30/12/2015

SOTD 30/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien 'Traditionnel' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 'Bathroom Set' & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Aramis Aftershave & EDT
Surrati Black Oudh Attar (Wrists)

28/12/2015

SOTD 28/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Ever Ready Shaving Stick
Ever Ready Pure Bristle No.1
Face Lathered
Vincent & Feather Cut (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Al Afdal Black Leather Attar (Wrists)

27/12/2015

SOTD 27/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
OSP Lemon Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
ASR Reverse Lather Catcher & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Echt Kolnish Wasser
M&S Autograph EDT

26/12/2015

SOTD 26/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Soap
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Kampfe Star New Model & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Balanciaga Portos Cologne

22/12/2015

SOTD 22/12/2015


Shower w/Trumper's Eucris Shower Gel
Nanny's Silly Soaps English Rose (Original)
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Autostrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave & EDT
Surrati Al Khaleej Attar (Wrists)

21/12/2015

SOTD 21/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Nanny's Silly Soaps Arabian Nights (Olive Oil)
Ever Ready 500BN 'Badgerlon' w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Autostrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold Edition)
Surrati Black Oudh Attar (Wrists)

20/12/2015

SOTD 20/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Kent Shaving Soap
Barbershop Pure Bristle
Bowl Lathered
Vincent Disposable Straight & Feather Cut (1)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Darbar (via Paradise Perfumes & Gems) Attar (Wrists)

Essentially, this is a modern version of the frameback.

In prior shaves I've been using Diane or Personna blades which are much akin to GEM single edge blades, just longer and squatter - similar thickness and a similar shave.

Tonight, I used a Feather Cut blade which is the same shape but thinner. The shave is very much like a faux frameback and really quite noisy, which is a great indicator as to angle - the louder it is, the steeper the angle. Learn the noise, the angle stays spot-on.

18/12/2015

SOTD 18/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien 'Apricot' UKWSS Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (5)
SIngle Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jovan Musk Aftershave/Cologne
Dana Rapport EDT
Ajmal 1001 Nights Attar (Wrists)

17/12/2015

SOTD 17/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien 'Cédre & Patchouli' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Novaya Zarya Shipr Cologne
Ralph Lauren Polo EDT
Surrati Jannatul Firdous Attar (Wrists)

16/12/2015

SOTD 16/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien 'Traditionnel' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Herbs of Bulgaria Aftershave
Sung Homme EDT
Surrati Sultan Silver Attar (Wrists)

15/12/2015

SOTD 15/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien 'Rose de Pushkar' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Swiss Arabian Intense Café Attar (Wrists)

Le Père Lucien really is quality stuff!

The ingredients are simple: coconut oil, saponified with potassium alone; no sodium. Scents are added and some chemicals to stabilise, where necessary. They also put in coconut fatty acids, which I gather are not saponified.

In shave performance is excellent! Post-shave feel is excellent!

I have very well conditioned skin and so often like a more drying soap, certainly a more alcoholic aftershave - some soaps are so full of nonsense like shea butter, mango butter and all manner of kernel oils that they really are more suited to the Mrs that to a fellow who wants to shave.

LPL cuts through all that ...

Rose de Pushkar is a very nice scent, more reminiscent of some of those scents you'll find in rose attars than other shaving soaps. I have a couple of rose soaps that I like: Wickham’s & Nanny’s, both green stem English Rose and in no way feminine.

14/12/2015

SOTD 14/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien 'Nature' Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT
Al Munawwara Musk Himalaya Attar (Wrists)

First shave with Le Père Lucien.

I also have Cédre & Patchouli, Rose de Pushka and had hoped to have the same tin of Traditionnel, but the supplier sent me the older style larger tin. Anyway ...

I tried a couple of test lathers with the soap and struggled to get a lather like I wanted. With a couple more, I've nailed it. The key is to load for longer than you might usually - I usually go with something like 10 swirls in each direction and then onto my face. These soaps seem to like longer, say 25 each way.

Lather is thick, slick and protective. Seriously good in-shave performance and post-shave very smooth indeed. The soaps are coconut oil based and also contain unsaponificated (is that a verb?) coconut fatty acids. Classic French soaps are also saponificated (again, is that a verb?) only with potassium, not a combination of potassium and sodium. That's an aside ...

It's a jolly good soap and I look forward to trying the others.

13/12/2015

SOTD 13/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Monsavon Shaving Soap
Mohawk w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Weck Sextoblade (Lucite)
Diane Platinum (5)
Two Pass - WTG (Slide) & ATG
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave (Vintage)
Armani Pour Homme EDT
Nemat Shahi Darbar Attar (Wrists)

12/12/2015

SOTD 12/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish Rasierpaste
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Aramis/Gillette Trac II & Wilkinson Sword II (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Alt Innsbruck Aftershave Cologne
Swiss Arabian Black Afghano Attar (Wrists)

11/12/2015

SOTD 11/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Jade East Shaving Cream
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 'Imperial Deluxe' w/Red Horseman 'Swing' Handle
GEM Stainless (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jade East Aftershave
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Surrati Sulltan Silver Attar (Wrists)

10/12/2015

SOTD 10/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap
Art Deco Pure Bristle (Vintage)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 'Speedster' Cabinet Wood Case
GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest
Puig Quorum Silver EDT
Swiss Arabian Majmoua Gold Attar (Wrists)

09/12/2015

SOTD 09/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade Shaving Soap
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Weck Orderly (Disposable Straight)
Diane Platinum (4)
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT
Al Afdal Black Musk Attar (Wrists)

08/12/2015

SOTD 08/12/2015


Shower w/Trumper's Eucris Shower Gel
Trumper's Eucris Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 100T Purtech
Face Lathered
Radio 1912
GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold RInse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave Splash
Trumper's Eucris EDT
Fancy Black (via bouk2509) Attar (Wrists)

07/12/2015

SOTD 07/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Show Gel
Meißner Tremonia Salty Sea Sage Rasierpaste
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Weck Surgical Prep
Diane Platinum (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave & EDT

Before the Mongoose, before the Cobra, there was Weck ... with patents back to 1907.

06/12/2015

SOTD 06/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural Brown' Black Pepper & Coriander (Market Tester)
Vie Long Amphora w/Purtech Synthetic
Face Lathered
Vincent (Chinese)
Diane Platinum (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Shibden Spice (Spiced Bay Rum)
Pashana Bay Rum Hair Tonic

05/12/2015

SOTD 05/12/2015


Shower w/Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia "Natural Brown" Bitter Almond & Texas Cedar (Market Tester)
Body Shop Synthetic
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic (Brass/Flat Plate)
GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jade East Aftershave
Al Rehab Guapo EDT
Egyptian Dark Musk (via Arabian Hidden Treasures) Attar (Wrists)

04/12/2015

SOTD 04/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Tabac Original Shaving Soap
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Star 1912 (Bakelite Case)
GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Original Aftershave
Vermeil Pour Homme EDT
Swiss Arabian Rehan Patchouli Attar (Wrists)

03/12/2015

SOTD 03/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia "Natural Brown" Guiaicwood & Bergamot (Market Tester)
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Face Lathered
Star 1912
GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Darbar (via Paradise Perfumes & Gems) Attar (Wrists)

02/12/2015

SOTD 02/12/2015


Bulldog Face Wash
Dr Selby Luxury Shaving Cream
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech
Face Lathered
GEM 1912 'Supreme' Traveller (Celluloid Case)
GEM Stainless (7)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)
Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Aramis Aftershave
Azzarro Pour Homme EDT
Arabian Oud Kalemat CPO (Wrists)