Soap Commander Resolution

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Proraso White Preshave
Stirling Synthetic
Soap Commander Resolution
Featherweight
Gem (6)
Ikon 102
English Wilkinson Sword (8)
Razorock The Beach aftershave

Decided the gem blade had seen better days after the first pass so grabbed the closest razor to finish off the last two passes.

As it’s very nearly Christmas I thought it was an idea time to get the Soap Commander Resolution out. A great have followed which is to be expected with any soap commander soap. The shea butter always leaves my skin feeling nice and soft.

I have a few new aftershave samples to try out and today was Razorock The Beach. This has a really nice scent and a good menthol kick as well. Very nice stuff and a great scent.

Razorock Chubby and Fresco

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Razorock Chubby
Razorock Fresco
Schick Dial @ 7
Schick Twin Blade (2)
Proraso Aftershave Splash

Really nice shave today, one of those moments where everything comes together. I’m in a good mood as I had some good news today but this shave just made a things that little bit better.

I shook out the excess water from the brush which left it quite damp and loaded up the Fresco soap for about 30 seconds. Face lathering the soap it was almost instantly where I wanted it, a few drops of water worked in and I had a nice slick thick lather. This is one of those soaps I always enjoy using, I a little over halfway through this tub and can just about see a hint of the bottom of the tub through the soap. Quite a few shaves left but I’m looking forward to finish in a soap as it’s been a while.

I found today that this brush works well building a lather with paintbrush strokes, you can go in a circular motion but it just seemed to work really well using the paint strokes. Pure luxury softness from this brush, no scritch at all, it really is cloud soft but with just the right amount of backbone.

These Schick twin blades are nice and on setting 7 in the adjustable turned out a great result and a really close shave. Minor bit of damage with I caught a tiny spot I hadn’t noticed so there was blood but nothing major. I like the fact I can use a tiny bit of pressure with the Schick to get close in some areas.

All rounded off with a generous splash of the Proraso aftershave. Still my favourite splash, leaves my skin feeling good, moisturised and it has a great scent that I keep getting whiffs of.

All in all a good day topped off with a great shave.

Review: Proraso Aftershave Splash

This aftershave splash from Proraso is my favourite splash of all. It’s certainly one I can recommend strongly for either old or new wetshavers, and seems to be a staple of many wetshavers and is always on the list when people are looking for good aftershave recommendations.

Scent

The scent of Proraso aftershave is a really nice classic Italian Barbershop scent. It’s hard to describe, kind of like a minty, citrus scent with a tiny bit of powder and a hint of menthol. The scent isn’t that strong and fades fairly quickly and I don’t think anyone could find this scent offensive

Post Shave

I love the post shave feel you get from the Proraso splash, it does a great job of easing any irritation or razor burn and the menthol cooling it gives is very nice. It’s not a massive face freezer like Osage Rub for example, but I find it more cooling that most and just about the right level for me. For an alcohol based splash I find this is very moisturising and leaves the skin feeling soft and hydrated and there isn’t much of an alcohol burn unless you have really overdone your shave, but this is to be expected.

This is my favourite splash of all, so much so I have the 400ml bottle on standby for when my first bottle runs out soon. Definitely a 10/10, and one I wouldn’t be without.

The ingredients are as follows:

Alcohol Denat., Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Parfum (Fragrance), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Menthol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Coumarin, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cl 42090 (FD&C Blue No. 1), Cl 19140 (FD&C Yellow No. 5).

Feather Artist Club SS

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Myrsol Emulsion
The BiG Shave Super Badger Brush
Barrister & Mann Beaudelaire
Feather Artist Club SS
Kai Mild (5)
Proraso Aftershave Splash

New soap and new razor today. The razor is part of a forum passaround so I’m just trying it out at the moment.

The soap I traded recently and I’d heard it was a love or hate type of scent. Luckily I like it. It’s an earthy fougere type of scent with leather and I can smell quite a bit of anise, which is what I think I really like about it.

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Barrister & Mann soaps over on the Aussie Paste & Cut forum, and it’s all true.

Even just blooming the soap while I was in the shower the scent filled the room with the dark rich scent. I shook all the water out of the super badger brush and loaded it up for about 30 seconds, there was a nice load of creamy looking lather in the brush. I face lathered slowly adding drops to the brush as I went along, I had heard that the black label soaps don’t require as much water as the other B&M soaps, but I have no experience with them. I will say it is still quite thirsty so after adding drops to the brush about 3 times I had the lather where I wanted it. It’s nice and thick and protective with plenty of slip and glide, just what I needed while taming the feathered beast.

After watching quite a few YouTube videos I think I got the angle and a few pointers to be on my way.

First pass with my usual shaving hand on the left side of my face went fine. I then swapped to my right hand to do the other side. I managed somehow to nick my cheek on the second stroke, not a lot of blood so I carried on. I definitely don’t have as much control with my right hand.

I still need to learn how to use this razor, I found sometimes I was catching lather with the scales or my hand which I think was putting me off. I do wonder if I would prefer the kamisori type feather better, but realise there is a learning curve which will take some time to master.

On the second pass I think I stuck with my left hand and tried to go across the grain sideways which seemed to work well. On the third pass I did notice a few weepers showing through the lather on my neck but didn’t notice doing them on the previous pass. I ended up with an ok shave, not the closest but not patchy either so it was all good with no major damage.

I finished off the shave with some old faithful Proraso splash which I was expecting to sting a lot but it wasn’t that bad. The soap has a strong scent which lingers after the shave and strangely it paired well with the Beaudelaire scent really well. Not something I was expecting as I was just going with the Proraso for it’s healing properties. The post shave feel on this soap is really nice too.

Reef Point Dragons Blood & Ikon 102

Proraso Red Preshave
Rooney Heritage Emillion
Reef Point Dragons Blood
Ikon 102 Slant
Jürgen Hempel Ti handle
English Wilkinson (3)
Witch Hazel
Proraso aftershave splash

On to another new soap today with the Reef Point Dragons Blood. This has a really nice scent which is quite unusual compared to other soaps I have. But I do like it a lot.

I loaded up the Rooney Emillion brush which had been soaking in warm water while I showered and gave it a quick squeeze and shake so it was just damp. The soap loaded easily and after about 30 seconds of loading I started face lathering.

Unfortunately it all went wrong here and I started to get an irritated feeling on my skin. The lather was really nice though so I pushed on for one pass, but couldn’t go further than that. I suspect that it was the vanilla in the scent that may have caused the irritation.

I finished the rest of my shave with another new soap, Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements Speakeasy. No issues with that soap and the rest of the shave was drama free for the remaining two passes.

Good performance from the slant and Wilkinson blade.

I finished off with a good splash of witch hazel on a cotton pad to ease the irritation and a splash of Proraso aftershave and both of these have helped ease the irritated feeling.

Shame as I really liked the scent of the soap and the performance was good. I’ll definitely try some other scents in the Reef Point range.

No picture today as I changed a few things from my original picture due to the issues with the soap.

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.

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.

22/03/15 a Knockout shave

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Proraso White Pre Shave
Omega 66 Boar
Knockoutshave Black Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 1912
Gem Blade (2)
Proraso Aftershave Splash

Better shave on the second outing for the 1912. Not sure if it was getting the knack back or the blade smoothing out.

Went back to the sample of the Knockout Shave Black soap I was given recently. I like the thick lather this produced which is very protective, certainly made the 1912 much easier to shave with and I think the tallow gives good glide also.

Finished off with a good splash of the Proraso aftershave which has to be one of my favourites and one of the few I am tempted to get a big 400ml bottle of. Leaves the skin feeling very good and I love the cooling menthol kick.