SOTD 30.06.18

Well it’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been really busy and also lost a little bit of interest in chasing the latest, must have shaving stuff. I’ve definitely got a lot more cynical of the latest, greatest soap, which gets hyped by the same old people and then suddenly you never see them mentioned anymore.

I’ve been spending my time using up the stuff I have and quite a few samples I have accumulated along the way. I’ve come to realise that the new hyped soaps really don’t offer much over the old staples like Proraso and TOBS, other than a bigger variety of scents. Still it can be pretty fun along the way trying stuff, but you tend to hit a point where you have too much stuff and a pile of soaps you haven’t even tried yet.

Anyway, enough moaning, on to today’s shave.

3P preshave

SV Silvertip

Arianna & Evans Monte Carlo

Colonial Brass General with Feather Pro

Myrsol Plastic Shave

Dior Sauvage

It’s been a while since I used a preshave but I used 3P today as I didn’t have much time for a good prep and it was so warm I wanted some menthol to cool me down. I left it on for a while and did some other things, letting my brush soak at the same time.

When I started to wet my face and lather up I decided it was so warm that I’d use some cooler than usual water for today’s shave.

The soap loaded up fairly easily into the brush and seemed to be forming a good lather whilst it was loading. The scent is quite similar to Sauvage but the scent strength isn’t all that strong. About a 4 or 5 to my nose, a little disappointing. It’s a vegan soap and the first pass wasn’t all that impressive, I thought, oh no, another over hyped soap.

The next two passes seemed much better with nice slickness and glide and good protection. The brass General is a really great razor and I’m glad I managed to pick one up a while ago after trying out a friends.

I washed off the soap and noticed that I seemed to have got a really close shave. I used the Myrsol because I don’t really have an aftershave that smells much like Sauvage and I know the Myrsol scent doesn’t last all that long. Great face feel and menthol cooling from their splashes though. Choose your favourite scent and get one if you’ve never tried one, you won’t be disappointed.

Finished off with a few sprays and Dior Sauvage and set about a busy day in the garden. I was already a fragrance addict when I started the blog but it seems to have got worse recently.

Hopefully I’ll blog more often if life doesn’t get in the way. Most days I get my evening shave done and go to bed.

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Shave of the Day 27-01-18

3P preshave

Brad Sears 2 band Polo

Stirling Blu soap

Wolfman 0.67 gap with Gillette Super Platinum

Stirling Blu aftershave

Ralph Lauren Polo Blue EDT

Nice blue themed shave today on what started out a nice looking day, which has turned rainy.

No issues loading up this soap with the Sears Polo brush and a quick face lather whipped up some lovely lather.

The Wolfman is a smooth and efficient shaver which doesn’t seem too fussy about what blade you throw in it. I seem to be taking blades to their limits of late and I reckon this was shave 5 or 6 on this blade and it was still going strong.

The Stirling splash finished things off nicely and is a good match to the soap, which in turn is a good match to the original Polo Blue EDT which I finished off with. I’ve got a solid 5-6 hours from the EDT which is enough for me on a Saturday afternoon.

I’ve become obsessed with fragrances again but have luckily found a few Facebook groups where I can get decants to try out some harder to find, less mainstream scents.

Shaver Heaven week

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Dennis Coluccio Finest Badger
Shaver Heaven Gone Grapefruit
Merkur Futur
Sputnik (3)
Mennen Skin Bracer

I had a delivery of Shaver Heaven soaps arrive today to add to the few I already have. I went with the Gone Grapefruit which has a similar scent to TOBS grapefruit, nice and fresh and ideal for the warm summer weather we have been having.

It whipped up really nice and thick with plenty of slickness. I had about 36 hours growth to get rid of so the Futur was the obvious choice, on setting 4 WTG I was looking like I was cleanly shaven after the first pass. I turned the settings down one number per pass and after 3 passes finishing on setting 2 I was pretty much BBS all over.

A quick cooling splash of Skin Bracer and I was done and spent the rest of the night feeling my face in awe of the smoothness.

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Wolf Whiskers Bishop
Shaver Heaven Juicy Froot tallow
Ikon X3 slant
Gillette 7 o’clock green (1)
Floid Vigoroso aftershave

First try of the tallow Shaver Heaven soap and the ikon slant. I think I need to dial this soap in a bit more. It has a nice scent which smells like the little bubble gum balls you get.

The ikon did a good job but didn’t quite feel as smooth as the 102 slant. It seemed to have a different angle as well. Again more use needed to get the best from it I think.

The Floid was nice and cooling on this hot night and I’m left with the nice powdery amber scent.

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3P preshave
Stirling Kong
Shaver Heaven Vetiver & Neroli
Ikon X3
Gillette Super Stainless (2)
PAA Al Fin

Another Shaver Heaven shave with the neroli and vetiver soap which I believe is an older formulation to those used previously. I whipped up a lovely thick slick lather with the Stirling Kong brush. The scent on this is nice and when I first got it the vetiver was the dominant note, now with a few uses the neroli seems to have become the dominant note. Just goes to show that scents can change as you get through a soap.

I’m still not a fan of the X3, it’s just not as smooth feeling in use as the 102. It could be the blade I guess so I’m going to switch it out the the B1 slant and try something else in the X3 before making a decision.

EDIT: since trying a new blade it was much smoother.

Overall a good shave was had which was rounded off by a good splash of Al Fin which was very cooling and smelt great.

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3P Preshave
Shaver Heaven Sweet Meyer Lemon
Brad Sears Shaveworks Manchurian
Ikon B1 slant
Gillette 7 o’clock Green (3)
Brut Sports Style aftershave

I used the oldest formula Shaver Heaven soap I have to round off this week of Shaver Heaven shaves. All of the soaps have performed great but I do find the newer formulas an improvement on what was always a good vegetable based soap.

The scent on this one is great for summer, it’s like a fruit salad type of scent, much more than just lemon, there’s some melon and mandarin in there too.

The BSSW manchurian whipped up plenty of thick slick lather. I felt a little dryer post shave than the newer formula soaps but that is all. The actual shave performance seems similar throughout the range.

The B1 slant with the same blade felt much smoother in use than the X3 and its a lot more audible in use. It’s got to be one of the noisiest razors I have. 3 passes left me nice and smooth and a splash of the Brut sports style finished the job nicely and was a good compliment to the shave soap scent.

Review: The Dandy Gent range

I was contacted by The Dandy Gent to sample some of their range of shaving products. The brand looked interesting and they are UK based so I thought I would give it a try. Soon after this big parcel arrived:

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Containing a facial scrub, shaving cream, shaving brush, aftershave balm, 2 aftershave splashes, a shaving oil and a beard shampoo bar. They are all nicely presented in thick glass jars which are brown tinted and very sturdy feeling lids.

Facial Scrub
The first thing I used and I like it. It is an apricot scented scrub with very fine exfoliating parts which are made from fragments of walnut shells, so they don’t have those controversial plastic beads which are bad for the environment. The scrub seems to have a moisturising effect on my skin and leaves a slick feeling behind when washed off, which can only be good for the glide of the blade over my face. I’m not usually one for using scrubs often but I keep reaching for this one.

Aftershave Splash
Ive used both the Bay Rum and the Classic 47 splash. My favourite is the Classic 47 with the spicy scent which reminds me in parts of Spice Bomb. My friend is more of an expert when it comes to Bay Rum scents and has tried many and he thinks the Bay Rum is up there with the best he has tried. It’s a nice splash that leaves my skin feeling good after a shave.

Aftershave Hydrating Gel
I’m not a big fan of balms in general but this gel was pretty good. Soothing with that greasy feeling of a thicker balm. Quite a nice scent which didn’t stay too long so it wouldn’t interfere with your EDT / cologne.

Lime Shaving Cream
I was quite impressed with this cream when I used it. A nice natural lime scent that wasn’t too overpowering. I just scooped out a small amount and spread it around my face before lathering it up with a brush. Good cushion and glide from this cream and certainly a match for the 3 T’s creams I’ve tried.

I haven’t tried the shaving oil or the beard soap yet. I’ll update this post when I do but I’m sure they will reflect the good performance of the rest of the range.

Fine Accoutrements American Blend Shaving Soap

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Vitos Preshave
Brad Sears Shave Works S8 manchurian
American Blend shaving soap
Seygus Safety Razor
American Blend Aftershave
YSL Rive Gauche

A great smelling shave was had with the above. The new Fine American Blend soap is very good, seemed to be very easy to lather and could take on plenty of water. The lather seems very protective and very slick as well with the nice American Blend scent.

First try with the Seygus razor so I can’t give a full view on it yet but initial impressions are its very nice looking but a little mild. The weight seemed good with the added stainless weight part added, maybe a little too light without it.

I finished off with a splash of American Blend aftershave and a couple of squirts of the old formula YSL Rive Gauche and smelt good all day.

SOTD 02.02.16 – Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary

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3P preshave
Dennis Coluccio Finest Badger
Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary shaving soap
Ikon Slant DLC
Vintage Wilkinson Sword (4)
Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary aftershave

Great birthday shave today. I’ve been waiting for this soap for a while and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve seen it in so many SOTD posts and read plenty of reviews.

The tin is a little flimsy but not as bad as I thought it would be reading other reviews. It’s not what you would expect looking at it as a metal tin but does the job of holding the soap.

Opening it up it has a very strong scent which is very close to Acqua Di Geo with a bitter citrus scent with fresh marine notes.

I have quite a few of the SV soaps now and although a veggie formula they perform like a good tallow soap. A lot of veggie soaps will leave my skin dry after use but I haven’t had any dryness with any of the SV formulas I’ve tried.

I followed my usual technique with these soaps, I left about a teaspoon of water on top to soften the soap before use then loaded up with a squeezed out badger brush for about 30 seconds until I got a good paste in the bristles. I then gave the tips a very quick dip in my sink water then face lathered. I probably dipped the tips two or three times till I got the lather how I liked it. Plenty thick, nicely hydrated with plenty of slickness. I can’t really fault these soaps in any area really, hence why I’ve got 4 of their soaps now.

First try of the ikon slant and it seems good, not sure I prefer it to the 102 slant by ikon apart from the bigger blade gap curing the issue with the clogging up easily. The head felt a bit thicker which didn’t make it as easy to manoeuvre. The angle didn’t seem as natural as the 102 either but it’s equally as smooth and drama free in use.

Finished off with the matching aftershave which has a really nice thick glass bottle. It didn’t seem as strongly scented as the soap and getting the right amount out was a little tricky but it did leave my skin feeling nice and soft.

All in all a good shave with a nice close smooth result.

This week I’ll be mostly…

Using Speick!

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Speick week
3P preshave
Honey Farm Finest Badger
Speick soap stick
Gillette #59 Rocket
Gillette Green (4)
Speick aftershave

I love the scent of Speick and it’s been too long since I last used it. This should be a good week. A few of us on the shaving room forum will be using a single soap for a whole week and this week is Speick week.

Great thick shiny lather from rubbing the stick on my face then lathering up with the Honey Farm badger brush my wife bought me for Christmas. I really like this brush and it’s performed perfectly from the first use.

I’ve also got my Speick cream out for later in the week and although this blade seemed fine I’ll likely swap it and use a different razor for my next shave.

The Speick aftershave had great skin friendly ingredients and is one I’ll usually reach for if I’ve had a rough shave. I’m really liking the scent, I’ll have to see if I can get the EDT in the future.

Finally getting the house straight and not so many boxes everywhere which is nice. It’s been a busy but nice Christmas break and it’s gone quickly. Back to work tomorrow. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the festivities and Happy New Year to you all.

Review: Proraso Aftershave Splash

This aftershave splash from Proraso is my favourite splash of all. It’s certainly one I can recommend strongly for either old or new wetshavers, and seems to be a staple of many wetshavers and is always on the list when people are looking for good aftershave recommendations.

Scent

The scent of Proraso aftershave is a really nice classic Italian Barbershop scent. It’s hard to describe, kind of like a minty, citrus scent with a tiny bit of powder and a hint of menthol. The scent isn’t that strong and fades fairly quickly and I don’t think anyone could find this scent offensive

Post Shave

I love the post shave feel you get from the Proraso splash, it does a great job of easing any irritation or razor burn and the menthol cooling it gives is very nice. It’s not a massive face freezer like Osage Rub for example, but I find it more cooling that most and just about the right level for me. For an alcohol based splash I find this is very moisturising and leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated and there isn’t much of an alcohol burn unless you have really overdone your shave, but this is to be expected.

This is my favourite splash of all, so much so I have the 400ml bottle on standby for when my first bottle runs out soon. Definitely a 10/10, and one I wouldn’t be without.

The ingredients are as follows:

Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Menthol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cl 42090 (FD&C Blue No. 1), Cl 19140 (FD&C Yellow No. 5).

MWF shave no 7

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Trumpers Lime Skinfood
Stirling Synthetic Brush
MWF
Mongoose
Feather Pro (2)
Alpa 378 aftershave

Another MWF shave today. I seem to be getting a few spots and a couple of ingrown hairs and I wonder if it’s related to the lanolin in the fat. It’s quite warm at the moment and my skin is naturally oily so I wonder if the moisturising properties of this soap are just too much for this time of year?

I managed to nick a few of the spots too today as well so I am putting thought to stopping using the fat for now. Anyone else has a similar issue?

The Stirling brush did a stirling job of lathering the soap (anyone see the joke, lol). I’m really liking this brush a lot, it just loads up soap really well and feels great on the face and the lather produced is really nice and creamy. The sheer size of it means there is plenty of lather for all 3 passes with some to spare and the flow through is just right. It seems more densely packed than the plisson but even with the higher loft has just a little more backbone to it as well.

Apart from the couple of spots nicked today there were no issues with the mongoose with a nice easy close shave delivered.

I finished off with a splash of the Alpa 378 aftershave which has a nice old fashioned scent similar to Irisch Moos with a touch of menthol. With all the Alpa scents they seem very traditional and I could see these being used in the 1930’s by all the dapper gents of the time. They have really nice skin care properties and the scents aren’t overpowering. I do sometimes find the Irisch Moos a little overpowering and cloying but it’s a great scent.

Anyway that’s me done for another day ready to face the final day at work this week.

DR Harris Windsor & The Goose

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3P
S&C Silvertip
DR Harris Windsor soap
B2 Satin Mongoose
Feather Pro (4)
DR Harris Windsor Aftershave

I needed to remind myself how good the DR Harris soap was before I take a trip to the St James area of London tomorrow. Based on tonight experience I’ll have to pick up another soap after having a smell of the different scents.

The brush was much softer after the initial outing on my last shave. A much more pleasurable experience which I expect will improve over the next few uses.

I left the brush to soak while I had a shower and left a little water on the soap to rehydrate it as it’s been a little while since I last used it.

I shook the brush and began loading up the soap, this brush hold a lot of water so at first it was a bit bubbly but after a little more loading I had a nice creamy lather in the tips. I rubbed the looser lather that had spilled over into my face and began face lathering. It didn’t take long to get a nice thick lather going and adding a few drops of water to the knot soon got a nice sheen to the lather.

Three passes with the mongoose resulted in a very close shave ready for my trip to London at silly o’clock to get to there by 9am.

I finished off by going the whole hog with the Windsor aftershave. Really nice stuff with that citrusy vetiver scent with a hint of black pepper. It’s a really good quality splash and now my face feels very smooth and moisturised. I’m not sure if that’s down to the soap or aftershave or both.

A few squirts of the Windsor EDT in the morning and I’ll be good to go. Should be a fun journey and I hope the weather isn’t too hot as there is a strict dress code where I’m going so it’s on with the suit and tie tomorrow morning.