72. The Old Guy Talks Wet Shaving and SHRINKAGE with Douglas Smythe

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Douglas Smythe was first introduced to traditional shaving as a child watching his dad shave on the weekends, fast forward to today and find him and his business, Phoenix Shaving, trailblazing on the forefront of the Traditional Wet Shaving revival we are currently seeing crop up around the world.

Having created his first perfume at age 8 with his chemistry set the die was cast. After college he moved to Central America where he lived in a hammock at the edge of the rain forest. While there he developed an after bite type solution that relieved the inflammation of bug bites. The product became popular with both locals and tourist alike, so much so, four years later he was back in the USA producing and shipping his wares to Costa Rica.

Eventually his passion for male grooming and traditional shaving became the focal point of his business and Phoenix Shaving was born. Almost immediately, folks began to take notice of Phoenix Shaving's daring scents and creative approach to all things shaving and within 2 years both him and his business partner were featured in Forbes Magazine.

Douglas is also co-host of the popular morning show I'd Lather Be Shaving and organizer of The Big Shave S'west, a yearly "Shave Festival" held each year outside of Los Angeles in sunny Mesa, Arizona. He is a lively online personality and a dynamic public speaker on all things male grooming with a concentration in the art and technique of traditional shaving.

Documentary on The Big Shave West, year 2: http://shor.by/YbyF

Interview Questions

  • What is the most important thing you have done today?
  • What is wet shaving?
  • What is blooming?
  • Why do you want to use a brush to put the lather on?
  • Dry brush versus wet brush to put lather on lather? How much water?
  • What is the difference between your lather and what we buy in a store?
  • Why is first pass down with your razor and pressure plus angle. The next pass or two are in what direction? Do you lather again for each pass?
  • What is post shave shrinkage
  • Ingrown hair is an issue with multi razors
  • Why after shave?
  • How did you get started?
  • What are some of your products and what sets them apart.
  • Do you see Traditional Shaving returning in a big way?
  • What are some must have classic aftershaves? How does one begin to Traditional Shave?
  • You are hiding something from the world that people would be surprised that you do . Maybe you do it in a closet? What is that thing?

To Order Douglas’s Products Go Here

Douglas is also the organizer of The Big Shave S'west, a yearly "Shave Festival" held each year outside of Los Angeles in sunny Mesa, Arizona. He is a lively online personality and a dynamic public speaker on all things male grooming with a concentration in the art and technique of traditional shaving.

To get your Phoenix Shave Kit click here www.oldguytalks.com/shave

Documentary on The Big Shave West, year 2: http://shor.by/YbyF

Links/Social media: http://idlatherbeshaving.com Twitter: Douglas_Smythe Instagram: phoenix_shaving

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