Frequently asked questions about shaving and using a safety razor

What is a men’s shaving kit?

A men's shaving kit typically includes a variety of tools and products that are used for shaving, grooming, and maintaining facial hair. The goal is an essential collection of hardware and software to provide a close shave and a comfortable shave. A luxury shaving kit includes the best of the best.

The specific contents of a shaving kit can vary depending on the individual's needs and preferences, but some common items include as follows.


A razor is the most important item in a shaving kit. It can be a safety razor, a cartridge razor, or an electric razor, depending on the individual's preference. Safety razor blades are not approved by the TSA, you cannot bring them on a plane.

Shaving cream or soap:

Shaving cream or soap helps lubricate the skin and soften the hair, making it easier to shave. It can be applied using a brush or with your fingers. A quality shaving soap or cream is essential for a close shave.

Shaving brush:

A shaving brush is used to apply shaving cream or soap, lift the hairs, exfoliate the skin on the face, and help create a rich lather. It can be made from synthetic or natural fibers, such as boar or badger hair.


After-shave will help close the pores and add a great scent but might sting, if you had a rough shave. An after shave balm, with no alcohol, helps soothe the skin after shaving and prevents razor burn. It can be a lotion, balm, or splash.

Beard oil or balm:

Beard oil or balm is used to moisturize and condition facial hair, keeping it soft and healthy-looking.

Trimmer or scissors:

A trimmer or scissors are used to maintain facial hair and keep it looking neat and tidy. Must be under 4 inches to be approved by the TSA. I talk about growing a beard here.

Travel case:

A travel case can be used to organize, protect, store, and transport your shaving kit when you're on the go. I use a clear one to fly!

Overall, a men's shaving kit is a collection of tools and products that can help men achieve a smooth, comfortable shave and keep their facial hair looking neat and well-groomed.

Mens shaving kit

Is shaving without shaving cream bad?

Shaving without using any shaving cream, shaving soap or lubricant can be bad for your skin and can increase the risk of cuts, razor burn, and irritation. For a close shave a shaving cream will help to lubricate the skin and hair, allowing the razor to glide smoothly over the surface without pulling or tugging on the hair. It also helps to moisturize and soften the hair, making it easier to cut, and provides a protective barrier between the razor and the skin.

Shaving without any lubricant can cause the razor to pull and tug on the hair, which can lead to discomfort and irritation. It can also cause the razor to drag across the skin, increasing the risk of cuts and nicks. Shaving cream or shaving gel also contains ingredients that help soothe and moisturize the skin, which can help prevent razor burns and other forms of skin irritation.

In summary, while it is technically possible to shave without using shaving cream or gel, it is generally not recommended as it can be uncomfortable, increase the risk of cuts and nicks, and cause irritation to the skin. At the very least, in a pinch, you can use hair conditioner!

What natural home remedies can be used as shaving cream?

Natural shaving soap alternatives

There are several home remedies that can be used as alternatives to shaving cream, including as follows.

Coconut oil:

Coconut oil is a natural lubricant that can help moisturize the skin and soften the hair, making it easier to shave. Simply apply a small amount of coconut oil to the area you want to shave and massage it into the skin.

Aloe vera gel:

Aloe vera gel is known for its soothing and moisturizing properties, making it a good option for those with sensitive skin. Apply a small amount of aloe vera gel to the area you want to shave and allow it to absorb into the skin for a few minutes before shaving.


Honey has natural antibacterial properties that can help prevent razor burn and other forms of skin irritation. Mix honey with a few drops of water to create a smooth paste and apply it to the area you want to shave. Rinse the area with warm water after shaving.

Shea butter:

Shea butter is a natural moisturizer that can help soften the hair and protect the skin during shaving. Apply a small amount of shea butter to the area you want to shave and massage it into the skin.

Olive oil:

Olive oil is a natural lubricant that can help prevent razor burn and other forms of skin irritation. Apply a small amount of olive oil to the area you want to shave and massage it into the skin.

While these home remedies can be effective alternatives to shaving cream, it's important to note that they may not work as well for everyone and may not provide the same level of protection and miniaturization as a dedicated shaving cream or gel.

What is the difference between a men’s and women’s razor?

The main difference between men's and women's razors is primarily marketing but design and features that are tailored to each gender's shaving are real.

Here are some key differences between men's and women's razors.

Blade angle and orientation:

Men's razors typically have a more aggressive blade angle and orientation, which is designed to remove thicker and coarser hair found on the face. Women's razors, on the other hand, have a less aggressive blade angle and are designed to remove finer hair found on the legs and underarms. Although from our experience, women prefer a more aggressive razor for shaving under their arms…this is why men's razors are typically borrowed by women!!

Handle design:

Men's razors typically have a longer, wider handle that provides a firm grip and more control, while women's razors often have a shorter, more curved handle that is easier to maneuver around curves and contours. The reality is this can vary by individual...some women prefer a longer handle to reach the toes.

Head shape:

With disposable cartridge razors, men's razors usually have a larger head that covers a larger surface area and can easily cover the contours of the face. Women's razors often have a smaller, more compact head that is designed to navigate around curves and tight spaces. Your grandmother and grandfather shaved with the same razor back in the day...this is a good example of marketing vs a true need.


Men's safety razors are generally heavier to help provide a closer shave, while women's safety razors are often lighter to help maneuver around curves and contours of the body. We offer a heavier 316L stainless steel safety razor and also a much lighter machined titanium safety razor. In our experience, this doesn’t vary by sex.

Color and packaging:

The Pink Tax in Shaving! Women's razors often come in bright, pink, feminine colors and packaging with names like “Venus”? While men's razors are typically darker in color and have a more masculine design with golf and tennis players as models!

In our experience...razors are a unisex product and the difference is more marketing then benefit. While men can certainly use women's razors and vice versa, it's more important to choose a razor that is designed for your specific shaving needs in order to achieve the best results.

We offer 4 different base plate levels that you can choose from depending on your preference. I have men customers who prefer a mild shave and women customers who like the exfoliating effect of our more aggressive razors. Contact us if you need help.

What safety razor is best for women?

Similar to men choosing the best safety razor depends on personal preferences, budget, and experience level. From our experience it is much more of a chore with women to shave, with men, they tend to enjoy the ritual. Women want to get it done quickly...if this is the case a mild razor is your best choice. But here are some other considerations:

1) Polished surface

A polished surface is important for cleanliness, chrome plated razors which are most common won’t last but they are inexpensive. They will typically break at the threads. A machined, polished safety razor will provide a clean surface which makes it easier to clean. I talk more about surface finishes here.

2) Material

If you are looking for a product that will last, look for premium material for a high-quality razor such as 316L Marine grade stainless steel or Titanium. Women tend to prefer a lighter razor...titanium is a very light material that is extremely resistant to water and a humid environment.

3) Aggressiveness

Most marketing would say that women prefer a milder razor but from our experience, especially for shaving under the armpits, a more aggressive safety razor will exfoliate, remove deodorant and shave hair! The legs however prefer a milder experience...the + plate is a nice option for women who like this. If you prefer a mild shave...our mild plate would be the best option. Sorry, we don’t make them pink!

4) Price

A chrome-plated razor or a cheaply finished razor (not polished) will be much less expensive. Our razors are heirloom pieces and will last a few lifetimes if you are looking for quality.

Ultimately, the best safety razor is the one that feels most comfortable and provides the closest, most irritation-free shave for your skin and hair type. It's important to do your research and read reviews before making a purchase to ensure you choose a razor that meets your needs and preferences.

Are double-edge safety razor blades universal?

Yes, modern double edge safety razor blades are universal. A double-edge safety razor blade is a common type of razor blade that is used in many safety razors. Modern double edge blades are generally considered to be universal, meaning they can be used in most safety razors that are designed to accept double edge blades. However, it's still important to make sure that the safety razor you are using is compatible with modern double edge blades before attempting to use them.

Some vintage blades won’t fit, some vintage safety razors require proprietary blades...they weren’t always universal. We can thank Gillette for standardizing the design(and the patent expiring!).

Vintage safety razor blade

Non standardized image of a vintage blade above.

Standardized double edge safety razor blade

Standardized modern double edge safety razor blade image above.

Double-edge safety razor blades are typically thinner and sharper than other types of razor blades, which can provide a closer and more precise shave. They are also widely available and can be found at many drugstores, supermarkets, and online retailers. However, it's important to handle these blades with care, as they are very sharp and can cause injury if not used properly.

Are single-edge safety razor blades universal?

No, Single-edge safety razor blades are a less common type of blade used on single edge razors. Single edge razor blades are not as widely used or available as double-edge blades. Some single edge razors are designed specifically to use a certain type of single-edge blade, they are not universal.

If you are considering using single-edge safety razor blades, it's important to make sure that the safety razor you are using is compatible with them. Some single edge safety razors may require specific types of single-edge blades, and using the wrong type of blade could result in a poor shave, injury or damage to the razor.

Single-edge safety razor blades are generally thicker and wider than double-edge blades. They can be found at some drugstores, specialty shaving stores but mostly online retailers. However, they are not as widely available as double edge blades, more expensive and have fewer options to customize your shave experience.

How does one shave different, using a safety razor, with different hair types?

When using a safety razor, the technique for shaving remains relatively consistent regardless of hair type.

However, there are a few considerations to keep in mind for shaving different hair types:

Straight Hair:

Straight hair is generally easier to shave, as it typically lies flat against the skin. Shaving in the direction of hair growth (with the grain) is usually recommended to minimize irritation. If a closer shave is desired, you can carefully shave across the grain or against the grain(or both), but be cautious to avoid excessive pressure to prevent razor burn. Here are some tips for shaving with a safety razor.

Curly Hair:

Curly hair tends to curl back into the skin, which can lead to ingrown hairs. It is advisable to perform a thorough pre-shave routine, including exfoliating the skin to help lift the hairs and reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. Shaving in the direction of hair growth is generally recommended to minimize irritation and ingrown hairs. You can shave across the grain if you want a closer shave but avoid shaving against the grain as this can cause shaving irritation and ingrown hairs. This type of hair and skin is generally sensitive, we talk more here about how best to shave.

Thick or Coarse Hair:

If you have thick or coarse hair, it is essential to soften the hair before shaving to make it more manageable. You can achieve this by taking a hot shower or applying a warm towel to your face before shaving. Additionally, using a quality shaving cream or gel can provide extra lubrication and protection while shaving. Its also critical to use a fresh blade...thick hair will more likely dull your razor blade quicker.

Thin or Fine Hair:

Thin or fine hair can be more prone to irritation or cuts if not handled carefully. It is advisable to use a sharp blade in your safety razor and maintain a light touch while shaving. Shaving in the direction of hair growth is typically recommended to minimize the risk of irritation. You might find “riding the cap” will be more gentle on your skin and reduce the blade exposure.

Remember, regardless of hair type, it's important to use a sharp and clean blade, moisturize your skin after shaving, and replace the blade regularly to ensure a smooth and comfortable shaving experience.

How does one shave different, using a safety razor, with different skin types?

When using a safety razor, the technique for shaving remains consistent, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind for different skin types:

Sensitive Skin:

If you have sensitive skin or sensitive areas(neck?), it's crucial to take some extra precautions to minimize irritation and redness. You can use a mild and fragrance-free shaving cream or gel to reduce the risk of skin reactions. Shave with the grain (in the direction of hair growth) to minimize irritation, and avoid applying too much pressure. Consider using a razor with a milder blade, as aggressive blades may cause more irritation. I talk about shaving technique with sensitive skin here.

Dry Skin:

If your skin tends to be dry, it's important to hydrate and moisturize your skin before and after shaving. Take a warm shower or apply a warm towel to your face before shaving to soften the hair and open up the pores. Use a shaving cream or gel that contains moisturizing ingredients to provide extra hydration. After shaving, apply a moisturizer or aftershave balm to lock in moisture and soothe the skin. A "slick" soap is something to look for.

Oily Skin:

Oily skin can benefit from proper cleansing before shaving. Use a gentle cleanser to remove excess oil and dirt from the skin. Avoid heavy or greasy shaving creams or gels, as they can further contribute to oiliness. Instead, opt for lightweight, water-based products. Rinse your face thoroughly after shaving and consider using an oil-free moisturizer to maintain balance.

Combination Skin:

If you have combination skin with both dry and oily areas, you can tailor your shaving routine accordingly. Use a mild cleanser to cleanse your face and focus on moisturizing dry areas before shaving. For oily areas, consider using a lightweight shaving cream or gel and rinsing thoroughly after shaving. Adjust your post-shave moisturizer based on the specific needs of different areas of your skin.

In general, it's important to use a sharp and clean blade, shave gently, and avoid going over the same area repeatedly to prevent irritation while still obtaining a close shave. Be mindful of your skin's reactions and adjust your shaving routine as needed to maintain healthy and comfortable skin. Explore different soaps depending on your skin type but be aware that you do want a certain amount of slickness in your shaving soap or shaving cream.


Misc. At CarbonShavingCo notes: Wet shaving is a bit of an art form. It is personal to your skin type, which dictates the type of soap and shaving brush you will be using. Opting between a straight razor or safety razor (disposable razors won't be the best of experiences at all). The use of some hot water to open up your pores and soften the facial hair is a good thing. When it comes to skin conditions, such as sensitive skin, razor bumps, and at times hair growth in multiple directions extra care and consideration must be taken and avoid razor burn caused by dry shaving, lack of lubrication, wrong direction, ingrown hairs, etc. At CarbonShavingCo, the construction and design of our razors aims to allow you to shave with a tool that can be bacteria-free as much as possible to help avoid allergic reactions by being polished with easy to clean surface, the design maximizes the flow of debris, the pinch design reduces gaps for the collection of debris and germs, we aim to help people with sensitive skin and prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs. We believe that wet shaving is the best approach with a good shaving soap as opposed to using men's disposable razors. This also applies to safety razors for women. Keeping your gear clean is so important if you are sensitive. Join the community of wet shavers today to learn more so you can enjoy your personal spa experience.

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