A few months ago, I made the switch from disposable razors to something more substantial: a safety razor. The decision was made after sampling a safety razor from Parker. I was impressed with how close the shave was, the weight and feel of it in my hand, and the cost of replacement blades. One blade will last two weeks (one week per side), and a pack of 100 costs around $6.
Then I heard about Bevel—the first shave system made for guys with coarse, curly hair and sensitive skin. My whiskers are fairly straight, but I definitely have sensitive skin when it comes to shaving. Bevel is a subscription-based service, and it works like this: Order the starter kit for $59.95, which lasts for 30 days. After the 30 days are up, Bevel will send you a 90-day replenishment kit and automatically charge $29.95 per month. The starter kit comes with everything you need including a safety razor, blades, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and a restoring aftershave balm.
It sounds like a lot of money up front, but when you get your hands on the kit, you’ll forget about cost entirely. You start with a dab of the priming oil, which helps to soften the whiskers and prepare your skin for the shave. Next, the shaving cream is combined with a little water to thin it out and you apply it with the high-quality badger brush in a circular motion. Badger brushes help to lift hair from your face, making it easier to shave. Use the razor at a 45-degree angle and let the weight of the razor do the work.
Work around your face as you normally would. Shaving over the lip and chin is a little daunting at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s not a big deal. The key is to use enough lubrication and keep the skin taut so the blade glides easily over it. Rinse your face in cold water to close the pores and dab dry with a soft towel. Work a nickel-size drop of the restoring balm into your hands and apply to your face. The last step: Stand back and admire your clean-shaven, irritation-free mug.
If you’ve been on the fence about safety razors or you’re new to this type of shaving, I definitely recommend starting with Bevel. It’s an easy introduction to a complete shave, and the products really work. My favorite is the replenishing balm because it’s alcohol-free and still leaves your skin without a trace of razor bumps and irritation. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention the best part: Razors like this don’t clog up with hair like a multi-blade or disposable. There’s nothing worse than being scratched by the whiskers you just removed because they’re stuck between blades. To top it off, if you’re ever feeling like it’s costing too much, simply suspend the replenishment kits and start up again whenever you’re ready.
You can learn more about Bevel and purchase the starter kit at getbevel.com.