A Close Shave

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Jessica L. Jackson

Thanks for the information!


[…] A while back I wrote a blog on shaving practices and products for gentlemen. This falls into the hygiene arena, so to read that post, click here: A Close Shave […]

Brenda Webb

Oh my! I do not want to imagine our dear Darcy with razor nicks! Now, five o’clock shadow I can handle as I think it is a bit sexy! heh heh Poor dears. No wonder women did not shave their legs or armpits back then!


Women who wanted to remove body hair used wax and something like the edge of a shell . Even in the 1960’s when I was in Europe I noticed that most of the women did not shave their legs or their arm pits


I remember when all men had straight edge razos and razor strops. The strops were often used on kids as well as on razors. How a young man learned to shave himself without cutting his own throat is a mystery to me. As it was men going around with bits of toilet paper or cotton stuck to their faces where they had nciked themselves was common. The rich could afford valets, a good barber, and high quality instruments. The safety razor was the big invention in men’s grooming. IT was by far the greatest invention for them — even more so than the electric razor.

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