How Many Shaves Do You Really Get Per Can of Shaving Gel?

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How much will you save by switching to brush & soap? First we need to know how many shaves you actually get per can of shaving cream.

Edge says that you should get 40-60 shaves per can of their 7 oz shaving cream. Well, I put that claim to the test.

First, the methodology. The plan is pretty simple really. It's to 1) measure out how much gel is required per pass, 2) measure how much total gel is in that can, and 3) calculate the number of lathers a 7oz can will deliver.

How Much Shave Cream is Used Per Shave?

4.2 grams. That's probably the upper limit as to what a typical person would squeeze out of the can for one lather. So, for purposes of this calculation, we can therefore assume 3-4 grams of product is used per pass. Enough lather to cover your beard.

But realistically, unless you're really steady on the "trigger finger," you aren't going to be using only 3 grams. Also, 3 grams is a pretty light layering of shave cream. So, most people are probably closer to the 4 grams than 3 grams, and each squirt of the can will vary.

How Much Shave Cream is in Each Can?

This part was easy. And yes, it was wasteful. But now you don't have to repeat it to find out.

The answer is: about 7 ounces by weight (202 grams). A little more than what's advertised on the can.

The Math

So, we then divide 202 by 3 = 67, and 202 by 4 = 50.

And, therefore... You can expect to get 50 to 67 lathers out of one can of edge shaving gel. But wait! That's lathers, not shaves.

If you do two passes, cut that number in half to 25 or 34 shaves. And if you do 3 passes, you can only expect 16 to 22 shaves per can.


You're really only getting less than one month's worth of shaving cream per can if you shave every day.

Compare to our Rustic Shave Soap which will net you at the very least 4 months of 3 pass shaves or 130 lathers. And up to 6 months or 190 lathers. Sure, it's not as huge a savings as double edge blades, but the quality of the lather is leagues ahead of anything a can. And you're still saving money!

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Germs, Soap, Antibacterial Soap, & Used Shaving Gear

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In this article I will discuss germs. How and why soap gets rid of those germs, whether antimicrobial soap is worthwhile, and whether or not germs can live on used shaving gear.

Antibacterial Soap - Does it Even Work?

Antimicrobial soap sounds like a great idea, but in recent times has come under fire. It’s supposed to kill off more microbes than regular soap, but does it do more harm than good? Maybe, but there are no definitive studies on the effects of antibacterial soap & bacterial resistance.

So, what the heck is it? In short, it’s just liquid soap (ok, actually synthetic detergent) laced with an antimicrobial agent (usually Triclosan).

It’s supposed to be more effective at killing off germs, but is it really? First off, antibacterial anything does absolutely nothing to viruses. (It's antibacterial, not antiviral.) Ok, but what about bacteria? According to the FDA, there is no evidence that antibacterial soap is any more effective at killing bacteria than regular soap.

How Soap Kills Those Germs

The possibly surprising answer is that it doesn’t. Only antibacterial soap kills bacteria (but not viruses). Soap just washes the germs down the drain. So why doesn’t that bar of soap start growing bacteria? Because it doesn't have enough water. Bacteria need water to thrive. No water, no bacteria. Same with most viruses, they can’t survive for longer than a few days outside of a controlled environment. In addition, soap is a pretty strong base. Approximately 9-10 on the pH scale.

But what about soft soaps, croaps and creams? Do they grow bacteria? Actually, unless a preservative is used, yes they can.

What about viruses? The good news is that most of the ones we should be concerned about die within hours of leaving the host body. Some are a little more resistant though. Most die after a week of exposure on a dry surface. A study published in 2010 in the AEM found that washing your hands with soap & water was the best method for removing the Norovirus, followed in efficacy by rinsing with just plain water. So, regular ol’ soap & water quite possibly the best way to get rid of those viruses short of submerging your hands in bleach or alcohol for a few minutes.

What's the Best Way to Wash Your Hands?

The best way to wash your hands is the most thorough method. The more crevices you get and time you spend, the cleaner your hands will be. As far as methods go, the WHO method is the best. See how to do it below.

Are Used Razors Safe?

First off, do not reuse a cartridge razor or the DE blade. The actual razor is not safe to share. Period. Don't do it. Unless you want to catch something nasty. A razor blade is so cheap and disposable and should not be shared.

But what about the actual razor? The good news is that metal is extremely inhospitable to life forms. A simple rinse with water will wash off most viruses according to the FDA, and the use of soap and water will wash off nearly 100% of all microbes.  But if you’re still concerned, sanitization after cleaning is an option. 5 minutes in a 90% alcohol solution or the use of Barbicide is what I recommend. Bleach also works, but might react with some finishes.

What About Used Brushes?

Just like everything else, washing the brush with soap & water will eliminate nearly all the microbes. Brushes present a slight problem for sanitization. The hairs cannot be exposed to harsh chemicals such as bleach or alcohol or even Barbicide because they might be damaged. The only sanitizing agent I personally know of to be safe would be a vinegar & water mixture. However, it’s not as effective as bleach or alcohol or Barbicide.

Now, all that said, you can also just let it sit around for 7 days or however many days necessary to kill off whatever virus you’re concerned about. But if you’re very concerned about such things, you’re better off not buying used.

What about soap? It depends. If the soap is a triple milled soap, it is extremely inhospitable to germs. Not only is there no water, but it’s a fairly basic solution. In addition, you can always scrape off or wash off the top layer of soap. As such, it’s pretty safe. If it’s a softer soap with no preservative, there is a small chance of bacterial presence.

In this author’s opinion though, metal is extremely inhospitable to anything other than the most hardy of spores, and soap & water should get rid of those. Plus, they can be soaked in alcohol/bleach/Barbicide, so buying a used DE razor is fairly safe. As for brushes, soap & water is pretty darned effective, but there is a miniscule chance of something remaining. But they’re still probably pretty safe. Regardless, purchase used shaving gear at your own risk.



Effectiveness of Liquid Soap and Hand Sanitizer against Norwalk Virus on Contaminated Hands by Pengbo Liu, Yvonne Yuen, Hui-Mien Hsiao, Lee-Ann Jaykus, and Christine Moe. January 2010, vol. 76, No. 2, p. 394-399. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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Five Steps to Make a Super Lather with WSP's Rustic Soap

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So, I've had a few questions about my Instagram shave of the day photos. Specifically, how I get such thick and rich lather. Well, I'm going to show you in five easy steps.

1. Soak the brush

You'll want to soak it for at least a minute. You want the hairs to be saturated with water. I soak it for about two to five minutes; the time it takes to wash my face.

2. Let Excess Water Drip Off

In order to load a lot of lather into the brush, you need water to grab the soap particles. As such, you don't want to shake the brush dry, you just need to hold it over the sink and let all the major water drip out for a few seconds.

3. Load, load, load, and then load some more

Lather after 20 swirls

After 25 more swirls

4. Continue loading

You need to get that lather deep into the knot. You don't want to completely mash the hairs, but you need to get the soap into the center of the knot.

Lather after 100 more swirls

5. Take your photo

Arrange the brush, soap, & anything else you want to include in your shave of the day photo and take your photo!

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5 Tips to Get a Better Shave of the Day Photo with Your Cellphone

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The background is one of the easiest ways to improve the overall look of your photos. With a simple white sheet of paper, you can create a clean, white background. Have a cool wallpaper? Use it! Have a great view out your window? Set your subjects up on the window sill!

Have a sign like I do? Just prop it up in the background and shoot. It can even serve as a "watermark" or branding. How about a fragrance collection? All those fancy bottles gives a SOTD photo some class.

However, a really cool technique is to black out the background. Now, normally this is done with an SLR & a speedlight, but using a piece of velvet fabric, you can replicate the look using just a cellphone. See how I shot the above photo below!

I just used a piece of foamboard, velvet cloth, and two boxes. Easy!


Of course, not everyone has sheets of professional quality backdrops. And admittedly, that piece of velvet was $10, and setting it up every time can be a pain. But, there's a different and easier way to get a decent background without investing anymore time or money. Shoot at an angle.


As you can see, the table fills the entire background. If this type of shot is your style, it works great! Another option is to shoot from the top down and lay everything out like this:

Here is how two compositions look from an angle and from a straight on shot:


Lighting is the key to any good photograph. The best light source is the sun. It is a million times more powerful than any commercially available lights, and probably anything short of a nuclear bomb. So, use it! North facing windows are always a good bet. Outdoors is always good.

Leave the bathroom! It probably doesn't have the best lighting in your house, and it may not have the most room either.

And if for some reason, you really don't have access to any windows, just get a bunch of lamps together and light your shave gear from the top.


It's the thing that a lot of photographers ooh and ahhh over. And yes, it's pretty darn cool. For those that don't know what it is, it's the blurring of the background. See below.

But it's not that easy to do with a cellphone because they don't have that large of an aperture. The lens is only a fraction of an inch in diameter, whereas a DSLR lens can be a couple of inches or more. But, fear not, if you place your shave gear as close to the camera as possible, and have your background as far away as possible (at least 5 ft, 10 is better, and 20+ is great), you can get a good bokeh.

That metal art deco piece is about 15-20 ft away. So, as you can see, it is difficult, but possible to blur out the background with your cellphone. And of course, there's an app for that.


While this might be obvious, there are a few ways to arrange your shaving gear in a way that maximizes the impact. Depending on what gear you want to focus on, arrange the items accordingly. If you want to show off that flashy shaving soap label, then put the lid front and center (so to speak, off to the side also works, the point is to make it prominent). Want to show off that cool straight razor? Put it up front.

Shaving brush? Put the shaving soap lid in the background.

Don't be afraid to omit pieces of gear for a better shot. In fact, the more stuff in the shot, the more cluttered it will look. Sometimes less is more.


Check out my friend Rodney's instagram page for inspiration on arrangements. He does a much better job of it than I do.

Whatever you do, just shoot more photos!

And if you use any WSP gear, be sure to tag us on instagram and facebook, and we'll repost it to our instagram feed.

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