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post Feb 28 2016, 09:45 AM

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Didn't know there was a thread on this. I'm currently using a Phillips electric razor (cost around RM 700+ I think) and while it does it's job ok enough I've been reading about DE razors and how much better they are.

I saw a Feather razor on Massdrop. Apparently it's regarded as one of the best 'mild' shavers, i.e. one that is not too aggressive to your skin and is suited for those with sensitive skin. Paired with an ultra sharp Feather blade its supposed to bring a close shave while not destroying the skin. Now the price is... USD 145 after the discount. RRP is USD 210. That's a pretty expensive razor, but I'm tempted. It will be my first DE razor.

But I'll have to research a bit before taking the plunge though. Not sure if I can get Feather blades in Malaysia, or how much it takes to ship them here. Also need to consider shaving soaps and brush. All I see here are the Gillete foams.

The link to the Massdrop Feather deal. You have to register at Massdrop before you can see it though.

http://dro.ps/b/nBf4NiA
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post Feb 29 2016, 11:45 PM

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QUOTE(niakulah @ Feb 28 2016, 10:29 AM)
connaughtshaving.com

Don't know any local shop with Feather blades though.
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Is this generally regarded as the best site for shipping to Malaysia?
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post Apr 22 2017, 03:30 PM

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Just splurged on a Feather AS-D2 on Massdrop. It costs 140USD (usual price 200USD). Never used a DE razor before but I somehow had the urge to get one after reading about the Feather online. Currently my routine is simply a Phillips electric shaver or a Gillette 2-blade Sensor Excel. The electric is okay (the head needs replacement now though) but definitely not a close shave. The Gillette is closer but causes razor burns.

I'll read through this whole thread now but if you guys have any tips for a shaving brush and cream/soap for a beginner (and one that has sensitive skin), that would be great.

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post Apr 23 2017, 08:26 PM

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Well after buying the AS-D2, I needed a shaving cream and brush, so I'm planning on getting the following:

1. Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream - Avocado (GBP 7.50)
http://connaughtshaving.com/tayscb.html

2. Edwin Jagger EJ28 synthetic brush (GBP 27.50)
http://connaughtshaving.com/3ej282synst.html

Any thoughts or comments before I commit? Thanks.

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post Apr 23 2017, 10:52 PM

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QUOTE(niakulah @ Apr 23 2017, 09:03 PM)
Bro

Just a quick experiment before you buy. Try using oil. Just dip 3 fingertips in it and massage it into your face before shaving. Best is argan, grapeseed or virgin coconut oil, but you can try with normal cooking oil if you don't have any of those.

I tried it and never looked back. Currently using a blend of grapeseed oil and virgin coconut oil, mixed with some cedarwood and lemongrass essential oil. Use it to take care of my goatee and my shaving.
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Wow that sounds adventurous. I'm assuming the oil will gunk up the razor? Need to properly wash it after each shave then.

However if it works then it works. How does it compare to using a sharp inf cream or soap? I guess you don't even need a shaving brush then huh?

Btw, I've read through this thread and see Haniffa Textiles being mentioned a few times. Are the shaving creams and brushes there worthwhile?

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post Apr 25 2017, 04:37 PM

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QUOTE(niakulah @ Apr 23 2017, 11:35 PM)
Hmmm.. gunking is not an issue for me because I use a shavette. A quick strop across my palm and it's clean.

Never used anything other than the usual supermarket creams and gels. The oil is head and shoulders above them. No shaving brush. Just a glass bottle with pump dispenser.

Not been to Haniffa before either. Sorry.
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Damn, a shavette. That's as bad as a straight razor to someone like me at this stage. Can't imagine me ever using one...

QUOTE(veron208 @ Apr 25 2017, 04:07 PM)
You can get a brush stand to hang and dry the brush. How are you going to mix the cream ? You can use a small cup like me smile.gif
I have tested Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream - Sandalwood and it smells refreshing.
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I ordered a cheapo (supposedly stainless steel) bowl from eBay. But I prefer the rustic look of a wooden bowl though, so I may get one in the future (saw one for RM 30 in muji). I heard the avocado lathers the most and has most lubrication. And it has less scent compared to the rest. All of which should bode well for someone with acne prone skin like me.
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post Apr 30 2017, 08:57 PM

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QUOTE(veron208 @ Apr 25 2017, 05:29 PM)
You can get an aftershave from Loccitane.
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I'll refrain from using an aftershave for now, don't want to be adding too many new routines to the new regime immediately smile.gif

QUOTE(biloxee @ Apr 30 2017, 12:12 PM)
Nice razor. You must be  rclxm9.gif waiting for it to arrive...  biggrin.gif
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The estimated shipping date is 16 May though, hopefully it arrives before end of the month because I'll be in HK for 3 months for a work assignment.

To be honest I got the AS-D2 on the basis that I will stick to DE shaving and not return to cartridge or electric. From reviews it feels like the holy grail of razors, with the mildest of shaves suitable for the most sensitive of skins and yet still producing a close shave. It is pricey, so I hope I won't regret this. Haha
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post May 1 2017, 10:24 PM

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QUOTE(biloxee @ May 1 2017, 06:18 PM)
I normally receive my USPS parcels in 8-10days if there are no problems with Customs.

But since your razor + shipping will exceed RM500 and I don't think Massdrop will under declare the value, you'd probably want to prepare the necessary documents beforehand so you can clear it quickly if it gets detained since you're leaving for HK.

It's a good razor. Don't worry. Don't regret. Save some per diem for your next razor. It's not a wife/gf, you're allowed more than 1 at the same time... wink.gif
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Massdrop will never under declare of course, but they ship using DHL global mail instead of Express so there is a higher chance that it will bypass customs inspection. I previously ordered a pair of shoes from Massdrop as well for around RM 1,300+ and customs didn't hold it. If it's under the express courier however then it will almost certainly be held.

I'm not even thinking of another razor. Haven't even started this one yet!

You know people always say safety razors save you money in the long run. While it's true on paper (if you don't spend USD 150 on one single razor!), like most finer things in life once you've got the bug there will be a steady outflow of cash from your wallet - different razors, blades, soaps, aftershaves, etc.
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post Jan 15 2018, 09:06 PM

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Guys, where's the best place to get Feather blades? Mines running out...
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post Jan 17 2018, 04:48 PM

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QUOTE(biloxee @ Jan 16 2018, 12:44 AM)
eBay from Thailand...
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Thanks, found a few on there. Any seller in particular or are they all about the same?

It's about RM 60-65 for 50 blades.
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post Jan 18 2018, 09:27 PM

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QUOTE(biloxee @ Jan 17 2018, 07:51 PM)
Sweet, this is even cheaper. Thanks man.
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post Feb 7 2018, 08:41 PM

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Any recommendations for a shaving cream for sensitive skin? I've been using TOBS avocado for near a year and it's finishing, thinking of trying something else. Can be another brand. Otherwise I may get TOBS Jermyn Street or Aloe.
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post Feb 27 2020, 10:43 PM

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Anyone knows the cheapest place to get TOBS and Proraso shaving creams apart from Connaught shaving?

That site is cheap, but delivery isn't.
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post Feb 27 2020, 10:43 PM

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Anyone knows the cheapest place to get TOBS and Proraso shaving creams apart from Connaught shaving?

That site is cheap, but delivery isn't.
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post Feb 29 2020, 04:12 PM

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QUOTE(heavyduty @ Feb 29 2020, 08:55 AM)
English shaving co. ? The usually have 15% off or free shipping without min order
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Thanks for this! Shipping isn't free but still much cheaper than Connaught.

 

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