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Travel a lot? This set could be just for you!


Here at The Safety Razor Company we know that a lot of you shavers have sets containing all of your favourite razors, blades, soaps / creams and other shaving goodies. We think that’s fantastic! but we also know that taking a rather big set away with you say for just the weekend, is a bit impractical – especially if you’re travelling quite often.

We think we have the answer then with our own brand Travel Razor Set, which also comes with some quality trimming scissors. The razor splits into four parts, which are all easily stored along with the scissors in a genuine leather carry pouch. This pouch will fit easily into any travel bag, and along with some travel sized shaving items such as the Village Barber Travel Pack, will take up barely any space.

Don’t forget that by liking our Facebook page, you can gain access to a 10% off discount code which is exclusive to Facebook users.

Shavettes – An Introduction to Straight Razor Shaving.

Proraso-All-Metal-Shavette-RazorHave you ever wanted to try Straight Razor shaving but been too cautious to try it? Well perhaps the answer lies with a Shavette Razor.

Shavettes are made by a wide range of manufacturers including Proraso and we also have some own brand models here at The Safety Razor Company.

These handy little Razors provide an easy introduction into Striaght Razor shaving but without any of the effort. With a Straight Razor you have to strop and hone to keep the quality up, but what more and more people are doing now is purchasing and getting used to a Shavette first, and then only when they feel comfortable using one – to buy their first Straight, feeling safe in the knowledge they have prepared as best they can.

You can use a Shavette with any Single Edge Blade or even a Double Edge Blade snapped in half. I would suggest to use both methods to find out which you prefer before buying blades to practice with.

If you wish to purchase a Shavette Razor just take a look at the Shavette Section on our website. If you wish to know more simply Contact Us.

Can’t decide on the right blade?

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If you ask any Safety Razor shaver what their favourite double edge blade is, chances are they won’t give you a straight answer, as they will probably have more than one which they enjoy shaving with, especially if they use multiple razors in a rotation.

The reason for this is that while one blade may work for others, all that matters is finding a blade that suits you. This is made difficult by the fact that some will be better off paired with certain razors. It may give you a great shave from one, but an awful shave from another.

So to help you out a bit with finding a blade to suit you we have created a Double Edge Blade Sampler Pack which contains 5 blades from each Astra, Derby, Wilkinson, Gillette and Bolzano, for a cheaper price than buying them individually.

After all, no one wants to buy 100’s of a certain blade to find out that it isn’t right for them, and similarly no one wants to do the same thing with even their favourite, to find out it just doesn’t work as a combination in their new safety razor.

So be smart and sample blades, you’ll be glad you did.

Going away? Take this Village Barber Travel Set with you!

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In the past we have blogged about Village Barber products and how much we love them. Not only because they are made locally to us, but also because we just love the way they accompany our shave!

If you haven’t tried them yet, you really are missing out. Both the Pre-Shaving Oil and Aftershave Balm go down a treat even on very sensitive skin. The oil is not too thick and only requires a small amount to moisten your facial hair and get to work. If you have tried other oils in the past you will know that usually you wouldn’t shave with the oil on, but this one is different. Of course you can use your favourite shaving soap or cream after the oil, but for something refreshingly different leave the oil applied for a little while then simply shave.

I can forgive you if you’re thinking that the oil would “clog up” the safety razor but that’s the great thing – it simply doesn’t! After you’re done shaving a small amount of the Village Barber Aftershave Balm will make for a great finish and what’s more is it’s cooling and smells just great.

Why are we re-visiting Village Barber you ask? Because now both of these fantastic products are available as a Travel Set, which you can take with you even if flying as both are only 30ml.

Of course this would also be a fantastic opportunity to try both products for the unfortunate shavers out there which haven’t yet!

Please Note: Due to the almond oil used in the Shaving Oil this product is not suitable for people with a nut allergy. We may have an alternative available, so please feel free to get in touch.

It’s been a while, Pick up that Safety Razor!

To all of our readers – we haven’t forgotten about you!

It has been quite some time since we last posted but regular blogs are once again underway here at The Safety Razor Company!

The move to the new building was a little while ago now and we are well and truly settled into our new home. There are going to be lots of exciting new products added to our website over the next week so be sure to check it frequently and we’re sure you’ll find something you love.

If you haven’t tried Safety Razor shaving yet we will have some brand new gift sets on the way featuring some of our favourite products. Or if you’d rather not pay for a gift set why not get started with one of our fantastic value own brand Safety Razors and a Double Edge Blade Sampler Pack?

Or if you’re already a shaving enthusiast be sure to look at our new stock of Vintage Safety Razors. It’s always nice to shave with a piece of history, and you may find we have a birth year razor for you too. Either way a vintage razor makes for a great shaving experience which you won’t soon forget, and it makes for a great item to hand down to your children also.

Do You Use Alum Blocks?

45g Shavex Professional Alum Block ImageAlum, also known as Potassium Alum, has been used as a shaving aid for centuries. Surprisingly however, some men today don’t even know of it, or certainly not the benefits it can bring to your daily shave.

You may be thinking “Oh here comes another costly addition to my shaving kit” but we think that an Alum Block should be thought of as a necessity rather than an additional extra.

You see, the application of a moistened Alum Block after shaving will not only provide instant relief of razor burn, but it will also cure any minor nicks as well as help to close your open pores (Alum is a well known astringent). This leaves behind skin which is smooth, even and best of all is irritation free.

The best part is that an Alum Block can be used for other reasons than just as a shaving aid, such as a natural Deodorant or even just to keep as a handy Antiseptic tool.

Plenty of Alum Blocks exist on the shaving market and the truth is that any product containing Alum will be a boon for the skin. Some products however, contain Alum along with a whole other host of things, which we don’t really like the idea of here at The Safety Razor Company.

We believe that Alum works best alone, which is why after carefully looking at all of the options out there, we have decided to stock the Shavex 100% natural Alum Block.

We stock two different sizes, 45g and 125g, both of which come with a plastic storage box. We hope we have convinced you to join the ever-growing side of shavers who use these incredible products, but to understand the benefits you really do need to try it for yourself!

Dry Your Shaving Brush Properly.

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Have you ever went to have a shave only then to realise instead of having a nice dry Shaving Brush to produce a luxurious lather with, you’re left with something wet, clumpy and generally unpleasant? If you answered yes then perhaps it’s time you invested in a Shaving Brush Stand.

When buying your kit you may have overlooked a stand for your Shaving Brush, but think about it – you have paid anywhere from £10 – £100+ for your favourite Brush, so why not take good care of it?

Shaving Brush “Drip” Stands always hold the brush upside down, allowing gravity to do it’s work and “drip” the brush dry. What this does is it allows your brush to dry thoroughly and properly, leaving you with no nasty surprises when you next come to shave. Doing this means you will prolong the life of your Brush, getting your moneys worth!

Here at the Safety Razor Company we have recently widened the range of Shaving Brush Drip Stands we supply, so we’re sure we’ll have one to suit you and your kit. For under £5 you can’t go wrong, considering it may provide your Shaving Brush a few years extra service.

Healing Gel vs. Styptics

Proraso Healing Gel (10ml) Alternative ImageToday I was looking through our website and got curious about the differences between different types of Styptics and the much newer contender, Healing Gels. I think the problem people may have with switching between the two is that they do not know much, if anything, about Healing Gels and have been using Styptics for too long that they are well and truly settled in their ways.

I know personally I would not like the idea of applying a gel to my face on a nick or cut. The very mention of the word gel makes me think of something sticky and quite frankly a sticky gel would be very unpleasant to have to deal with if I still had Shaving Cream applied and was only half way through Shaving. I imagine this to be the reason for most people sticking with Styptics, a nice dry solution.

When I’ve dug a little deeper however, Healing Gels start to seem more and more appealing… and let me tell you just why I think that is.

To start with is the aspect I was most dubious about. Applying a gel when I still had shaving cream on my face seemed a little silly to me, like I’ve said above I imagined it to be sticky and get in the way of the rest of my shave. This however, is pleasantly not the case.

Using Proraso’s Healing Gel as an example, the application only requires a tiny amount to close any small nick, and what’s wonderful is that it isn’t sticky as you might imagine. What it also means is that you can continue shaving after it’s applied, just allowing the gel to work it’s magic. This is in contrast to using a Styptic Pencil or Match where you have to use your hand to press against your face until bleeding stops.

The other aspect I really like about Healing Gels is the price. Costing roughly twice what a set of Styptic Matches would, they are guaranteed to last a lot longer than quite a few sets of matches, considering that matches should only hygienically be used with one application per match.

So I’m convinced, I think I’ll be using Healing Gels from now on. It also does solve the annoying problem of coming to find Styptic Match heads somehow mysteriously snapped off from the match itself, making it very hard to use!

If you would like to try out Proraso’s Healing Gel like me, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Of course if you do need any Styptics we have them too but why not give something new a try!

Blue Monday – More of a Reason to Treat Yourself!

Proraso-Sandalwood-Oil-and-Shea-Butter-Shaving-SoapSo apparently through market research, Sky Travel seems to think that today, January 21st, is the most depressing day in 2013, the so called “Blue Monday”.

The weather is miserable here in the North East sure, but I’m not sure about the most depressing day of the year, I mean how can it be? We’ve barely scraped one month out of 2013 yet!

I’m sure however, that for some it will be a blue day today, so we want to do our best here at The Safety Razor Company to help out!

We currently have a fantastic offer concerning our Facebook Page – like it, and receive a 10% off discount code valid for your next purchase at SafetyRazors.co.uk, just by clicking on the Discount Tab on the page – it’s as simple as that!

It may also cheer you up to learn that we have recently acquired a few new product’s from the Proraso Range, such as the Sandalwood Oil and Shea Butter Shaving Soap. We have also got a shipment of the rest of our Proraso products, all of which are sporting the new product branding, so you can rest assured you are getting quality genuine products.

For the shaving fanatics we have also recently got new stock of quite a few of our Merkur Products, but they are selling fast so be sure to grab yourself a bargain today (And be sure to like our Facebook Page for 10% off!).

So why not treat yourself this Blue Monday and get yourself something to help you wash the blues away!

Have You Had a Baby Boy?

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If the answer is yes and you have had a baby boy within the last year or even the last few – then listen to this.

It is not uncommon for someone to seek a birth year vintage razor to either use in their weekly rotation or simply to keep as a collectable or as something to pass down through the family.

It is becoming more and more popular however, to purchase a Safety Razor when you have a new baby boy, and then give it to them as a present for their 18th or 21st birthday. Typically it would be a gift from the father – as a kind of “welcome to manhood”, but would still be an equally lovely and unique gift from a mother or any other relative for that matter.

The reasoning behind posting about this came from reading an article on a shaving forum which was between new dad’s who had been discussing which Safety Razor to buy for their child. In the end it seemed that quite a few had settled with the Merkur Progress Safety Razor.

Their reason for doing so was not primarily based upon the quality of the Safety Razor (Although we have to say it’s a very high quality model!) but more of the gesture associated with the name of the model – the “Progress”. The Idea behind giving this as a gift when their baby boy turns 18, about the progress he has made through life – what a lovely idea.

If there are any new dads out there reading this why not do the same and purchase a Merkur Progress Safety Razor today.