2. Best For Beginners: Marvy Shaving Set With Mug, Brush, And Soap
5. Best Badger: Van Der Hagen Men’s Luxury Shave Set
Tips for Using a Shaving Brush and Mug
Before we get into our thoughts on some of the shaving brushes and mugs available, we actually want to tell you how to use them properly. We want you to get the most bang for your buck and we feel that knowing how to use a product can often help in deciding which one to buy. Following our tips will help you to use your new shaving accessories and will also result in a really awesome shave. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Prep Your Face
Grab a face towel from your linen closet and get it fairly damp, but not soaking wet by any means. Pop it in the microwave for about 8 seconds to get it nice and warm. You really don’t want it to be too hot and end up burning yourself, so if you are unsure of the temperature settings of your microwave, go ahead and start out with fewer seconds and increase a little at a time. When your towel is nice and warm, wrap it around your face for 10 to 15 minutes. We like to take a cat nap while we are sitting there draped in a towel, so feel free to catch a few z’s too!
You can skip this step if you like to take shave after you take a shower. The hot water from the shower will soften your facial hair up just as the hot towel will. Whether you opt for the towel or after shower shave, the goal remains to get the closest shave possible.
Step 2: Time to Use the Brush and Mug
It’s time to put away all of the other shaving items that you’ve used for years and just focus on your shaving brush and mug. Random fact: men have been using these two things since about 1750! Using a mug is a really good tool to use with shave soap and a shaving brush. Together they help you to work up an awesome lather that will help you get a super close shave.
You will want to first get your shaving brush full of super hot water and then lean over your sink to shake it out. Do try to leave just a small about of water inside to help with your lather. Get the tips of your brush a little wet again and place it in your mug that already has your shaving soap or cream loaded in it. Run your shaving brush in a circular motion for a few passes, adding a little more water if need be until you have a nice fluffy lather. You’re now ready to shave that handsome face of yours and feel the smoothness that came from the lather that you created with your shaving brush and mug.
Step 3: Clean Up
You will need to clean up your brush and mug right after using it to keep them in good condition. You can do this by thoroughly rinsing your brush and hanging it upside down to dry. The mug may be rinsed out much the same way that you rinse a kitchen mug, but stay away from harsh soaps. Take extra care to rinse out all of the crevices where the lather likes to hide so that you can avoid any build up. We like to let our stuff dry in a safe spot and then put it away in a cabinet to keep dust off.
Caring For Your Shaving Mug and Brush
Now That we’ve seen how you can get the best out of your shaving mug and brush, we figured you’d like to know how to care for your shaving kit. That will ensure that your tools last for a long time, making beard grooming easy and enjoyable. Keep reading to know what you must do!
Taking Care Of Your Shaving Mug and Brush
After using all the lather that you’ve worked for, rinse your mug thoroughly with clean water to avoid any bacterial growth. Ensure there’s no soap or cream left hanging outside the mug. After all, you don’t want that stuff to mix new lather every time.
Wipe the mug down with a moist cloth after rinsing, while paying close attention to all its crannies and nooks. Some extra residue build-up may be left behind by the soap puck, so it’s very important to clean that area nicely. You’ll also want to set your shaving mug on a towel or hang it somewhere to dry.
Once your shaving mug is all clean and dry, you can keep it in your bathroom cabinet or any other safe storage. Tucking it away in a clean place ensures that no dust settles on it or the soap. It will also prevent it from being broken, which is highly likely in a house with kids, pets or clumsy partners.
Maximizing the value of Your Shaving Brush
To maximize the value of your shaving brush, there are a few golden rules to keep in mind. Firstly, you should always treat your brush gently and avoid using it with hot water. When using your shaving cup and brush to lather up or on the face, you should avoid splaying its hairs or pressing down hard. That’s because pressing the brush down may lead to broken hairs or even worse, damage its inner core.
When lathering up, experts recommend applying the lather in a circular motion on your face. However, I’d advise you to be careful when doing this as you risk twisting the hairs on your brush. That means you should only use it tips if you choose to apply the lather in a circular motion. Nevertheless, you need to ensure you avoid any excessive pressure on your brush.
While you may have seen brushes that could survive washing, rinsing and even being steeped in boiling water, I’d highly advise using it only with cold or warm water. Hot water easily damages the brushes’ hairs and can even melt the glue used to hold the knot of hair together. Even worse, the knot may fully detach from the handle. That’s because the excess heat expands the hair quicker than the handle, making it crack.
Proper Aftercare For Your Shaving Brush
After using the shaving cup and brush, it’s time to clean up the brush by running it under your faucet to eliminate all lather traces. You can flick the brush over your sink to remove most of the water and then drag its hairs gently over a dry towel.
Once you’ve shaken out most of the water, hang the brush upside down in a stand where air can easily circulate and aerate it to dry completely. It’s best to leave the brush near an open window for better results. However, you must ensure that your brush isn’t exposed to a lot of dust.
Wash your brush occasionally with your normal hair shampoo to kill any bacteria that may build up. However, you need to lather the knot a little before rinsing it with clean, warm water. It’s important to remove all the soap, cream or shampoo residues from the knot before drying it. You can squeeze the knot gently at the base, and any remaining soap will come out.
How To Choose A Shaving Mug And Brush Kit
For some men, buying a shaving cup and brush seems like an unnecessary expense. We get it; you can always form lather and apply it on your face using your hands. But are the results as good as what you can get with a shave brush and mug? No!
Purchasing a quality shaving mug and brush not only shows that you value wet shaving but also you desire to get the kind of lather that facilitates a close shave. There are also other advantages of using a quality shaving cup and brush.
Why Real Men Use Shaving Mugs
If you truly desire the best, closest shave possible, then there’s only one way to go – a traditional wet shave. However, just like any man who values wet shaving will tell you, trimming your beard this way requires a little commitment. It takes more than just a cheap can of aerosol shaving cream and a disposable razor.
Traditional wet shaving is a ritual. It requires both planning and preparation, along with the proper use of the right equipment. A shaving mug is one of the non-essential items that make lathering easily for a wet shave. Moreover, it makes it easy to control the water and also build up lather easily if you are a beginner.
Those who prefer to form lather directly on their face instead of a bowl may still need to use a shaving cup. However, whether you need one all depends on the type of shaving soap you’re using. If your soap comes in its tin or bowl which allows you to add water directly on the soap, then you may choose to lather directly on your face.
How To Choose The Best Shaving Mug and Brush
How To Choose A Shaving Mug
While a shaving mug is a non-essential item for a wet shave, it wouldn’t hurt to have a high-quality bowl in your cabinet. Choosing the cup mainly depends on material and size, though some also consider the design, depending on personal preferences. Here are various types of materials commonly used to make shaving bowls.
When it comes buying a shaving mug, ceramic is one of my personal favourites. Ceramic or stoneware shaving cups hold heat better compared to other materials, giving you the joy of using warm lather. That not only helps you to get a close shave but also feels nice on your face.
Despite their amazing ability to hold in heat, ceramic shaving mugs have one problem – they tend to be fragile and will easily break if you drop them. The Colonel Conk Deluxe Set is one of the best ceramic mugs for beginners and intermediate users.
Thanks to its stylish look on your bathroom cabinet or counter, wooden shaving mugs/ bowls are great if you want something stylish and elegant. However, wooden shaving mugs don’t hold in heat. Nevertheless, they are relatively cheaper than others and are worth a try. Check out GBS Men’s Natural Beech Wood Wet Shave Kit if a wooden shaving cup and brush sound like something you’d like.
If you have kids around or you’re about your butterfingers, a metal shaving cup would be ideal for you. Metal doesn’t hold heat like ceramic or stone, but it still gets the job done. Moreover, it gives you great durability compared to wood or ceramic.
Choosing The Right Shaving Brush
There are many advantages to having the right shaving brush for your wet shaving needs. These merits include:
- A shaving brush softens your beard and lifts it off your face for an easy shave.
- The brush whips air into the shaving soap or cream to form a rich lather.
- Its bristles gently exfoliate your skin to remove dead cells.
- It helps lubricate the skin and open pores by adding heat during your shave.
To enjoy all these benefits, here are some of the things to keep in mind before you purchase your shaving cup and brush kit:
- Choose the type of brush you need depending on the hair you’re comfortable with. You can pick between boar hair, badger hair, horse hair and synthetic.
- The size and shape of your brush is another important factor to consider. Larger brushes are great for quick lathering, while small ones offer amazing control.
There you have it! These tips will help you use your shaving mug and brush effectively and aid you in getting a pretty great shave. Now on to the reviews!