Menthol May with Catie’s Bubbles Glacé Herbe

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Myrsol Emulsion
Omega 49 boar
Catie’s Bubbles Glacé Herbe
Schick Dial @ 5
Personna (5)
Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver aftershave

Everyone seems to be getting in on menthol May so I thought I’d join in today.

This soap is very cooling with a strong Vetiver scent, it reminds me of Guerlain Vetiver. It has the usual great Catie’s Bubbles performance which is plenty slick with a nice post shave feel.

The Personna injector blade is still going strong 5 shaves in on this blade. I do find my shaves are a bit quicker with the Schick Injector, not sure why but they just are. For ease of use they are very similar to a cartridge razor.

Today’s shave was finished off with a splash of Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver aftershave which matched the soap well and continued the icy menthol effect on my face.

I should be able to squeeze one more shave out of this sample before moving on to some other samples I have lying around. I’m hoping to use a few up by concentrating on using samples for the rest of the month.

Catie’s Bubbles Barnegat Bay, Plisson and Schick Dial

Proraso White Pre
Plisson Synthetic shaving brush
Catie’s Bubbles Barnegat Bay
Schick Dial @ 8, 8, 5
Personna (4)
Proraso Aftershave Splash
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First try of the Italian formula Barnegat Bay shaving soap from Catie’s Bubbles. First impression is I like this a lot and I’m surprised that you don’t hear as much about the Italian formula soap compared to the French formula.

It’s a strong classic bay rum scent, which lasts throughout the shave with no hint of irritation. I was using the Plisson synthetic fibre brush today which lathers everything with ease and this soap was no exception. It’s been a while since I used this brush and its reminded me just what a great brush it is and I should really get myself a spare direct from Plisson. I think one of the acetate handles would be very nice.

Back to the soap, I found this to be a nice thick lather that was very slick and had great post shave skincare. I’m almost thinking it’s better than the French formula for me.

I had 3 days growth to remove today so I set the Schick on the highest setting of 8 for the first two passes then down to 5 for the final against the grain pass. The results were very smooth, one of my best shaves in a while I think.

Finished off with a splash of Proraso green aftershave splash, it’s my favourite aftershave and I really like the cooling menthol chill. When the two bottles I have are gone I’m going to buy the 400ml bottle.

Quick spray of YSL La Nuit De L’Homme EDT and I was all set for the day. I’ve decided I’m going to try to use the many little soap samples I have accumulated over the next month to clear a bit of space in the den.

Catie’s Bubbles La Terre Verte and a mailcall

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Proraso White Pre shave
Omega 66 Boar
Catie’s Bubbles La Terre Verte
Schick Dial @ 7
Personna blade (3)
Alpa Fougere Cologne

Nice shave today with the LTV that arrived in the mail today. Elcubbo sent me a sample a while back and I loved the scent so it had to be the next Catie’s Bubbles soap I bought.

The usual great lather with a really nice scent of oakmoss, sandalwood and patchouli.

3 easy passes with the Schick on setting 7 and I’m left nice and smooth.

I finished off with a splash of witch hazel and a good dose of the Alpa Fougere Cologne which matches the soap quite well.

Oh yes here’s a picture of the mailcall from today
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The LTV a tub of Barnegat Bay italian formula soap and a sample pot of Purple Grapefruit which smells very nice. I also have a few samples of some other scents a friend sent me as well. Also I had a separate parcel arrive with a bottle of Art of Shaving Lemon EDT which will be nice in the warmer weather.

Schick Injector and Caties Bubbles LPV

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Myrsol Emulsion preshave
The Big Shave LE 2014 super silvertip
Catie’s Bubbles LPV
Schick Dial Injector
Personna (2)
My own Bay Rum Aftershave

I had a bit of a revelation today. I was reading up on Caties Bubbles and saw someone mention using the Marco method of lathering, I think it may have even been Marco over at Badger and Blade. I’ve not had any issue lathering LPV previously but thought I’d give it a go today.

For those that haven’t heard of this you take a very wet brush and let the water drip out until it isn’t dripping any more but is still holding a lot of water. I gave the brush two very light downward drops to get a little more water out as I was face lathering and didn’t want to get too messy. I then very lightly swirled on the soap for 60 seconds and began face lathering, pretty much straight away the lather began to build on my face and after about a minute of working the lather into my stubble I had a huge amount of lather at the perfect consistency for shaving. I painted on the lather to level it out and began my shave.

The Schick gives a nice shave and today I had it opened up to setting 6 which cut through my stubble with ease. After 3 passes I was 90% BBS, which was good enough for me.

I finished off today’s shave with a splash of some bay rum I made a while back. It leaves the skin feeling good but the scent only lasts a few minutes. I’m going to try adding a bit more of another bay rum I have to up the scent and maybe even a little menthol just to spice things up a little.

SOTD 10/03/15 a Grandstaff shave

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3P
New Forest 1901 2 band badger brush
Grandstaff Holy Smokes v2 shaving soap
Standard Razor – Black
Personna Lab Blue (2)
Pinaud Classic Vanilla Aftershave

Well I said in a previous post about Travis Grandstaff going off the radar…but he’s resurfaced! After that post I was contacted on twitter by a man named Michael who alerted me that Travis was back in business with an improved version of his soap. Surely that great soap couldn’t be improved upon, but it has.

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SOTD 07/02/15

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3P pre shave
New Forest 1901 2 band
Wet Shaving Products Mahogany soap
Schick Dial with Personna blade (2)
Taylor of Old Bond Street Victorian Limes Aftershave
Truefitt & Hill No 10 moisturiser

Second time using this soap from WSP, the mahogany is an unusual scent but I quite like it. After two uses I think this is going to be a good soap to keep in the stash. I want to try the Barbershop scent which I hear is very nice.

I usually start lathering with a damp brush but after reading a few posts about starting with a wet brush I thought I’d give this a try. Wet brush swirling lightly on the soap for about 60 seconds and then took it to the face to lather up. The result, tonnes of lather which was super slick and thick.

The New Forest brush is only a 19mm knot but held a tonne of lather for three passes, and I could have got a few more passes if I needed to.

Three passes later and the results seem closer than normal, and post shave skin feel was good.

Finished off with a splash of the TOBS Limes aftershave and all was good. I find the TOBS aftershaves leave a nice feel to the skin after use almost talcy.

I don’t use balms that often but as the weather is so cold at the moment I used a small amount of the No 10 moisturiser a few hours after the shave.

I got this soap from a fellow forum member, but I have seen they are available from The Shaving Time Company which save importing from the USA. I’ll no doubt pick up the Barbershop scent in the future from them.