I'm a Christian, a designer, and a gadget fan who lives in Cheltenham, UK.

This is my blog, a creative outlet to mess around and play with as well as a place that logs my thoughts and inspirations.

Do you like to shave?

I like to shave.
Ask most men my age, their late twen­ties, that ques­tion and its usu­ally met with a snort. An upturned lip. A look that says “are you ser­i­ous?” without words passing their lips.
In fact if you asked me that ques­tion a few years ago I would’ve respon­ded in much the same way.
So what changed I hear you say? My approach changed. When I moved into a flat to live on my own for the first time I became much more aware of how I spent my money, every penny sud­denly coun­ted much more than it ever had. Spend­ing sev­er­al pounds on a can of shav­ing gel had to stop. So I bought a cheap shav­ing brush and a puck of soap that I knew would last far longer than the shav­ing gel ever had.
That small change began some­thing. Since it took me a bit longer to have a shave I star­ted to relax, to take my time with it. I began to see shav­ing as a time to pamper myself and relax. I star­ted to enjoy it.
Fast for­ward a couple of years, and although I’ve had an elec­tric razor for quick shaves dur­ing the week, I’ve always enjoyed my Sat­urday morn­ing wet shave. Once again an aware­ness of how I spend my money has promp­ted anoth­er change in my shav­ing set up. I ran out of cart­ridges for my Mach 3 and on going to buy some new ones, the cost floored me. I can­’t spend £13 on 8 razor heads which will last me only a couple of months before threat­en­ing to pull the skin off my face.
I took to Amazon to find out if they were cheap­er, they wer­en’t, but one of their handy sug­ges­tions based on oth­er peoples pur­chas­ing habits was. I’m not talk­ing slightly either, I’m talk­ing £9 for 100 blades. A grand total of 9p per blade and accord­ing to the inter­net (means it’s true right?), each blade should last me 5 or 6 shaves. That’s about 2p per shave. So I took the next step in my shav­ing career and bought a double edged safety razor for £20. That means in just over 6 months I’ll be sav­ing money and in 2 years time I’ll still be using the same pack of blades. Brilliant.
But do you know what’s even more brilliant?
I enjoy shav­ing even more now. I have to take even more time with it, mak­ing two or three passes over my face. I’ve had to relearn how to make a lath­er, turns out I was doing it wrong but the Mach 3 did­n’t show it up. In fact I’ve had to relearn how to shave entirely, but it has­n’t been a chore. I now shave 3 times a week, using sim­il­ar tools to my Grand­dad who I remem­ber get­ting up early to shave in the kit­chen sink. He used to take his time, I nev­er under­stood why.
I do now.
Shav­ing isn’t a chore. It’s a relax­ing, sooth­ing treat, and a great way to start the day, or fin­ish it if you’ve had par­tic­u­larly stress­ful one. In fact it’s more than that. It’s a pause, a moment in time where I’m not think­ing about any­thing else (I tried it once; blood every­where), it’s an oppor­tun­ity to give my mind a rest and just enjoy the moment.