Shaver Heaven week

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Dennis Coluccio Finest Badger
Shaver Heaven Gone Grapefruit
Merkur Futur
Sputnik (3)
Mennen Skin Bracer

I had a delivery of Shaver Heaven soaps arrive today to add to the few I already have. I went with the Gone Grapefruit which has a similar scent to TOBS grapefruit, nice and fresh and ideal for the warm summer weather we have been having.

It whipped up really nice and thick with plenty of slickness. I had about 36 hours growth to get rid of so the Futur was the obvious choice, on setting 4 WTG I was looking like I was cleanly shaven after the first pass. I turned the settings down one number per pass and after 3 passes finishing on setting 2 I was pretty much BBS all over.

A quick cooling splash of Skin Bracer and I was done and spent the rest of the night feeling my face in awe of the smoothness.

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Wolf Whiskers Bishop
Shaver Heaven Juicy Froot tallow
Ikon X3 slant
Gillette 7 o’clock green (1)
Floid Vigoroso aftershave

First try of the tallow Shaver Heaven soap and the ikon slant. I think I need to dial this soap in a bit more. It has a nice scent which smells like the little bubble gum balls you get.

The ikon did a good job but didn’t quite feel as smooth as the 102 slant. It seemed to have a different angle as well. Again more use needed to get the best from it I think.

The Floid was nice and cooling on this hot night and I’m left with the nice powdery amber scent.

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3P preshave
Stirling Kong
Shaver Heaven Vetiver & Neroli
Ikon X3
Gillette Super Stainless (2)
PAA Al Fin

Another Shaver Heaven shave with the neroli and vetiver soap which I believe is an older formulation to those used previously. I whipped up a lovely thick slick lather with the Stirling Kong brush. The scent on this is nice and when I first got it the vetiver was the dominant note, now with a few uses the neroli seems to have become the dominant note. Just goes to show that scents can change as you get through a soap.

I’m still not a fan of the X3, it’s just not as smooth feeling in use as the 102. It could be the blade I guess so I’m going to switch it out the the B1 slant and try something else in the X3 before making a decision.

EDIT: since trying a new blade it was much smoother.

Overall a good shave was had which was rounded off by a good splash of Al Fin which was very cooling and smelt great.

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3P Preshave
Shaver Heaven Sweet Meyer Lemon
Brad Sears Shaveworks Manchurian
Ikon B1 slant
Gillette 7 o’clock Green (3)
Brut Sports Style aftershave

I used the oldest formula Shaver Heaven soap I have to round off this week of Shaver Heaven shaves. All of the soaps have performed great but I do find the newer formulas an improvement on what was always a good vegetable based soap.

The scent on this one is great for summer, it’s like a fruit salad type of scent, much more than just lemon, there’s some melon and mandarin in there too.

The BSSW manchurian whipped up plenty of thick slick lather. I felt a little dryer post shave than the newer formula soaps but that is all. The actual shave performance seems similar throughout the range.

The B1 slant with the same blade felt much smoother in use than the X3 and its a lot more audible in use. It’s got to be one of the noisiest razors I have. 3 passes left me nice and smooth and a splash of the Brut sports style finished the job nicely and was a good compliment to the shave soap scent.

This week I’ll be mostly…

Using Speick!

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Speick week
3P preshave
Honey Farm Finest Badger
Speick soap stick
Gillette #59 Rocket
Gillette Green (4)
Speick aftershave

I love the scent of Speick and it’s been too long since I last used it. This should be a good week. A few of us on the shaving room forum will be using a single soap for a whole week and this week is Speick week.

Great thick shiny lather from rubbing the stick on my face then lathering up with the Honey Farm badger brush my wife bought me for Christmas. I really like this brush and it’s performed perfectly from the first use.

I’ve also got my Speick cream out for later in the week and although this blade seemed fine I’ll likely swap it and use a different razor for my next shave.

The Speick aftershave had great skin friendly ingredients and is one I’ll usually reach for if I’ve had a rough shave. I’m really liking the scent, I’ll have to see if I can get the EDT in the future.

Finally getting the house straight and not so many boxes everywhere which is nice. It’s been a busy but nice Christmas break and it’s gone quickly. Back to work tomorrow. I hope you’ve all enjoyed the festivities and Happy New Year to you all.

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.

Goodbye J Peterman

Today was my second and final shave with the J Peterman 1903 cream before returning it with some goodies for my friend to try. I’ve also fell off the not buying shaving stuff wagon as I ordered a tub of the Proraso Red pre shave cream yesterday from shavelounge. I also bought a bottle of British Sterling aftershave off eBay as I heard it’s goes well with Caties Bubbles LPV. Apart from an Omega S brush in the near future I’m hoping to get back on the wagon, for a couple of months at least.

Anyway on to today’s shave…

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Ye Old Strop Shoppe Barbershoppe shave

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3P Pre Shave
Simpsons Duke 3 in Best
Strop Shoppe – Barbershoppe
Standard Razor
Personna Lab Blue (3)
TOBS St James Aftershave

Second try of the Strop Shoppe special edition shaving soap loaned to me by a shaving buddy. It lathers easily but I just don’t find the lather explodes into a thick rich lather like some of my other soaps I have used recently.

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SOTD 01/03/15

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3P
L’Occitane Synthetic
Dapper Dragon Ice Wyrm
Merkur 39c slant
Rimei blade (1)
T&H Trafalgar ASB
T&H Trafalgar Cologne

I hadn’t had a shave since Thursday night so I had 3 days growth to get rid of. I thought of a few razors that would do the job, but chose the Merkur slant.

First try of the Dapper Dragon soap sample provided by Mike of ThePathToSmoothness thanks Mike. The scent of the soap is a nice fresh mint scent, which I kept smelling throughout the shave. It’s a soft soap which loads up easily, about 15 seconds loading the brush was enough for a 3 pass shave, with lather to spare.

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