SOTD 30.06.18

Well it’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been really busy and also lost a little bit of interest in chasing the latest, must have shaving stuff. I’ve definitely got a lot more cynical of the latest, greatest soap, which gets hyped by the same old people and then suddenly you never see them mentioned anymore.

I’ve been spending my time using up the stuff I have and quite a few samples I have accumulated along the way. I’ve come to realise that the new hyped soaps really don’t offer much over the old staples like Proraso and TOBS, other than a bigger variety of scents. Still it can be pretty fun along the way trying stuff, but you tend to hit a point where you have too much stuff and a pile of soaps you haven’t even tried yet.

Anyway, enough moaning, on to today’s shave.

3P preshave

SV Silvertip

Arianna & Evans Monte Carlo

Colonial Brass General with Feather Pro

Myrsol Plastic Shave

Dior Sauvage

It’s been a while since I used a preshave but I used 3P today as I didn’t have much time for a good prep and it was so warm I wanted some menthol to cool me down. I left it on for a while and did some other things, letting my brush soak at the same time.

When I started to wet my face and lather up I decided it was so warm that I’d use some cooler than usual water for today’s shave.

The soap loaded up fairly easily into the brush and seemed to be forming a good lather whilst it was loading. The scent is quite similar to Sauvage but the scent strength isn’t all that strong. About a 4 or 5 to my nose, a little disappointing. It’s a vegan soap and the first pass wasn’t all that impressive, I thought, oh no, another over hyped soap.

The next two passes seemed much better with nice slickness and glide and good protection. The brass General is a really great razor and I’m glad I managed to pick one up a while ago after trying out a friends.

I washed off the soap and noticed that I seemed to have got a really close shave. I used the Myrsol because I don’t really have an aftershave that smells much like Sauvage and I know the Myrsol scent doesn’t last all that long. Great face feel and menthol cooling from their splashes though. Choose your favourite scent and get one if you’ve never tried one, you won’t be disappointed.

Finished off with a few sprays and Dior Sauvage and set about a busy day in the garden. I was already a fragrance addict when I started the blog but it seems to have got worse recently.

Hopefully I’ll blog more often if life doesn’t get in the way. Most days I get my evening shave done and go to bed.

Shannons Lady Luck

Trumpers Lime Skinfood
Stirling Synthetic brush
Shannons Lady Luck
Feather Pro (9)
Myrsol Antesol
YSL La Nuit de L’ Homme EDT

Not the best shave today. I can’t really pinpoint why. The lather looked good, usual prep also. I thought it might have been the blade and even switched from the mongoose to the Aristocrat on the side with a once used Sputnik blade which seemed fine on my last shave but still rough today. I guess it was just one of those days.

Still a nice cooling splash of Antesol sorted me out with a nice menthol hit. It’s getting chilly outside and I was even eyeing up the scuttle today. It won’t be long I’m sure.

A couple of squirts of the YSL EDT later on to give myself something nice to smell for the rest of the evening.

Stirling Ozark Mountain & Gem Clog Pruf

Myrsol Emulsion Preshave
Plisson Synthetic Shaving Brush
Stirling Ozark Mountain Soap
Gem Micromatic Clog Pruf
Gem Blade (1)
Marks & Spencer Woodspice Aftershave

Continuing the month of using samples I reached for my sample pick of Stirling Ozark Mountain shaving soap. I am always pleasantly reminded how slick this soap is every time I use one of the Stirling soaps, I think they have to be the slickest shaving soap around.

The Ozark Mountain soap has a very nice scent which has a nice pine note to it along with a spicy woody scent as well, like all the Stirling soaps I have tried so far they really do have pleasant strong scents and provide great skincare. About 20 seconds loading up the Plisson after leaving a few drops of water on the puck while I showered produced more than enough passes of thick, super slick lather for my 3 pass shave, and left my skin with no real need for anything more post shave. I did have a little splash of the M&S Woodspice aftershave mainly for a little scent than anything else.

First go with the Clog Pruf after using the OCMM and 1924 Gem razors previously, and this time with a fresh blade. I have found with these razors they can be a little rougher on the skin than a typical DE razor, and I have found the blades to be a little harsh on their first use. No problems with that today but I can’t put that down to the razor or the thick Stirling lather. I guess I’ll find out on the next use of this razor. Overall a DFS result from this razor but not as close as the OCMM shave I had previously.

I finished off the shave keeping the woody theme going with a splash of Woodspice aftershave. I’ve had this bottle quite a few years now, definitely over 15 years, and it still smells as fresh as the day I bought it. It brings back fond memories of being in my early teens, before I got into the various “designer” scents, and is still a pleasant scent for me.

Above The Tie H1 & Razorock XX

Proraso White Preshave
Omega 49
Razorock XX
Above The Tie H1 Kronos
7 o’clock Super Stainless
Myrsol Plastic Shave
Myrsol Emulsion
Dior Fahrenheit Summer EDT

Another sample shaving soap used today, the Razorock XX. This is the argan oil formula soap with a nice lemony citrus scent with herby, floral, woody notes. It’s based on the scent of Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Mirto di Panarea. It’s a fantastic performer with a great scent, the argan oil seems to provide a nice post shave skin feel.

It’s been a while since I’ve used my Above The Tie H1 Kronos, paired with the Gillette 7 O’clock Green blade I got a very smooth shave. It’s quite an aggressive, yet smooth razor, but requires a very light touch to avoid any nicks or weepers.

I finished off with a splash of Myrsol Plastic Shave aftershave and a little of the Myrsol Emulsion as a balm. Both have a light scent with a nice cooling menthol hit. A few squirts of the Dior Fahreheit Summer 2002 EDT finished off the shave well with its manly floral notes.

Le Père Lucien & Standard Razor

Myrsol Emulsion as preshave
The Big Shave LE 2014 Super Silvertip
Le Père Lucien Traditional scent
Standard Razor Black
English Wilkinson Sword blade
Myrsol Agua Balsamica aftershave

Great shave today with the above combo. Last time I used this sample of LPL I was away on holiday and didn’t get time to blog about it. Good shave today again with it but I think I had a bit of trouble loading from the sample with my super silvertip brush. Previously I had used my 2 band New Forest badger brush which has a bit more backbone and a smaller knot. I’m going to try my Omega boar brush next time to see if that makes a difference.

I find this soap is really good and performs much better than MdC but with a similar herby mint scent. The lather is nice and slick and post shave feel is very good, not at all drying. When I had MdC before although it lathered easily I found it lacked slickness and dried my skin out.

Another great shave with the Standard Razor, it’s fast becoming my favourite razor and I’ve just ordered a second one in the raw finish with the stand on Massdrop which was a bargain. Although it’s a light razor I find myself BBS every time I use it with no hint of irritation. The vintage made in England Wilkinson blade is still going well on what I think is shave number 6 although I think it’s beginning to dull a bit now, I’ll try it for one more shave which may be its last.

Finished off with the Myrsol Agua Balsamica aftershave which is a good match to the scent of the LPL soap as its herby with a very refreshing menthol kick. As with all Myrsol splashes they leave the skin feeling great and the scent is still lingering now.

Razorock Tight Buns and Standard Razor

Myrsol Emulsion as preshave
The Big Shave 2014 LE silvertip
Razorock Tight Buns
Standard Razor Black
Vintage Wilkinson Blade
David Beckham Instinct aftershave

First try of the Razorock Tight Buns soap which I bought sometime late last year. Not sure why it’s taken me so long to crack this open and give it a try, maybe because it was a limited edition soap so I didn’t want to use it up too quickly.

The scent is based on Creed Green Irish Tweed and was a limited run of soap named after Ant “tight buns” Smith who posts on Facebook shaving groups and did quite a few YouTube videos as well. I like his humorous videos but he isn’t making videos anymore.

Loading up the damp Big Shave super silvertip badger brush was easy after letting a bit of water sit on top of the soap whilst I showered, after about 20 seconds the brush was fully loaded. I face lathered and soon had a nice thick slick lather with a nice scent. I’m told that it can take a few shaves on a Razorock soap to really get the true scent and strength to come through and whilst this wasn’t the strongest scent it was present during the shave.

Post shave feel of the soap was good and I didn’t find it at all drying.

I haven’t used the Standard Razor for a few weeks but it worked really well today with the vintage made in England Wilkinson Sword blade which I think is on its fourth shave now. I heard these blades last quite well and it showed no signs of deterioration during the shave.

All in all this was a really good shave with BBS results. I’m not sure whether it was the combination of soap razor and blade or even the Myrsol preshave but it was the best shave in quite a while.

I finished off with a splash of the David Beckham Instinct aftershave which is a sample given to me by a friend. It’s a nice scent and the aftershave felt a little oily on application and left my skin feeling very nice and smooth. It’s not an overpowering scent but I can still smell it lightly a few hours after my shave.

SOTD 07/04/15 Haslinger Ringelblumen

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.

England’s most easterly SOTD?

Proraso Green Preshave
New Forest 1901
WSP Fougere Noir
7 O’clock Open Comb on Ikon Bulldog handle
Polsilver SI (1)
Myrsol Antesol

I’m away for a few days so this is my travel setup for the next few days. I did also bring a puck of Haslinger Ringelblumen soap, as well as a sample of Le Père Lucien Traditional soap.

I’m staying at the most easterly point of England and I can see the sea from where I’m staying so I reckon I must be having England’s most easterly shave on Easter Sunday, unless someone is on a ship with a DE razor out there!

I had about 2.5 days growth to get rid of so the open comb was a good choice of razor. The 7 o’clock open comb is basically a Gillette long comb New head, which I decided to pair with the Ikon stainless steel Bulldog handle. They pair up very well and with the Polsilver SI blade I had a very smooth close shave.

The WSP Fougere Noir soap is new to me and the first time I’ve used this particular scent, but I have the Mahogany and a small sample of the Vetiver which I mixed with some unscented soap which works well.

Loading up with the New Forest 1901 was easy and I found after 20 seconds loading I had ample soap in the knot for my 3 passes. I do find the stiffer 2 band badger hairs tear into soaps making loading very easy.

The scent is good and on the medium strong level and I could still smell it clearly towards the end of each pass, but as it is a lighter type of scent rather than a strong dark spicy type of scent it isn’t overpowering on the nose if that makes sense.

Cushion and slickness was good and it didn’t seem drying at all. I’m using unfamiliar water here but think it’s a similar hardness as when I’m at home, certainly not soft water.

I finished off with a splash of Myrsol Antesol which was nice with a little menthol hit to wake me up and a nice citrus scent that turns a bit powdery then fades away to nothing quite quickly.

I’ve taken to bringing some scent samples away with me to save a bit of room and gives me a chance to try some new things whilst I’m away. Today I used the sample of Czech and Speake No 88 which has a nice dirty rose kind of scent, which I’ve grown to like. If it wasn’t so pricy I’d get a bottle but £80 is a bit much for my budget. Shame there isn’t something similar that can be bought cheaper. Saying that a few dabs from the sample vial lasted for ages on me.

Well happy Easter to you all, hope you have a good one.