The Cold Water Shave
So you may have heard mention of cold water shaving before. The idea is simply to shave as normal but lather, rinse etc with nothing but cold water.
This has sounded like a terrible idea to me forever. I like my warm water because I can be a suck. However….my views have now changed.
Here’s the idea:
Pre Shave soak with a towel soaked in cold water
Soak your brush in cold water, and lather your soap or cream as usual.
Fill the sink with cold water for rinsing etc.
Here’s my play by play:
Copper Hat Mahogany Silvertip
Figaro – Habzo shave cream
Gem Jr SE razor
Gem PTFE Blade
Pinaud Bay Rhum Aftershave
1 minute Pre soak with a cold cloth while I soak my brush in…cold water…well this is refreshing…but I still won’t like it. Double almond size dollop of Figaro because this isn’t going to work. Fill the sink with cold water to rinse my razor. This is dumb.
Lather : What! It keeps coming! What’s happening! The smell by the way is incredible, I love this stuff. The un-edcuated scientist in me thinks cold lather may be more stable as hot lather when it cools will contract where cold lather can’t get colder and thus stays as is. I lather my face, again, kind of refreshing…But I still won’t like it!
The Shave : 3 passes of amazing. No irritation, flawless BBS. Cold rinse which is normal and brings no more feelings of hatred. Quick rub of alum for an amazing refreshing feeling and a splash of Pinaud Bay Rhum.
That’s it I’m sold. That was amazing and I can’t wait for my next camping trip to forgo heating water and shave with water right from the lake. It’s not even “hot” out here and that was incredible.
Let me know your experiences with the ol’ cold water shave!