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    I don't know what bar soaps are available in China but I have gotten a passable lather from Ivory bar soap.

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    Thanks Bob. I'll have to look around and see what I can find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rossafumi View Post
    depending on the weather and if the moons align just right... i get better shave from the DE sometimes.. but all in all i get great shaves from all of them and as you say its down to "have i got time"
    Good point, can happen...

    Comparing one's results of DE shaves with straight shaves is a personal judgment and the results will vary with razor, blades (in case of a DE), soap and of course technique.
    If some posters claim that one is inherently superior to the other, and if you should get different results then postulating that it must be your lack of technique, experience or skill then they simply overlook this.

    I can say that matching the shave that I get from my open comb Mühle with Astra or Feather DE blades with a straight is not an easy feat - and certainly takes more time.

    Sometimes I am tempted to reach for my DE in the morning, since the DE is so convenient and it saves so much time; but then again, the satisfaction I get from a nice straight shave in the morning is - for me at least - worth the extra time and effort.

    But I don't expect straight shaving ever to reach the popularity of DE shaving, let alone the popularity of throw-away (razor or cartridge) shaving.

    Straight shaving is just not for everyone...
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    Ive been straight razor shaving for a few years now and I just had my first DE shave.
    The DE was a nice change, I was able to get at the spots that have alway given me problems with a staight.It seemed to take abit longer though, because of its small cutting surfuse. I'll stick with the straight razor but I may start using the DE as well for those problem areas.

    Oh the DE didnt work as well with the extra bit of growth I was sporting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minnepicker View Post
    Found a DE in the supermarket outside my apartment complex last night. It cost about a dollar fifty. I had ordered a brush a couple days earlier and it came yesterday as well. The brush was pretty pricey though, it cost me about two dollars fifty after shipping. :-)

    Shaved with them last night. I tried using shampoo for lather. That's what I've used with my Mach 3 for years. Didn't work that well. Decent imported stuff is pretty expensive here, around $30 for a tub of proraso. Maybe $80 for Mitchels Wool Fat shaving soap. Anyway, shampoo gave me a bit of irritation, especially on the neck. I guess you could say that shaving with shampoo for lather is a pain in the neck. :-) I also looked into getting some shipped here, it was more for the shipping than the product. That's hard to swallow.

    Tomorrow I'll try using bar soap to lather instead of shampoo. I'll also look around and see if I can find any decent Chinese shaving soap. Worst case, I might break down and get a tub of proraso or get some sent if it's cheaper that way.

    Thanks again guys for the input.

    P.S. Wifey loved the shave!

    Oh dear, no decent shaving soap or cream...


    Can you pm me an address (incl. phone number) where Fedex could drop some stuff for you?

    If the charge is not excessive, I could try to Fedex you some Proraso, and maybe an Arko and La Toja stick and some Nivea cream from here.
    If you want, I could also include some Derby, Feather and Astra DE blades for you.

    We have a special deal with Fedex (they are the ones who insist on a phone contact) and being an expatriate myself, I can understand your conundrum only too well.

    No idea, what Chinese Customs will do with it though, but since it will be declared as a "gift" you may get lucky...


    In the long run, shaving sticks may be the way to go for you. Easy to mail since they are light and small and you can fit four or more in a brown postal envelope. Sticks are an acquired taste though and need some time getting used to (first I didn't like them), but in your case it might be the easiest solution.

    Worth a try.


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    There is a Chinese brand called Weishi- the make very mild saftey razors... they seem very cheap over there so might be worth looking into. surely there is local brands of soap etc that will do the trick

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