Shaving Brush – Parker (similar)
Bowl and Soap – D R Harris

Like a good cup of coffee, my morning routine—at least Monday through Friday—also consists of shaving. Also like my morning coffee, I like taking my time and enjoying the process of shaving. It’s one of the few times that I force myself to slow down during the day. And I honestly find it therapeutic. For a few years now, that process has included using a shaving brush, soap, and my safety razor. Do you like to use a brush and soap for your shave? What brands have you tried and which are your favorites?

Thanks for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style

Photography by Rob McIver Photo.


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  • Jen @

    I got my husband some Art of Shaving stuff a couple years ago for his birthday and he loves it!

    • Brian Sacawa

      I’ve used Art of Shaving as well. Good stuff. Thanks for reading, Jen.

  • Vince Loera

    I love this VDH Select shave soap that they sell at my local drug store. Its a pretty inexpensive product but leaves me feeling soft as a baby’s…well you get the idea. I combine that with the Art of Shaving Sandalwood preshave oil and my good ol’ straight razor… MORNING BLISS!!!

    Thanks for the great post Brian!!!

    • Brian Sacawa

      You got it, Vince. That’s an interesting combination! I’ve never tried that soap but have certainly seen it at the drug store. What kind of straight razor do you have?

  • TerenceWright

    Good drills, I am exactly the same! There are two things in my day that I NEVER rush, shaving and coffee. Having tried lots of brings throughout the years, I have found ‘Edwin Jagger’ and ‘Kent’ manufacture the best brushes. As for the creams, when travelling I used L’Occitane’s Cade Shave Cream and usually a good aloe vera soap from an all natural brand! You skin faces a lot throughout the day as it is, without shoving chemicals all over it to shave!

    Keep the good posts coming though Brian! I have recently found this website and I am addicted, it is basically my wardrobe, but better.

    • Brian Sacawa

      I’ve tried an Edwin Jagger soap before and liked it. Was a little lighter scent than I was expecting since it was labeled sandalwood. I think I was expecting a richer scent, like The Art of Shaving sandalwood scent. It definitely grew on me though.

      So glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog. More good stuff in the queue. Thanks for reading.

  • Patrick K

    Yup, this has been my route for 6+ years now. Lately my soap of choice has been from an eBay seller, and I’ve been rocking a Tweezerman badger brush this whole time. I alternate between a few different handles, which will either hold a Feather blade (pricey, for a blade, but amazing) or a Persona blade, which has (I think) now replaced the Wilkinson Sword as my go-to “cheap in bulk” blade.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks, as always, Patrick. I use a Shark blade in mine.

  • Patrick K

    Oh, I should remark – Portland General Store has some nice stuff as well – their Whiskey scented shave soap and aftershave are quite nice. Planning on trying to make my own aftershave here shortly.

    • Brian Sacawa

      One of my buddies had the PGS whiskey soap and aftershave. If I remember correctly, it lathered really well. DIY aftershave? You’ll have to let me know how it goes!

  • Scurlock

    If you’re a fan of sandalwood scents, Taylor of Old Bond Street makes an interesting shave cream/soap. Very woody with a slight musk to it. I’ve used all of mine but I’m considering purchasing the matching cologne.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Will have to check that out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • JAMES S.

    Paraso shaving soap
    Merkur 23c
    Derby razors

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for sharing and reading, James.

  • Thomas

    Art of shaving kit. Lavender scent pure badger brush and a merker saftey razor

    • Brian Sacawa

      Can’t go wrong with that. Thanks for reading, Thomas.

  • HDS

    Began using Merkur long handled safety razor with Feather Blades and Truefitt and Hill lavender shave cream. Best shave ever and the wife loves the scent.

    • Brian Sacawa

      I might need to give Feathers a try. Thanks for reading.

  • Wm

    The Art of Shaving is a subsidiary of P&G if I am not mistaken, so that is why they feature the Gillette razors. I have always wanted to try a straight razor like my grandfather used, but I never got to do so. The investment keeps me from trying it out. I should have saved his. But, I do like the Art of Shaving shave oil. It makes the blade glide so smoothly.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Yes, a good straight razor can definitely be an investment. Maybe put it on a Holiday or birthday wish list? Thanks for reading.

  • Ruari Bride

    Edwin Jagger will always be my preferred option, can never go wrong with Yorkshire craftsmanship. Nice to hear I’m not the only one who actively enjoys their shaving routine! Keep up the good work!

    • Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Ruari. Thanks for reading.

  • Fabio Arcuri

    I have the luck of being Italian and live in London. So I would experience my morning shave with a straight razor made in Florence and with tailors of bond street’s shaving soap. All this despite my age, but love for life is not in a number.

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for sharing, Fabio. Sounds like perfection.

  • Rikard S

    Dear Brian,

    Very nice site, so happy to contribute my two pennies (after a lot of testing and sampling) on a proper shave –

    Shaver: Edwin Jagger. Good balance, good price, and still a finish in it’s own league (compared to e.g. Mercur)
    Cream: Acqua du parma, if you want to splash out a little more and get the traditional barber scent. Yet, Taylors of Bond street is also good and considerably more affordable.
    Blades: Yes, feather is undoubtedly the sharper ones out there, but consequently tend to irritate more. Try the Gillete 7 o’clock yellow which offer a smooth, sharp compromise.
    Brush: Again, Edwin jagger – and settle for the super badger rather than white tip (a bit stiffer which isn’t bad for lifting ingrown hairs yet providing a full smooth lather.
    Bowl: frankly, forget about the $50 options… go to the nearest chef’s store and get a small stainless steel (6x4cm)
    Cream: Kiehl’s – fantastic quality, yet better priced than, say, Biotherm, Clarins etc
    Shaving oil: Truefitt & Hill – nice lemon scent and lasts an eternity.

    Voila – keep up the excellent work
    / R

    • Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the excellent recommendations, Rikard! And thanks for reading.

  • Yuri

    I get my straight razor shave at a local barbershop called its a great experience. They also use an amazing pre-shave oil and finish of my shave a hot towel and Witch hazel toner. Very relaxing especially in my line of hectic work.

  • MaxMax

    I use my dads old double edge and love it. I get all my razors on Amazon… i think Shark brand as well. My skin is sensitive to razors and so far have had the best luck with The Body Shops maca root saving cream and their razor relief right after.