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(This post was last modified: 06-27-2024, 01:42 AM by Tedolph. Edited 2 times in total.)
Hello everyone!

I enjoy many things here at DFS.  One of those things is learning about new products and benefiting from the experiences of others before I buy anything.  This is really important with quality shaving products having all but disappeared from brick and mortar stores. It wasn't all that long ago that you could still buy DE razors, bushes and a selection of hard puck soaps in local drug stores.  I also really enjoy the fantastic SOTD photo's.  They are almost a visual ASMR experience.  But.....boy, some of the products there are really pricey!  The kinds of things I would never buy for myself.  Nevertheless, I can enjoy vicariously.  Having said that, I am sometimes asked by younger guys (I am getting up there) about how to abandon the multiblade cartridge madness, or electric razor misery and get into SE/DE wet shaving.  I am also please to admit that sometimes younger ladies ask me what I am wearing.  Now for me, usually it is cheap stuff (Pinaud, Pino Silvestre, Cella, etc) but occasionally more expensive, e.g. Floid.  So I wonder, from a value/performance point of view, what kind of mass market products would you recommend to someone just starting out?  What I am thinking of, is if you were to put together a kit of high end, mass market soap or creme, brush, razor and aftershave what would it look like?   I hate to put price limits on this but I am thinking of soaps less than $15.00, brushes less than $20.00, razors less than $25.00, aftershaves less than $15.00, etc. The goal here would be to get somebody started off for less then $100 with quality stuff that would be enjoyable to use.   Vintage stuff and stuff on sale is OK too. In other words, in your opinion what products in each of those categories punch way above their weight class? Advice on blades would also be appreciated. I am also interested to hear from those of you across the pond using your own products at your local prices.

Please understand this is not an attack on "artisan" products or high end stuff.  I know that for many of you that is part of what makes shaving so enjoyable.  But, for people just starting out things may be different. Everybody can always go that route later if they want to (or even if they don't want to!).

So, what are your best "bang for buck" products?  Also, a word or two on what makes it so great would be appreciated.

I will give you some of my ideas after you have made some contributions.  I don't want to poison the well in advance.  If some of you already have some of these products, maybe you would like to put together a photo of a "poor man's" high end SOTD photo?

Best wishes, Tedolph

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#2

Just Here for the Shaves
Williamsburg, KY
Stirling Soap ($14.25) and Splash ($13.65), Stirling Synthetic brush ($13.99), Lots of inexpensive razors Vintage and new to choose from and blades as well are cheap new. Stirling sells starter Kits cheap too. Can't beat their soapfor bang for the buck and easy quality lathers.

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Member
New York
(This post was last modified: 06-27-2024, 01:37 AM by mrdoug.)
(06-27-2024, 01:26 AM)Dave in KY Wrote: Stirling Soap ($14.25) and Splash ($13.65), Stirling Synthetic brush ($13.99), Lots of inexpensive razors Vintage and new to choose from and blades as well are cheap new. Stirling sells starter Kits cheap too. Can't beat their soapfor bang for the buck and easy quality lathers.
+1,000 on Stirling

Personally, I prefer the post shave balm (glacial Unscented). Also, their Stirling sheep is my go-to soap these days. Both crazy cheap and super high quality.

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#4
I gotta agree with the guys on Stirling, especially if you’re looking for low cost and great performance. They’re the tops when it comes to value. Their starter kits range from $35-$80 and include everything to get someone started - razor, brush, soaps, etc. You can certainly piecemeal things on your own, but they make it so easy with one stop shopping.

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Posting Freak
Nivea shave cream, sensitive is best. I think it’s $4.00 a tube. A Semogue boar brush for under $25. A EJ DE89 razor for under $50, some Astra blades and some Thayers witch hazel post shave for $10. That comes in under $100 and you’ll get a great shave.

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#6

Posting Freak
Yeah Stirling soap baby. Great performance value and scents. AFS and post balms are a staple for me as well.

I will add to the Goulash for the helluva it though


Razor: Razorock GC 68. $ 55.00
RazoRock BC Silvertip Plissoft Synthetic Shaving Brush
Regular price $18.99

Soap: Sir Henry AOS dupe, Sandalwood, $15.00
AFS: Sir Henry Sandalwood, $13.00

Sir Henry, like Stirling is easy to lather and is a great base. Plus, if you arenot happy with it, you can return it no charge.

Astra Superior Platinum, Greens 100 blades, $9.00

Just over a 100 bux, but I would love these shaves. Software would last for 6 months, hardware forever, and blades about 1 year. Waaaay better that the goo and carts.... Cost and performance.

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Merchant
St. Louis, MO
(06-27-2024, 02:24 AM)TommyCarioca Wrote: Yeah Stirling soap baby. Great performance value and scents. AFS and post balms are a staple for me as well.

I will add to the Goulash for the helluva it though


Razor: Razorock GC 68. $ 55.00
RazoRock BC Silvertip Plissoft Synthetic Shaving Brush
Regular price $18.99

Soap: Sir Henry AOS dupe, Sandalwood, $15.00
AFS: Sir Henry Sandalwood, $13.00

Sir Henry, like Stirling is easy to lather and is a great base. Plus, if you arenot happy with it, you can return it no charge.

Astra Superior Platinum, Greens 100 blades, $9.00

Just over a 100 bux, but I would love these shaves. Software would last for 6 months, hardware forever, and blades about 1 year. Waaaay better that the goo and carts.... Cost and performance.

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A lot of people overlook the fact that our free shipping threshold is very low. And we guarantee our stuff.
Thanks for the mention.

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Shave Sharp, Look Sharp
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My entry into DE wet shaving was a Rockwell 2C, PAA Astraeus brush, and Taylor of Old Bond Almond shave cream. Def under $100 and had I not found these forums and videos on YouTube that could have been all I ever needed for a great shave. 

Key words could have been  Big Grin

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#9
One thing that I’ve always thought it helpful to newer shavers, especially taking budget into consideration, is being able to buy smaller pucks/tubs of soap. 4-6 ounces is just a lot to get through, and if someone new gets a big tub like that and doesn’t like it it can make them hesitant to buy another big one…
With that said, smaller tubs like the 2oz offerings from Catie’s Bubbles and the 3oz seasonal from Stirling and 345 are great. Maybe a little bit more per ounce compared to the full size, but still a great value and plenty of soap.
There are also some good small producers that aren’t as well known like Daveli Farms, Red House Farm, Adagio Road.
And shave sticks are still a great option; again less volume than most full-sized tubs but plenty of soap and great performance from brands like Speick, La Toja, Lea.

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#10
I agree with the Stirling comments. Any kit (like you describe) that I would put together would include Proraso green splash.

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