it is an established brand that has resurfaced with a twist.

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5 “Good Deal” Shaving Brushes Under $25

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[Preface by Mantic59: The response to the “Good Deal Razors” article was so positive I decided to make one about shaving brushes too.  This time I asked brush guru Gary Carrington (GDCarrington) to help by commenting on some of the inexpensive brushes he’s tried.]

There are hundreds and hundreds of shaving brushes out there–badger hair, boar hair, horse hair, synthetic hair–at price points that go from about $6 to stratospheric levels.  Beginners want to try the experience without breaking the bank.  More experienced users with pricey brushes sometimes want an alternate brush to travel with.  The common question then becomes “what are the good deals out there?”  Here are some “good deals” to consider.  I doubt any of these will be passed down to children as fine heirlooms: we looked for brushes we thought were good values in that they were low-cost and reasonably well-built (considering the price).  These aren’t the only choices of course, even at this price level, but they’re reasonably easy to find.

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A Shave – Geo F Trumper style

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I travel around quite a bit. I’m usually not that bothered about my appearance but there are times I like to treat myself, usually before transatlantic flights. Normally a single pass with my trusty Edwin Jagger DB89L and a fresh Astra blade is enough to keep me presentable. However there are times I wish to treat myself, and booking a shave at Geo F Trumpers in London is one of those things I like.

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A Shave With Blue Collar vs. White Collar Gear

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Growing up near an affluent town, I became aware of the have and have not scenario in my youth. Half my classmates came from wealth, & lived in private homes just like Dick, and Jane. The other half lived in apartments, and played stickball. One of my kindergarten classmates owned a pony!  Regardless of status, baseball ruled supreme, and the television carried an ad for Gillette featuring Pee Wee Reese, Don Zimmer, and Roy Campanella. These guys were inspirational to us, because like us…they never had a pony. Through baseball, men from humble backgrounds became icons of baseball, and lived well off their skills.  When I returned to wet shaving, I was reminded by these lessons, and decided to stage a “shave off” between those cheaper, time proven products, with the higher end versions for wet shaving. Below are the materials and methods.

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