Shaving Soaps vs. Shaving Creams
If you hadn’t already figured it out, better products are better for your skin. This is especially true for the daily shaving ritual. You would have to be living under a rock not to realize that the advantages of the classic wet shave are being preached.
Shaving brushes, natural aftershaves with botanicals, double edge razors and so on… but what about the shaving cream? Well, the easy (read: lazy) choice is to go with a shaving cream, since that’s what most men are accustomed to using. And honestly, you can’t go wrong with that decision. They are formulated to help insure a decent shave with minimal irritation. But with the “old fashioned” shaving soaps that Harry Pear offers, you now have a better option.
Many folks will try to over-complicate things when trying to compare the two. If you don’t want to bother, well, it’s your face. You’ll probably be fine, I won’t be the guy who says otherwise. But, if you’ve got a few minutes, understanding the differences may lead to a more enjoyable shave.
It’s truly semantics, at the end of the day, shaving cream is “technically” soap. Real shaving cream, that is, not “cream” that forms from slop in a can. Let’s make it simple though. If it’s soft stuff, we’ll call it cream. If it’s solid stuff, we’ll call it soap. Good? Good. The end result of both, with a little elbow grease and plenty of water, is a magnificent thick lather that’s suitable for a close and smooth shave. Made correctly, it’s going to provide moisture that softens and lubricates your beard, allowing the blade to glide over your face and cushion it to prevent injury to your skin. In very general terms, cream provides more cushion and soap cuts closer. But that’s reallllllllly genral. There are so many exceptions to that rule, it’s hard to really consider it a rule. Here’s a comparison of the differences that may sway your decision:
Ease of Use: Creams are viewed as easier to use. Spray it in your hand, rub it on your face. Voila! You’ve got shaving cream for a shave. Soaps take a little effort. You need a quality shaving brush and a few seconds of your time to work up a good thick lather. However, applying that lather with a brush insures better coverage of your beard, and lubricates both sides of your hair for a smoother shave.
Old School Factor: Well, soap is considered extremely old school. It’s hard to argue otherwise.
Scents: Creams are generally very strongly scented or completely devoid of scent. That doesn’t leave you too many choices. Harry Pear Shaving Soaps are lightly scented so that you will enjoy the shave but it will never overpower your aftershave, cologne, etc.
Value: Wet shaving supplies look expensive at first glance. But when you’re purchasing quality products, you have to take the initial investment into account. Sure, you can grab a can of cream at the drug store for about $2, a pack of throw-away razors for $5 and be shaving. But you’re not treating your beard and face with the respect it deserves. One cake of Harry Pear Shaving Soap will last you as long as 5 cans of shaving cream, if not more.
I hope this helps you come to a decision about your shaving needs. Let Harry Pear take care of your face the way nature intended. Non-drying, all natural ingredients with a variety of manly scents to choose from. We’re not responsible if your lady can’t keep her hands off of you.