Christmas Shaves 2017

Boxing Day Shave

Yaqi Tuxedo

Wolfman with Gillette Wilkinson (1)

Maggard Razors Limes & Bergamot

Trumpers Lime Cologne

First try of the soap and brush which I got for Christmas. I’m a bit of a badger snob these days but actually enjoyed the Yaqi Tuxedo, which was quite a surprise. I tend to only really use my Stirling Kong brush these days if I’m in a bit of a hurry and don’t have time to soak a badger brush or I’m using a soap that might stain the tips.

The Yaqi seemed to have a bit more backbone than the Plisson type knots but without the horrible springiness of the STF type knots I’ve used in the past.

I’m impressed with the Maggard soap too which is made by the same artisan as Through the Fire Fine Crafts. I also got the Orange Menthol for Christmas which I’m still yet to use. They come in really nice tubs now like the new Barrister & Mann soaps. This soap had a nice strong lime scent throughout the shave.

The Wolfman as ever did a good job and I finished up with a splash of the Trumpers Lime cologne. I need another lime splash so I’ve got some Pinauld Lime Sec on the way.

Yaqi Tuxedo

Band of Brothers soap

Gillette Flair Tip Rocket with Gillette Wilkinson (2)

Fine Accoutrements Lavender Pour Homme

Another good shave with the Yaqi brush and another new soap. This soap was made as a limited edition soap for the British Based Shavers Facebook group. It has a nice lavender scent and is quite a soft soap.

The Rocket delivered a nice mild but efficient shave and the Lavender splash finished things off nicely.

New Forest 1901

Mickey Lee Soapworks Cape Verde

Gillette Tech on Mongoose handle with Gillette Wilkinson (3)

Mennen Skin Bracer

Back to a bit of badger to use another soap I got for Christmas, the Mickey Lee Soapworks Cape Verde. This is a really nice fougere type scent with a bright orange note, which makes for a nice twist on the usual fougere scent. Excellent performance from this soap.

I fancied trying out one of my old Tech razors so gave that a try and was surprised by the result with the heavier Mongoose handle. Pretty close after three passes.

I finished up with a splash of Skin Bracer, which I don’t think I’ve used in some time.

All in all three good shaves over the Christmas period with some newly acquired items. It’s nice being off work as I’ve actually had chance to write a blog post. I mainly stick to posting on the Shaving with Style Facebook group these days. If you frequent the Facebook groups join up.

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Release the Kraken

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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.

Mickey Lee Soapworks Cocoa Maya & Ikon SB

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Myrsol Emulsion as Preshave
Simpsons Duke 3 in Best
Mickey Lee Soapworks Cocoa Maya
Ikon SB on J├╝rgen Hempel Ti
Gillette Yellow (2)
David Beckham Instinct Aftershave

The blade was much smoother on shave number 2 today 99% BBS and a real smooth shave.

Keeping with the month of using samples today I chose a sample of the Mickey Lee Soapworks Cocoa Maya shave soap. Lathered up with the Duke with ease with a nice chocolate scent. Really good protection, glide and post skin care. This scent seems a little lighter than some of the other MLSW soaps I have.

Finished off with a splash of witch hazel which I had mixed with a sample of Stirling Lemon Chill aftershave I received a long time ago, it’s got a lot of menthol and even mixed down with witch hazel it’s got a lot of chilling menthol power. A quick splash of the David Beckham aftershave and I was good to go and smelling nice and fresh. A good summer scent and it was quite a nice warm day today after a mixed week of weather, we even had some hail and a thunderstorm here last night. Here’s hoping for some nice weather over the bank holiday weekend.

Mickey Lee Soapworks Hallowed Harvest

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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.