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Five essential tools every man needs in their shaving arsenal

by John Saunders
3rd Mar 22 5:28 pm

Nailing a wet shave is as much about having a proper toolkit as it is about possessing the right skills. But with tools evolving by the day, it is difficult to tell what needs to be added or replaced in your grooming arsenal.

 Read on to discover some of the must-have shaving tools and how they can come in handy for you.

Shaving razor

There are two types of products you’ll find on the razor aisle: the electric razor and the traditional razor. Traditional razors are either safety razors or disposable razors. A  safety razor is ideal if you have thick hair or sensitive skin. 

Electric razors are not as good as traditional razors at providing close shaves, but they are safer and less likely to cause irritation. Some high-end models dispense lubricant and have flexible heads that glide smoothly over facial contours. Visit Cutthroatclub.co.uk and learn more about shaving razors. 

Shave brush

A shave brush tops the list of the most overlooked grooming tools, despite being useful in multiple stages of the shaving process. In the preparation phase, you need the shaving brush to lift and straighten the facial hairs. This makes it easy to apply the shaving cream.

You also need it during lathering. Using a brush, as opposed to applying the cream directly with your fingers, thickens the lather and increases its reach on the strand surfaces. 

In exfoliation, the shave brush helps scrub away dust, dead skin, and other dirt particles, ensuring a smooth shave and reducing the risk of developing ingrown hairs and zits.

Shaving cream

A shaving cream performs three major functions:

  • Softening the facial hairs
  • Lubricating the skin
  • Soothing and relaxing the skin after a shave

Shaving creams come in the form of conventional creamy-textured products, gels, foams, and oils.


Creams have stood the test of time largely due to their superior moisturising properties and ability to form a richer lather as compared to foams. 

They are a great choice for men who adhere to a daily shaving routine and require extra moisturisation.


Gels remain the most popular option among men who shave regularly, and for good reason. Gels produce the richest lather and have a thick texture, which offers an additional cushion against the sharp blades of your razor. 

A gel might be the best for you if you have sensitive skin or are prone to post-shave bumps and acne.


The biggest selling point of shaving foams is their ability to lather up quickly. They, however, have a light texture, meaning you will need more of the product to produce the same result as a gel or cream.

Shaving oil

Shaving oil serves more as a supplement than a substitute for cream or gel. It is applied on the skin underneath a layer of cream or gel to enhance lubrication. You won’t need it if your hair yields quickly to cream. However, if you have a tough, wiry beard, you will need it to get the most out of your cream or gel.


It doesn’t matter how well you lubricate before shaving; running a razor across your face repeatedly is an invasive process that gradually stresses your complexion. That’s why you need an aftershave to cancel out the effects of whatever overwhelms your pre-shave cream.

The four common types of aftershave products are balms, tonics, gels, and lotions.

Balms are lightweight products that are mostly alcohol-based and sometimes contain oils that give the products moisturising properties. Gels have a silkier consistency than balms and are usually oil-free. Like balms, most contain a small amount of alcohol. This means they can help heal cuts and nicks on top of providing cooling and soothing effects.

Tonics share a lot of similarities with traditional barber splashes. They are used to disinfect and shut the pores after a wet shave.

Shaving scuttle

The bare minimums for a wet shave are a straight razor and a lubricant. Shaving scuttles only enhance the experience, reduce your risk of injuries, and help make shaving an independent self-grooming activity that you can carry out just about anywhere.

Traditional scuttles come with spouts that you fill with warm water and dip your shave brush into as you work your shaving soap. It’s a more recent variant, the bowl, is designed to hold water at the bottom and keep the lather warm all through the shave.

Today’s scuttles possess more of the modern properties, with their selling point being the ability to retain the lather’s temperature throughout the shave. They come in different aesthetic configurations and have textured insides to speed up lathering.


For the perfect shaving toolkit, you need a prior understanding of your grooming needs. Hopefully, this article provides you with an excellent place to start as you build your toolkit and align it with your preferences.

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