30/05/2015

SOTD 30/05/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Moroccan Rhassoul
Art Deco w/Muhle 31M50 Knot
Aramis (Gillette Trac II) & Wilkinson II (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Shibden Spice Aftershave Lotion
Shibden Spice Special Reserve Aftershave Lotion

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Tonight, just a quick shave with a Gillette Trac II compatible razor, one from an Aramis gift set which is gold toned, heavy and has quite a long neck. Super shave!

But the soap ...

Oh, the soap! I've been working my way through the range of Meißner Tremonia soaps, some their soft paste, others their hard puck, both of which are an absolute sinch to load and lather, outstanding in performance and a joy, post-shave.

Scents are huge fun! Thomas at Meißner Tremonia is NOT a fellow who toes the line and very definitely thinks way outside the box when it comes to his scents, and Moroccan Rhassoul is no exception. Moroccan Rhassoul is a natural clay mined in the Atlas mountains of North Africa and used in all manner of cleansing practices, as a mud mask or poultice, for example, and in soaps, shaving soaps, as the clay element which gives shaving soap its desirable slip. Thomas uses natural clays in their natural form, embracing their colour and scent. Moroccan Rhassoul can be found in this eponymous soap and their Puristic Style soap, so if their scents are not your cup of tea you can still enjoy these absolutely stunning soaps in a clear and unscented way.

The scent in Moroccan Rhassoul is a clever play on a Bay Rum.

Combining further scent and properties from copaiba balsam leaves and from cloves. Strongly beneficial skin properties may be had from both, but in combination their scents intermingle into a not quite, but most definitely different and no less intriguing kind of Bay Rum.

Perfect then for a post-shave splash of my own take on Bay Rum - Shibden Spice, a "not quite, but most definitely different and no less intriguing kind of Bay Rum", spicier than most, more exotic in ingredient and mellowed with clemetine peel, all steeped for a couple of weeks in white rum before straining and blending with witch hazel. More perfect for a post-post-shave splash of my Special Reserve, an even more "not quite, but most definitely different and no less intriguing kind of Bay Rum", peppier and earthier than most, spritzed with lime and actually it has just struck me that this would be a great match for Meißner Tremonia's Dark Limes ...

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