31/07/2015

SOTD 31/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Krampert's Finest Frostbite Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 500N w/Synthetic Knot
Le Grelot & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve Aftershave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Twice)

28/07/2015

SOTD 27/07/2015

Weck 27th July 1909 (929058) Patent Anniversary


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia  Dark Limes Rasierpaste
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Weck Style A Sextoblade & Diane Platinum (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Jade East Aftershave (Vintage)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Twice)

Smooth blade, that. The Personna Super Stainless are good, but the Diane is a cut above ... excuse the pun. Platinum coated, ice tempered and so on, smooth.

Fun to celebrate the anniversary of the vintage Weck with a proper modern treated blade.

26/07/2015

SOTD 26/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish Rasierpaste
Ever Ready 500N Luctite w/Synthetic Knot
L'Essor & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish
Selin Limon Kolonyasi

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Twice)

My last shave was with a French razor under the moniker Louis. Upon closer inspection, the actual frame, particularly the baseplate is the same as the L'Essor which I used today. The shave was very similar indeed: smooth, efficient and with a real feeling of class as both razors have a lovely weight and build.

Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish is, I think, my favourite from them. Superb to have the accompanying aftershave, which I do hope they will release for other Strong & Scottish fans. Boy, do I smell peaty now! The aftershave is very feeding, giving really smooth skin post-shave, but I do prefer a little tautness and so a spritz of Selin did the trick, not to mention give a gentle light note to the heavy peatiness of the main products.

Champion!

22/07/2015

SOTD 22/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Dr Selby Lavender Deluxe Shaving Soap
Mohawk 5-341 w/Synthetic Knot
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Brut & Alcolado Glacial Blend

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG (Twice)

Gosh! I'm not going to say this was my best shave ever because it wasn't, but it was up there ...

Great lather from this triple concentrated soap. Proper vintage lavender scent, quite the soap equivalent of Pinaud Lilac Vegetal both in effect and power!

GREAT shave from the Louis. Fresh GEM blades can be fierce and often, I'll give the first couple of runs to a lighter razor like the 1912, switching to the 1914 and 1924 once run in ... I risked a fresh blade in an unknown razor and was so well rewarded for the bravery. Smooth is not the word. SMOOOth, with a captial SMOO, cane, purple suit and velvet top hat! Efficient, to top that. Very efficient, as a first run with a GEM blade should be - the shave was done in one, I made two passes because I enjoyed it so much.

19/07/2015

SOTD 19/07/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia Bay & Rum (Hard Soap)
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Ever Ready 1912 & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Pinaud Clubman VIBR

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

 Great! You know those days it all just comes together? I just got one ...

16/07/2015

SOTD 16/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash & Scrub
Valobra Fougere Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 100T Silvertip Fibre
Ever Ready 1912 (Bakelite) & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

First go with the Valobra soap. I made a couple of test lathers prior to shaving so I knew what I'd be doing with it when it came to shaving. As a soap it's okay. I don't think I'd say it was anything special - it's quite dry and enjoys a good load of water, cushion is okay, slip is okay, protection is okay, post-shave feel is okay. It's okay. The scent is good.

Lovely shave with the 1912. My previous shave was with a 1912 that has had its comb removed (the SEvette) so I was keen to compare with a regular 1912 shave - the regular is smooth, smooth, smooth during the shave and a good post-shave feel. It's close. The SEvette is also smooth, quite eerily so, less noise and very close. Closer than the regular, that's for sure.

14/07/2015

SOTD 14/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Trumper's Eucris Shaving Soap
TGN Synthetic in Amphora
Ever Ready 1912 'Sevette' & GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave
Trumper's Eucris EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

After my first, and very successful, go with this SEvette I mused at the time how I'd like to try it with a fresh blade. I did ... and it was phenomenal! A true one pass shave, every bit as close in one pass as a three pass shave with a double edge.

I decided to try a second pass against the grain for an extra smooth finish and it certainly achieved it. Just a couple of weepers, which I attribute to the freshness of the blade.

Staggering!

12/07/2015

SOTD 12/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Habitat Shaving Soap (Vintage)
TGN Synthetic Knot in Amphora
Heljestrand 923F 9/16 Quarter Hollow
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Shibden Spice Bay Rum Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

10/07/2015

SOTD 10/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
GEM New Gem w/GEM Junior Elite Handle & GEM Stainless (5)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Tabac Aftershave & EDC

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Very smooth with a more upright blade angle and so handle quite parallel to the face. Enjoyed!

08/07/2015

SOTD 08/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Dr Selby Luxury Shaving Cream
TGN Synthetic in Amphora Handle
Ever Ready 1912 'SEvette' & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

Well, I survived!

Today, I shaved with a 'SEvette' which is the shavette concept applied to a safety razor, in this case a single edge safety razor: the 1912. The front guard has been removed, just the blade holders left to give full presentation of just the blade - think of this as a disposable Rolls Razor concept.

The shave went very well indeed and despite that somewhat frightening blade exposure, it was not actually that aggressive. Think 1924 kind of aggressive. It is certainly a cut above the regular 1912 shave in terms of efficiency and, when used with a light touch still absolutely safe. No blade chatter to speak of in use. Good, I'd say ... and perhaps something I'd even endorse if you have a spare and tatty 1912 kicking about.

06/07/2015

SOTD 06/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Bitter Almond & Texas Cedar (Resin)
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Markless (EC) 6/8 Quarter Hollow (Inox)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Eyüp Sabri Tuncer Kübas Tütünü Kolonya

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

First shave with this markless (EC) inoxidable razor once off the stones and it was good, but not as smooth as it will be. With the grain and against the grain, I'm well shaved and without issue. The quarter hollow makes for an easy (read: lazy) shave; good enough. It'll get better as I shave with it more.

Meißner Tremonia's test soap, Bitter Almond & Texas Cedar in resin form was a sheer joy!

03/07/2015

SOTD 03/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish (Soft)
Mohawk 5-341 w/PurTech Synthetic Knot
Ever Ready 1924 (Sears & Roebuck) & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish Aftershave

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Superb! Absolutely superb!

What a slick glide that was and WHAT a scent from Meißner Tremonia's Strong & Scottish products. I will repeat from my original review and say that these are NOT love/hate products, but high connoisseur.

Lovely to use my Sears & Roebuck advertiser with my new Red Horseman custom handle. It's lovely! Cheers, pal!

Did I say superb? It was ...

Superb!

01/07/2015

SOTD 01/07/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Rolls Razor Shaving Stick (Vintage)
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle 31M50 Knot
Rolls Razor J 47 5
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel & Selin Toner
Jade East Aftershave (Vintage)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG

I had quite forgotten just how fun the Rolls Razor is! That, and what a perfect blade maintenance system it is.

Super! Much enjoyed.