30/01/2016

SOTD 30/01/2016

30th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Imperial Tonic
Semogue Owner's Club (Ash)
Face Lathered
Gillette Tech ('70s) & Eversharp Super Stainless (Vintage) (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave
Haramain Sultan Super Attar
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Fourth shave with this vintage Ever Sharp blade and it did its thing, but I think it's spent. In a '70s Tech, mild as they come, it did its thing as it has done since the beginning and that's shave smooth and with a feeling that there was no blade in the razor.

I've really enjoyed this blade.

Classic Brut splash, backed up by an attar which is reasonably new to me but I thought would be just right here: Haramain's Sultan Super, a simple blend with loud notes of olibanum, orange blossom, rose, sandalwood & lily of the valley ... a good follow on.

29/01/2016

SOTD 29/01/2016

29th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Saponeria Artigiana Vegetale alla Mandorla Shaving Soap
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Tech (NDC Brass) & Eversharp Super Stainless (Vintage) (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Dana Rapport EDT
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

Gosh! That was a 10/10 shave!

Saponeria Artigiana Vegetale alla Mandorla s literally a phenomenal soap and coupled with a good brass pre-War Gillette Tech and a now worn in vintage Ever Sharp blade, that was a smooth and really quite wonderful shave.

28/01/2016

SOTD 28/01/2016

28th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Martin De Candre Original Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Gillette Tech (Long Slot) & Eversharp Super Stainless (Vintage) (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Aramis Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Second run with this vintage Ever Sharp blade and not as good as yesterday although a good result, so it may well have been the other variables. I'll go with this blade again tomorrow in another Gillette Tech.

27/01/2016

SOTD 27/01/2016

27th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Martin De Candre Fougère Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Gillette Tech (Hybrid) & Eversharp Super Stainless (Vintage) (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

With a temporary hiatus from single edge shaving, I'm enjoying a quick run through some Gillette Techs that I treasure: the Hybrid, the Long Slot and a brass pre-War. Tonight, the Hybrid with thanks to a pal from The Shaving Room forums for offering it to me.

He also popped in a number of Ever Sharp Super Stainless blades which are vintage. Upon opening, I wondered just how sharp they might be as I could draw the blade across my skin and it didn't penetrate, a quick test that I use to gauge the sharpness of my single edge blades on a day by day basis ... but it was indeed sharp. Sharp and smooth. Single pass with the grain and with the Gillette slide, I got my usual daily good shave. Smooth and clean.

I'm also revisiting Martin De Candre after quite literally falling for quality French and Italian soap. It really is a classy soap. Thick, strong lather, highly overpaintable and those classically simple French ingredients. No fluff. Seriously good quality, a shave which left me wishing I had not been so quick to move my full sized products on. Damn!

So, first go shaving with a Gillette Hybrid Tech and I found it highly enjoyable. No drama, just a straight-up, quality shave as should be expected from an early Tech. As good as the regular '40s British Tech? I'll find out tomorrow ...

25/01/2016

SOTD 25/01/2016

25th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Mudder Focker Shaving Soap
Amphora w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 (Round) w/Ball End Handle & GEM Stainless (7)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold Edition) EDT
Pinaud Eau De Portugal Hair Tonic

24/01/2016

SOTD 24/01/2016

24th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Santa Maria Del Fiori Firenza Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club Pure Bristle (Ash)
Face Lathered
Vincent & Feather Cut (5)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Alt Innsbruck Aftershave Cologne
Jacques Bogart Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau De Portugal Hair Tonic

23/01/2016

SOTD 23/01/2016

23rd January 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Mickey Lee Soap Works 'Drunken Goat' Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club Pure Bristle (Ash)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe (Red) & GEM Stainless (6)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave
Haramain Red African Attar (Wrists & Neck)
Pinaud Clubman Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Hmmm ... another soap from Mickey Lee Soap Works and again, like 'The Kraken' which I tried earlier in the week, not a straight ride. While 'The Kraken' was overly foamy from the off requiring me to break off and start again, 'Drunken Goat' had me returning to the soap three times to get something I might call a lather.

With Guinness and oatmeal, 'Drunken Goat' is on paper right up my street. I love the idea of it and while enjoying a bottle of Foreign Extra, a shave with a soap that includes Guinness should have been a good thing.

Sadly, it was not. After three trips to the soap, my earlier poor test lathers were confirmed. Thin, very thin, sad looking lather. I got away with a shave, more to do with the smoothness of the blade I think and my usual post-shave lather (something I do for the good skin benefits) just didn't happen - the lather had all but gone from the brush.

I don't think I'll pursue any further purchases from this manufacturer.

Not a bad scent though, and there was something in there that put me in mind of cough sweets. There's a deep balsamic to it and it was something that I wanted to pick up with my post-shave scents. Haramain's Red African felt like it would fit the bill, a sweet, musky amber.

22/01/2016

SOTD 22/01/2016

22nd January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Pro P.160 Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Star 1912 & GEM Stainless (5)
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jovan Musk Aftershave Cologne
Dana Rapport EDT
Pinaud Clubman Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Gosh! That was a great shave! I enjoyed myself so much I made two passes - the soap was superb, the razor superb and the blade just smooth as it could be. Altogether, quite perfect!

First go with RazoRock Pro P.160 and I am seriously impressed. It's no different really to their other soaps, which I rate highly by the way, but there is just that certain je ne sait quoi about this soap, but it's Italian so that would be in Italian not French but I'm sure you get my meaning ...

I abhor almond. I absolutely abhor it! This, I like. I know, I know, odd for someone who hates almond to buy in a soap that smells strongly of almonds, but you have the folks at Meißner Tremonia to thank for that one as their Woody Almond really is quite something. P.160, I would say is still in the shadow of Meißner Tremonia's, but that is only because Meißner Tremonia's is so good; P.160 is still absolutely excellent in its own right.

I said at the top, I enjoyed this so much I made two passes. After shaving my daily one pass, I usually lather up to enjoy the good skin treatment that the soap is giving, but today I thought why not ... and made a second pass.

Great! Very, very much enjoyed.

21/01/2016

SOTD 21/01/2016

21st January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Cyprès Boisé Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Star 1912 & GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne
Jacques Bogart One Man Show EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

I do love a shave with Le Père Lucien soap and Cyprès Boisé certainly impressed! As per their usual formula, the soap is simple and clean. The scent, quite lovely and described as lemon, fresh, green & woody ... a kind of fougère, and it is.

I'm really enjoying running through my various cased 1912s at the moment and this one, a good example of a mid-1930s British Made gave a great shave. They all do, but there is something quite special about the razors made in that era and the ones made right at the end of the 1940s and into the 1950s.

Finishing off with a splash of Novaya Zarya Russian Forest was inspiring, the faintness of scent just left from the soap bolstered and grounded by the Cologne. Wonderful!

20/01/2016

SOTD 20/01/2016

20th January 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Calani Gentleman Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Star 1912 & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

That's better! After a couple of disappointing soaps, I was very pleased with the thick and immediate lather that was produced from this Calani soap. The scent is classic and classy. Perfect for a follow on with Brut & Clubman.

The more keen-eyed amongst you will have spotted the etching on the cap of this 1912. I believe it is one of the last and like may Star razors made in Britain, was destined for the French market.

I have seen these with the etched cap on Ever Ready baseplates, in Star boxes; something I thought was a mismatched set made up by the seller, but upon reflection I think these were a deliberate using up of parts at the very end of the long run that the 1912 had ...

19/01/2016

SOTD 19/01/2016

19th January 2016

Eucris Shower Gel
Tabula Rasa 'Steam Punk' Shaving Croap
Ever Ready 100T Purtech
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave & EDT
Al Rehab Mokhallat Dubai (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Hmmm ... poor soap, that one. Thin lather, not especially overpaintable and disappeared quickly. Not good at all really.

18/01/2016

SOTD 18/01/2016

18th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Mickey Lee Soap Works 'The Kraken' Shaving Soap
Barbershop Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Pour Homme (Gold Edition) EDT
Surrati Al Khaleej Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

There are three things I really enjoy when shaving: a fresh blade and an Ever Ready 1912.

That's two, the third is a good soap.

From the off, this soap was overly foamy. I had to break off and start again. With a barely wet brush on a damp face, I started to build the lather and slowly, but surely it can together. It's thick and creamy; not quite up to Italian creamy and not as slick as French, but it's a good soap nevertheless.

Scent is pleasing, all salty sea air and much akin to Meißner Tremonia's Salty Sea Sage, a soap I really admire. Yeah, not at all bad. I'll enjoy the sample I've got, but don't think there'll be a full sized pot in my collection.

17/01/2016

SOTD 17/01/2016

17th January 2016

Panna Crema Namaste Shaving Soap
Amphora Purtech
Pre-Shave Lather & Wash
Face Lathered
Vincent & Feather Cut (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim (Vintage) Aftershave
Armani Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

First go with Panna Crema and on balance I enjoyed it. Good soap. Two things, though: first, it did seem foamier than other Italian soaps and didn't overpaint quite as readily; second, the basin felt grainy afterwards, something which I've not noticed with other soaps. On balance, enjoyed.

I really do enjoy this straight razor. It takes those very thin nape shaper blades, which don't look like they'll be effective for face shaving, but by Jiminy they do. One pass with a slide and it's all good for me.

15/01/2016

SOTD 15/01/2016

15th January 2016

Tabac Original Shaving Soap
Mohawk 5-341 Purtech Synthetic Brush
Pre-Shave Lather & Wash
Face Lathered
Aramis II & Wilkinson II (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Original Aftershave & EDC
Haramain Red African Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

I shave with all manner of esoteric implements, yet tonight I manage to cut myself with a cartridge razor!

Yes, a cartridge razor!

14/01/2016

SOTD 14/01/2016

14th January 2016

Cella Crema Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club (Cherry Wood) Pure Bristle
Pre-Shave Lather & Wash
Face Lathered
GEM Push Button (Gold) & GEM Premium Edge (Vintage) (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
PPG Woodland Walk Attar (Wrists)

Second run with this vintage blade, a GEM Premium Edge from the '60s, together with the respective razor which was often bundled with these blades. Again, good, although not as sharp as the GEM by Personna blades I usually use, more like a third run of such a blade. I think this couple of shaves has finished it off. Perhaps another, so I'll put it away and try in a couple of days.

Still, fun to enjoy a vintage shave experience ...

13/01/2016

SOTD 13/01/2016

13th January 2016

Vitos Classic (Green) Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club (Cherry Wood) Pure Bristle
Pre-Shave Lather & Wash
Face Lathered
GEM Push Button & GEM Premium Edge (Vintage) (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Aramis Aftershave & EDT
PPG Woodland Walk Attar (Wrists)

First run with this vintage blade, a GEM Premium Edge from the '60s, together with the respective razor which was often bundled with these blades. Good, although not as sharp as the GEM by Personna blades I usually use, more like a third run of such a blade. I think I'll get a couple of shaves out of this and then retire it.

Still, fun to enjoy a vintage shave experience ...

11/01/2016

SOTD 11/01/2016

11th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Vicco Turmeric Shaving Cream
Ever Ready 500N Synthetic
Face Lathered
AutoStrop Valet VC1 & GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Blue Stratos Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT

10/01/2016

SOTD 10/01/2016

10th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
LaSheba Ghassoul Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club (Cherry) Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Vincent & Feather Cut (3)
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Shibden Spice Aftershave
Haramain Amber Sweet Attar (Wrists)

Gosh! I am enjoying this Semogue brush.

I'm also really enjoying a fun little gift of a "shaving soap" which I put in quotation marks since it has all the hallmarks of a regular home made soap that someone has simply put "shaving soap" on the label and hopes for the best ...

The soap is LaSheba Ghassoul and as the name suggests, is packed full of Moroccan Rhassoul clay. It's also chock full of good butters, cocoa powder even, coconut and so on, and all wraps up to make a really rather good shaving soap. It's completely natural, clearly homemade in small batches and I don't have anything bad to say about it.

Lathering has to be done with a well flicked out brush, a good lather made on the soap and then onto a wet face to plump up. My attempts in a bowl have not been as successful. Like Meißner Tremonia (Ha! Now I've got your attention), the use of clay is the key to a really slick shave. The colour of the lather changes as the lather is built, but unlike Meißner Tremonia and despite all the goodies in the soap, it does leave a dry feeling.

For me, that's great! I love that tautness after a shave as I do have well conditioned skin and overly feeding soaps have to be cut back with highly alcoholic aftershaves. I followed up my with home made Bay Rum: Shibden Spice. Oh, I also 'Bay Rummed' up the soap, pricked all over with a cocktail stick and drops of Bay Rum essential oil let to soak in.

Much enjoyed!

08/01/2016

SOTD 08/01/2015

8th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Xpec Shaving Cream (Unscented)
Semogue Owner's Club (Cherry) Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Durham Artist Club (Converted Durham Duplex)
Personna (4)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla Aftershave
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Surrati Sultan Silver Attar (Wrists)

I xpec'ted better ...

07/01/2016

SOTD 07/01/2016

7th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Tobacco #2 Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 (Round Tooth) w/Red Horseman Swing Handle
GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Shipr Cologne
Haramain Naeem Attar

06/01/2016

SOTD 06/01/2015

6th January 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Tobacco #1 Shaving Soap
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 (Round Tooth) w/Red Horseman Swing Handle
GEM Stainless (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne
Haramain Firdous Attar

04/01/2016

SOTD 04/01/2016

4th January 2016

Old Spice Shaving Soap (Vintage)
Blue Stone Silvertip Fibre
Pre-Shave Lather
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf
GEM Stainless (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Amouage-esque Interlude Man Attar

03/01/2016

SOTD 03/01/2015

3rd January 2016

OSP Bay Rum Shaving Soap
Vulfix No.26 Pure Bristle
Pre-Shave Lather & Wash
Face Lathered
Klas Tornblom 9/16 Faux Frameback
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Nemat Shahi Darbar Attar (Wrists)

01/01/2016

SOTD 01/01/2015

1st January 2016

RazoRock Zi Peppino
Vie Long Amphora w/ Purtech
Pre-Shave Lather & Wash
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 'Peerless' (Round)
GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Alt Innsbruck Aftershave Cologne
Jacques Bogart Pour Homme EDT