27/02/2015

SOTD 27/02/2015

27th February 2015
Patent Anniversary of the 1912 (Patent 1018783)


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 581 PurTech
Ever Ready 1912 "Sun Ray" Special (c.1930s)
GEM Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Tabac Aftershave Lotion
Tabac Eau De Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - Both WTG

Happy Patent Anniversary to the 1912!

22/02/2015

SOTD 22/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Bay Soap Co. Grapefruit
Muhle 33K256 Silvertip Fibre
Durham Derby & Personna Pathology (6)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Sea Drift Soaps Bay Rum & Lime
Armani Pour Homme EDT

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

Smashing soap! Super lather! Clearly glycerine based, a little goes a VERY long way. Strong scent, too; a real burst of citrus. Lovely!

Since discovering the Durham Duplex system, I have had my eye on a good Derby set and just the other day I spotted one ... today was the first shave with it and it delivered, just like every other Durham Duplex. Super smooth!

Sea Drift Soaps Bay Rum & Lime afterwards, ready for EDT. As an aftershave, it is light in fragrance, dissipates quickly with no burn or tingle, curious for a Bay Rum. The flask is cumbersome, but an attractive package with the hand-applied cardboard sleeve.

21/02/2015

SOTD 21/02/2015


Bulldog Face WashBlades Grim Cinder
Vig 28mm Silvertip Badger
Klas Törnblom 9/16 Faux Frameback
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Myrsol Metisol Astringente
Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui

Bowl Lathered
One Pass - WTG

Just a single pass to play with my new razor. Lovely!

20/02/2015

SOTD 20/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Blades Grim Cinder & Vig 26mm Silvertip
GEM Damaskeene (Open Comb) & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Myrsol Antesol

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Cinder: "a dark tangy mix of bergamot, lemon, fir, and geranium with a hint of wood, leather, and musk", dark in colour, too, near purple. Quite goth!

In use, with this Vig Silvertip (simply set into a bottle cap), a good scent with a slight tingle akin to a dying fire - I reckon that'll be the essential oils. Quite reminiscent of Tabac in many ways. The Silvertip was okay - it's my first badger shave in a good, long time. Okay, not as soft as synthetic, floppier and wetter. Meh?

The open comb Damaskeene gave a mild shave, a really mild shave ...

18/02/2015

SOTD 18/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's English Rose & Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready 14526/09 & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Myrsol Plastic Shave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Having developed an interest in brushes of late, I'd rather forgotten what a great little performer the humble Kent Infinity Silvertex is - just enough backbone not to crumble when face lathered and still soft and floppy enough for use as a decent bowl whipper! I face lathered and really enjoyed it!

The razor is a lesser known British "The New Ever Ready" with a patent number 14526/09 dating back to 1909. You will notice some similarity to what we call the 1924, an American made Ever Ready which replaced the 1914 'Little Lather Catcher' after their merger with GEM. It's possible that this razor was a short lived low production figure razor, or perhaps even a market tester. Either way, they're not seen often.

As a shave, it is super-efficient. I will not say aggressive because it's not, but just a little too much pressure and that quite wide blade gap can give a little nip, just a playful indication of the nick, gash or cut that it could give you if you if you were to let it off the leash! Two passes, no issues, super smooth!

I think we've likened the 1924 to the Muhle R41 from the DE world, a razor out in a class of its own, not necessarily aggressive, but very efficient. I think I'd say the relationship between this razor and the 1924 is possibly like the relationship between the 2011 and 2013 revision of the R41. I'm guessing because I've only used a 2013 revision, but you get the picture ...

Better than a 1924? Smoother and more efficient. Yes, I'd say so.

16/02/2015

SOTD 16/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Bay Soap Co. Arctic Blast
Muhle 33K256 Silvertip Fibre
Jaguar Orca & Jaguar JT2 (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave

Bowl Lathered
One Pass - WTG

Just a quick single pass after yesterday's excellent shave.

Bay Soap Co. Arctic Blast is a spearmint soap, clearly a glycerine soap given its boiled sweet colour and hardness, and really lathers up superb for a slick shave. The colour reminded me of glacial meltwater and the chilling blast from the spearmint without the harsh numbing of menthol was really refreshing.

15/02/2015

SOTD 15/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Bay Soap Co Bay Rum & Lime Shaving Soap
Vie Long 13065 Amphora Horse
Vincent & Cloud (Ridged) [3]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Shibden Spice

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

First go with the Bay Soap Company soap, clearly a glycerine based soap which needs little by way of, well, anything to get a lather up. On the face, it was thinner than I am used to but didn't disappear, gave a good glide and post-shave face feel was not taut.

The scent was good, light and giving a pleasing tingle from the bay, heightened by my homebrew Shiden Spice, an orange and spice Bay Rum.

I'm getting the hang of the horse hair brush now; first few uses leaving me with a tangled mess that needed combing out with a metal pet brush, but as a large bowl swirler, it's a champion!

My techinque with the soap was to start with a dry brush, a teaspoon of water onto the top of the soap and then literally a dozen swirls to pick up all the water and soap into the brush which, when lathered in a warmed bowl with a further teaspoon of water, produced a sound lather and no tangles.

I love the shape of the brush and the smell, which is still a bit horsey, is all part of the experience. I live in horse country ...

13/02/2015

SOTD 13/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Vulfix Persian Musk Luxury Shaving Cream
Vulfix No.28 Pure Bristle (AKA 'Boris')
GEM Contract 1912 & GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Clubman Musk After Shave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

What a lovely, subtle scent on the cream; soft, almost sloppy in consistency, but Boris picked up enough and did his thing face lathering. You think the scent is gone, but get reminding pick-ups as you rinse clean and dry.

There is something special about a fresh blade, but more so when it's from a fresh pack, even more so when it's from a fresh pack of 100.

What a nice shave ...

12/02/2015

SOTD 12/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Herbs of Bulgaria Shaving Cream
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Dubl Duck Shaper & Personna Super Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Herbs of Bulgaria Aftershave

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG x2

11/02/2015

SOTD 11/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Rose of Bulgaria Shaving Cream
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Dubl Duck Shaper & Personna Super Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG x2

09/02/2015

SOTD 09/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Ingram's Lather Shave Cream
Vie-Long 13065 Amphora Horse
GEM Junior Parade & GEM Super Stainless (5)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

08/02/2015

SOTD 08/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 581 PurTech
Durham Duplex & Personna Pathology (5)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Jean Sorelle Aftershave & Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

Whoo-ee! What a shave! Lots to write about here ...

First, did I ever say how much I loved the Durham Duplex system? I might well make Sundays my 'Durham Duplex Day' I enjoy the shave so much. On its 5th run, this Personna Pathology blade is now smooth and still very sharp; the first couple of runs pulled some nicks, which is very unusual for the Durham Duplex system, third, better, fourth, good, fifth, now very good. Stropping is the key here, I think, just to take the harshness off the first shaves (something I didn't do) and continuing throughout the life of the blade to prolong its use.

Second, for the last week and a half, maybe more, I've switched from alum post-shave to witch hazel and I am finding that the condition of my skin is so much better. I have quite oily skin for which I like to rely upon more alcohol aftershaves, certainly keeping away from balms; witch hazel really does seem to work out very well for me.

Third, my little Ever Ready brush is giving me such a lot of pleasure. I am so pleased with how my re-knot worked out (finally) and it really does make a great little face latherer as well as a super little bowl whipper-upper! PurTech is pretty damn soft, not quite to the present softness of Muhle, certainly not Plisson, but it's certainly soft and retains such a good strength for face lathering.

Finally, those frags. They came to me unexpectedly as part of a set of Rolls Razor bits: the aftershave is a fierce once, like Pinaud Lilac Vegetal in many ways, certainly the face numb, certainly floral, but it's not lilac it's quite green and fresh, the cologne a kind of woody spicy number, not the sweet, more fennel and anise than coriander and nutmeg, almost absinthe. As a combo, absolutely cracking! A real blast from the past and quite an experience. In the dry down, I'm left with wafts of green, fern and moss.

Smashing! What a shave!

07/02/2015

SOTD 07/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Arko Stick (Grated)
Slovenian Professional Boar
Gillette Trac II & Feather FII (7)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Jōvan Musk Aftershave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Well, this cartridge has done a good seven days with a couple of passes per shave. The lack of gloop strip was a big bonus for me as that really puts me off modern cartridges but the unclogging tab was a welcome modern addition.

Enjoyed!

06/02/2015

SOTD 06/02/2015


Bulldog Face Wash & Scrub
Tabac Shaving Soap (Stick)
Vulfix Old Original No.28 Pure Bristle 'Boris'
Gillette Trac II & Feather FII (6)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac After Shave Lotion & EDC
Dana Rapport EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

First run with this Vulfix brush which I dub 'Boris'. He's not a bad fellow for face lathering, tight in the hand and with a strong flex and just the right sort of scritch for a good massage while lathering up.

I'm also really enjoying the Dana Rapport EDT, worn today and it seems to compliment Tabac very well this evening.

05/02/2015

SOTD 05/02/2015


T&H No.10 Cleansing Face Scrub
T&H No.10 Finest Shaving Cream
Vie-Long 13065 Amphora Horse
Gillette Trac II & Feather FII (5)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Quorum Aftershave & EDT

Bowl Lathered/Face Painted
Two Pass - WTG & XTG

04/02/2015

SOTD 04/02/2015


Bulldog Face WashWickham's Master Lather Parma Violet
Ever Ready 581 PurTech Re-Knot
Gillette Trac II - Feather FII (4)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner.
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

03/02/2015

SOTD 03/05/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
GFT Eucris Shaving Soap
Muhle 33K256 Synthetic Fibre
Gillette Trac II - Feather FII (3)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave
GFT Eucris EDT

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - Both WTG

With a little water poured onto the soap for a minute or two and sixty swirls, the Muhle did a fantastic job with the Eucris! I am really enjoying this brush.

01/02/2015

SOTD 01/02/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel & Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Soap
Slovenian Professional Boar (22x45)
Glilette Twinjector & Gillette Twin [5]
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

... just a quick touch up following yesterday's excellent shave with the Ever Ready Lather Catcher merely requiring a single pass, all done.