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Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set (2.5 oz. Soap, Bowl, Brush)
- Hypo-allergenic shave soap contains 40% humectants moisturizers to help soften even the toughest beard
- Ceramic bowl designed to make lathering easier by holding the shave cake in place and fitting comfortably in the shaver's hand
- Handmade shaving brushes using the world's finest quality 100% natural boar bristle
- Shallow bowl reduces mess and prevent tipping
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Wash your new shaving brush with soap and warm water before using for the first time.
When you're ready to shave, wet the bristles with warm or hot tap water and gently shake off the excess.
Move the brush in a circular motion over the shaving soap until the desired lather is achieved. A thicker or thinner lather is achieved by the amount of water used on the shaving brush according to preference. Keep in mind that only a thin layer of lather is needed for a close, comfortable shave.
Top Customer Reviews
This is the GED graduate of shaves sets (General Education Diploma aka the "Good Enough Diploma"). It's not that $300 chromed shave set, but in the neighborhood of $10.00 it's definitely good enough. In the right hands this kit will give you a great shave. Are there better sets on the market? Probably. Are they going to improve YOUR shaving experience to the nTH degree...probably not. Are they marketed at this price. No. Save your money and spend it on a decent razor and blades. Once you have that down...then you can experiment with pricier sets if YOU want.
I own several brushes that I've collected over the years because I'm just that kind of a person.Read more ›
And, considering the price, its an awesome value.
Here's the thing about brush shaving, its really nice. It feels good on your face, it results in a nice close shave, and its honestly kinda fun to do it the old school way.
The bad part is, you go on the internet and find out that there's a super elite group of people who will tell you that THIS brand of shave soap is the best soap and you should only use THIS brand of badger brush because the other types don't compare and how you can only use THIS kind of razor because the other kinds will somehow destroy your face and make shaving the kind of unspeakable horror only sick, twisted people dare entertain their minds with.
The point I'm trying to make is this: there is actually a community of shaving snobs. People who've actually invested over a hundred dollars in particular, elite equipment to SCRAPE LITTLE HAIRS OFF THEIR CHINS!!!!
So they see this cheapo set and turn their noses up at it, because its ONLY EIGHT DOLLARS and you can BUY IT AT WAL-MART!!!
I do like wet shaving. Its a good shave. I shave with a double edge safety razor (a Merkur) and this particular kit. And it works out GREAT!!!
So here's my review:
THE BRUSH: Its a boars hair brush, and its fine. It lathers well, it works the way it should, its not rough on my face at all. Yes, it has a plastic handle. WHO CARES?!?!?!?! Its the HANDLE of a friggin BRUSH!!! Do your hands start on fire if they touch plastic? Do you get an allergic reaction if your fingertips handle a brush thats not metal or wood? If you answered "No" to both those questions, then you're fine. Complaining about the material of a shaving brush handle makes you a snob.Read more ›
If you want to introduce a friend to brush shaving, this is the way to go. If they don't like it, no loss, if they do, this will carry them through until they get a better set.
As far as brushes go, if you're buying boar, you aren't going to waste your money on a metal or wooden handle brush! You're going inexpensive (not cheap).
The soap in this kit is actually quite nice. I'm currently using a EJ Sea-Buckthorn soap, but the VDH soap must've been loaded with aloe, because it always makes my skin smooth, it doesn't have a strong scent though.
The bowl in this kit (not a mug ~ a bowl) is very deep, which I actually really like. I place my brush in the bowl and fill it to the brim with STEAMY HOT water and let it soak for 15 or 30 seconds. It softens the soap for getting on the brush quickly and gets the brush nice and warm to the core.
At this price, pick up a few and pass them around to guys who are still in the dark about brush shaving, you'll make some converts.
I like to leave my Edwin Jagger set at home, I have this VDH set packed in my travel kit.
For the money, it should have more stars, but compared to other shave brushes, it could have less. Factor the cost and the product and it gets 3 stars. Don't mind spending $25 or more? Go with badger.
The dish is exactly as it appears, decent looking but nothing too exciting.
The brush is a low grade boar hair brush that is unlikely to last more than a few months. I've used mine about 6 weeks and it is shot which is what I was looking for when I decided
to write this review. The brush should be hanged upside down(bristles down) to allow for proper drying and prolong it's life. I did not do so and merely turned it up on it's end when done shaving, consequently the hairs have prematurely worn.
Personally I like the soap, it has a very mild yet pleasant odor and contains Aloe and Shea Butter. My skin is moderately dry and this helps lubricate for a comfortable shave while moistening my
This shave set is nothing that will last years but is ideal to get a sense of if you wish to pursue wet shaving/using a brush and soap in the future. It does not lather nearly as well as a quality brush but is sufficient for a comfortable and close shave. The soap will likely last you 3-6 months so coupled with the bowl it is worth the price. You can find double edged razor blades for a safety razor in local stores for less than $2.00/10 blades. These blades offer a much closer shave than any cartridge I have used and are significantly less costly. I would encourage all men to at least try it so you too can rid yourself of the burden of a lifetime of expensive razor/cartridge replacements. Actually this is a brilliant marketing idea for a company who sells higher grade safety razors/straight razors/shaving soaps/bowls/shave kits as it is enough to experience it at a low cost.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the ceramic bowl and the sturdy brush, but the soap does not suds up like in the picture. Unfortunately had to go back to my conventional canned shaving cream.Published 5 days ago by Mari
The bowl is very nice. I prefer Van Der Hagen's other soaps than the puck that came with this set and the brush is low quality, BUT.... this is a deal. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Stupid People are Annoying
This is a great starter set for shaving. If you are at all interested or curious about making your own lather and using real soap instead of that crap that comes in a can, get... Read morePublished 13 days ago by A. Arnold
Cup and soap seem to work well. The brush does a good job, but even after 3 uses, it's losing bristles...Published 13 days ago by John Sawyer