SOTD 25/10/2015

Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Bay Rum Shaving Soap
Vie-Long Handle w/PurTech
Microtome Kamisori
Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Musk Aftershave Cologne
African Black Gold & Somali Rose Attar

Good fun to use a straight again ...

I'd rather gone off straights of late, but seeing a Japanese razor recently re-awakened my initial fascination with their kamisori razors. I have yet to have a shave with one, but I have a similar experience tucked away right here in the form of a microtome razor that has been modified and fitted with a straight handle. Microtome razors, like kamisori razors, have a flat side and a slightly concave side; slightly, in the case of my microtome as it is practically a wedge, an offset wedge.

I've tried and tried with western straights, even finding a couple that really suited me. In a purge, I relieved myself of practically all that I'd collected. No regrets. Never look back. Looking forward, I think I'll try to get a proper kamisori in. I have a feeling I'd really enjoy it.

First proper outing with OSP's Bay Rum soap. Wonderful formula, tallow-based, glycerine in there, somewhat reminiscent of Mitchell's Wool Fat in use and post-shave feel. From me, that is high praise indeed! Good strong scent and just a likkle tickle.

Today's attar (well, blend ... so mukhallat) is one called African Black Gold which I can find nothing at all written about, blended with Somali Rose again, one I can find nothing about. I suspect these are re-branded oils from Haramain, their Red African and African Rose.

Anyway, the African Black Gold begins with a seriously resinous opening, medicinal almost, reminiscent of old-fashioned cough sweets. It is a sweet attar. Orchid and rosewood follow on quickly, before nutmeg brings in some warmth along with amber. Musky base with a vanilla, almost caramel finish after a few hours. Blended with the Somali Rose was just right. Green stem rose, little floral, quite dark in fact. Perfect with the orchid and picking off that tang from the rosewood just right.

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