Every guy has done it at least once. The walk of shame down to the front desk of the hotel to see if they have a razor, or the late night run to the nearest gas station to be overcharged for some disposable piece of plastic that is going to leave your skin in tatters. This level of desperation can easily be avoided with a little planning and a proper shave kit. That’s why guys should have a starter shave kit on hand, whether at home or afar so that they’re always prepared to look their best.
When it comes to getting a shaving kit, the key is to determine what your body needs to be capable of putting its best face forward. Some guys need the works when it comes to skin care, with moisturizers and cleansers to keep your mug bright and shiny. Other guys just need the basics: a straight razor and a strop on which to hone it. Every man is different, but every man can benefit from one of the 8 best shaving kits for men.
Van Der Hagen Luxury Shave Set
Pro: Easy to learn with
Con: Doesn’t include oils or aftershave
Bare Essentials: This doesn’t mince around, and it doesn’t waste money. With shaving soap, a nice ceramic shaving bowl, a badger hair brush, and a stand, this can get a newbie acclimated to wet shaving while still using their razor of choice. When the time comes for them to graduate, you can add in a nice straight or safety razor, or just let them make their own choices down the line. Though it is inexpensive, the soap is easy to lather, the bowl is sturdy and long-lasting, and the brush is reasonably good quality, clearly meant for those learning to shave the classic way.
Harry’s Winter Winston Set
Pro: Choice of shaving cream or gel
Con: 5 blade cartridges cause pulling on certain guy’s stubble
Modern Man: Harry’s has become the new gold standard for hygiene and personal care equipment for men. The cartridges included in this pack, along with the razor handle are all German engineered for both providing a close shave and an ergonomic grip for a more comfortable experience. Made by Harry’s in their personal factory and sold at a price that undercuts bigger brands who mass produce their stuff with inferior materials, this is a shave kit that does it right, down to the natural materials in Harry’s shaving cream. This is not just a shave kit, but an investment in a company whose philosophy is one of high quality, low prices, sustainability, and giving back.
Anthony Logistics Perfect Shave Kit
Pro: Comes with reusable dopp kit
Con: Strange scent
Pamper Yourself: For guys who already have the whole razor rigamarole covered, there’s this kit from Anthony Logistics. Instead of providing a cutting tool and shave brush, the intent here is to give your skin the best shaving experience possible. Starting off with their glycolic facial cleanser to clean the grime off your face, moving through the pre-shave oil for opening your pores, readying your skin for the act itself, then onto the rich, foamy shaving cream intended to hydrate as it raises your whiskers, and finishing off with a glorious aftershave balm, you’ll become a daily shaver whether you need to or not.
Parker 96R Safety Razor Shave Set
Pro: Knurling on razor handle
Con: Bristles on brush are badger hair (not animal friendly)
Wet & Ready: If you’re thinking about getting into wet shaving, then this is how to start your new, old school grooming off right. The razor is a classic butterfly safety style that any schmo can use without the slightest bit of background. Per the ideal way to perform a wet shave, the brush is true badger hair which is stiff enough to whip up a thick, creamy lather, but soft enough on your skin to prevent irritation during application. Employing a simple stand with a banker’s lamp look, this set has a classic turn-of-the-century appearance that is completed with onyx-colored handles accented with chrome. It looks as striking as it works, and with a little practice it will give you a barbershop shave everyday.
Wet Shaving Products Deluxe Straight Razor Kit
Pro: A true cutthroat razor shave
Con: Not gentle on your skin
Man Up: Here’s the shaving kit that separates the men from the little girls playing double dutch. It comes with a no-nonsense Gold Dollar 800, which even the company admits isn’t the Cadillac of straight razors, but it’s inexpensive and will give you a clean, if not exactly kind, cut. The alcohol-based aftershave is similarly unwilling to coddle you, instead opting to annihilate germs, but not even paying lip service to primping or indulging your skin. The brush is Silvertip badger, and it’s the only part of the kit that isn’t rough and ready, since the shaving soap is rustic and damn sure doesn’t smell like any kind of flower.
West Coast Shaving Classic Wet Shaving Set
Pro: Includes Shavex Alum for cleaning nicks and closing pores
Con: Shaving brush is practically extraneous
Pure Swagger: Inside the kit is nothing but Edwin Jagger gear, which is an accolade in and of itself. You’ll get the DE89L safety razor, which is a timeless piece that is chrome from top to bottom. Included with the razor a set of Feather blades which give you a close, if somewhat unforgiving shave, making it better for the experienced wet shaver over the beginner. The brush is badger hair which complements the included sandalwood shaving cream and is easy to whip into a fine lather that goes on smooth and feels great as you cut it away. The aftershave is also sandalwood and closes pores and soothes irritated skin, along with providing a light scent that is pleasant without being overwhelming or excessively perfumed.
Jack Black Ultimate Skin-Friendly Super Set
Pro: Extremely kind to sensitive skin
Con: Creams, oils, and lotions run out quickly
One for All: This has it all from one of the most trusted names in natural shaving around, and a favorite of ours, Jack Black. The double-sided safety razor is a slightly modern take on older models, complete with a more comfortable handle that’s less stressful on your hand for a better shave from start to finish. The shaving brush is real badger hair, and can do the job, but the real story is the other ingredients, which are what make Jack Black products famous. Nourishing oil, a triple cushion lather cream, double-duty moisturizer, an energizing scrub, and the incomparable Jack Black shaving soap are all inside the box. So really, you can just throw the razor away…
Baxter of California Double Edged Razor Set
Pro: Engraved handles
Con: Does not come with blades
Show Off: This set even looks like it belongs in a classic barbershop. The handles of the razor and the shaving brush have patterns like barber poles, but the design isn’t just for aesthetics. When using the equipment included, you’ll find that no matter how you shave or apply your lather – up, down, backwards, forwards – you’ll be able to keep a firm grip and get every stray whisker and strange little hollow of your neck and cheeks without straining. Everything is chromed out and plated with nickel, so it catches the eye and accents your bathroom decor. It overflows with luxury, and with Baxter’s exceptional design and construction the whole set will last for years, even with daily use.