An American barbershop shave

Vitos Preshave
Dennis Coluccio Finest 24mm
ATT H1 with J├╝rgen Hempel Ti
Gillette 7 O’clock Green (2)
Fine American Blend aftershave

First try of quite a large stash of PAA / HTGAM soaps I picked up this week. Excellent results and after a quick load of the brush I ended up with enough lather left over after 3 passes to have another 3 pass shave at least.

I like the scent on this soap which matched perfectly with the Fine American Blend aftershave. Think YSL Rive Gauche and that’s what you get from these two, brilliant scent.

Carsons Apocathary Exotic Oud

Trumpers Lime Skinfood as Preshave
Simpsons Duke 3 best badger
Carsons Apocathary Exotic Oud
Ever Ready 1924 Shovel Head
Gem (4)
Fine American Blend Aftershave

So today I thought I’d try out another SE razor the 1924 shovel head. There is something about the SE razors that just don’t feel as smooth as a DE to use but they give a good shave. I’m not sure if it’s the limited blades available that aren’t quite as sharp as I would like or not. Using the mongoose and schick I seem to suffer less with ingrown hairs which I put down to the more rigid blades. Who knows it could just be a matter of getting the angle right with these SE razors. I’ll keep at it and see if something clicks.

The Carsons cream is nice but I just don’t feel it produces the type of lather I get from my top soaps so I’ll be passing this along and won’t be buying my own tub.

The Fine aftershave finished off a good shave and gave me a nice refreshing cooling menthol hit and the scent of this is definitely one of my favourites.

Now to think what gets used next.

Mike’s Lemongrass & Eucalyptus

S&C Silvertip
Mikes Lemongrass & Eucalyptus
Aristocrat #16
Sputnik (1)
Fine American Blend Aftershave

Pulled out a long forgotten soap today that really is great. The scent is very nice and the lather is top notch.

It’s been a while since I used one of my vintage TTO razors so today was the turn of the Gillette Aristocrat. A really nice looking razor which delivers a smooth shave. Paired with the Sputnik blade I had a very nice shave, the sort that you wonder if there is a blade in the razor.

All finished off with my favourite of the Fine splashes American Blend. What better way to end the week and be ready for the week ahead. My boy is back to school tomorrow so back to getting up early again.

Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Vloid

I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a PAA passaround to try out the Vloid soap and aftershave, as well as the double open comb razor.

Let’s start with yesterday’s SOTD

Myrsol Emulsion
Frank Shaving Purtech
Vloid shaving soap
PAA Speakeasy
Dbl OC razor
Gillette Silver Blue (2)
Vloid aftershave

All started off well loading the brush off the huge puck of soap, I found it loaded really easily after I left some hot tap water to bloom while I had a shower. I began face lathering adding water as I went and I soon had a nice thick slick lather built. I felt a bit of a tingle but carried on with the first pass. Unfortunately the tingle got worse and I couldn’t go any further with the Vloid soap so I reached for another PAA soap, Speakeasy which I had no problems with to finish off the shave. There is obviously something in the scent of the Vloid my skin didn’t like as it has the same soap base as speakeasy.

The DOC razor really did impress me though. It’s an unusual design with an open comb top plate as well as a base plate. I found it mild but efficient and gave a very good shave with the stock handle which on first look I thought may be a bit small for me but the small handle made it a very agile razor. The double open comb leaves little lines of lather on your face which makes it easy for little touch ups or blade buffs as you go along, a really good little idea which suits my shaving style and makes for a very comfortable shave.

Now onto the aftershave, this particular passaround version had extra added menthol and this stuff is ridiculously chilly. Splashing some on after the shave it had a really nice skin feel leaving the skin nice and soft, but the menthol kick is huge. It felt like tear gas and I could barely see for about five minutes after splashing it on. The scent of the splash matches the soap and its a nice old school barbershop scent similar to Floid Vigoroso but with a twist. Definitely a classic powdery barbershop scent.

So after the shave I spoke with Douglas of PAA who said perhaps bowl lathering the soap with a nice soft brush and painting on the lather may ease the discomfort.

So onto today’s shave
Myrsol Emulsion
Vloid bowl lathered
Reef Point Sublime
Gillette Silver Blue (3)
Fine Accoutrements American Blend

So I tried bowl lathering the Vloid and painting it on with my softest brush, which was a touch better but I still couldn’t get past the first pass. So I got out the new tub of Reef Point Sublime soap and face lathered that up for the last two passes. I really like the fresh sweet lime and lemon scent of this soap, I can see it being a summer favourite. It has a nice light cooling menthol feel too and the lather is just great, thick and slick the way I like it.

3 passes with the DOC and a little touch up on the neck and I was good. I’m going to try the head on a heavy handle next time around just to see how that changes things.

I finished off with a splash of the Fine American Blend aftershave which was a Father’s Day gift from my kids. This is a really nice splash with a great scent and a nice hit of menthol. It’s based on YSL Rive Gauche and smells very nice. The wife likes it too which is a bonus.