Monday, March 14, 2011
Travel Shaving Kit
I travel a great deal. Little luxuries become important when you go from one antiseptic, sterile, soul-less hotel room to another, with their tiny variations but always basically the same...it can become demoralizing after a few weeks. Why make this worse by carrying around an equally boring kit? No reason you can’t bring with you something with a bit of style, something that at the end of a long day might make you feel a bit more...HUMAN. Take shaving, as an example. Why carry around a cheap plastic disposable that's going to rip your face apart when for a few dollars more you can get the kit pictured above? Something that looks as good as it works and will last forever.
There are a few apothecaries to have opened here in Chicago. Two of the best, Merz and Aaron's Apothecary offer a wide variety in the way of shaving products. I found a nice MÜHLE leather shaving kit at Merz, along with a wooden soap bowl. The compact badger hair brush is really nice. The brush and soap method of shaving is nothing new to me. I've been using a Trumper badger brush with a Truefitt & Hill shaving mug at home for years. As for shaving soap, I like something with a simple smell. Nothing too strong. Mitchell's Wool Fat is really nice, with a classic, country sent that is unmistakably MALE without being overpowering. (And it comes in replica antique box that is really cool looking!) I have nothing against shaving cream. I use both Kiehl's and Fresh, they both get the job done just fine, but there's nothing like the lather from a brush and soap.
Shaving is a ritual, and like any good ritual it offers up all manner of accoutrement to those wanting a bit more than the average. Why not relish in the ritual of shaving, even on the road?