April 11, 2021 6 min read

Naked Armor

Shaving soaps will last much longer, and it also has less of an ecological impact on the environment than its counterparts.

Published by Naked Armor

Every man's shaving journey is his own and is perfected over time.

One of the shaving essentials that men buy in the market is shaving soaps. While others who have been shaving their facial hair purchase them for wet shaving, some beginners have no idea how to use them, their importance, and how they differ from shaving creams. All these various shaving products can be overwhelming, especially if you are not sure of your skin type, and skip to learn their purpose.

Shaving is a responsibility to most men, and it is not merely shaving. You have to build the suitable and best shaving routine, sometimes being achieved through trial and error. You must know and master what to do before, while, and after shaving your facial hair; from applying pre-shave oil, creating a perfect lather, perfecting your shaving ability to avoid skin tenderness and irritation to applying an aftershave. Many steps for others, but what you don’t know is that it can be fun if you know what to do.

This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide that you can follow to get the perfect consistency of lather on your face. It may sound simple, but in the real sense, it can be a rugged portion of the wet shaving experience as some other factors come into play. We always try to make everything simple, so keep on reading to be confident about using shaving soaps later.

Here's what you can find in this article:

Shaving is fun if you know what to do.

Why You Should Use Shaving Soaps

What shaving soaps offer is a bit more of a stiffer, fluffy lather, allowing to create a cushion between the razor and your face. A combination of a high-quality razor and a shaving soap is ideal for reducing the risk of cuts and irritation. A shaving soap allows the blade of your razor to glide faster and more seamlessly across the skin. It makes shaving hassle-free and also serves as a lubricant in protecting your skin.

What you will like about shaving soaps is that they can give you a lot more control. You control your lather from the beginning to the end by creating the consistency of the lather you like. You control the volume, thickness, and aeration. It is all about how fast, vigorously, and long you whip your shaving soap. It also cleanses your face in the process, so not only do you get a great shave in this case.

It is vital to learn what a shaving soap delivers to understand why it is an essential component of your shaving routine.

It moisturizes your facial hair.

Shaving soap helps hydrate and moisturize your face during a shave, making those tough, thick facial hairs softer and more comfortable to cut. The less force you have to exert, the more comfortable your shave will be.

Shaving soaps include moisturizing ingredients that keep your skin hydrated and soften your hair for a more comfortable shave and post-shave feel. You no longer have to worry about irritation or tenderness that you might get later on after you shave. Shaving soaps have soothing and calming effects that your skin needs.

It lubricates your skin.

Shaving soap removes the beard’s oil using a brush and allows water to penetrate the facial hair. As a result, it is easier to shave and remove hair without hassle than by using gels, canned creams, or foams.

Classified as an emollient, shaving soap’s thin layer of protection between the razor and your skin ensures minor irritation and friction. This quality of the combination of a clean, sharp razor and shaving soap decreases the risk of razor burn and prevents your razor from chopping or skipping across your skin.

It leaves your skin feeling refreshed.

As you shave off a line of shaving soap, you can distinguish the areas of your face that are shaved and unshaved. This visual aid means fewer missed spots, as well as fewer trim lines of hair you only catch later when you are out in public.

Natural shaving soaps containing Vitamin E and avocado oil are highly recommended, especially for sensitive skin. These are gentle and capable of refreshing and calming the skin while allowing a close shave without experiencing irritation or razor burn.

A combination of a high-quality razor and a shaving soap is ideal for reducing the risk of cuts and irritation.

— D'Rock, Naked Armor Founder

What Makes A Good Shaving Soap?

High-quality shaving soap is an essential part of your shave because it helps with skin lubrication so that your razor blade can glide across your skin for a smooth and close shave with less chance of irritation. Investing in one can last for a long time, and that means a longer time for it to use in locking in your skin’s moisture instead of leaving your face dry with unwanted skin tightness.

Some men do not bother buying shaving soaps; instead, they use a bar of regular bar soap or even conditioner. What makes a shaving soap different from typical bar soap is its composition, which includes fat from plant or animal sources such as glycerin or coconut oil. These, apart from other all-natural ingredients, give the soap a smooth consistency, so it works best as a lubricant.

A high-quality shave soap is the key to a moisturized, clean-shaven face.

The only challenge now is the diversity of facial hair types, so it may take time to dial in your wet shaving kit, but it pays off in allowing you to achieve a great shave without feeling uncomfortable. The first thing you want to do is try a shaving soap that you know can work for every skin type. You only just have to check a couple of ingredients and try to detect if there are any harmful compositions such as paraben

Steps to Create a Perfect Lather

Shaving Soap Puck Lathering Using A Scuttle

How to Use Shaving Scuttle
  1. You want to heat water at the outset. Warm water will help in creating a perfect and creamy lather later on.
  2. Get your soap puck and drop it into your scuttle. If you’re using Naked Armor’s shaving soap puck, make sure to remove the thin plastic on the soap first. The puck must perfectly fit into the scuttle where its ridges permit a consistent swirling motion. You do not want it to be too wide or too narrow for your soap. Otherwise, nothing is going to get done.
  3. Pour a tad bit of hot water into the soap puck, then fill the rest of it into the inner chamber through the opening. Seal the chamber by putting the cork in. In wet shaving, this step is where ‘blooming’ happens. When soap is bloomed, it is submerged in water before being used to lather.
  4. Use a dry brush in building your lather. Move your brush bristles over the soap puck in a circular motion with a little pressure to create a thick and rich lather.
  5. Once you’re satisfied with the consistency, start applying your warm lather on the areas of your face that you want to shave.
  6. You want to rinse the bowl and leave the puck in the scuttle after shaving. Remember to uncork the opening to empty the water.

Lathering Shaving Soap in a Tin Can

How to Create Lather from a Shave Soap

This method is more straightforward than making your lather out of soap puck.

  1. Start by preparing your brush bristles by dipping them in a mug with water. You don’t want your wet brush dripping, so it is crucial to remove the excess water.
  2. Start swirling your bristles over the tin can with soap to build a lather. Add drops of water as needed, and continue swirling until you achieve the perfect consistency.
  3. Once you are satisfied and your bristles are loaded with thick soap, proceed on applying the shaving soap to the areas of the face you want to shave, such as your chin, cheeks, and neck.
  4. At this point, you are now ready to shave using your favorite razor.

Takeaway

In the steps mentioned, it is not only the soap that you need to create a lather. A high-quality brush and a mug or scuttle are equally essential in generating a perfect consistency out of your shaving soap. This combination is the key to achieving a rich lather that thoroughly lubricates your face for a smoother and comfortable shave.

Whether the grooming at hand consists of a full shave or a shaping of the beard, with a sharp straight razor and a great shaving soap, you're always ready to look your best. Here at Naked Armor, we deliver superior wet shaving kits for you to create a creamy and thick lather effortlessly.

You can check our Stand, Bowls & Mugs, and Shaving Soaps to get what you’re looking for.

Naked Armor's Noah's Organic Shave Soap and Swedish Black Wood Shaving Brush can help you build a great & thick lather.

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