Wet Shaving for Women: 3 Reasons to Try It

Old-timey stuff is coming back in style, and shaving is no exception. Over the last handful of years, the traditional wet shaving movement has been growing by leaps and bounds. There tons of new shaving products, new businesses, and new hobbyists. But, what is traditional wet shaving? It seems like a guy thing. Can women try it, too?

You bet!

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“Traditional wet shaving” is the long term used for shaving with old-fashioned (or traditional) methods: a shaving brush, some shave soap, and a safety razor or straight razor (pictured above is a safety razor). Here is a really simplistic, brief overview of how wet shaving works:

The brush is moistened and used to create a fluffy lather from the soap and then is brushed on the areas of skin that are going to be shaved. The safety razor uses what’s called a double-edged blade (both edges of the blade are sharp and can be used for shaving) to shave the skin.

That’s basically it. (For more in-depth instructions, I encourage you to check out some YouTube videos. There are TONS of them out there and they are very detailed).

It looks kind of scary and daunting at first, but give it a try and you’ll be hooked. Here are my top three reasons why traditional wet shaving is for women, too.

Traditional Wet Shaving for Women

  1. It’s the perfect shave. Welcome to the closest, best shave of your life. Safety razor shaving truly cuts the hair right down to the skin without creating irritation. Your legs (and any other areas you wish to shave) will stay smoother, longer. Yes to that!
  2. It’s cheaper. In the long run, converting to traditional wet shaving equipment will save you money. If you’re like me, you dread putting cartridge razors on your shopping list and then scanning the store aisle for the cheapest option that doesn’t look like it would massacre your legs. When you learn how to use a safety razor, you’ll be saving money. (And you won’t look like you just walked through a thorn bush).
  3. You’ll feel pampered. This is my absolute favorite reason for wet shaving. My skin feels so smooth. The soaps are moisturizing, natural, and healthy for your skin. There are so many beautifully crafted soaps and scents to choose from. I look forward to every shaving session! (As a mom, getting some pampering time is definitely something I look forward too).

There you have it! Three great reasons why women can use traditional wet shaving. I hope this brief overview whet your appetite a little bit. I’m planning more posts about women’s wet shaving soon, including lists of my favorite soaps, brushes, and razor.

Are you a wet shaver? Why do you enjoy it?




Stirling Soap Company Product Review: Sunflower Fields Shave Soap and Boar Brush

Pampering your skin doesn’t need to be limited by budget, time, or a trip to the spa. Wet shaving is one way to give your skin some love. You can read more about this lovely pastime in Wet Shaving for Women: 3 Reasons to Try It.

I recently acquired a new soap and new shave brush and would like to share my review of these items.


The soap and brush are both products from Stirling Soap Company; an artisan brand that’s become a reliable favorite for many shavers. Stirling shave soaps are known for their easy-to-load, rich lathers that provide plenty of cushion and supreme slickness. Though it’s easy expound upon the excellent “shavability” of Stirling soaps, this review will focus on the soap scent.

Sunflower Fields is a new scent that Stirling released with women shavers in mind. Here is an excerpt from the soap description from stirlingsoap.com:

This beautifully complex women’s scent is a bright and uplifting fragrance that’s perfect for spring and summer.  It boasts top notes of lemon, rosewood, orange blossom, sweet mandarin, bergamot, melon, and sweet peach.  Middle notes are comprised of cyclamen, rose, jasmine, osmanthus and iris root. The base notes are musk, cedar, amber, moss and sandalwood.

Sunflower Fields is an appropriate name for this feminine compilation of fruits and florals. I could try and pick apart the notes and specific fragrances used, but I think Stirling’s description does a fine job of that. What I will do is try and explain what flashed through my mind the very first time this scent entered my sniffer.

Ok. I brought the soap puck up to my nose and was overwhelmed by a powerful, flowery yet complicated scent that immediately unpacked a childhood memory of standing in my teenage babysitter’s bathroom.

Let me explain.

I pictured the scene of a scrunchie-littered, curling iron still plugged in, nail polish dotted countertop in the bathroom that constantly smelled of fresh smelling shampoos, hairspray, and aromatic mousse. This girl was kind, smart, beautiful, and confident, and her bathroom – rather, the scent that filled her bathroom – emanated these fine, womanly qualities (in my mind).

So that was the very first thing that splashed across my mind when I smelled Sunflower Fields. It brought me back to my earliest depictions of what it was to be womanly according to my 90s girlhood.

That was my personal, initial impression. Then I actually took a few moments to ponder the scent. Sunflower Fields is fresh and beautiful, and it is definitely for the ladies. What Tabac is for guys, this scent is for gals: a complex, powerful aroma that encompasses all that is female. After smelling it for a few moments I nearly started to paint my nails and felt the urge to go find my black stilettos. The scent is sophisticated enough to adorn a lady for a night on the town but lovely enough to accompany a woman to the coffee shop or the library. Basically, it’s the “you-can’t-go-wrong” women’s scent. I know I’ll be reaching for this one again and again. Way to go, Stirling.

On to the brush!

This review will be much more factual and to-the-point.

This newly released brush is a 24mm knot boar hair brush. The loft is 57mm. The boar hair provides ample backbone but is limber enough to allow for a gentle splay. It loaded soap fairly quickly and was enjoyable to lather. The soap brushed on easily and the lather continued to build as I painted my skin. The handle is fantastic! The shape of it lets the user obtain a strong yet comfortable grasp around the stylish looking resin.

As I have never used a Semogue or other well known brush, I cannot compare this one with other models. However, I can tell you that it worked very well and it was only 8 bucks! That’s cheap, folks. But just because the price is low doesn’t mean this brush is poor quality. I would recommend this boar brush to any shaver.