29/04/2015

SOTD 29/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Simpson's Lavender & Vetivert w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Diamond Edge DE5000 & DE5001 (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Malizia Uomo Vetyver Aftershave
Jaguar For Men EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

For Porthos ...

27/04/2015

SOTD 27/04/2015



Bulldog Face Wash
Old Spice Shaving Soap w/Valet No.470 PurTech
Jaguar Orca & Jaguar JT1/JT3 (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Paco Rabanne One Million EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

For Porthos ...

25/04/2015

SOTD 25/04/2015

No picture today, as I am mourning the loss of my beautiful cat Porthos.

Bulldog Face Wash
Monsavon Bol-à-Raser w/Valet No.470 PurTech
Martin & Co 6/8 Wedge
Autostrop 7 O'Clock & GEM/Personna Stainless (5)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave
Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Martin & Co) & WTG (7 O'Clock)

Rest in peace, lad.

23/04/2015

SOTD 23/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Grandstaff Holy Smokes Shaving Soap
Art Deco Muhle Silvertip Fibre (21mm)
GEM Junior Bar & GEM/Personna Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Aramis Aftershave
Puig Quorum Silver EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

21/04/2015

SOTD 21/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Dr Selby Luxury Shaving Cream w/Mohawk 5-341 PurTech
Comfort Safety Razor & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Lilac Vegetal Aftershave Lotion
Azzarro Pour Homme EDT

Face Lathered
Three Pass - WTG, WTG (Slide) & WTG ... for fun!

Oh, boy! Dr Selby is the Veg of soaps! I'll refer to it as "the Doc" from now on. Triple concentrated, this cream is a firm soap. Triple concentrated in scent, too, I would say! Massive lavender, almost musty and powdery like mothballs than any floral, herby or green. It's the Veg of soaps, alright!

Super shave with the Comfort. I recall having to be very light with this razor as the blade edge is very exposed and it can bite without warning. My usual couple of with the grain passes went so well, I lathered up again post-shave as I do ... and thought, "Why not? Another pass." ... and so enjoyed a further pass just for fun.

Washed off, post-shave feel is really excellent and on a par with my favourite soap, Mitchell's Wool Fat ("the Fat"), and a post-shave feel which only got better with a good splash of the Veg.

Champion!

19/04/2015

SOTD 19/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Habitat Shaving Soap (Vintage)
L'Occitane Nylon Travel Brush (Vintage)
Le Grelot & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Lovely soap, almost without scent and lathers up so easily!

The brush gains some unwarranted negativity, in my opinion, being old generation synthetic and often considered like lathering with a toothbrush, but in all fairness it is perfect for bowl lathering as evident by the really quite excellent lather; on the face, not a million miles from a fresh boar.

I genuinely like the brush, but the shell is not so tough and deforms easily. I am not likely to use this for travelling and so I think I'll pop the knot out, which appears to be set in a plastic cup, and set it into a handle of its own; something long like the travel casing as it really is a super bowl latherer.

It's been a while since I've used this French razor - I've seen this razor under the Le Grelot name and more recently under the L'Essor name. It gives a super shave, strong, yet gentle.

In all, much enjoyed!

17/04/2015

SOTD 17/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
TGGC Essence of Scotland - Malt & Myrtle w/Mohawk 5-341 PurTech
Ever Ready Streamline & FEATHER Hi-Stainless (6)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla Aftershave Lotion
Aramis Havana EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Super soap! Great gift as part of a swap (thanks, David).

Super shave! Six shaves from a FEATHER ... who'da thunk it possible?

15/04/2015

SOTD 15/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
De Vergulde Hand Shaving Soap w/Art Deco Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Burham & FEATHER Hi-Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Aramis Aftershave
Aramis 900 EDT

Face Lathered
Three Pass - WTG, WTG (Slide) & WTG ... just because

Wow! This little razor is a lot of fun! My normal routine is a with the grain pass and a second on with a slide to pick up the stragglers, but this razor provides such an easy, such a light, yet efficient shave, I made a third pass just because. Very much enjoyed.

I also put my new Art Deco handle with a Muhle Silvertip Fibre knot into action for the first time and that, too, was very much enjoyed.

13/04/2015

SOTD 13/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Krampert's Finest Frostbite Shaving Soap w/Muhle 33K256 Silvertip Fibre
Wilkinson's Patent Roller Safety Shaver & Feather Hi-Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave
Issey Miyake L'Eau D'Issey Pour Homme EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

I commented yesterday, upon first use of my Henckels Rapide, that I thought the original Wilkinson's Patent Roller Safety Shaver that lent its design to Henckels was a better shave and today proved that. The head seems to be on just the right angle and the back retaining clip does not get in the way when refining the angle against the face, something that just looks a bit precarious and actually does get in the way under the nose with the Henckels ... for me.

Today, first use of Krampert's Finest Frostbite Shaving Soap which is a very fine thing indeed and most worthy of that term in its title. Bravo, Brian!

11/04/2015

SOTD 11/04/2015


Hot Bath ... ahhhh
De Vergulde Hand Shaving Soap w/Mohawk 5-341 PurTech
Henckels Rapide & FEATHER Hi-Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve Aftershave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

I'm going to say this is not as good as the Wilkinson Sword Roller Safety Shaver which lent its design to this razor, but I'll have to check ... and so the Wilko is lined up for my next shave.

Good razor, nevertheless and one that will certainly rise in my collection, I'm sure.

09/04/2015

SOTD 09/04/2015

Autostrop Valet VC1 (1912) Patent Anniversary ...


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap w/Ever Ready T40 Silvertip
Valet VC1 & FEATHER Hi-Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Puig Quorum Aftershave
Puig Quorum EDT

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

08/04/2015

SOTD 08/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Martin De Candre Fougère
Mohawk 5-341 PurTech
Valet VC4 & Feather FHS (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Aftershave Lotion
YSL Kouros EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

05/04/2015

SOTD 05/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Bulldog Shave Gel
Bic Sensitive
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Selin Limon Kolonyasi
Armani Pour Homme EDT

Brushless
Two Pass - WTG (2)

03/04/2015

SOTD 03/04/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Club Cola w/Ever Ready C40 (Synthetic Knot)
Wm. Enders Safety Razor & Personna (3)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla Aftershave Lotion
Eden Classics Rapport EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Bic)

Nope! Unlike the Christy and the Simmons I have, this earlier model shaves like an injector - the blade is there, present and even touching the skin, but it's not cutting. I adjusted the position of the blade and the position of the cap a couple of times, but it just wasn't working ... I finished off with a Bic.

It might be that the blade is done, but on its third run I doubt it. I'll try the blade again in due course and I'll try the razor with a fresh blade, but I think this is one of those razors which happens to take an injector blade, but just doesn't work.

Shame ...

In other news, high praise for the humble Bic! 99% of the time, it works every time ...

01/04/2015

SOTD 01/04/2015

Ever Ready 'Shovel Head' Patent Anniversary (1924)


Bulldog Face Wash
Habitat Shaving Soap (Vintage)
Mohawk 5-341 PurTech
Ever Ready 1924 Pillar Base
GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Novaya Zarya Shipr Aftershave
Ralph Lauren Polo EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)