I think—and write—a lot about shaving, probably because I am most alert in the early morning, and the quiet, sensual pleasure of wet shaving is conducive to contemplation. I often write a blog posting soon after, so the topic is fresh in my mind.
I use a variety of shaving products left at my senior center. After one remains there several days, it will only be thrown away, so I take it home. (Spare me the “Eww!” comments. The products are almost new and are cleaned by a simple rinsing. Once clean, their history, no matter how gross, does not bother me.)
By this process, I have recently tried the Gillette Fusion five-bladed razor and Gillette Edge shaving gel, two expensive products that I have never felt a need to buy.
The five-bladed razor seems strange and awkward, like shaving with a shingle. Where do you place it to trim your sideburns? How do you get close to your nose? I understand they now have a five-bladed razor that flips over to a single, sixth blade to do these areas, but why bother?
The five blades do shave smoothly, but so do two blades. I guess if you are of Sicilian or Middle Eastern descent, your hirsute genes may find the five blades worth the expense, but I fail to see the advantage for the rest of us. I keep in my travel kit a no-name, single bladed, disposable razor that I once got for free at a motel. It has no lubricating strip, only a broad strip of smooth plastic behind the blade, but it works just fine.
The Edge shaving gel is fun to use, at least until the novelty wears off. It comes out of the can as a clear, blue gel that instantly turns into a white foam as you rub it onto your wet face. How does it do this? I have no answer. The can is expensive, but it is quite heavy and only a dime-size dab is needed, so it may work out to be the cheapest of them all. The product has a pleasant aroma and feel and is as good as shaving cream gets. My usual shaving cream is Costco bath soap whipped up with a brush (some brands foam better than others), or, for occasional variety, a can of whatever the dollar store is selling. Both are almost as good as Edge. I tried using Edge with a brush, thinking I would have the best of both worlds, but it did not work. Apparently, a brush is too soft to initiate the foaming process.