Proraso Shave Cream Products

“An impeccable line for every kind of beard”

Proraso has been around for 65 years and are always striving to do better. Their designs have changed but their content still remains the same. We want to distinguish the difference between the scents of the Proraso shaving creams and which scent would be best with your shave.

 Green –  Proraso Shaving Cream, Menthol and Eucalyptus

This is the line that gave birth to Proraso. The new formulation is now paraben-free and contains eucalyptus oil, coconut oil and natural glycerin. The menthol adds a sensational tinging effect which allows the razor to pass cleanly through stubble. The shaving cream can be used with or without a shaving brush. Works great for all skin types.
HR_423-019-00_proraso-green-shaving-cream-menthol-eucalyptusRed – Proraso Nourishing Shave Cream in Tube

Proraso Shaving Cream is made by a hot soap-making process which enriches the ingredients and turns them into a creamy soft soap. The cream is vegetable based and contains natural ingredients that nourishes and regenerates dry skin and softens even rough and tough beards. This cream contains shea butter and sandalwood oil for their calming and anti-inflammatory effects. The nourishing shave cream contains no parabens, silicons, mineral oils or artificial colors. This is great for dry skin and coarse beards. 



Blue – Proraso Blue Shaving Cream, Aloe and Vitamin E

Proraso Blue Shaving Cream is the newest addition to the Proraso family of products. The shaving cream adds a slick cushion to the skin and allows the razor to glide comfortably, protecting the skin from shaving irritations. The formula contains added Aloe and Vitamin E to help regenerate damaged skin cells. It has more of a classic barbershop scent with a hint of licorice.



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The Royal Shave 12 Minute Morning Routine For Men

12 minute shave

Most of us when we wake up aren’t all that energized. The first thing we head to when we step out of bed is the coffee pot (for those of you who drink coffee) hmm, that does sound great right now! After that we head to the shower knowing we need to shave (if it is needed) but the thought of lathering our face, and shaving seems like it will take hours in that moment. Not true! This can be down in 12 minutes. Follow this Royal Shave routine and you will see the result. To add a little fun, time it and let us know how it goes!

First things first. Run a hot shower and wait for the steam to fill the empty cold air in your bathroom. Once you see this, hop in and soak your face in with the hot water and let the steam open your pours. we recommend bathing and shaving at the end so the pours on your face are 100% open. This will give you a closer shave because the skin is softer as well as the hairs in your beard.


1. Use a preshave oil.

Pre shaving oil is a type of lubricant that is applied to the skin prior to shaving your beard. The pre-shaving oil provides a closer, smoother shave and allows the razor to glide on the skin’s surface which reduces irritation.

We recommend:




The Art of Shaving Pre Shave Oil, 60ml ($19.95)


2. Use a shaving cream and brush

Another term used for this is to ‘lather the face.’ This causes a foamy substance on the beard in order to shave. Soak your brush in hot water and then dip it into the shaving soap or cream and swirl it around a few times to create a foam substance and then apply this to your face.

We recommend:

toobstSandalwoodTaylor of Old Bond Street Luxury Shaving Cream Bowl ($15.95)




RoyalShave PB2 Best Badger 3-Band Shaving Brush ($42.95)


3. Choosing your razor

There is a very big difference between a cartridge razor, safety razor and straight razor. To read more about this go to Whatever tool you use, prepare it for your shave. Make sure your blade is sharp!

we recommend:

Safety Razor:




Merkur 34C HD Chrome Plated Safety Razor ( $49.50 )

Straight razor:

HR-405-009-00-RoyalShave-5-8-straight-razor-by-dovo-2014-004_2Royal Shave 5/8″ Full Hollow Straight Razor Exclusively by Dovo ( $159.00 )


4. Time to shave!

When shaving with  a safety razor make sure the weight of the razor does most of the work.   Hold it to your face like the picture below and pull down against the grain. If this is your first time shaving with a safety razor expect irritation on the face. The skin has to get used to this razor, the lather and everything that goes with this method of shaving. After a few shaves the irritation will be less. If there still continues to be irritation please look into changing your shaving cream.  Repeat this shaving method twice to ensure a close shave.

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With a straight razor when shaving make sure you pull the skin opposite to the direction you are shaving. Gently scrape down the face against the grain. There should be a slight gap between your skin and the razor. Please be very careful when using this technique it is easy to cut up your face.


5. Rinse and skin food

Once the shaving is over, rinse your face and then dab with a hot towel. Wait about 1 minute and then apply skin food to your face. What is skin food? Skin Food is a smooth gel-like liquid primarily used as an aftershave treatment. This will help with irritation and smoothness to your skin after your shave.

We recommend:



Geo F. Trumper Skin Food, 200ml ($37.95 )


Enjoy your 12 minute shave time!





Tips & Facts: Razor Sharpening

slumiGood honing and good stropping are both absolutely necessary for a good straight razor shave. In order to get a clean and sharp razor blade we start off with honing which sharpens your razor. Then we move onto the stropping. The strop doesn’t sharpen the edge of the razor at all, but simply aligns the edge keeping the very thin metal all pointing in the same direction.

Types of hones:

Natural: Natural sharpening stones can be a lot more difficult to come across due to the inconsistency of their origin. Because they are quarried (mined) from the earth, it becomes more difficult to find an ideal shape or texture in the stone. The use of natural stones require using slurry stones to create a slurry (paste-like consistency) to sharpen the razor. A natural sharpening stone is often less aggressive and consequently gives the razor a smoother shave.

Synthetic: Manmade stones offer the consistency that natural stones can not. Often made of a ceramic base for leverage and abrasive powder to form grits, the stone are carefully constructed and often give a sharper, crisper edge. The grits follow a number system which allows for customers to select the level of coarseness they prefer.




Naniwa 12,000 Grit Super Stone in Stand


Types of strops:

The types of sharpening strops depend on how they are set and the method used while stropping.

Hanging – These are the only style strops that need to be attached to an immovable object which holds the strop stable while stropping. They often have a hook or loop which affixes to an object and a loop or handle at the opposite end of the strop to hold it steady while stropping. These are the most common sharpening strops.




30 Degree Thin Latigo Natural Leather Strop with Handle, 3″


Paddle/Loom – Paddle/Loom strops are relatively uncommon, but are convenient for travelers. The leather strop is affixed to a paddle with an extended handle. These types of strops are as equally as effective as hanging strops, but can be harder to use due to their average size and angle at which the strop must be performed.


HR-430-036-00-bison-paddle-strop-case002_2Bison Paddle Strop Razor Case

Types of Materials used:

Materials: Most strops are comprised of a leather component and a reverse fabric component. The fabric aspect is used to thoroughly clean the razor before using the leather component to actually realign the blade’s edge. There are very many different leathers and fabrics used for razor stropping, below are among the most common:

  • Latigo – Typically, this refers to a special process used to treat cowhide leather during the tanning process. It is generally treated with aluminum salts/oil and leaves the strop slightly flexible, oily and strong.
  • Russian Leather (Juchten) – Russian leather is also comprised of cowhide leather, but has been treated with birch oil during it’s tanning process. The birch oil gives the leather a distinct texture, smell and reddish color. The Russian Leather strop requires less time to break in and even allows for a gentle bare hand massage to prepare it for stropping
  • Fabric – The most common materials used to clean the strop are cottonlinen and hemp.

Take a look at the diagram below from Gentleman’s Shop to see how you strop and what direction you move the blade.



A fine hairdo makes a fine BYRD


Okay, let’s get this straight… so there really is a Pomade out there that caters to the surfing lifestyle. Why a pomade if you are going to be going into the ocean anyway? Whats the point..? Read more from this interview we had with owner Chase of BYRD Hairdo products.

1. Where are you located?

We originated in Newport Beach but are now based out of Culver City, CA

2. When did you start this business?

November 2012

3. When did you realize that this is what you wanted to pursue?

Being from Newport, the hub of surf culture, I grew up surfing as an amateur and now professionally with Quicksilver. You could presume that a surfer starting a men’s hair care line with nothing to do in the cosmetics industry is obscure. Having your own look and style and paying attention to your appearance were traits bred in me. In the early stages of high school my friend introduced me to Murray’s and I was hooked on pomades ever since. I feel like things just fell into place after that. Between my surfing career and business, I keep myself busy. It’s a pretty rad thing when work doesn’t really feel like work.

4. Describe a few steps you took to make this happen.

There was never a pomade I loved that catered to my everyday surfing lifestyle being in & out of the ocean. Murray’s take weeks to wash out and all others would sting my eyes and fluff my hair. I wanted a great all around pomade that I could throw in, go surf and come out with the same salty slick. I started making home batches of pomade with melted down beeswax and essential oils in crock pot. After all those failed, I researched a team of chemists to work with on the first Byrd pomade samples. After some months of testing, the idea realized and BYRD Hairdo Products was born.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

The Byrd customer is confident in their style but if they were having trouble deciding on a product, we’d point them in the right direction.

6. What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

The Byrd flock has come a long way in a year and 5 months. The latest project in the works is our addition to the pomade collection. Our Matte and Light pomades are soon to launch this summer and we are fired up about them.

7. What do you believe makes a quality product?

You can spend months perfecting details and packaging which are a huge part of positioning your product but when it comes from you, that’s what makes it special.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

Surf culture, fashion, traveling around the globe.

9. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Attitude is everything. There’s a quote from Benjamin Franklin I read whenever I’m in a rut. “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. “ Maybe attempt #101 will succeed.

10. So you have a Barbershop, eh?

Yes, we have a barbershop here at our office in Culver City but its only operational during the Slick Saturday events we have.


11. What is Slick Saturday? 

Byrds presents Slick Saturdays once a month at our creative space/ office/ barbershop/ home in Culver City. We provide fine cocktails and fresh cuts to all our friends and fans of Byrd.



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12. Where can readers find out more about you and your work? 


Instagram: @byrdhair


Byrd Products:


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