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How to Use a Shaving Scuttle

April 11, 2018 4 min read

How to Use a Shaving Scuttle

Naked Armor

Hot shaving with a frothy lather can be truly rewarding!

Published by Naked Armor

But while you can always visit a barber to get it done, you can also buy your very own shaving scuttle and have a relaxing shave every time you want to.

We’d recommend you to do the latter because it saves a huge chunk of your time and money.

But with so many shaving scuttles out there, which one should you choose? Also, even when you get the scuttle, how exactly do you use one?

Well, in case you’re a newbie who’s wondering how to use a shaving scuttle, here’s everything you need to know.

What Are The Basic Functions Of A Shaving Scuttle?

A shaving scuttle is a small bowl which has a separate space for warm water so you can make a shaving froth for a quick shave.

The functions of your scuttle will usually depend on the brand you choose. For instance, the Savanna porcelain scuttle bowl comes loaded with simple and incredibly functional features which will simplify your shave and make it hassle-free.

When you decide to choose a scuttle, go for a lightweight one so that it’s easier for you to hold it with one hand.

The Savanna shaving scuttle is pretty lightweight because it’s made from high-quality ceramic. This means you can easily hold the scuttle with one hand while showering.

Another feature that you should consider is the well of your scuttle. That's the hollow interior space of the scuttle bowl. A good and functional scuttle comes with horizontal ridges that catch soap in the middle of the brush bristles, so that you are able to create a thick lather which can then be smothered on your beard and mustache.

It should also have vertical bars to prevent your brush from sliding down.

Its hot water chamber should at least be 10 oz and should also have a cork to trap the heat.

The Savanna Shaving Scuttle has all these features, and unlike many other products, its cork is all natural and environmentally friendly.

Always use high-quality shaving brushes, because the low-quality variants tend to melt if kept in hot water for too long. This is because most of these cheap brushes are held in place with cheap gum or polymers.

— Derek, Naked Armor Founder

How To Use A Shaving Scuttle?

How To Use A Shaving Scuttle

The first part of using the scuttle is to fill up the inner chamber with hot water. Seal the chamber by putting the cork in. Now pour some warm water into the bowl. Take another container, something like the shave bowl apothecary shave mug, and pour some extra water there. This extra water is for dipping your razor.

Now, take your shaving soap, preferably a handmade, organic soap, and drop it in the bowl. Using your shaving brush, gently whisk it until you create a warm, frothy lather that you can apply on your beard.

Another way to fill your scuttle is by placing it on a coffee warmer. Once you fill your shave mug with warm water, soak your brush for a couple of seconds, and then pour this perfectly heated water into your scuttle's inner chamber and seal the heat in with the cork. This method is particularly ingenious as it lets you whisk up a warm lather that continues to stay warm till the very end.

Not only does it feel good, but it also works excellently well.

Finally, the third and laziest method is to bring your scuttle to the shower and fill it with warm water while showering. You can then dunk the soap in and create a good lather which you can use to smother your face.

Once the scuttle is filled with warm water, dip your safety razor and your shaving brush in it.

This will not only warm the razor, but it’ll also soften the bristles of your shaving brush. After this, get your shaving puck and place it on your soap tray.

Do it this way so that it keeps decently warm. From this point on, you can take a quick shower. In case you’re not up for one, wait at least ten minutes before you start shaving.

Note to the user: Always use high-quality shaving brushes, because the low-quality variants tend to melt if kept in hot water for too long. This is because most of these cheap brushes are held in place with cheap gum or polymers.


In case you’re not too sure about what brush to choose, try using a badger friendly brush from Naked Armor. These brushes are stiff enough that they let you create enough tension for building a soft, frothy lather.

The results are definitely not the same with cheaper brushes. A high-quality brush will perfectly stand in your mug and its handle will always be above the rim.

Once you’ve given the brush enough time to settle in the scuttle, begin swirling it with the soap in order to create a soft foam. Allow the brush to be covered with this foam. One good way of checking if you have made lather successfully is that you shouldn't be able to wipe the bowl clean with the brush alone.

After you’ve applied the lather on your face, you can place the brush back in the scuttle to keep it warm. At this point, some would recommend removing the water and leaving your soap in the scuttle. But if you’re looking to keep your soap dry, simply remove it and place it on your soap dish.

Final thoughts

Once you follow these guidelines, shaving with a scuttle will be easier than ever!

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