The Grooming Artist’s Wet Shaving Holiday Gift Guide


We are in the full swing of the holidays here at RoyalShave! Since most of us are inundated with family gatherings and other social events this time of year, we’re saving you the extra stress of coming up with the perfect present for the wet shaver in your life with our Wet Shaving Holiday Gift Guide.

From the straight razor novice to the gentleman looking to add a valuable new piece to his collection, we have a carefully selected pick that’ll fit the bill.

Use this gift guide for finding that perfect present, or to fill your own Christmas wish list.



For the Straight Razor Beginner

This Dovo 5/8” Half Hollow Best Quality Straight Razor Shaving Set is a pleasurable way to introduce a young gentleman into the world of wet shaving. The 5/8”-wide, half hollow ground blade is suitable for beginners, while the shave brush, stand, shaving cream, and alum pen complete the wet shave experience.

Your recipient will also learn the fine art of stropping with the included red latigo strop.

SHOP: Dovo 5/8” Half Hollow Best Quality Straight Razor Shaving Set, $180 (on sale now)


For the Safety Razor Connoisseur

Come Christmas, we all enjoy unwrapping a beautifully packaged gift. Save yourself the endless tangles of gift wrap and tape with the Feather Wood Handle Stainless Steel Safety Razor Set, which comes in a charming black box. Feather doesn’t skimp on the details, either – the heavy, stainless steel razor is set in a wood handle for non-slip grip, and the set comes with a safety razor stand all dressed up in black.

This way, the safety razor connoisseur in your life can proudly display his new collectible.

SHOP: Feather Wood Handle Stainless Steel Safety Razor Set, $499.95


For the Collector

When money’s not an issue, the Thiers Issard Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush is the definition of luxury. The thick 26 mm knot, in combination with the brush’s silvertip badger hair, is exceptionally good at holding water, producing rich lather quickly that lifts whiskers and prepares your recipient for a satisfying shave.

SHOP: Thiers Issard Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush – Genuine Horn, in Brown ($320) or Black ($280)


For the Fragrance-Conscious Gentleman

For the dapper man who likes to smell good, old world barber Geo F Trumper excels just as much at fragrance as it does wet shaving implements. Geo F Trumper Cologne is available in bright and simple Extract of Limes, exotic namesake GFT, and warm, rich Sandalwood, a fragrance we highly recommend for cold weather. Whichever fragrance you choose, it is sure to please both the wearer and those who surround him.

SHOP: Geo F Trumper Cologne, $65


For the Skincare Guru

Irritation-free skin is a huge part of the wet shaving experience. Get him a shaving cream that’ll provide a smooth shave while conditioning skin so it’s in peak condition.

Proraso’s Green Tea and Oatmeal Shaving Cream is designed to calm sensitive skin and is formulated without parabens, so it’ll check out in the book of even the most discerning skincare guru.

SHOP: Proraso Shaving Cream, Green Tea and Oatmeal, $9.95


Why You Should Be Using Charcoal On Your Face

Activated carbon

The idea of rubbing something you use for your grill on your face may be off-putting at first, but hear us out. Activated charcoal, an ingredient popping up everywhere right now in the skincare and health industries, has been shown to absorb dirt and impurities without leaving skin dry. Meaning that your skin’s integrity isn’t compromised.

Since the best primer for a wet shave a is strong, resilient skin, activated charcoal is an ingredient we recommend trying the next time you’re on the market for a facial product.

What is activated charcoal?

First, a little history lesson.

Activated charcoal has actually been used for centuries in Japan, India, and Egypt for cleansing and healing wounds and insect bites. During the Ming dynasty in China, healers would use bamboo charcoal to filter water for tea and to create medicines.

And it’s been a staple of hospital emergency rooms for many years. In cases of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose, charcoal attaches to stomach toxins and flushes them out before the blood stream can absorb them.

In terms of composition, activated charcoal is charcoal that’s been treated with oxygen, causing the charcoal to become more porous. This increases the charcoal’s surface area and thereby its ability to absorb toxins and bacteria.

Activated charcoal can absorb thousands of times its own weight.

What does activated charcoal do for my face?

Charcoal is a heavyweight, all-natural detoxifier. Similar to how it draws out toxins from the stomach, charcoal acts like a magnet for impurities, absorbing oil and dirt from your pores. These impurities then get washed away once you rinse your face.

Who should be using activated charcoal?

Anyone can use products with activated charcoal, but those with oily skin or skin prone to acne will benefit most because it’ll keep your pores clean.

Here are a few of our product recommendations:


Crux Charcoal Grit Bar

Pumice and black walnut shell exfoliate to make way for activated charcoal to absorb built-up grime. Coconut oil and safflower oil restore moisture so your skin is clean, not taut.

SHOP: Crux Charcoal Grit Bar


Ever Bamboo Charcoal Bar

Bamboo charcoal lifts dirt while lavender essential oil calms you down after a long day.

SHOP: Ever Bamboo Charcoal Bar


Bichotan Cleansing Facial Mask

This fancy Bichotan Charcoal, made in the Kishu region of Japan, draws out all matter of impurities while absorbing excess oil. Free of synthetic fragrances, parabens, alcohol, and dyes, this face mask only contains 5 ingredients and is a treat for oily skin.

SHOP: Bichotan Cleansing Facial Mask


We’re Loving Your Movember Giveaway Entries!

Our RoyalShave Movember Giveaway is still going strong! Here’s a quick rundown:


You can enter on Instagram or Facebook (or both, as many times as you want!).


  1. Like us on Facebook.
  2. Share a photo of your best facial hair on our Facebook timeline. Include the category you’d like to be considered for and a caption that describes your look.


  1. Follow us on Instagram.
  2. Post a photo of your best facial hair and tag us with both @RoyalShave and #RoyalShaveGiveaway. Include the category you’d like to be considered for and a caption that describes your look.

For full details, see our blog post on the Movember Giveaway. Each category winner gets a huge men’s grooming package that includes a Taylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Shaving Cream Bowl, a Shear Revival pomade, shaving balms and oils from The Art of Shaving, and much more!

Movember is a fun time to grow out your facial hair for the first time, or to experiment with what you already have, but we can’t forget the root issue of this event – instigating change for men’s health.

According to, 1 in 2 American men will be diagnosed with cancer in his lifetime, and 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Whether you start up a new exercise routine, make a pledge to eat healthier, or participate in our Movember Giveaway, we hope this month sheds light on the importance of taking care of yourself!

With that being said, we’ve been enjoying your entries on Facebook and Instagram wanted to share a couple of them here! Hope to see yours soon!

Adam Schlosser Styled

(Via Facebook User Adam Schlosser)

Category: Styled (Well-Dressed Wolverine)

Jeff Bittner Styled

(Via Facebook user Jeff Bittner)

Category: Styled

Erick Busold Natural

(Via Facebook user Erick Busold)

Category: Natural (Horseshoe) 

Tyson Robert 1285

(Via Instagram user @TysonRobert1285)

Category: Natural 


Happy Veterans Day!


“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” –Elmer Davis

Today we honor our remarkably brave veterans who put their lives on the line to protect our country’s freedom.

To our veterans – we thank you for your service and your sacrifice. We salute you on Veterans Day and beyond.

Happy Veterans Day!

-All of us at RoyalShave



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