What is a shaving mug?
This is one of the most incredible accessories in traditional shaving. It is usually made of porcelain or ceramic and takes the shape of a mug. But it has a knob for a handle. The design differs from one manufacturer to another, but they all have a wide opening and a rounded bottom on the inside for smooth lathering.
A shaving mug is a great choice because you can produce lather a little bit easier than using a traditional coffee mug. But, do you know how to use a shaving mug? Continue reading to learn a few tricks.
How to Use a Shaving Mug
What You Need
The short sides and a wide lip allow for easy lathering without hitting the sides of the opening with a badger brush.
This is a brush that is uniquely designed for lathering. It can be made of badger hair bristles or synthetic bristles. Make sure you choose a brush that is long enough to match the depth of your shaving mug for easy lathering.
Shaving soap is specifically formulated to produce a rich lather that helps lubricate and soften your beard when preparing it for shaving.
Step By Step Instructions
Step 1: Prep the Shaving Brush
First, you need to prep the shaving brush for lathering. You can easily do this by soaking the brush in warm water for a few minutes.
Then remove it from the water and squeeze it to get rid of the excess water.
Step 2: Prep the Shaving Mug
Add some hot water into the mug, shake the mug and pour out excess water, leaving just a film of water on the inside.
Step 3: Prep the Shaving Soap
There are two types of soap you can use.
First, the one that comes solidified in a container and you need to use a brush to scoop the ideal amount you need.
Second, packs of shaving soap (a single pack fits perfectly in a shaving mug).
Instead of shaving soap, you can consider using a shaving cream because it can also create a very rich lather in a shaving mug. Just make sure you choose a product that doesn’t contain SLS, mineral oil, silicone, or parabens.
Step 4: Start Building Your Lather
If you prefer using a shaving soap that comes in a container, then you need to use the wet brush to scoop a good amount of the soap.
Use circular motions. When you have enough soap on the bristles, transfer your brush to the shaving mug. But if you are a soap pack guy, all you have to do is drop one pack of soap into your shaving mug.
Add a little hot water into the mug containing soap and pour it out. Then hold the knob of the mug tightly with one hand and the brush with the other hand. How easy and convenient you can hold the mug depends on whether you are left-handed or right-handed.
Start lathering by moving the brush in circular motions. Add a few drops of hot water in between to improve the richness of the lather. It should take you about two to three minutes to get the right consistency.
Some shaving mugs may have a very small base that may not fit a traditional-sized soap pack. So, most of the time you may have to break up the pack into smaller chunks. You can also melt the soap pack or you can use a shaving cream.
For the best lathering results when using a shaving mug, you need to maintain an optimum soap to water ratio. You also need to teach yourself how to hold the mug correctly to avoid spilling the rich lather in the making.
If you have never tried out a shaving mug, then it is time you did. This amazing tool is an upgrade of the traditional coffee mug that works perfectly with a shaving soap or a shaving cream.
When you use it correctly, you will get a highly consistent lather that is not too thick and not too watery.