Proraso White Preshave
Mickey Lee Soapworks La Fee Verte
Gillette Super Adjustable
Gillette Swede (3)
Myrsol Blue Aftershave
Just a quick one from me today. Really good shave with the above combo. I’m in the middle of moving house so most of my shaving stuff is packed away, I’ll try to keep blogging whilst moving but if I don’t post for a while you know why.
It’s quite nice only having a limited amount of stuff to choose from. I’ve only got two brushes out at the moment, the Thater and my Stirling synthetic. A brush for any occasion there, other than that I have about a dozen soaps to hand in the bathroom and a selection of aftershave samples.
Gem Clog Pruf
Gem blade (2)
Myrsol Formula C aftershave
Second try with the Clog Pruf, good end result and a closer shave than last time around but still not a comfortable experience. I’m not sure if it is the blades or not but they don’t seem as smooth as I would like.
Great lather with the a Thater Razorock combo, I’m still trying to finish this soap off and the hole where I can see the bottom of the tub is getting bigger!
All finished off with a splash of the Myrsol sample that probably has one last shave left in it. I’m not a fan of the smell but it performs well like the rest of the range.
Mikes Natural Soaps – Vetiver
English Wilkinson Sword (4)
Fine Accoutrements Clean Vetiver aftershave
Amidst the storm they have named Barney here in the UK I had a really good shave with this new to me soap. It’s insanely windy outside, this storm is nothing like the big purple dinosaur.
On to the shave and I have to say this has gone right up there with my favourite shaving soap scents. On first sniff from the tin I wasn’t too sure but in use this smells great. A true vetiver scent which is dark, smokey and grassy. While using it I was reminded of Guerlian’s Vetiver EDT.
The performance was typical of a Mikes soap, you don’t often hear much from Mike, I guess he lets his soaps do the talking. It a no nonsense soap that is right up there at the top in performance for me, just a notch below Stirling in that all important (to me) slickness department. I have heard some people having issues getting a good lather from this soap but I think you need to know it’s a very thirsty soap.
My usual technique is to put some water on the puck while having a shower and then squeeze out as much water as possible. I then load up a good amount of soap then dip the brush tips in water and load some more. Then face lather adding drops of water along the way until you get a good thick slick lather with plenty of shine to it. The key thing I think is to slowly add water and work it into the lather. The sheen on the lather will tell you when it’s ready.
Good close results with the Standard and made in England Wilkinson Sword blade today, with the Mikes lather it felt like there wasn’t even a blade in the razor.
Rounded off the shave with more vetiver with a good splash of the Fine Clean Vetiver aftershave, great scent and nice big menthol hit. What better way to finish off a great shave.
Meissner Tremonia Salt Sea Sage
Above The Tie H2
Polsilver Stainless (2)
I’ve used this paste a few times now and I just don’t think it performs that great. The scent is very unique and I quite like it with a strong camphor scent. The packaging is also very nice with a heavy glass jar and good quality lid. Even the lather looks good and thick. The problem is the performance of the lather it just lacks that slickness and protection I like and the lather is more fluffy with tiny bubbles rather than yoghurty and dense like my top performing soaps. I wonder if super lathering this would make up its deficiencies in the lather department.
It would probably be better with a milder razor than the ATT so I think I’ll be using it with milder razors in future.
Overall a nice close shave with no nicks or irritation but not the most comfortable with this lather.
I had plenty of lather left over in the Thater, this is a really good quality brush. Just looking at the perfection of the knot you can see the expert craftsmanship that goes into making it, a really comfortable handle too.
Finished off with a splash of the Clarins aftershave and a few squirts of Joop and I was good to go about my Saturday. Plenty of fireworks going off around here tonight on this rather mild November night.