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.

Le Père Lucien & Standard Razor

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Myrsol Emulsion as preshave
The Big Shave LE 2014 Super Silvertip
Le Père Lucien Traditional scent
Standard Razor Black
English Wilkinson Sword blade
Myrsol Agua Balsamica aftershave

Great shave today with the above combo. Last time I used this sample of LPL I was away on holiday and didn’t get time to blog about it. Good shave today again with it but I think I had a bit of trouble loading from the sample with my super silvertip brush. Previously I had used my 2 band New Forest badger brush which has a bit more backbone and a smaller knot. I’m going to try my Omega boar brush next time to see if that makes a difference.

I find this soap is really good and performs much better than MdC but with a similar herby mint scent. The lather is nice and slick and post shave feel is very good, not at all drying. When I had MdC before although it lathered easily I found it lacked slickness and dried my skin out.

Another great shave with the Standard Razor, it’s fast becoming my favourite razor and I’ve just ordered a second one in the raw finish with the stand on Massdrop which was a bargain. Although it’s a light razor I find myself BBS every time I use it with no hint of irritation. The vintage made in England Wilkinson blade is still going well on what I think is shave number 6 although I think it’s beginning to dull a bit now, I’ll try it for one more shave which may be its last.

Finished off with the Myrsol Agua Balsamica aftershave which is a good match to the scent of the LPL soap as its herby with a very refreshing menthol kick. As with all Myrsol splashes they leave the skin feeling great and the scent is still lingering now.

Razorock Tight Buns and Standard Razor

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Myrsol Emulsion as preshave
The Big Shave 2014 LE silvertip
Razorock Tight Buns
Standard Razor Black
Vintage Wilkinson Blade
David Beckham Instinct aftershave

First try of the Razorock Tight Buns soap which I bought sometime late last year. Not sure why it’s taken me so long to crack this open and give it a try, maybe because it was a limited edition soap so I didn’t want to use it up too quickly.

The scent is based on Creed Green Irish Tweed and was a limited run of soap named after Ant “tight buns” Smith who posts on Facebook shaving groups and did quite a few YouTube videos as well. I like his humorous videos but he isn’t making videos anymore.

Loading up the damp Big Shave super silvertip badger brush was easy after letting a bit of water sit on top of the soap whilst I showered, after about 20 seconds the brush was fully loaded. I face lathered and soon had a nice thick slick lather with a nice scent. I’m told that it can take a few shaves on a Razorock soap to really get the true scent and strength to come through and whilst this wasn’t the strongest scent it was present during the shave.

Post shave feel of the soap was good and I didn’t find it at all drying.

I haven’t used the Standard Razor for a few weeks but it worked really well today with the vintage made in England Wilkinson Sword blade which I think is on its fourth shave now. I heard these blades last quite well and it showed no signs of deterioration during the shave.

All in all this was a really good shave with BBS results. I’m not sure whether it was the combination of soap razor and blade or even the Myrsol preshave but it was the best shave in quite a while.

I finished off with a splash of the David Beckham Instinct aftershave which is a sample given to me by a friend. It’s a nice scent and the aftershave felt a little oily on application and left my skin feeling very nice and smooth. It’s not an overpowering scent but I can still smell it lightly a few hours after my shave.

Soap Commander Passion

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3P pre shave
Plisson Synthetic shaving brush
Soap Commander Passion
Merkur 37c slant
Vintage English Wilkinson (1)
Alcolado Glacial aftershave
Trumpers Skinfood West Indian Limes

I hadn’t shaved in 3 days and this was my first shave back home after being on holiday last week. I didn’t blog my last shave where I used a sample of Le Père Lucien, which I really liked. The post shave of the LPL was really good, so much so I didn’t use any splash or balm afterwards. I’ll use it again in the near future and blog my thoughts but to me it was a much better performer than MdC.

Anyway on to today’s shave. While I was away I missed using the Plisson synthetic brush so I knew that would be the first brush I used once I was back home. I’d also just received the Soap Commander Passion soap as well so wanted to give that a try as well. I also just received a passaround Merkur 37c slant and with 3 days stubble to mow down it was a great choice of razor for the job.

The Soap Commander soaps are my favourite soaps of all at the moment and I have 3 tubs Passion, Respect and Resolution. The Passion has a really nice spicy scent to it of cardamom and teakwood. I get a hint of cinnamon in the scent too. It has the usual great Soap Commander performance of thick slick lather which is very protective and gives great post shave skin feel.

The Merkur 37c slant paired with a vintage English Wilkinson blade made light work of my 3 day stubble, after just one pass I looked presentable again but I continued on with 3 passes to get nice and smooth. I own the bigger Merkur 39c slant but found the smaller version seemed a bit easier to manoeuvre around my face. I’ll use the 37c for the rest of the week to give it a full comparison but after the first shave today I think I prefer the 37c.

As it’s been quite a hot day today I finished off with a splash of Alcolado Glacial aftershave to cool off with its menthol goodness. I must say I’m sure it was more cooling the last time I used it so I might have to try adding a few menthol crystals to it to make it more of a face freezer. It has a nice citrusy scent which I thought would go well with the Trumpers Lime Skinfood I’m trying to use up.

If your wondering what’s at the top of my picture above its a Bluetooth speaker I used to listen to the brush and blade podcast whilst I was showering and shaving. It’s a good podcast to listen to, so if you get a chance have a listen.