Speick Week Day 3

Epsilon 2 band badger brush
Speick shaving cream
Ikon 101 on Mongoose handle
Gillette Silver Blue (2)
Brit Sports Style aftershave

Third day of Speick week today and I went for the Speick cream. Nice lather from this cream but maybe not as slick as the soap stick.

The ikon and mongoose handle pairing is working well, just the right balance of handle length and weight and the ikon head provides a mild but effective finish.

Rounded off with a good splash of the Brut Sports Style aftershave which did sting a bit. Maybe the cream isn’t as protective as the soap. Nice fresh modern scent from this aftershave which is nothing like the original, the scent hangs around for quite a while too.

Rooney and the Tech

Trumpers Lime Skinfood
Rooney Emillion
OSP no 1 test soap
Gillette Tech with SABI handle
GSB (3)
Old Spice AS

Good shave today. I tried out a new UK artisan soap being refined through testing with a few people over on TSR. Quite a nice scent which was present throughout the shave. The performance was good and plenty slick but I think I added too much water early on with this but I’ll dial it in with more use.

Third shave with the tech and heavy handle combo and it delivers a easy shave but not super close in some areas. The blade in is the blade bank so I’ll have to think about what to use next.

I’ve stuck with this Rooney Emillion brush all week and it’s a favourite of mine. Hard to come buy but if I saw any more reasonably priced Rooney brushes I’d grab another.

All finished off with a splash of old spice. Mainly because I’d used the old spice shower gel today and wanted to keep the scent going.

I didn’t get around to posting my last shave which looked a bit like this

Not the best photo but it was a nice shave with this cream that is part of a passaround. I did get a slight tingle around my lips and the scent is a little floral but the performance was good. It has a really strange consistency, very runny like paint.

Oh and a few more soaps arrived as well

IMG_1763should be fun trying these out over the next few weeks.

Vintage Travel Razor shave

Mysterious Synthetic Brush
OSP Shaving Soap
Old Hoffritz style travel razor
Gillette Silver Blue (4)
Superdrug Sierran Breeze

Well as I’m traveling I thought I’d try out this old travel razor I picked up a while ago. It comes in a tiny metal box and looks very much like the Hoffritz travel razors but this one doesn’t have a makers mark anywhere.

Well the shave from this razor seems quite mild, it could be a matter of shaving angle which did seem quite a small angle to find but it was certainly quite smooth when I did find the angle. It’s one of those razors where you could buff away and get a BBS if you have time to, but as I’m away it was a quick 3 passes to look presentable and out the door. When I came back I saw how shiny the razor was so had to take this picture to show the mirror like finish on the top cap.
Pretty shiny huh?

Anyway on to the soap which is a tester from a new English artisan just developing their first soap. I’d say he’s done quite well with this one. Quite a good scent strength and not offensive. I believe it supposed to be a barber shop type of scent but I mainly get an anise note with a classic soap scent that reminds me of something else.

Nice dense lather with good slickness. If I’m being fussy it could have been a bit of a thicker lather but other than that it was good. I’ll be interested to see how it handles a more aggressive razor as this travel razor definitely felt very mild, or maybe it was the soap being super protective?

Post shave feel was good and not drying at all. A little splash of my mentholated Sierran Breeze and I was good to go on this hot summers day in England.

This synthetic brush im trialling seems quite good too. It’s not gonna beat my Plisson or Stirling brush for my tastes but certainly gives the Muhle and Purtech brushes a run for their money. I can say this brush is made by one of the well known brush makers and the handle is nice and of very good quality.

Well that’s me done for another day. I hope you’re all having a great Saturday!

Release the Kraken

Mystery Synthetic brush
MLSW The Kraken
Ikon 101
Gillette Silver Blue (3)
Superdrug Sierran Breeze with menthol

First shave away from home today. It’s been a while since I used a Mickey Lee Soapworks soap so took The Kraken to use while away by the sea. Seemed the obvious choice given the marine type barber shop scent.

I’m testing out a mystery synthetic brush at the moment to see how it performs and first use seems good. It reminds me of the Muhle type fibres but with quite a low loft. It’s a 22mm knot with a loft of 48mm which on first look it thought just wouldn’t work out well but it’s surprising me.

I left the Ikon 101 and bulldog handle in my travel bag with the GSB blade so continued using that today. Got a nice shave from it as well so I looked presentable heading out.

I finished off with a splash of the Superdrug Sierran Breeze splash with some menthol crystals mixed in to pep it up. I like to call it Sierran Freeze now.

Picked up a few bits today, Old Spice Original and Champion shower gels and a Hawks Ridge deodorant roll on from Pound Land and two gift sets from TK Maxx. Both Dunhill sets, one called Edition, the other Pursuit. Both very nice scents to me. Quite masculine and spicy.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

MWF shave no 4

No photo today, but today’s shave was:

No preshave
Frank Shaving Purtech
Crabtree & Evelyn Limes cream
Ikon 101
Gillette Silver Blue (1)
Proraso aftershave

As the scent of MWF was getting a little boring I decided to add a dab of cream to my face before lathering up today. I chose the C&E cream which came in a trade with Elcubbo recently.

Well it certainly freshened up the MWF scent with a touch of lime and spices but created a really nice super lather with excellent slip and cushion.

I’m away from home for a few days hence the lack of SOTD photo, but packed a few tubes of cream to liven up the MWF scent and possibly save me from any water quality issues affecting the fat.

As I’m away I haven’t been so bothered or had time to shave so I had about 3 days growth to lose today. No problem for this razor and blade combo. The 101 is never going to get me BBS but certainly visibly presentable.

All finished off with a splash of Proraso what better way to end a shave. I’m pretty sure Proraso is my favourite aftershave of all and one I’ll never be without. Once this bottle is nearly gone I’ll order a 400ml bottle.

Speaking of stocking up I found some Tabac on sale in a shop today so stocked up with a few years worth lol. I can’t resist a bargain.

Stirling Orange Chill and Dbl OC

Rooney Emillion Size 1
Stirling Orange Chill
Phoenix Dbl OC
Gillette Silver Blue (4)
Brut Aftershave

No preshave today, I find the Stirling soap so slick it just isn’t needed.

The Orange Chill lathered up like a charm using the Rooney brush with the Marco Method of lathering. 60 seconds of swirling with a very wet brush and then face lathered resulted in a nice thick slick lather. I’ve yet to find a soap as slick as Stirling, and the post shave feel is really great.

As it was quite a warm day, but by no means full on summer I thought I’d try out my most mentholated soap, and this stuff is really chilly. The cold water splash certainly was refreshing.

I tried the Dbl OC razor with a heavier handle today, it made it a little more aggressive but still a little on the mild side to get a BBS shave. I’ll give it a try with a feather or Polsilver blade next to see if that improves the end result.

A quick splash of Brut to finish things off and even my wife says I smell good, so that can’t be bad. I gave my son the choice of all my aftershaves and Brut was his choice.

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.