Razorock Black Mamba

Tuesday 10.05.16
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Vitos preshave (not much left!)
Shavemac zebra beehive
Reef Point – Peerless
Razorock Black Mamba
Gillette Super Platinum (1)
Pinaud Clubman Vanilla aftershave

First shave with the mamba on loan from a friend in the UK. In use it felt like the greatest razor ever filling all the hype but the end result wasn’t quite as close as I wanted. I’ll have to try some other blade combos. Maybe a feather!

The scent on this soap is very nice like a sweet tobacco scent which pairs well with the vanilla Clubman aftershave.

Thursday 12.05.16
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Vitos Preshave
Brad Sears Shaveworks S8 Manchurian
Saponificio Varesino 70th Anniversary soap
Razorock Black Mamba
Gillette Super Platinum (2)
SV 70th Anniversary Aftershave

I’ve missed using the great SV soaps. Really nice fresh scent on this one and plenty of thick slick lather. I really like the slick residual layer this soap leaves behind for little touch ups and protects the skin well. The matching balm just finishes things off nicely.

Still impressed by the feel of this razor but feel it might provide a closer shave with a sharper blade.

Saturday 14.05.16
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Vitos Preshave
Shavemac Barber 26mm 2 band
Irisch Moos shaving stick
Razorock Black Mamba
Feather (1)
Irisch Moos aftershave

A much closer shave today with the feather. The mamba tames a feather well. I was going to use Tabac today but remembered that I keep meaning to use my Irisch Moos stick. Brilliant lather with a fresh green scent. The splash has quite a strong scent which hangs around for a while too.

Sunday 15.05.16
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Vitos Preshave
Tipsoft Blonde Badger
Barrister & Mann Roam
Razorock Black Mamba
Feather (2)
Myrsol Antesol

Another nice black mamba shave. The Barrister and Mann Roam soap is a very unique scent, very complex and dark. I got a scent like an old well worn leather jacket, something like engine oil and a smokey earthy scent. I was lucky enough to borrow this with the mamba and although it’s a scent that splits opinion, I didn’t find it off putting in any way.

All in all a good shave with the above.

Tuesday 17.05.16
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Vitos Preshave
The Big Shave Super Silvertip
Petal Pushers Fancies – Amber
Razorock Black Mamba
Feather (3)
Floid Vigoroso aftershave

I really like this plush brush and it whipped up a really nice lather today. A third shave was too much for the feather blade so I changed to a Polsilver after the first pass.

With a weeks worth of shaves with the mamba my thoughts are its a very nice razor with good looks and the coating does seem to make it glide very well over the skin. It feels really smooth in use but it’s probably just a bit too mild for my liking. I’m very privileged to have had the chance to try it though.

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SOTD 26.01.16 – 31.01.16

Tuesday
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3P Preshave
Shavemac 26mm 2 band silvertip
Saponificio Varesino TSN Flying Mango
7 o’clock long comb NEW on ikon tuckaway handle
Mem Super Silver Platinum (1)
Harley Davidson Fresh Spirit aftershave

Quite a tuggy blade this Mem blade.

Thursday
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Vitos Preshave
Whipped Dog 24mm High Mountain
Saponificio Varesino Felce Aromatica
7 o’clock Long Comb on ikon SE
Vintage English Wilkinson Sword (1)
Aqua Velva Ice Sport aftershave

Another great shave after changing blades. I really do like these Saponificio Varesino soaps. They perform just like a good tallow soap. Can’t wait to get the 70th Anniversary soap and aftershave next week for my birthday.

Saturday
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Vitos Preshave
Omega Mighty Midget
Stirling Soap Co Mogadishu Hope
Long Comb 7 o’clock on ikon SE
English Wilkinson Sword (2)
Floid Vigoroso aftershave
Pal Zileri Colonia Purissima EDT

I tried out this soap piffed to me by a friend of mine. Very impressive and a complex scent which I like. Great Stirling Soap Co performance whipped up with ease with the tiny Omega brush. The brush is still breaking in but gets the job done well.

Sunday
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Vitos preshave
Razorock Chubby Silvertip
CRSW Sandalwood
7 o’clock long comb
English Wilkinson Sword (3)
Versace Dreamer aftershave
Truefitt & Hill No 10 balm

Great shave from the above setup. This brush is so soft and luxurious feeling on the face. It really does give more expensive brushes a run for their money. This is probably about the third time I’ve used this soap but it is good stuff. I could barely feel the blade on my face and the glide was really good. A little drying after use but nothing the splash and balm didn’t sort out.

SOTD 18.01.16 – 24.01.16

Monday
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3P preshave
Shavemac 2 band silvertip
Le Père Lucien sample
Ikon 102
Astra Superior Stainless (4)
Myrsol Agua Balsamica aftershave

Possibly pushed this blade too far. I did mean to change it after the last shave but forgot and the walk back to the bedroom seemed too far at the time. Lesson learnt. I don’t find the LPL soap to be the most protective lather and I can’t see me buying a full tin based on this sample. There are just better soaps out there.

Wednesday
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3P
Simpsons Duke 3 in best badger
Le Père Lucien
Ikon 102
Gillette 7 o’clock Yellow (1)
Fine Accoutrements Fresh Vetiver

Still struggled to get a decent lather with the LPL so I abandoned the soap after the first pass and used the closest soap to hand which was some Barrister & Mann Seville. Much better lather. The LPL will be going in the frankensoap pot.

Friday
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Dennis Coluccio Finest Badger brush
Razorock Santa Maria del Fiore Firenze
Ikon 102 slant with SE handle
Gillette 7 o’clock Yellow (2)
Alcolado Glacial aftershave

Much better results from the trusty razorock soap after my troubles with the LPL. My skin felt really nice and soft after this shave and it was a good close finish. It seems I’ve been using the slant for ages so I’m switching razors for the next shave.

Sunday
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Semogue OC 2 Band
Shannons Soaps Lady Luck
7 o’clock LC on Tuckaway handle
Gillette 7 o’clock Yellow (3)
Floris JF aftershave

Had a few test lathers with this soap last night and got it dialled in well I think. It didn’t seem to need that much water added to get a very shiny lather with plenty of slickness. Very nice soap indeed with a nice scent. I was considering selling this brush but thought I’d try it again before making a decision. I’m definitely keeping it. Great backbone and soft tips, not as dense as some but I’ve found I prefer a brush that isn’t really dense.

The Floris aftershave arrived yesterday and it is really nice, the scent is quite modern to me and my wife really likes it. It leaves the skin feeling good afterwards too.

Razorock Chubby & P160

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3P preshave
Razorock Chubby Silvertip
Razorock P160
Standard Razor
English Wilkinson Sword (2)
Fine American Blend aftershave

A really good shave today after a nice long soak in a hot shower, it’s got quite chilly outside so I was glad of warming up.

After squeezing out all the water from the chubby and loading up for about 20 seconds I had plenty of soap in the bristles to begin face lathering. This is a very nice soap that lathered up well with a few drops of water as I went along. It has a really nice cherry almond scent that reminds me of the cocktail cherries you get in a jar, I used to love eating those when I was little.

This has the usual great Razorock performance, thick, slick lather with a nice amount of residual slickness. No irritation which was a bonus as I’d heard it didn’t get on with some people’s skin.

The Standard Razor and English Wilky blade glided around effortlessly and left me with a BBS result.

I fancied finishing off with my favourite scented aftershave to date the Fine Accoutrements American Blend, which is based on YSL Rive Gauche. Nice scent which I’m still smelling around 6 hours later, great cooling menthol hit too.

Razorock The Stallion

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3P preshave
Rooney Emillion 1
Razorock The Stallion
Ikon 102 with SE handle
Sputnik (1)
Myrsol Plastic aftershave
AdP Oud

I forgot till I was mid shave that I had a sample of the AdP Oud, hence the change to an aftershave that wouldn’t hang around and clash.

First try of this soap and I love the scent. A really nice oud scent which is a dead ringer for the AdP Oud scent. The usual great razorock performance from this soap which looking at the label is the tallow version. Good post shave feel and not drying for me.

I picked up an ikon SE handle so paired that with the 102 slant for a nice easy shave with the new Sputnik blade. The handle gives some nice weight to the shave and a good length.

Finished with the Myrsol Plastic Shave for its fleeting scent so I could have a few squirts of the AdP Oud to continue the great oud scent of the soap.

All in all a very nice shave. Here’s the combined mailcall of this morning.
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I’m looking forward to trying out all this stuff.

Razorock Chubby and Fresco

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3P
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.

Razorocktober continues

Continuing the Razorocktober theme with at least one product per shave. I’ve decided to blog more shaves per post on the blog.

Thursday 8th October
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Whipped Dog High Mountain 24mm
Razorock San Valentino
Schick Adjustable @ 7
Schick Twin blade (1)
Arko Gold Power aftershave

First try of these twin blades, very nice blades indeed. I’m really liking the whipped dog brush. It worked up a really nice creamy lather with the San Valentino soap. Good results all round.

Saturday 10th October
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3P
Razorock Chubby
Reef Point Espresso
Mongoose with Captain Sharp blade (5)
Jürgen Hempel Ti
YSL Le Nuit De L’Homme balm and EDT

Following the Razorocktober theme using the Razorock Chubby brush with the Espresso soap from Reef Point. The mongoose got the job done easy with the captain blade which didn’t seem as bad as it had previously. Nice slick lather from the coffee scented soap helped a lot. The scent of the soap is mostly coffee with a sweet caramel type of scent in the background. I’d say it was more cappuccino than espresso but either way it’s nice.

Finished off with a bit of the YSL balm just because it was there next to the EDT. A nice scent but it doesn’t seem to last more than a few hours on me. Even using the balm as well didn’t increase the longevity of the scent.

Sunday 11th October
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3P
Omega 49
Reef Point Fougere Santal
Fatip Grande
Lab Blue (4)
Razorock Baby Blue aftershave

Nice shave to finish off the week and prepare for the week ahead. I was trying to kill off this sample of the Reef Point soap that I stuck in this oversized coffee mug a while ago. Didn’t quite kill it off so one more shave left in the mug. Great scent to this soap and I’ve got a tub coming as a present for me for Christmas. Usual great Reef Point lather with the nice fougere type scent with a bit of sandalwood. This pairs up very nicely with Brut as an aftershave but today I kept with Razorocktober and used the baby blue splash. That was it for this blade. I could tell towards the end of the shave it was past its best so in the blade bank it went.

Well that’s another few shaves down out of Razorocktober, I’ve managed quite well so far. I’ve been putting some thought into using some products in a small rotation of products which should hopefully help get some soap used up. As part of this I’ve stored a lot of soap away in a box out of the way to only use once I’ve put a dent in what’s left out. I’m thinking of taking that a step further by narrowing it down to three soaps to use for as long as possible. I’ll see how that goes and it might not make for good reading on the blog and posts might not be as regular but I’ll keep on posting pictures on Instagram along the way anyway.

Last day of Summer?

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Possibly the last warm day for a while looking at the weather ahead so what better soap to use than Soap Commander Gusto. I can’t take any credit for the choice though as my son chose the soap and brush today. He nearly always picks the big omega boar. So today’s shave was:

3P
Omega 49
Soap Commander Gusto
Fatip Grande
Lab Blue (3)
Razorock Baby Blue

I managed to keep Razorocktober going today with the baby blue splash, really nice scent on this splash, lacking my usual menthol hit but nice none the less.

Great thick lather worked up by the big boar brush which I loaded up for around 30 seconds or so.

The Fatip made light work of my stubble and left me irritation free and very close to BBS. This razor seems to work well with the lab blue blades.

Great shave overall today.