And so it continues…

More monogamy as I continue with Monogamous March. Here was Saturday’s shave:

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Can I be monogamous?

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Thater 4125/1
Caties Bubbles La Terre Verte
Gillette Aristocrat Junior
Gillette Super Stainless (3)
Brut AS

There’s a lot of talk about wetshavers having a monogamous month of shaving in March where they are either sticking to one compete setup of soap, brush, razor, blade and aftershave. Others are just sticking to one thing like a particular soap. I don’t think I’ve got the willpower to keep to one thing for a whole month but I’m going to see how long I can last out using the Caties Bubbles La Terre Verte soap.

I figure from previous attempts like a month of Mitchells Wool Fat and Tabac where I have failed I need to pick something I really like. I did do nearly 3 weeks with Tabac before I crumbled and used something else. This will be hard and I’m making no promises but am just going to ride it out and see how long I go. It could make for some really boring blog posts but seeing as I’ve not been posting so much really it might not make too much of a difference.

On to the shave.

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Le Piment de la Vie

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Sweet Comb Chicago Beard Oil
VP Leonhardy best badger
Caties Bubbles LPV
Standard Razor
English Wilkinson Sword (3)
Clarins aftershave

Another good shave tonight with the above setup. The brush is a little too prickly for my liking but on the painting strokes it feels fine. I’ll use it some more but think I’ll probably reknot it as the handle is beautiful.

Good results with the LPV which delivered the usual great lather and a really nice scent.

The Sweet Comb Chicago beard oil worked really well as a pre shave oil. I figured from the ingredients it would work and it did.

I finished off with a splash of the Clarins aftershave which does leave my skin feeling good.

That was a nice close smooth shave and my skin feels really soft.

Knee High to a Grape

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3P Preshave
Whipped Dog 24mm High Mountain
Caties Bubbles Knee High to a Grape
Ender Speed Razor and blade (1)
Clubman Vanilla Aftershave

Finished off with the Clog Pruf as this old blade was quite tuggy. I’ve given it a hand stropping for another try. It seems to cut arm hair fine.

Great smelling soap that I picked up at the weekend. The usual excellent performance from Catie’s Bubbles.

All rounded off with a splash of Clubman Vanilla, love this scent.

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 12/05/15

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Myrsol Emulsion as preshave
Simpsons Duke 3 best badger
Catie’s Bubbles Glace Herbe
Ikon 101 on Jurgen Hempel Ti handle
Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver Aftershave

A quick one from me today similar setup to a shave last week apart from razor and brush.

I had a Jürgen Hempel Ti handle in blue arrive in the mail today so paired it up with the Ikon 101 head and had a really good shave. I don’t use this head as often as I should and with the new handle it had the perfect balance.

A very good close shave and this sample of the Catie’s Bubbles soap has nearly gone. I’ve grown to like the scent a lot and the menthol hit is just at the right level for me.

Menthol May with Catie’s Bubbles Glacé Herbe

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Myrsol Emulsion
Omega 49 boar
Catie’s Bubbles Glacé Herbe
Schick Dial @ 5
Personna (5)
Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver aftershave

Everyone seems to be getting in on menthol May so I thought I’d join in today.

This soap is very cooling with a strong Vetiver scent, it reminds me of Guerlain Vetiver. It has the usual great Catie’s Bubbles performance which is plenty slick with a nice post shave feel.

The Personna injector blade is still going strong 5 shaves in on this blade. I do find my shaves are a bit quicker with the Schick Injector, not sure why but they just are. For ease of use they are very similar to a cartridge razor.

Today’s shave was finished off with a splash of Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver aftershave which matched the soap well and continued the icy menthol effect on my face.

I should be able to squeeze one more shave out of this sample before moving on to some other samples I have lying around. I’m hoping to use a few up by concentrating on using samples for the rest of the month.

Catie’s Bubbles Barnegat Bay, Plisson and Schick Dial

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Plisson Synthetic shaving brush
Catie’s Bubbles Barnegat Bay
Schick Dial @ 8, 8, 5
Personna (4)
Proraso Aftershave Splash
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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.

Catie’s Bubbles La Terre Verte and a mailcall

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Proraso White Pre shave
Omega 66 Boar
Catie’s Bubbles La Terre Verte
Schick Dial @ 7
Personna blade (3)
Alpa Fougere Cologne

Nice shave today with the LTV that arrived in the mail today. Elcubbo sent me a sample a while back and I loved the scent so it had to be the next Catie’s Bubbles soap I bought.

The usual great lather with a really nice scent of oakmoss, sandalwood and patchouli.

3 easy passes with the Schick on setting 7 and I’m left nice and smooth.

I finished off with a splash of witch hazel and a good dose of the Alpa Fougere Cologne which matches the soap quite well.

Oh yes here’s a picture of the mailcall from today
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The LTV a tub of Barnegat Bay italian formula soap and a sample pot of Purple Grapefruit which smells very nice. I also have a few samples of some other scents a friend sent me as well. Also I had a separate parcel arrive with a bottle of Art of Shaving Lemon EDT which will be nice in the warmer weather.