Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Guaiacwood & Bergamot (Natural Brown & White)
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Ever Ready 1912 Bathroom Set & GEM Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Two Pass - WTG (Twice ... one pass per soap)
The chaps at Meißner Tremonia sent me number of flavours of a couple of their soaps in testing to try out ... no instruction, no hints, no tips, very little to go on other than try them and see how you like them.
Five new scents as both a new paste soap and a hard, transparent glycerine based soap. Bay & Rum is one exception here as the hard soap appears to be the same formula as their present hard soap, the rest of the hard soaps are dark brown and transparent, "Natural Brown": coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, argan oil, all organic, also organic wood honey, organic cane sugar, organics glycerine, myrrh and benzoin sumatra. The paste soap, "Natural White", is a new formula: coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil and argan oil, all organic, also organic acacia honey. I am very excited to see honey in these soaps as a natural antiseptic and for encouraging skin regeneration.
Today, I used Guaiacwood & Bergamot.
Like yesterday, this is a scent which they've got just right. Counterbalancing the deep, tarry, woodiness of the guaiacwood with the strong, rounded citrus of bergamot is just perfect. Natural Brown is most definitely the better carrier for these scents, the better formula and a much thicker and more protective lather created from, but I am really starting to get what it is that I should with Natural White. Compared to their existing line of a soft paste soap and a firmer, although slightly malleable hard soap, those are both also coconut oil based but have all manner of interesting clays added for slip and so on ... these soaps are pared back and most definitely have skin conditioning and regeneration in mind, given their ingredients over and above saponified fat. Natural White really is a nice soap. Certainly different from their existing soft soap, which really makes me smile at just how very excellent it is, Natural White is a lot more like all those regular artisan soaps you can find under a myriad of names. It's good, simple soap, the addition of honey making the distinction and Thomas' real genuis at scent coming out to play with these beta-products.
I'm finding the scent plays perfectly with Puig Quorum. On paper, it's closer to Puig's Quorum Silver, but that is a little more green than their statute Quorum. Quorum features regularly for me and so this soap being a perfect partner is very welcome ... another one to drop into the rotation.
Lovely shave with the late model Ever Ready 1912. The blade is now fully broken in, smooth as she goes and highly efficient, the only hint it's shaving being that lovely rasping noise, only slightly absorbed by the cushion of the soap.