Pannacrema Vetiver and Gem Featherweight

3P Preshave
New Forest 1901 2 band
Pannacrema Vetiver
Gem Featherweight
Gem (3)
Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver

Third shave on this Gem SE blade and I switched razor from the Clog Pruf to the Featherweight. A much more forgiving shave it seemed but a really close smooth result, pretty much BBS all over.

A soap I haven’t used for a while and it really is a good performer and I think the tallow and shea butter really give a good post shave skin feel. The only downside is the small tub, but that isn’t a problem with the 19mm New Forest badger knot. This is a great little brush and thankfully I have a new 2001 sitting in my drawer unused for when this one gives up on me. I reckon that’s a long time off though.

I thought I’d keep to the vetiver theme and finish with a splash of the Fine Clean Vetiver, all the fine splashes are great but I really like this one, second only to the American Blend.

To carry on the vetiver theme I had a few squirts of Tom Ford Grey Vetiver and went about my day doing a bit of shopping before the shops get to hectic with all the Christmas shoppers. I actually found a tub of Dove shaving cream around the shops today so I might give that a go tomorrow.

Barnegat Bay and Schick Super Platinum

Myrsol Emulsion
New Forest 1901
Caties Bubbles Barnegat Bay
7 o’clock open comb on Ikon Bulldog
Schick Super Platinum (1)
Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave

First try of these old blades sent by a friend in the states to try. Really nice blade, it’s been a while since I had a DE shave but these are nice and sharp and extremely smooth. If they last as well as most vintage blades I’ll be hunting some down.

This soap from Caties Bubbles in the Italian formula is very good, maybe even better than the French formula for me. Very slick and great post shave feel. Whipped up into a nice lather with the New Forest 2 band brush taking on a fair bit of water while building a lather on my face.

The 7 o’clock which is basically a long comb new left me BBS after 3 passes with the vintage Schick blade.

A quick splash of my cooling mentholated Bay Rum aftershave finished off a nice Bay Rum themed shave that was one of my best for a while.

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.