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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An American barbershop shave

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Vitos Preshave
PAA CaD
Dennis Coluccio Finest 24mm
ATT H1 with Jürgen 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.

Review: Gillette Long Comb New

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The Gillette Long Comb New as shown above is one of my favourite razors and one that I will always suggest to someone when they are looking to upgrade from their first razor or simply to get into trying a vintage Gillette razor. The one shown above is a common bar handle which I had replated in chrome as it was down to the brass metal when I got it. Some people like the look of these razors when they are down to brass, but I thought it best to restore it to its former glory and hopefully extend its long life even further.

I won’t go too much into the history of this razor, but focus on the performance. This razor head was produced around the 1930’s and was available in a variety of sets with differing handles. There is also a short combed variant, but I have so far not tried one of these.

I have used the original handles with these razors on many occasions and they deliver a great shave, but lately I have found a preference to using the head with a heavy stainless steel handle.

It is an open comb razor which usually are thought of as aggressive razors, but I find the Long Comb New to be efficient without feeling rough or too aggressive on my skin. I think I have had some of the closest shaves ever using this head with the right blade and soap combo. The theory is that because of the nature of the open comb on the underside of the blade, it allows more lather to stay in contact with the blade whilst shaving resulting in a more comfortable shave compared to safety bar razors which remove a lot of lather prior to the blade cutting the hair. I also find that due to the open comb it’s a great razor to use on a few days stubble growth as it copes very well and does not clog up as the longer stubble can escape through the teeth of the open comb.

In regards to the various models available, not only for the New but almost every other type of Gillette razor I would suggest a visit to the Mr Razor website it is a great resource for identifying the many different models of Gillette razor.

I thought I would give the Long Comb New some scores as below:

Effectiveness: 8/10
Ease of Use: 8/10
Aggressiveness: 6/10

I hope you have found the above review helpful, and if you have anything to add feel free to comment below

SOTD 07/04/15 Haslinger Ringelblumen

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Proraso Green preshave
New Forest 1901 2 band badger
7 o’clock open comb on Ikon bulldog handle
Polsilver SI (2)
Haslinger Ringelblumen shaving soap
Myrsol Antesol aftershave

Continuing my travel shaves today, the only real change was the shaving soap used which was the Haslinger Ringelblumen soap.

It’s quite a small puck of soap which is ideal for travelling and this one came with a small plastic case. I did load off the puck the last time I used this soap but today I just used the puck like a big soap stick and just rubbed it around my wet face before taking the damp badger brush and building the lather on my face.

It’s a good performing soap that isn’t overly strong in scent, the Ringelblumen is a marigold scent so is quite floral. My skin didn’t feel dried out after using the soap which is good and the shave felt closer than the previous shave with the same setup.

I finished off with a splash of the Myrsol Antesol. Sad news today that the founder of Myrsol has died. I’d recommend you try Myrsol splash at some point, my favourite is the Plastic Shave as it leaves the skin feeling better than the others I’ve tried in the range.

I went out shopping today and found a really good condition Gillette Tech in the wild and bought a few scents as well.

The first shave of summer

I guess someone forgot to tell the weather!

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3P preshave
Simpsons Duke 3 Best Badger
St James Cedarwood & Clarysage shaving cream
Gillette US Aristocrat
Gillette Swede (3)
Floid Vigoroso aftershave

Missing an hour after the clocks going forward today so I’ll keep this post short.

First try of the St James cream today and I’m impressed with it so far. It’s a really slick cream that lathered up quickly and easily with the Duke. It’s got a very nice scent too.

Quick 3 passes and a splash of the Floid and I’m ready to face another week of work.

SOTD 26/02/15

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3P
Proraso Travel Boar Brush
Strop Shoppe Alpine Frost
Gillette Aristocrat #16
Gillette Bleue blade (3)
Superdrug Forest Fresh

Mike at ThePathToSmoothness very kindly sent me a few samples to try out and this was one of them. Mike is a great guy and you should check out his blog.

Onto the soap, this stuff smells really good fresh and woody with a nice pine scent.

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