30/12/2015

SOTD 30/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien 'Traditionnel' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 'Bathroom Set' & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Aramis Aftershave & EDT
Surrati Black Oudh Attar (Wrists)

28/12/2015

SOTD 28/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Ever Ready Shaving Stick
Ever Ready Pure Bristle No.1
Face Lathered
Vincent & Feather Cut (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Al Afdal Black Leather Attar (Wrists)

27/12/2015

SOTD 27/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
OSP Lemon Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
ASR Reverse Lather Catcher & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Echt Kolnish Wasser
M&S Autograph EDT

26/12/2015

SOTD 26/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Soap
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Kampfe Star New Model & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Balanciaga Portos Cologne

22/12/2015

SOTD 22/12/2015


Shower w/Trumper's Eucris Shower Gel
Nanny's Silly Soaps English Rose (Original)
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Autostrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave & EDT
Surrati Al Khaleej Attar (Wrists)

21/12/2015

SOTD 21/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Nanny's Silly Soaps Arabian Nights (Olive Oil)
Ever Ready 500BN 'Badgerlon' w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Autostrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold Edition)
Surrati Black Oudh Attar (Wrists)

20/12/2015

SOTD 20/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Kent Shaving Soap
Barbershop Pure Bristle
Bowl Lathered
Vincent Disposable Straight & Feather Cut (1)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Darbar (via Paradise Perfumes & Gems) Attar (Wrists)

Essentially, this is a modern version of the frameback.

In prior shaves I've been using Diane or Personna blades which are much akin to GEM single edge blades, just longer and squatter - similar thickness and a similar shave.

Tonight, I used a Feather Cut blade which is the same shape but thinner. The shave is very much like a faux frameback and really quite noisy, which is a great indicator as to angle - the louder it is, the steeper the angle. Learn the noise, the angle stays spot-on.

18/12/2015

SOTD 18/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien 'Apricot' UKWSS Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (5)
SIngle Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jovan Musk Aftershave/Cologne
Dana Rapport EDT
Ajmal 1001 Nights Attar (Wrists)

17/12/2015

SOTD 17/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien 'Cédre & Patchouli' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Novaya Zarya Shipr Cologne
Ralph Lauren Polo EDT
Surrati Jannatul Firdous Attar (Wrists)

16/12/2015

SOTD 16/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien 'Traditionnel' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Herbs of Bulgaria Aftershave
Sung Homme EDT
Surrati Sultan Silver Attar (Wrists)

15/12/2015

SOTD 15/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien 'Rose de Pushkar' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Swiss Arabian Intense Café Attar (Wrists)

Le Père Lucien really is quality stuff!

The ingredients are simple: coconut oil, saponified with potassium alone; no sodium. Scents are added and some chemicals to stabilise, where necessary. They also put in coconut fatty acids, which I gather are not saponified.

In shave performance is excellent! Post-shave feel is excellent!

I have very well conditioned skin and so often like a more drying soap, certainly a more alcoholic aftershave - some soaps are so full of nonsense like shea butter, mango butter and all manner of kernel oils that they really are more suited to the Mrs that to a fellow who wants to shave.

LPL cuts through all that ...

Rose de Pushkar is a very nice scent, more reminiscent of some of those scents you'll find in rose attars than other shaving soaps. I have a couple of rose soaps that I like: Wickham’s & Nanny’s, both green stem English Rose and in no way feminine.

14/12/2015

SOTD 14/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien 'Nature' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT
Al Munawwara Musk Himalaya Attar (Wrists)

First shave with Le Père Lucien.

I also have Cédre & Patchouli, Rose de Pushka and had hoped to have the same tin of Traditionnel, but the supplier sent me the older style larger tin. Anyway ...

I tried a couple of test lathers with the soap and struggled to get a lather like I wanted. With a couple more, I've nailed it. The key is to load for longer than you might usually - I usually go with something like 10 swirls in each direction and then onto my face. These soaps seem to like longer, say 25 each way.

Lather is thick, slick and protective. Seriously good in-shave performance and post-shave very smooth indeed. The soaps are coconut oil based and also contain unsaponificated (is that a verb?) coconut fatty acids. Classic French soaps are also saponificated (again, is that a verb?) only with potassium, not a combination of potassium and sodium. That's an aside ...

It's a jolly good soap and I look forward to trying the others.

13/12/2015

SOTD 13/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Monsavon Shaving Soap
Mohawk w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Weck Sextoblade (Lucite)
Diane Platinum (5)
Two Pass - WTG (Slide) & ATG
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave (Vintage)
Armani Pour Homme EDT
Nemat Shahi Darbar Attar (Wrists)

12/12/2015

SOTD 12/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish Rasierpaste
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Aramis/Gillette Trac II & Wilkinson Sword II (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Alt Innsbruck Aftershave Cologne
Swiss Arabian Black Afghano Attar (Wrists)

11/12/2015

SOTD 11/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Jade East Shaving Cream
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 'Imperial Deluxe' w/Red Horseman 'Swing' Handle
GEM Stainless (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jade East Aftershave
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Surrati Sulltan Silver Attar (Wrists)

10/12/2015

SOTD 10/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap
Art Deco Pure Bristle (Vintage)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 'Speedster' Cabinet Wood Case
GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest
Puig Quorum Silver EDT
Swiss Arabian Majmoua Gold Attar (Wrists)

09/12/2015

SOTD 09/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Soap
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Weck Orderly (Disposable Straight)
Diane Platinum (4)
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT
Al Afdal Black Musk Attar (Wrists)

08/12/2015

SOTD 08/12/2015


Shower w/Trumper's Eucris Shower Gel
Trumper's Eucris Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 100T Purtech
Face Lathered
Radio 1912
GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold RInse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave Splash
Trumper's Eucris EDT
Fancy Black (via bouk2509) Attar (Wrists)

07/12/2015

SOTD 07/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Show Gel
Meißner Tremonia Salty Sea Sage Rasierpaste
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Weck Surgical Prep
Diane Platinum (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave & EDT

Before the Mongoose, before the Cobra, there was Weck ... with patents back to 1907.

06/12/2015

SOTD 06/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural Brown' Black Pepper & Coriander (Market Tester)
Vie Long Amphora w/Purtech Synthetic
Face Lathered
Vincent (Chinese)
Diane Platinum (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Shibden Spice (Spiced Bay Rum)
Pashana Bay Rum Hair Tonic

05/12/2015

SOTD 05/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia "Natural Brown" Bitter Almond & Texas Cedar (Market Tester)
Body Shop Synthetic
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic (Brass/Flat Plate)
GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jade East Aftershave
Al Rehab Guapo EDT
Egyptian Dark Musk (via Arabian Hidden Treasures) Attar (Wrists)

04/12/2015

SOTD 04/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Original Shaving Soap
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Star 1912 (Bakelite Case)
GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Original Aftershave
Vermeil Pour Homme EDT
Swiss Arabian Rehan Patchouli Attar (Wrists)

03/12/2015

SOTD 03/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia "Natural Brown" Guiaicwood & Bergamot (Market Tester)
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Face Lathered
Star 1912
GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Darbar (via Paradise Perfumes & Gems) Attar (Wrists)

02/12/2015

SOTD 02/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Dr Selby Luxury Shaving Cream
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech
Face Lathered
GEM 1912 'Supreme' Traveller (Celluloid Case)
GEM Stainless (7)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Aramis Aftershave
Azzarro Pour Homme EDT
Arabian Oud Kalemat CPO (Wrists)

30/11/2015

SOTD 30/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Bay Soap Company Grapefruit Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 500N w/Synthetic
Ever Ready 1912 'Popular' (Prototype?) & GEM Stainless (6)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave & EDT
Nemat Majmoua No.1 & Surrati Black Musk Attars (Wrist)

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

Ah! That's better ...

After a couple of enjoyable days getting to know a Japanese kamisori razor, I'm glad to be back to single edge.

What a lovely razor this one is! I bought it in a proper beaten up old tin, something akin to a prototype version of the 'Popular' set and the razor therein was lovely! Short lined handled, squat head with an unusual stamping inside - Ever Ready Safety Razor Made in USA. Perhaps not a prototype but a throw-back, a later model as "Safety Razor" was something we'd see inside later Star razors. The inside of the tin is not like the regular 'Popular' sets. So, prototype or throwback? Who knows? Lovely to use, anyway ...

29/11/2015

SOTD 29/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Dark Limes Rasierpaste
Art Deco Pure Bristle
Yamamasa 山正 (42x15)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Aftershave Cologne
Armani Pour Homme EDT
Al Aneeq Oudh al Badr Attar (Wrists)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

28/11/2015

SOTD 28/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish Rasierpaste
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Yamamasa 山正 (42x15)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Aftershave Cologne
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Al Afdal Wild Forest Musk Attar (Wrists)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

26/11/2015

SOTD 26/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Simpson's Lavender & Vetivert Shaving Cream
Omega 10098 Pure Bristle
GEM Contour & GEM Stainless (5)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Al Munawwara K2 Attar (Wrist)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

24/11/2015

SOTD 24/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's English Rose Shaving Soap & Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Bigelow & Parkin 'Knuckle Duster' & Voskhod Teflon Coated (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Surrati Jannatul Firdous Attar (Wrists)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Third and final run with the 'Knuckle Duster' and this blade. Sterling performance from both.

The intuitiveness and freedom of movement, even super-sensitive feedback from the razor makes for truly excellent shaves throughout.

22/11/2015

SOTD 22/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Moroccan Rhassoul Shaving Paste
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech
Bigelow & Parkin 'Knuckle Duster' & Voskhod Teflon Coated (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

After yesterday's very close shave with a Heljestrand wedge in a very early 1900s Wilkinson Sword, I needed just the one pass to polish up today.

Another very successful shave with this curious Bigelow & Parkin razor. Technique-wise, I'm finding my thumb and middle finger at either end to be a better fit than thumb and index finger. Just a word to the wise for those taking note ...

21/11/2015

SOTD 21/11/2015


Wilkinson Sword Patent Roller Safety Shaver 21st November 1902 (11526) Patent Anniversary

Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Soap & Kent Infinity Silvertex
Wilkinson Sword Patent Roller Safety Shaver & Heljestrand
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve Aftershave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

20/11/2015

SOTD 20/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Sheridan's Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Bigelow & Parkin & Voskhod Teflon Coated (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave
Inspired by Amouage Memoir Man (via Al Afdal)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Bigelow & Parkin make the safety razor equivalent of knuckle dusters!

Strange indeed to use a razor without a handle, but so intuitive to use. My only issue was loss of grip as the shaved soap spilled over onto my fingertips. Other than that, an eminently excellent razor.

18/11/2015

SOTD 18/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Thomas Turner 11/16 Wedge
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Attar

Attars today are a blend of Himalayan Rose from PPG (quite musky in itself, which I gather the variety is also known as "Musk Rose"), Haramain's Sheikh (largely frankincense, light musk and rose, maybe a touch of spice) and Arabian Musk from bouk (deep, rich, sweet musk centred on amber for that cough sweet opening).

16/11/2015

SOTD 16/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Spice Trade
Gillette (Vintage) w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Martin & Co. 6/8 Wedge
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold) EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

15/11/2015

SOTD 15/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Lemon Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Klas Tornblom 9/16 Faux Frameback
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

13/11/2015

SOTD 13/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap & Purtech in Amphora Handle
GEM 1912 'Supreme' Traveller (Brass) w/Red Horseman Swing Handle & GEM Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Aftershave
K2 (Attar) & Al Rehab Superman (Spray)

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

12/11/2015

SOTD 12/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream & Ever Ready 500N Synthetic
Ever Ready 1924 Imperial Deluxe & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold RInse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

11/11/2015

SOTD 11/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural White' Stone Pine & Cypress Market Test
Edwin Jagger Black Fibre
Star (Bakelite) & Zorrick Super Platinum (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
WItch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne
Jacques Bogart (Signature) Pour Homme

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

09/11/2015

SOTD 09/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Old Spice Shaving Soap & Barbershop Boar
Ever Ready 1912 (Brass) & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Aftershave
Swiss Arabian Majmoua Gold

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

08/11/2015

SOTD 08/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Bay Rum Shaving Soap & Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Microtome Kamisori
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Shibden Spice

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

06/11/2015

SOTD 06/11/2105


Shower w/Tabac Shower Gel
Tabac Shaving Soap w/Body Shop Shaving Brush
Rotbart Mond-Extra & Zorrick Super Platinum (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Aftershave & EDC

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

Tabacaday!

For too long have I been using other gear on a Friday. Friday is Tabac Day! Tabac Friday! Mandated.

Great fun!

05/11/2015

SOTD 05/11/2015


Gem 686143 Patent Anniversary (1901)

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Natural Brown 'Guaiacwood & Bergamot' Market Test
Ever Ready 100T Silvertip Fibre
Gem Junior Bar (1907) & GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

Anniversary of the Gem 686143 patent, which detailed the bar that closes over the blade and so a shave with a Gem Junior Bar seemed right. Fresh blade. One pass. Done.

04/11/2015

SOTD 04/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette Tech (Open Comb) & Zorrick Super Platinum (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Attar & Jacques Bogart One Man Show

Fun shave with my newly acquired open comb Gillette Tech. Just like the regular Tech, a mild shave, not too close, certainly not shy, just right. Smooth blade, too. I guess that's the "Sputtered Technology", eh?

Today's attar was Egyptian Musk as the main oil, giving a really clean, fresh musky note with almost an air-freshener note, initially; African Black Gold, overwhelmingly resinous to my nose, akin to cough sweets; woody, floral, initially fecal and very earthy Black Musk; Haramain Sheikh finishing off with frankincense and rose as the main offerings. Very complex and absolutely enthralling ... and a good spray of Jacques Bogart One Man Show. Green, spicy, woody and earthy with light florals in the finish, picking up on all the key facets of the attars.

03/11/2015

SOTD 03/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Dark Lime Shaving Paste
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Ever Ready Streamline w/Red Horseman Swing Handle
GEM Stainless [5]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal (Vintage)
Attar

I make no secret of my love for Meißner Tremonia soaps. Dark Limes is mysterious blend, like regular lime but in a foggy, gas-lit kind of way. Pinaud Lilac Vegetal is a mysterious blend, especially the vintage; dark lilac?

Attar today has, too, been a mysterious blend of Haramain Musk al Ghazal bringing a dark, sweet, licquorice and cacoa base with a hint of vanilla and caraway in a musky, woody base; Swiss Arabian Majmoua Gold, an earthy, spicy amber attar; Surrati al Khaleej, a citrus aromatic reinforcing the spice with coriander, white musk and floral, largely violet.

01/11/2015

SOTD 01/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Soap & Plisson Synthetic
Ever Ready 1914 (Bakelite Handle) & GEM Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pashana Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

I've been very happy with my two pass shave but between technique and just the right razor, I really wanted to get it down to a single pass ... and enjoy a daily shave rather than an every other day shave. With this shave, I clicked with just the right razor to achieve that! This is my razor. The one. I've always liked the 1914, but this one seems to be the 1914+ shaving absolutely perfectly, aggressive and effective.

Fun to use the L'Occitane gear at long last and great to finish with the Pashana, an aftershave I think I'd probably say is my favourite. He says holding his hands over the metaphorical ears of his vintage Pinaud Lilac Vegetal bottle.

Champion!

28/10/2015

SOTD 28/10/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Habitat Shaving Soap (Vintage)
Ever Ready No.1 Pure Bristle (Vintage)
GEM Junior 1912 & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Novaya Zarya Shipr Aftershave Cologne
Jaguar For Men EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Lovely vintage shave with a proper soapy soap, an experience continued with the soapy chypre aftershave.

25/10/2015

SOTD 25/10/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Bay Rum Shaving Soap
Vie-Long Handle w/PurTech
Microtome Kamisori
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Musk Aftershave Cologne
African Black Gold & Somali Rose Attar

Good fun to use a straight again ...

I'd rather gone off straights of late, but seeing a Japanese razor recently re-awakened my initial fascination with their kamisori razors. I have yet to have a shave with one, but I have a similar experience tucked away right here in the form of a microtome razor that has been modified and fitted with a straight handle. Microtome razors, like kamisori razors, have a flat side and a slightly concave side; slightly, in the case of my microtome as it is practically a wedge, an offset wedge.

I've tried and tried with western straights, even finding a couple that really suited me. In a purge, I relieved myself of practically all that I'd collected. No regrets. Never look back. Looking forward, I think I'll try to get a proper kamisori in. I have a feeling I'd really enjoy it.

First proper outing with OSP's Bay Rum soap. Wonderful formula, tallow-based, glycerine in there, somewhat reminiscent of Mitchell's Wool Fat in use and post-shave feel. From me, that is high praise indeed! Good strong scent and just a likkle tickle.

Today's attar (well, blend ... so mukhallat) is one called African Black Gold which I can find nothing at all written about, blended with Somali Rose again, one I can find nothing about. I suspect these are re-branded oils from Haramain, their Red African and African Rose.

Anyway, the African Black Gold begins with a seriously resinous opening, medicinal almost, reminiscent of old-fashioned cough sweets. It is a sweet attar. Orchid and rosewood follow on quickly, before nutmeg brings in some warmth along with amber. Musky base with a vanilla, almost caramel finish after a few hours. Blended with the Somali Rose was just right. Green stem rose, little floral, quite dark in fact. Perfect with the orchid and picking off that tang from the rosewood just right.

23/10/2015

SOTD 23/10/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Jade East Shaving Cream & Plisson Synthetic
GEM/Ever Ready Pushbutton & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Jade East Aftershave

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Lovely vintage shave with Jade East and this curious pushbutton, branded both GEM (on the handle) and Ever Ready (on the baseplate of the head). I believe it's a British market razor, although Ever Ready does say "Made in USA". Go figure ...

Playing off the citrus, spicy, musky shaving products, today's blend of attars was a triple layer of Surrati Al Khaleej, a citrus aromatic with violet florals and coriander spice; Al Aneeq Oudh Badar, a citrus oudh; Surrati Black Musk, a deep, powdery musk with almost coffee notes to begin with, settling down to a black fruit leather.

21/10/2015

SOTD 21/10/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Ever Ready Shaving Stick
Ever Ready 500BN 'Badgerlon' w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Ever Ready 1912 'Peerless' & GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

19/10/2015

SOTD 19/10/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream
Plisson Synthetic Shaving Brush
Zinn Gem & Personna (5)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pashana Original Aftershave & Hair Tonic
Al Rehab Rayan Black EDP

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Several new things to try ...

Huge laugh when I opened the Vicco and was met with a smiling fellow who looked just like my brother-in-law, but Indian. Subtle smell to the soap, fully released when lathering and much sharper than I had expected, almost citrus in effect. My exposure to turmeric is with the dried spice, never the root, but upon reading up I find that turmeric is related to ginger and that clicked - it's sharp, whirls up the nostrils. Fresh root scented with a curious cooling, although nothing minty or mentholated was listed in the ingredients.

Whisked up with a new brush - a Plisson synthetic, which is just right for this task as it's a floppy fellow but does hold a lot more water than other synthetics. Quite literally a perfect partner for creams. I built up a good lather and tried something I've read about whereby the lather is applied to the face and left to sit there for a couple of minutes, or more, refreshed and then the shave is commenced. It might be ritual, but the whole experience certainly put a smile on my face.

Fun to see out the blade in my Zinn Gem, a razor which took a completely different blade to the rest of the Gem line back in its day but being so well built, the spring is still ... well, springy, and so it can hold an injector blade in place almost as if it was made for it! One pass with the grain and a second pass with a slide.

Splash of Pash, face and hair. Being an evening shaver, I've been wearing the EDP through the day - billed as a Woody Spicy blend of Berries, Tea, Musk, Sandalwood, Vanilla & Woods, it begins with quite an Old Spice opening but settles out into something I've been unable to quite pinpoint for the remainder of the day, but I have it now: it's Werther's! You know, buttery, caramel sweets. Quite cloying really and not nice at all after the really triumphant opening.

It might just be my imagination, but I have a tingling on my tongue which reminds me of the shaving cream - invigorating!

In all, huge fun!