30/11/2015

SOTD 30/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Bay Soap Company Grapefruit Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 500N w/Synthetic
Ever Ready 1912 'Popular' (Prototype?) & GEM Stainless (6)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave & EDT
Nemat Majmoua No.1 & Surrati Black Musk Attars (Wrist)

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

Ah! That's better ...

After a couple of enjoyable days getting to know a Japanese kamisori razor, I'm glad to be back to single edge.

What a lovely razor this one is! I bought it in a proper beaten up old tin, something akin to a prototype version of the 'Popular' set and the razor therein was lovely! Short lined handled, squat head with an unusual stamping inside - Ever Ready Safety Razor Made in USA. Perhaps not a prototype but a throw-back, a later model as "Safety Razor" was something we'd see inside later Star razors. The inside of the tin is not like the regular 'Popular' sets. So, prototype or throwback? Who knows? Lovely to use, anyway ...

29/11/2015

SOTD 29/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Dark Limes Rasierpaste
Art Deco Pure Bristle
Yamamasa 山正 (42x15)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Aftershave Cologne
Armani Pour Homme EDT
Al Aneeq Oudh al Badr Attar (Wrists)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

28/11/2015

SOTD 28/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish Rasierpaste
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Yamamasa 山正 (42x15)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Aftershave Cologne
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Al Afdal Wild Forest Musk Attar (Wrists)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

26/11/2015

SOTD 26/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Simpson's Lavender & Vetivert Shaving Cream
Omega 10098 Pure Bristle
GEM Contour & GEM Stainless (5)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Al Munawwara K2 Attar (Wrist)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

24/11/2015

SOTD 24/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's English Rose Shaving Soap & Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Bigelow & Parkin 'Knuckle Duster' & Voskhod Teflon Coated (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Surrati Jannatul Firdous Attar (Wrists)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Third and final run with the 'Knuckle Duster' and this blade. Sterling performance from both.

The intuitiveness and freedom of movement, even super-sensitive feedback from the razor makes for truly excellent shaves throughout.

22/11/2015

SOTD 22/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Moroccan Rhassoul Shaving Paste
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech
Bigelow & Parkin 'Knuckle Duster' & Voskhod Teflon Coated (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

After yesterday's very close shave with a Heljestrand wedge in a very early 1900s Wilkinson Sword, I needed just the one pass to polish up today.

Another very successful shave with this curious Bigelow & Parkin razor. Technique-wise, I'm finding my thumb and middle finger at either end to be a better fit than thumb and index finger. Just a word to the wise for those taking note ...

21/11/2015

SOTD 21/11/2015


Wilkinson Sword Patent Roller Safety Shaver 21st November 1902 (11526) Patent Anniversary

Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Soap & Kent Infinity Silvertex
Wilkinson Sword Patent Roller Safety Shaver & Heljestrand
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve Aftershave Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

20/11/2015

SOTD 20/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Sheridan's Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Bigelow & Parkin & Voskhod Teflon Coated (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave
Inspired by Amouage Memoir Man (via Al Afdal)

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

Bigelow & Parkin make the safety razor equivalent of knuckle dusters!

Strange indeed to use a razor without a handle, but so intuitive to use. My only issue was loss of grip as the shaved soap spilled over onto my fingertips. Other than that, an eminently excellent razor.

18/11/2015

SOTD 18/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Soap
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Thomas Turner 11/16 Wedge
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Attar

Attars today are a blend of Himalayan Rose from PPG (quite musky in itself, which I gather the variety is also known as "Musk Rose"), Haramain's Sheikh (largely frankincense, light musk and rose, maybe a touch of spice) and Arabian Musk from bouk (deep, rich, sweet musk centred on amber for that cough sweet opening).

16/11/2015

SOTD 16/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Spice Trade
Gillette (Vintage) w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Martin & Co. 6/8 Wedge
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold) EDT

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

15/11/2015

SOTD 15/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Lemon Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Klas Tornblom 9/16 Faux Frameback
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Cologne

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

13/11/2015

SOTD 13/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Shaving Soap & Purtech in Amphora Handle
GEM 1912 'Supreme' Traveller (Brass) w/Red Horseman Swing Handle & GEM Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Aftershave
K2 (Attar) & Al Rehab Superman (Spray)

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG

12/11/2015

SOTD 12/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream & Ever Ready 500N Synthetic
Ever Ready 1924 Imperial Deluxe & GEM Stainless (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold RInse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT

Bowl Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

11/11/2015

SOTD 11/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural White' Stone Pine & Cypress Market Test
Edwin Jagger Black Fibre
Star (Bakelite) & Zorrick Super Platinum (3)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
WItch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne
Jacques Bogart (Signature) Pour Homme

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)

09/11/2015

SOTD 09/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Old Spice Shaving Soap & Barbershop Boar
Ever Ready 1912 (Brass) & GEM Stainless (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Aftershave
Swiss Arabian Majmoua Gold

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

08/11/2015

SOTD 08/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Bay Rum Shaving Soap & Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Microtome Kamisori
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Shibden Spice

Face Lathered
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

06/11/2015

SOTD 06/11/2105


Shower w/Tabac Shower Gel
Tabac Shaving Soap w/Body Shop Shaving Brush
Rotbart Mond-Extra & Zorrick Super Platinum (2)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Aftershave & EDC

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

Tabacaday!

For too long have I been using other gear on a Friday. Friday is Tabac Day! Tabac Friday! Mandated.

Great fun!

05/11/2015

SOTD 05/11/2015


Gem 686143 Patent Anniversary (1901)

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Natural Brown 'Guaiacwood & Bergamot' Market Test
Ever Ready 100T Silvertip Fibre
Gem Junior Bar (1907) & GEM Stainless (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

Anniversary of the Gem 686143 patent, which detailed the bar that closes over the blade and so a shave with a Gem Junior Bar seemed right. Fresh blade. One pass. Done.

04/11/2015

SOTD 04/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream
Kent Infinity Silvertex
Gillette Tech (Open Comb) & Zorrick Super Platinum (1)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Attar & Jacques Bogart One Man Show

Fun shave with my newly acquired open comb Gillette Tech. Just like the regular Tech, a mild shave, not too close, certainly not shy, just right. Smooth blade, too. I guess that's the "Sputtered Technology", eh?

Today's attar was Egyptian Musk as the main oil, giving a really clean, fresh musky note with almost an air-freshener note, initially; African Black Gold, overwhelmingly resinous to my nose, akin to cough sweets; woody, floral, initially fecal and very earthy Black Musk; Haramain Sheikh finishing off with frankincense and rose as the main offerings. Very complex and absolutely enthralling ... and a good spray of Jacques Bogart One Man Show. Green, spicy, woody and earthy with light florals in the finish, picking up on all the key facets of the attars.

03/11/2015

SOTD 03/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Dark Lime Shaving Paste
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Ever Ready Streamline w/Red Horseman Swing Handle
GEM Stainless [5]
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal (Vintage)
Attar

I make no secret of my love for Meißner Tremonia soaps. Dark Limes is mysterious blend, like regular lime but in a foggy, gas-lit kind of way. Pinaud Lilac Vegetal is a mysterious blend, especially the vintage; dark lilac?

Attar today has, too, been a mysterious blend of Haramain Musk al Ghazal bringing a dark, sweet, licquorice and cacoa base with a hint of vanilla and caraway in a musky, woody base; Swiss Arabian Majmoua Gold, an earthy, spicy amber attar; Surrati al Khaleej, a citrus aromatic reinforcing the spice with coriander, white musk and floral, largely violet.

01/11/2015

SOTD 01/11/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Soap & Plisson Synthetic
Ever Ready 1914 (Bakelite Handle) & GEM Stainless (4)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pashana Original Aftershave

Face Lathered
One Pass - WTG (Slide)

I've been very happy with my two pass shave but between technique and just the right razor, I really wanted to get it down to a single pass ... and enjoy a daily shave rather than an every other day shave. With this shave, I clicked with just the right razor to achieve that! This is my razor. The one. I've always liked the 1914, but this one seems to be the 1914+ shaving absolutely perfectly, aggressive and effective.

Fun to use the L'Occitane gear at long last and great to finish with the Pashana, an aftershave I think I'd probably say is my favourite. He says holding his hands over the metaphorical ears of his vintage Pinaud Lilac Vegetal bottle.

Champion!