Ask Aaron Q/A: The best ways to avoid razor clogging

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Aaron is asked a question about razor clogging and the best ways to prevent this from happening

James Hunt, from the UK, asks:

“Hi there, I have recently bought some Vulfix Old Original Shaving Cream (having previously used Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap – which I found to be great).

I’ve found that the DE razor I use (a Muhle) gets clogged very quickly when I use the shaving cream. Even washing it under a tap doesn’t seem to shift a layer that builds up. The soap lather, on the other hand, washes away easily and the blade doesn’t clog.

Is this a ‘feature’ of using a shave cream? Are they best used for the multi-blade razors like the Mach 3’s – or am I missing a trick here? Maybe creating too thick a lather? Are DE razors best with shaving soap rather than creams?

Thanks in advance for your views and input.



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It may help you to build the lather in a bowl to watch it bloom and reach the right texture


Mr. Hunt, It does seem by your description that the lather your are creating is too thick and needs either less product or more water, or perhaps a combination of the two. When loading a brush with cream, you only need a minimal amount because of it’s concentrated nature and softer texture. This will also take considerably less time as compared to soap as well.

It may help you to build the lather in a bowl to watch it bloom and reach the right texture, which should be something akin to a beaten egg white meringue, fluffy white peaks included. There are many gentlemen out there with great tutorial videos on how to build a lather with shaving cream and I suggest you take a look at those to help you along the right path.

I am glad you find the Mitchell’s Wool Fat soap agreeable, it’s a personal favorite! Enjoy the new Vulfix cream, and let us know how you get along!

Smooth Shaving!

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