I don't like to spend a lot on "shave tech" so I subscribe to Dollar Shave Club to get my razors.
Dollar Shave Club is a monthly mail order service that sends me a pack of 5 double blade replacement cartridges once a month for only $1.00. It's a good way to save money and the blades are just as good as any I've bought from Gillette, if not better.
Dollar Shave Club lets you choose 2, 4 or 6 blades. I went with the 2 blade version is called the "Humble Twin"... Anything more than 2 blades seemed like I'd be missing the point, which is to stop paying extra for stupid blade marketing features, and start shaving like my "handsome-ass grandfather" did.
My first Dollar Shave Club delivery had a small free sample of "Dr. Carver's Shave Butter" in it. It's basically moisturizer, but it's meant for shaving.
I shave with lotion sometimes because it does double-duty as a moisturizer and shave cream. If you didn't know it, almost any lotion will provide a good shave. Dr. Carver's did a sweet job in both respects, providing a nice clean close shave, and also moisturizing action.
It's also paraben free. From the Dollar Shave Club website, "Dr. Carver’s Shave Butter is paraben free. Parabens are a group of compounds used in cosmetics as preservatives. Current research suggests that there may be some possibility of later side effects when these substances come into regular contact with the skin. Although the scientific evidence is not absolutely conclusive, we chose not to use these ingredients."
Dr. Carver's doesn't appear to have phthalates, either. I saw a 60 Minutes on phthalates, which are basically in everything and are toxic and according to the EPA may cause "Adverse effects on the development of the reproductive system in male laboratory animals are the most sensitive health outcomes from phthalate exposure."
Unless you shave without a blade you're probably going to shave with something, so it might as well not have these chemicals.
In perfecting the frugal, manly arts, I went where most married guys go for feedback: my wife.
She got me an excellent, paraben-free, phthalate-free alternative to Dr. Carver's, which also doesn't get clogged in my Humble Twin razor, moisturizes like you read about, and is cheap.
You can get a 10 oz jar of St. Ives "Timeless Skin" Collagen Elastin Moisturizer from Drugstore.com for $6.00, so it's less than half of what the Dr. Carver's costs and you can probably get it at any drugstore, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
If you haven't seen the Dollar Shave Club viral video, you should check it out, because Mike is pretty funny. The "Dollar Shave Club" video looks super professional, and has been watched over 10 million times, but their budget was only $5,000.
What an awesome marketing vehicle!