Greening my shaving routine took a little research, a little experimentation, and a whole lot of practice. Shaving from time immoral, at least in my family, knowledge is handed down father to son. Watching my father shave is one the first memories I have. The technique with mathematical precision, the equipment laid out with surgical neatness, bottles and jars neatly arranged, and just a trickle of hot water. This is not for the faint of heart or the impatient type of man. Patience is more than a virtue, it is a mantra. Not unlike the ohm chant heard in Hindu and Buddhist temples used to focus the mind into laser like precision. Patience in this daily task is not to rushed or risk injury or scars. I suspect somewhere in real space and time my father is laughing. Yes I have learned this special kind of patience.
Shaving is not the first thing to do in the morning. (Uncontrollable laughing heard via ESP) Light breakfast with a shot of coffee followed by news and weather.
A nice shower with special attention to the face then dried and moisturized with EVOO to start. Using shave brush and handmade soap worked into thick foam and daubed onto the face with a swirling motion. Ready for the DOUBLE EDGE SAFETY RAZOR Like this one. I use basically the same technique as my father taught which is demonstrated here but at a much slower pace. When down to it having recyclable razor blades, non chemical laden shave soap not in aerosol form, and sustainable olive oil (hypoallergenic), produces a better shave than you can buy in the plastic disposable forms. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Taking care of you doesn’t mean you cannot have the best and still be sustainable.
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