Obsessive Soap Perfectionist Bay Rum
Polsilver Stainless (4)
Home Made Bay Rum aftershave
Great shave today with this soap from a new UK artisan soap maker from London in the UK. Nice to see an artisan from the UK producing a quality soap.
I’ve picked up 3 of James soaps, the Neroli, Sandalwood and Bay Rum. I’d have to say my favourite scent is the Neroli and I’ve used all 3 now so have a good idea how it performs. I also was involved in testing out some of the previous versions of this soap when James was refining his formula.
Onto the performance of the soap, I’ve found that a damp brush loaded up with a nice amount of soap face lathered adding water along the way develops a nice thick, slick protective lather. The soap is quite thirsty and very tolerant of taking on a lot of water, even with my hard water. No issues loading or lathering this one, it’s pretty fool proof.
It’s quite a hard soap but you can put a dent in it with your finger, a soft hard soap or a hard soft soap.
The scent of the bay rum is very nice and prominent throughout the shave. I’m not the biggest bay rum fan but do like this one. It’ll be interesting to see what future scents James develops.
For today’s I used the Thater and got a great lather, the standard razor had no problems mowing down two days growth but I feel this blade has served it’s purpose and is now in the blade bank.
All finished off with a splash of my home made bay rum aftershave with a good strong menthol hit to round off a really nice shave.
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The BiG Shave Super Silvertip
Soapy Bathman Desperado
Feather Artist Club SS
English Wilkinson (4)
Home Made Bay Rum with menthol
Another try with the feather today just for one pass and the final two passes with the Standard Razor.
First try of the Soapy Bathman Desperado scent and I like this more than the Cigar Lounge. Around 30 seconds loading the brush was enough to get a nice amount of soap in the bristles of the damp brush. Face lathering adding a few drops of water got the lather just where I liked it, nice and thick and slick. A good scent on this with leather being the main note with some nice spicy and cologne type scents backing this up with a bit and sandalwood too I think. Not an overpowering scent but just enough to detect throughout the shave. After the shave I’d say I still had enough lather in the brush for another pass.
First stroke of the blade and I got that same feeling as using the Cigar Lounge in that it seems to have really good glide for the razor to cut through the stubble.
An ok first with the grain pass with the feather, but I wonder if this part used blade from a few months back when I borrowed a Mongoose is past its best. I’ll be trying a new pro guard blade for the next shave. I did manage to open up the nick on my cheek from yesterday but nothing major blood wise.
It was a relief to use a DE razor for the rest of the shave and the Standard never disappoints.
After the rugged manly scent of the soap I thought what better combo than some homemade Bay Rum aftershave and as its a hot day today I dropped a menthol crystal in to melt before my shower. Nice and spicy with a slight cooling kick, more menthol needed maybe. I’ve added a few drops of Osage Rub to it to see if that makes it nice and chilly for future use.
Proraso White Pre
Plisson Synthetic shaving brush
Catie’s Bubbles Barnegat Bay
Schick Dial @ 8, 8, 5
Proraso Aftershave Splash
First try of the Italian formula Barnegat Bay shaving soap from Catie’s Bubbles. First impression is I like this a lot and I’m surprised that you don’t hear as much about the Italian formula soap compared to the French formula.
It’s a strong classic bay rum scent, which lasts throughout the shave with no hint of irritation. I was using the Plisson synthetic fibre brush today which lathers everything with ease and this soap was no exception. It’s been a while since I used this brush and its reminded me just what a great brush it is and I should really get myself a spare direct from Plisson. I think one of the acetate handles would be very nice.
Back to the soap, I found this to be a nice thick lather that was very slick and had great post shave skincare. I’m almost thinking it’s better than the French formula for me.
I had 3 days growth to remove today so I set the Schick on the highest setting of 8 for the first two passes then down to 5 for the final against the grain pass. The results were very smooth, one of my best shaves in a while I think.
Finished off with a splash of Proraso green aftershave splash, it’s my favourite aftershave and I really like the cooling menthol chill. When the two bottles I have are gone I’m going to buy the 400ml bottle.
Quick spray of YSL La Nuit De L’Homme EDT and I was all set for the day. I’ve decided I’m going to try to use the many little soap samples I have accumulated over the next month to clear a bit of space in the den.
Myrsol Emulsion as preshave
Semogue Owners Club 2 band
MLSW Hallowed Harvest
Schick Dial Injector @ 7
Personna blade (2)
Homemade Bay Rum
Ricardo L’homme Sport aftershave
A very nice shave today. First use of the Mickey Lee Hallowed Harvest soap after buying this a few weeks back. It has a similar smell to the Drunken Goat soap but with spices, I guess that’s down to it having ale in the soap formula.
The Semogue 2 band badger brush has plenty of backbone so loading up the soap is easy, it also has really soft tips which feels good on the face. For the money this is a really nice brush that I’d recommend.
I face lathered starting with swirling the brush around to work the lather into my skin and lifting the stubble then began painting the lather on with brush strokes and soon had a nice thick lather ready to shave with. As with other MLSW soaps the lather is nice and thick and slick with good protective qualities.
I upped the Schick adjustable to 7 today for all 3 passes and got a nice smooth close shave with no irritation.
I finished off my shave with a splash of my homemade bay rum which I’d added a bit more scent to but it could still do with a bit more. I’m going to separate some out and add some menthol crystals to see how that goes. As I was lacking in scent I tried a splash of Ricardo L’homme sport a friend gave me. It’s also a little light in scent but has a minty bay rum scent that’s pleasant if a bit fleeting.
Myrsol Emulsion preshave
The Big Shave LE 2014 super silvertip
Catie’s Bubbles LPV
Schick Dial Injector
My own Bay Rum Aftershave
I had a bit of a revelation today. I was reading up on Caties Bubbles and saw someone mention using the Marco method of lathering, I think it may have even been Marco over at Badger and Blade. I’ve not had any issue lathering LPV previously but thought I’d give it a go today.
For those that haven’t heard of this you take a very wet brush and let the water drip out until it isn’t dripping any more but is still holding a lot of water. I gave the brush two very light downward drops to get a little more water out as I was face lathering and didn’t want to get too messy. I then very lightly swirled on the soap for 60 seconds and began face lathering, pretty much straight away the lather began to build on my face and after about a minute of working the lather into my stubble I had a huge amount of lather at the perfect consistency for shaving. I painted on the lather to level it out and began my shave.
The Schick gives a nice shave and today I had it opened up to setting 6 which cut through my stubble with ease. After 3 passes I was 90% BBS, which was good enough for me.
I finished off today’s shave with a splash of some bay rum I made a while back. It leaves the skin feeling good but the scent only lasts a few minutes. I’m going to try adding a bit more of another bay rum I have to up the scent and maybe even a little menthol just to spice things up a little.