I really wish that I encountered Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set in the beginning of my journey to find a better shaving experience. The value for money package is prepared to get you started in the traditional wet shaving road.
Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set For Men
This shave set contains:
- 100% natural boar bristle brush
- Deluxe Shave Soap (2.5 oz / 70.9 g)
- Ceramic bowl
Van Der Hagen 100% Natural Boar Bristle Shave Brush
This is all natural boar brush. Like every natural brush, the hair eventually will break. I am glad that the break will happen. Boar brush tends to be scratchier than badger hair brushes. It is because boar brushes have more backbones.
They will hold water more than synthetic shaving brush. This feature will help you to build beautiful lather easily. When I use a synthetic shaving brush, I always have to put additional drops of water in the bowl. That is not the case for the boar brush that I have.
I am still waiting for my boar brush to break. I mean the hair. I don’t expect my boar shaving brush to be damaged soon. I am expecting the hair to break. It will soften the hair and make it less scratchy.
Fair warning: All natural animal hair shaving brush will have some odors. Frequent use and cleaning with shampoo will help to diminish or even eliminate the odor. Remember to air dry it completely before storing it away.
The handle is made from plastic. I prefer a wood handle but a plastic handle still does the job. The handle measured at 2” in length and 1.25” to 1.5” in diameter. So, if you want to buy a brush hanger, make sure it can fit the 1.25” handle and the total height of the brush (4.25”).
Van Der Hagen Deluxe Shave Soap
I see Aloe Vera in the ingredients list. I love Aloe Vera for the skin. It has numerous benefits. Accompany with Shea butter, you have the good combination for a skin care.
This soap is a bit small than any regular 3.5 oz shave soaps. But it is alright for a beginner set. You many not love the smell and buy another shave soap. I am not saying that this soap has a bad smell. It does have a good smell. When it comes to smell, people have their own preferences.
Some people may ask how to keep this soap from going soggy. I think you just need to keep it dry after every shave. I clean excess lather from the bowl with water, shake it off and just put the soap back in the bowl. A little bit of water is still acceptable for me. The soap will be moist but not soggy. After a full 24 hours, usually, the air dry soap will become hard again.
The lather itself is easy to be built. The foaming agent helps greatly to make the lather. You can build the lather in the bowl with the puck or in another bowl or face lather. I prefer to face lather because I love scrubbing my face with the shaving brush. The lather is a dense, rich and very slick lather.
The scent is mild and so subtle. I can’t describe it yet. This is a good thing as you do not want a strong scent rushing into your nostrils and take your concentration away from shaving. Well.. you do want to shave, right? Not relaxing at the spa with aromatherapy candles, right? 😀
This is a video from Justin Linker on how to build a lather with VDH Deluxe Shave Soap.
Van Der Hagen Ceramic Bowl
The ceramic bowl dimension approximately 4” x 3”. I love how Van Der Hagen chooses ceramic over stainless steel or even plastic bowl. The ceramic bowl can keep heat longer than other bowls. This will help in keeping the lather warm.
I usually immerse half the bowl with hot water. Soak the shaving brush in the hot water. Shake excess hot water from the brush and build the lather inside the hot bowl. The result: a nice and warm lather that can hold its heat the entire shaving session.
Just remember to place your ceramic bowl properly. It tends to get slippery when you are loading the brush and making a lather. Especially when it doesn’t have a handle where your fingers can hold it firmly.
Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set Video Review
This Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set for men is a good choice for a starter in the traditional wet shaving. The price is not expensive. The brush has a good quality. The deluxe shave soap is easy to lather. The bowl is nice. I just hope it has a handle.
Remember! This shave set DOES NOT contain a razor.
Will you consider buying this shave set? Have you ever tried the Van Der Hagen Deluxe Shave Soap?