Lavender weekend

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Proraso Red Preshave
New Forest 1901 2 band
Catie’s Bubbles Purple Grapefruit
Schick Dial @ 6
Personna blade (?)
Alpa Fougere Cologne

Another busy bank holiday weekend meant I didn’t get chance to blog Saturday’s shave. Let’s talk about today’s shave while its fresh in my head.

I bought a sample of the Catie’s Bubbles Purple Grapefruit in a recent order to see if the scent was for me. Not good news for the bank account because I like it and will pick up a tub in the future.

The usual CB soap performance, it might have just been how I lathered up today but it felt slicker than some of the others I have tried.

A nice scent which starts off mainly with the lavender, but a nice lavender that isn’t over powering with a little sweetness from the grapefruit. Throughout the shave I kept getting little bursts of the sweet grapefruit scent and then relathering for each pass got a boost of the relaxing lavender scent.

The Schick performed well and left me pretty much BBS after 3 passes. I do like the Schick as you can bear down a bit on the most persistent areas of stubble with no fear of nicks or irritation.

A quick splash of the Alpa Fougere cologne and I was done. It has a nice fougere scent which went well with the lavender and drys down to a clean powdery scent.

Following on with the lavender theme Saturday’s shave was
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Myrsol Emulsion
New Forest 1901 2 band
Nannys Silly Soap French Lavender Olive Oil recipe
Ikon 102 on Jürgen Hempel Ti
Gillette Yellow (3)
La Toja Aftershave

First try of the Nannys Silly Soap Olive Oil French Lavender soap which a friend gave me with about one shave left in the tin. Unlike most soaps with olive oil this actually lathers and doesn’t break down, I think the olive oil gives this a bit more slickness as well. Good clean lavender scent with this one too and I had a good shave with the Ikon slant.

I finished off with a splash of the La Toja aftershave which is very nice and smells to me a bit like Drakkar Noir. I recently got an Al Rehab perfume oil called Dakar which is a clone of Drakkar Noir and a few days left me smelling good all afternoon.

So good perhaps it lead to a few purchases later on in the day, well I’m blaming smelling good anyway lol.

I now have about 9 soaps on their way to me along with 2 bottles of Fine aftershave courtesy of the shaving station. They are really nice people to deal with and if you spend over £20 you got a free Haslinger soap so that’s one of the 9 soaps winging their way to me through the post.

Luckily I never bought into the whole DE shaving to save money, just a better smoother shave with no irritation and ingrown hairs. I always had a thing for scents and smelling good since my late teens, and always want to try the latest things from the newest chocolate bar to the latest multi blade cartridge. I’m sure some of you have great will power and can stick to the most minimal of setup, and I’m very jealous of you.

SOTD 07/04/15 Haslinger Ringelblumen

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Proraso Green preshave
New Forest 1901 2 band badger
7 o’clock open comb on Ikon bulldog handle
Polsilver SI (2)
Haslinger Ringelblumen shaving soap
Myrsol Antesol aftershave

Continuing my travel shaves today, the only real change was the shaving soap used which was the Haslinger Ringelblumen soap.

It’s quite a small puck of soap which is ideal for travelling and this one came with a small plastic case. I did load off the puck the last time I used this soap but today I just used the puck like a big soap stick and just rubbed it around my wet face before taking the damp badger brush and building the lather on my face.

It’s a good performing soap that isn’t overly strong in scent, the Ringelblumen is a marigold scent so is quite floral. My skin didn’t feel dried out after using the soap which is good and the shave felt closer than the previous shave with the same setup.

I finished off with a splash of the Myrsol Antesol. Sad news today that the founder of Myrsol has died. I’d recommend you try Myrsol splash at some point, my favourite is the Plastic Shave as it leaves the skin feeling better than the others I’ve tried in the range.

I went out shopping today and found a really good condition Gillette Tech in the wild and bought a few scents as well.

England’s most easterly SOTD?

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Proraso Green Preshave
New Forest 1901
WSP Fougere Noir
7 O’clock Open Comb on Ikon Bulldog handle
Polsilver SI (1)
Myrsol Antesol

I’m away for a few days so this is my travel setup for the next few days. I did also bring a puck of Haslinger Ringelblumen soap, as well as a sample of Le Père Lucien Traditional soap.

I’m staying at the most easterly point of England and I can see the sea from where I’m staying so I reckon I must be having England’s most easterly shave on Easter Sunday, unless someone is on a ship with a DE razor out there!

I had about 2.5 days growth to get rid of so the open comb was a good choice of razor. The 7 o’clock open comb is basically a Gillette long comb New head, which I decided to pair with the Ikon stainless steel Bulldog handle. They pair up very well and with the Polsilver SI blade I had a very smooth close shave.

The WSP Fougere Noir soap is new to me and the first time I’ve used this particular scent, but I have the Mahogany and a small sample of the Vetiver which I mixed with some unscented soap which works well.

Loading up with the New Forest 1901 was easy and I found after 20 seconds loading I had ample soap in the knot for my 3 passes. I do find the stiffer 2 band badger hairs tear into soaps making loading very easy.

The scent is good and on the medium strong level and I could still smell it clearly towards the end of each pass, but as it is a lighter type of scent rather than a strong dark spicy type of scent it isn’t overpowering on the nose if that makes sense.

Cushion and slickness was good and it didn’t seem drying at all. I’m using unfamiliar water here but think it’s a similar hardness as when I’m at home, certainly not soft water.

I finished off with a splash of Myrsol Antesol which was nice with a little menthol hit to wake me up and a nice citrus scent that turns a bit powdery then fades away to nothing quite quickly.

I’ve taken to bringing some scent samples away with me to save a bit of room and gives me a chance to try some new things whilst I’m away. Today I used the sample of Czech and Speake No 88 which has a nice dirty rose kind of scent, which I’ve grown to like. If it wasn’t so pricy I’d get a bottle but £80 is a bit much for my budget. Shame there isn’t something similar that can be bought cheaper. Saying that a few dabs from the sample vial lasted for ages on me.

Well happy Easter to you all, hope you have a good one.

Tiki Bar Soaps – Land Locked

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New Forest 1901 2 Band Badger
Tiki Land Locked (Tallow)
US Gillette Aristocrat
Gillette Swede (5)
Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver Aftershave

Nice shave today with the new to me Tiki Bar Soaps Land Locked shaving soap. It has a very nice scent of orange, spices and patchouli and great slick performance.

I took the 2 band badger brush and gave it a good squeeze and flick so it was just damp and began loading the soap which had a little water left on it to soften it while I had a shower. I was quite surprised how quickly the lather began to build up and within 20 seconds the brush was fully loaded, maybe even a little over loaded.

I started face lathering adding drops of water to the knot as I went until I had the lather at a nice consistency. I found that this soap can take a lot of water and has a nice sheen when it’s fully hydrated.

The New Forest brush held more than enough lather for 3 passes which is good considering the knot is only 19mm. I’m going to be travelling shortly and this will be the brush I take away with me.

For some reason the Clean Vetiver has been calling to me today so I reached for it to finish off today’s shave, must be that I keep seeing it in SOTD pictures and subliminally got the urge to use it. It’s a great scent and I really like the high menthol chill it provides.

As I say I’m travelling shortly so am putting thought into what I’m going to pack. I think I’ve decided on the razor, brush and splash but still need to make my mind up on a soap. I’m thinking either a Stirling sample puck, a Haslinger soap or maybe even some Proraso soap.