This is the best time to get your boyfriend or husband for him to start a traditional wet shaving. Birthday is something that every person is looking forward to. A gift is always welcome in this event.
What Wet Shaving Kit Should I Get My Boyfriend or Husband For His Birthday?
I think traditional wet shaving is the manliest thing a man can do. There are other things that a man can do to prove his manhood but a man can be scared when he must use a sharp object on his face.
Women are much superior when it comes to putting a blade on their face. I saw my wife easily grabbed a razor and trimmed her eyebrows. Not a single blink. She just did it.
For me, it was a scary move. How come girls can trim in an area so sensitive easily?
So, my statement that says wet shaving is the manliest thing a man can do is to be on par with the women or go beyond that. 😀
Let’s start with what we can get your boyfriend or husband for his birthday.
This is the first tool you should get to get him started in a proper wet shaving. There are different kind of razors:
- Straight Razor
- Safety Razor
- Cartridge Razor
- Electric Razor
This is the classic razor that our (great) grandfather use to trim or shave his beard. It is still around and being used by professional barbers around the world. Why? Because it is the best tool to shave the whiskers.
Many men are afraid to use the straight razor because
of its nickname: Cut throat razor. The movie Sweeney Todd depicts how dangerous this tool. I remembered when I use the straight razor for the first time. You wouldn’t believe if I tell you that I had first aid kit laying on the table, ready to be used if something went wrong. I am not kidding.
But this is the best tool that you (or your man) can have. Nothing beats the closeness of a straight razor. I never felt my skin so smooth after each shave with a straight razor.
Granted. There will be a learning curve when you never handle a straight razor before. It might take 10 shaves or more to get your muscle accustomed to the way a straight razor works.
I will recommend you to get one of the best straight razors out there: Dovo. The long history of knives making put Dovo straight razors on the top of the list of what should I get for my birthday. I want to have a closet full of different kind of Dovo straight razors.
You can read the full review that I did here.
If you take good care of your straight razors, they can last a lifetime or two.
This is the razor that got me falling in love with wet shaving. I was too afraid to jump straight into the arms of the straight razor. Not a lot of safety razor makers lately.
Gillette was once the top brand that produced great safety razors. They decided to stop the production and move on to the “more modern” cartridge razors.
Thankfully, there are some factories that still put traditional wet shaving people in their hearts. Two of them are Merkur and Edwin Jagger.
I love how the design of the safety razors stay “the same”. You just have to insert a razor blade and off your whiskers. They even have a “standard” head size that you can change between some brands. Not all factories follow this, though.
Just like a straight razor, a safety razor can also last a lifetime or two.
Not plastic razors, though.
I love Merkur Futur because of its adjustable setting. The setting is designed to set the aggressiveness level. The higher the setting the more aggressive the razor becomes. It means the edge is more exposed and help to shave closer.
Some people like it milder. That’s why I recommend Edwin Jaggersafety razor. This is one example of a classic safety razor with a twist. The head is just like any other safety razor. You can put any brand of double edge razor blades in. Edwin Jagger designed what would like ordinary razors to become more beautiful. The handle comes with many variations that you can choose. Whether it is a metal handle or a rubber covered handle, all are designed for people to have an easy grip.
Get your boyfriend or husband a Merkur Futur safety razor.
Get your boyfriend or husband an Edwin Jagger safety razor.
This is the first razor that I use when I started wet shaving. They have multiple blades for a single razor. I thought it was really cool to have a lot of blades in a single razor.
I really loved Gillette Mach 3. They have 3 blades and can cut really close. Probably too close. I always had a very clean shaven face after each shaving session and razor burns.
Yes. Razor burns. This is the major disadvantage of a multi-blade cartridge razor. You tend to over-shaved your skin. 3 blades mean you will make 3x shavings in a single pass. For some people with a sensitive skin, that single pass is already too many.
One thing that I love about modern cartridge razor is the pivotable head. The head will move and adjust itself without you have to adjust your angle. This really helps when shaving around your chin.
The most recent release from Gillette is the Fusion® Proglide® Power Razor With Flexball Technology. It has 5 blades. No kidding. This razor will definitely devour all whiskers in just a single pass.
The cartridge razor is also equipped with a lubrication strip. It never does the job well. You still need a proper lather to help you shave. A shaving soap is the solution.
I will say that a multiblade razor like Gillette Mach 3 or Gillette Proglide will do the job nicely but they will definitely overdo it. 😀
Get your boyfriend or husband a Gillette Fusion Proglide razor.
I am still attracted to this modern invention. You can shave dry with an electric razor. Imagine that! From a “troublesome” wet shaving ritual to an easy and quick shave in a dry environment.
I turned to this method for several years. The main reason was because cartridge razor refills became too expensive for me. I thought that it was better that I invested some money and get an electric razor.
Main features to consider in buying an electric razor are:
- Closeness of the shave
- Ease of cleaning
- Wet or Dry shaving
There are tons of choices you can pick in regard to all those features. Let me simplify you with this value for money electric razor. Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shavers.
Philips Norelco Series 9000 Wet & Dry Electric Shavers are designed with a nice handle. It is easy to firmly grip it. The three rotary heads work amazingly. They can pivot, tilt and flex following the contour of your face.
The closeness of the shave is the closest that you
can get from an electric razor. It still can’t beat the closeness of a straight razor or a safety razor, though.
The cleaning system called SmartClean system. It washes, lubricates, and dries the razor while it is being charged. A 50 minutes charge can provide you with 17 shaves.
There are two electric razors in this category. You can have the S9721/84 which has a digital interface and S9311/84 which has a less fancy screen. Both of them can be used in a wet or dry shaving condition.
The durability is about two years as the warranty covers. Of course, with proper care and without overcharging the battery, you can prolong this electric razor life to 10 years.
This is an essential tool for any wet shavers out there. Your boyfriend or husband will definitely love a good shaving brush.
You can learn more about shaving brush here.
The basic thing to know is about the hair. There are made from:
- Badger hair (The most luxurious hair)
- Boar hair (Very stiff but the hair will break eventually to a softer hair)
- Horse hair (From the mane or the tail. Doesn’t really have the backbone)
- Synthetic hair (For those ‘not from animal’ supporters)
The next thing to consider is the handle. Longer handle is more suitable for people with bigger hands. The material usually is made from wood or resin.
I recommend you to get the Badger Hair shaving brush for your boyfriend or husband for his birthday gift.
It is not the cheapest but you just can’t beat the comfort and the good quality you get from it. The cheapest, of course, will be synthetic hair shaving brush. It will still do the job but degrade your shaving experience. That’s why I recommend you to get a badger hair shaving brush.
By the way, the most expensive badger hair is the silvertip badger hair brush. Badger hair has three types. A silvertip badger, a best badger, and a pure badger.
Pure Badger Hair is the lowest quality of the badger hair but the quality is still above boar hair and synthetic hair. The hair is the stiffest amongst other badger hair type.
Best Badger Hair is better than the Pure Badger Hair. The hair is softer. It still has the stiffness like the pure badger. If your husband or boyfriend prefer to do face-lathering, this is the shaving brush for him.
Silvertip Badger Hair is the ultimate shaving brush. It is the most expensive of them all. The hair is so smooth. It builds a good lather. Retain enough water. Even can hold the heat from the water. (You dip the brush in the hot water to build a warm lather). So, yes, every man that knows the value of a silvertip badger hair will jump in joy to receive it.
Get a Pure Badger Shave Brush!
Get a Best Badger Shave Brush!
Get a SILVERTIP Badger Shave Brush!
A good shaving experience really depends on how you build the lather. I found out that shaving foam that comes from a can doesn’t really help. I will describe it as an empty foam. It doesn’t do anything but give you a cool face (from the menthol).
There are some good shaving soaps out there. I personally love my own handcrafted shaving soap (I am so biased) but unfortunately, I am currently not servicing outside Indonesia.
You still can get quality shaving soaps. One brand that I recommend is the Proraso Red Shaving Soap. I did a full review and you can read it here.
It is a good performing soap. The lather is nice. The sandalwood scent is relaxing. The protection it gives will provide a good cushion against the blade. Your boyfriend or husband will love this shaving soap.
Just grab your Proraso Red shaving soap here.
You should consider giving your loved one this final step in shaving. Aftershave is not only alcohol and perfume. I researched the benefits of an aftershave in this article.
I love how aftershave smell after each shave. The finishing touch always makes my skin feel smooth and refreshed. The scent also boosted my mood. Most of all, I love how my wife hugs me and smells me after applying the aftershave. The smell is so manly, so… me. 😀
There are so many manly aftershaves that you can choose for your boyfriend or husband. They are classic aftershaves. You can read about some of aftershave reviews here.
I love my Gillette Coolwave aftershave because my wife loves it.
Shaving Kit / Set
I was looking for the best shaving kit for men when I first started wet shaving. It wasn’t easy to search for it. Some shaving sets don’t include a razor in it. While other shaving sets, don’t provide a brush or a soap.
If you want to take a complete set, you can try Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave Kit. This shave set includes:
- 1 Safety Razor
- 1 Badger Shave Brush
- 1 Shave Soap
- 1 Shave Bowl
- 1 Alum Block
- 1 Pack of Astra Blades (5 pcs of blade)
- 1 Razor and Brush Stand
- 1 Canvas and Leather Dopp Kit (It is a bag to carry all of the above)
A perfect set to start any wet shaving journey. It is a lot cheaper to get this set than buying one by one. Of course, the package consists only “standard” quality products. Like I said, it is a perfect set to start a wet shaving journey.
Get Your Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave Kit!
It is a daunting task to get your boyfriend or husband a gift for his birthday. I hope I have eased your burden and helped you and him to get a better shaving experience. A good selection of shaving equipment is presented above.
Just don’t forget that shaving has a learning curve. Especially for a straight razor first-time user.
Which shaving gear should you get for your boyfriend or husband for his birthday? Can you share it with me in the comments below?