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A tradition for the future.

Tibéria offers us a fresh perspective on shaving by showing us a method that’s fail-proof. Traditional razors have been around for many generations, but now’s the time to adopt them for 21st-century reasons.

Pierre-Julien Major points out that popular culture doesn’t present us with a very attractive image of shaving. In the movies, scenes at the barber are often turned into a joke, while the traditional razor is demonized and depicted as being rather dangerous. When Pierre-Julien founded Tibéria, he did so with a mission to change this view and reclaim the ritual that's been so deeply rooted in our lives. “We’re returning to the roots of what our ancestors used before us,” he says. “I fell in love with this world. It fascinates me.” A convert to the traditional method of shaving, the cabinetmaker-in-training was looking to replace the handle of his razor when he discovered a whole new world of possibilities with metals. That’s when he decided to become an eco-friendly designer and build his own brand.

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The ordinary and everyday task of shaving carries a whole new weight when we consider its ecological and economical effects. The quantity of plastic and metal waste produced by disposable razors is extraordinary. Things aren't much better when it comes to electric razors, whose blades can’t be sharpened and must be replaced when they dull. Shaving cream is also wasteful, as it comes in pressurized single-use canisters. “The metal and plastic that gets thrown away every time ends up becoming thousands of tons per year all over the world.”

Tibéria offers an alternative that’s not only eco-friendly, but also economically beneficial. Investing in durable quality products is better than relying on single-use products throughout your lifetime.

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What’s more, you’re guaranteed quality results with this classic method that offers a comfortable and precise shave. Contrary to popular belief, traditional shaving does not cut the skin. Instead, the blade delicately scratches it: “The blade’s movement scrapes the skin rather than cutting the hair,” explains Pierre-Julien. This is why it’s hard to get a close shave with an electric razor, because the blade doesn’t touch the skin. It’s even harder with a disposable razor. “When we shave against the grain, the blade must be at 5 degrees. Otherwise, the blade isn’t positioned at the right angle in relation to the hair. Instead of being perpendicular, it’s parallel, which barely cuts anything. It makes a difference in terms of comfort,” the expert explains.

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Thankfully, traditional shaving is less complicated than it may seem and requires little maintenance. “Leather and a razor are two things that go hand in hand,” Pierre-Julien says. In fact, the cutting edge of the blade comes with a strap made of sharpening leather that you can use to quickly sharpen the razor before shaving. Once well-equipped, stone sharpening is necessary only every two to five years. Shaving foam is another indispensable item, created either by a soap or a cream. Tibéria offers an all-natural shaving soap that’s locally made in Montreal. Using a shaving brush, the soap is whipped with a bit of hot water to form a lather. “The shaving brush is made out of badger hair that has certain special properties.”

Lastly, it’s false to think that traditional shaving is just for men. “The future of traditional shaving is also meant for women, and that’s already the case.” When it comes to what lies ahead, traditional shaving offers a legacy. Not only do these objects last a lifetime, but they can also be passed down from one generation to the next.