How Do I Use A Shave Stick? A Quick Guide

Updated: January 12, 2017

How to use a shave stick is a questions that is asked often when making the switch to from the modern shaving world to the classic shaving world has introduced me to many items and techniques that I wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise.  But I have to say that one of the most enjoyable items I have come across is the shave stick. If you unfamiliar with the shave stick here is an article to get you going. In this post we will look specifically on how you use a shave stick.

Step 1

Ensure that your beard or stubble is adequately wet.  Use a face cloth with a generous amount of water and get you face nice and damp.

Step 2

Step 2 is easy.  Take your shave stick, which I run under water and start rubbing the soap all over your face, kind of like you would a glue stick onto a piece of paper. Once you believe you have enough soap on your face move on to step three.

Step 3

Step three start building lather. Taking a wet brush, and using circular motions, start building lather with the soap on your face. I like this method for several reasons; I feel like I have greater control over the water / soap ratio because I can feel what is need rather than having to look in a bowl.

Step 4

Shave. Repeat.

Simple and wonderful.  I love the shave stick.

Outside of the convenience and efficacy of the shave stick it also make for a great addition to your shaving travel kit. It is small making it easy to carry.  Usually rather inexpensive so if you leave it behind it isn’t a worry.

There are many options for you to try:

From the classic Arko Shave Stick, with it unmistakable packing Arko is almost a rite of passage for any newcomer to wet shaving. The smell isn’t exotic but it is specific. With an attractive brush point and a good shave to go with it, Arko is a favourite option for many shavers. I would suggest making Arko your first shave stick. You can pick it up on Amazon.

arko shave stick

The Spanish and wonderfully scented La Toja makes for another great option. With a clean baby powder type smell and an attractive price point it makes another great option.

la toja shave stick

Palmolive has a shave stick as well. And it smells like, well, something you would expect from Palmolive.  I wasn’t a huge fan but it may be up you alley.


Tabac shave stick is yet another option, one that I haven’t tried mind you but is on my to try list, but if it is anything like their shave cream I’m sure I will enjoy it.


Other options include lesser known brands like Elvado who had an almond offering that was amazing.

Finally you have higher end options as well, for example D.R.Harris & Co Arlington Shaving Stick or one of Taylor of Old Bond St. offerings like St. James College

If you haven’t tried using a shave stick I implore you to give it a try. There are many options out there sure to satisfy everyone and in the end if it’s not for you you will not be out too much cash.

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