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Lifestyle: Top 5 Luxury Shaving Kits for Men

by Jonathan Fairfield
9 April, 2013
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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

Lifestyle Top 5 Luxury Shaving Kits for Men

We asked Jonathan Fairfield, who’s barely old enough to shave, to get up close and personal with luxury shaving kits

It’s true that for most guys, a shaving kit consists of little more than a can of foam and a disposable razor. But in order to maintain a well groomed look, a fresh clean shaven face should be your piece de resistance.

Whilst keeping things simple can be a good option when it comes to clothes and accessories, when it comes to shaving, by far and away your best bet is to make sure you go that bit further than a basic razor and can of supermarket brand shaving foam.

Therefore, investing in a good shaving kit is your first step on the road to you maintaining that all round super smooth look. At first you may think that all this extra pampering and TLC are unnecessary – not to mention expensive – but once you start using a proper shaving kit, you’ll feel the benefits almost immediately and wonder how you managed without one for so long.

Below you’ll find a definitive guide to some of the best shaving kits and products around at the moment.

Thiers Issard Luxury Cut Throat Razor Shaving Set

If you happen to have a spare £350.00 burning a hole in your pocket then you could do a lot worse than opt for this luxury all in one cut throat shaving kit from Thiers Issard. One of the world’s leading names when it comes to men’s razors and shaving accessories, Thiers Issard has been producing luxury shaving kits for well over 100 years.

The Thiers Issard Luxury Cut Throat Razor Shaving Set is presented in a hand made beechwood razor box complete with a fitted mirror, hand made carbon steel razor, badger hair shaving brush, stainless steel shaving soap bowl, as well as Thiers Issard luxury strop paste, shaving soap and alum block. The kit also comes with its own polishing and cleaning cloth.

Merkur Vision 4 Piece Shaving Set in Chrome

For the very best in precision shaving, look no further than  this 4 piece shaving set from Merkur. The set consists of a Merkur Vision safety razor, badger hair shaving brush, a Vision shaving bowl and stand.

The razor itself is fully adjustable and comes with its own informative shaving guide that can help you decide which setting is best for your skin type. At £245.00 this shaving set is perfect for the discerning shaver who understands the importance of quality and high performance.

Truefitt & Hill Luxury Shaving Soap

Sold separately to the razor above, this luxury shaving soap from Truefitt & Hill is a more gentlemanly alternative to many of the more run of the mill or pedestrian shaving creams. Scented with lavender, the rich cream will work to soften even the toughest of beards, helping you to achieve a super clean and close shave. This sophisticated shaving cream comes in a hand polished wooden bowl and would be the perfect addition to your new daily shaving regimen. RRP – a very reasonable £16.50

Muhle Thuya 3 Piece Shave Set

This stunning shave set from Muhle Thuya includes a shimmering silver tip safety razor and badger hair shaving brush, with a heavyweight mirrored chrome stand. German made, the quality of Muhle Thuya products is always assured and this shave set is no exception. Compatible with all types of replacement blades, the brush and razor are made from rare Thuya hardwood which is sourced from a remote area of the Atlas Mountains in Africa. Each piece is handmade and polished, with no two pieces being exactly the same. This could well be as close to shaving perfection as you’re ever likely to get. RRP – £225.00

Liz Earle Sensitive Shave Cream & Hot Cloth

The days of Liz Earle products being something that were previously only bought by housewives from QVC are long gone. The Liz Earle brand has quickly built up a reputation for itself thanks to its range of excellent skincare products for women and now offers an equally good range for men, with this Sensitive Shave Cream and Hot Cloth Kit being the pick of the bunch.

The Sensitive Shave Cream helps you achieve a clean, close and smooth shave, whilst preventing razor burn and irritation thanks to its range of naturally active ingredients, which include eucalyptus, shave grass and clary sage. The pure cotton hot cloth helps soften the hairs by warming the face. 100ml tube + 1 cloth – £12.75

Edwin Jagger Safety Razor Shaving Set

This traditional ivory and chrome 3 piece shaving set from Edwin Jagger is manufactured with premium quality and helps to recapture the traditional era of wet shaving. The set comprises of 100mm length badger hair brush, a double edge safety DE 87 razor blade and a double armed chrome stand. £93.00

Edwin Jagger PC2 Shaving Gift Set

This shaving bundle from Edwin Jagger offers excellent value and is the perfect accompaniment to the razor set above. The gift set includes an Edwin Jagger branded white porcelain shaving soap bowl with handle and a 3 pack of mixed fragrance traditional shaving soap refills. The pack also comes with an Edwin Jagger pre-shave and aftershave lotion treatments. Not at all bad for £33.00

The Revisor 5-0008 Cut Throat Razor

This will separate the men from the boys! The 5-0008 cut throat razor is handmade by Revisor, who enjoy an excellent reputation within the world of wet shaving. Founded in Solingen, Germany in 1919, the razor bears the Solingen trademark in 24k gold upon the blades polished mirror finish. Crafted from carbon steel, the Reviosr 5-0008 will give you a super close shave, which is hard to replicate on a regular safety razor. Be warned, this is a serious piece of kit! £150.00

Castle Forbes Lime Essential Oil Shaving Cream

This fine yet luxurious shaving cream from Castle Forbes delivers a rich lather which will leave your skin super clean and moisturised. In fact the cream is so rich that you only need to use a very small amount and you can expect a 200ml tub to last a good 6 months. If you’re looking for an indulgent wet shave that makes shaving an enjoyable grooming ritual rather than an irritating chore, then this lime scented shaving cream from Castle Forbes should fit the bill. £20.00

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Jonathan lives and works in Thailand as a writer and English Teacher. He is fanatical about football which makes it all the more strange that he should support Stockport County. In addition to watches, Jonathan has a passion for fitness and nutrition and writes for a blog on the subject.

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