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!

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