I just started shaving my head about 6 weeks ago so I've been trying out lots of shaving methods. I think there is real merit in NWHamilton's cold water shaving method as I've noticed better shaves when I get pulled away from shaving for a few minutes and have to pick back up with cold lather. I just dismissed it as a fluke but will now purposely try it.
Something I've found that the original poster may be interested in as an alternative to shaving cream is Shave Secret shaving oil. It's $6 through the website but Wal-Mart carries it for less than $3 per bottle. The packaging says it is made entirely from "essential oils" and my less-than-discerning nose can definitely make out clove, rosemary and eucalyptus in it. It looks gimmicky with its cheesy packaging but it really helped a lot. I've gotten the closest shaves yet with it and less razor bumps and less post-shave drying. You can also use it as pre-lather, to go on before the shaving cream, if you still want to use shaving cream.
Directions for using Shave
1) Generously wet the area to be
2) In a moist palm, massage 3-5 drops
of Shave Secret
3) Massage into the area to be shaved
and wait 5 - 10 seconds
4) Shave as usual. (Be sure to rinse
your razor often)
5) No need to rinse the shaved area,
just towel dry.
To get a really close shave, just
re-wet the skin and shave again.
Use 3-5 drops for additional
moisturizing and conditioning of the
If you experience any razor drag-add
more water, not more Shave Secret.
To clean razor, rinse under hot water
and tap in the sink. If necessary, you
can use a tooth brush to unclog razor.
To use as a pre electric conditioner,
apply 1-2 drops, wait a moment and shave