29/02/2016

SOTD 29/02/2016

29th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Rolls Razor Shaving Soap
Ever Ready No.1 (Vintage) Boar
Face Lathered
Rolls Razor Viscount (Blade F C 5)
Two Pass - WTG & WTG (Slide)




Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Autograph Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Fun shave for a leap day ...

28/02/2016

SOTD 28/02/2016

28th February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien Apricot (UKWSS Limited Edition)
Semogue Italian Barber (Limited Edition) Boar
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Super Stainless (Dutch) (2)
Single Pass - WTG


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

27/02/2016

SOTD 27/02/2016

27th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Santa Maria Del Fiori Firenze
Semogue Italian Barber (Limited Edition) Boar
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Super Stainless (Dutch) (1)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Alt Innsbruck Aftershave Cologne
Haramain Mystique EDT
Surrati Black Afghano Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Wonderful!

Great to have a classy soap to use with that really quite excellent aftershave. Tobacco and mint actually does make sense, even in winter.

Great, too, to be back on the Schick Golden 500 this time with a Dutch market Schick Super Stainless blade which I found smooth from the off. Fingers crossed for a good run with this blade ...

Surrati's Black Afgano is a rounded blend of oudh, coffee, tobacco & hash, classier than Swiss Arabian's, greener ... if you catch my drift.

26/02/2016

SOTD 26/02/2016

26th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Jade East Shaving Cream (Vintage)
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (11)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Jade East Aftershave (Vintage)
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

25/02/2016

SOTD 25/02/2016

25th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Saponeria Artigiana Vegetale alla Mandorla
Semogue Italian Barber (Limited Edition) Boar
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Krona Edge (Vintage) (3) X
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (10)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Balenciaga Portos EDC
Jacques Bogart One Man Show EDT
Woodland Walk (via PPG) Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Bit of an Italian thing going on tonight ...

Final attempt with this Schick Krona Edge in my Schick Golden 500 now flipped over and perhaps a little better again tonight. After cheeks I relathered and went with the Schick E and that everlasting Chinese Schick.

Another smooth shave and a wonderful finish! I smell like a pretty cool cat from the '70s!

... a pretty cool cat from the '70s taking a stroll in the nearby spring woods, my attar a warm, earthy fragrance, a perfect blend of orange blossom, ylang ylang and woody notes of tobacco, dried figs, vanilla & myrrh.

I'm going to retire the Schick Krona Edge blade from injectors and set it aside to try in a Keen Kutter.

24/02/2016

SOTD 24/02/2016

24th February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's Dandyism
Vie Long Amphora w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Krona Edge (Vintage) (2) X
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (9)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pashana Original Aftershave
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Another attempt with this Schick Krona Edge in my Schick Golden 500 and perhaps a little better tonight with some pressure, but after cheeks I relathered and went with the Schick E and that everlasting Chinese Schick.

Another smooth shave ...

23/02/2016

SOTD 23/02/2016

23rd February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
RazoRock Mudder Focker
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Krona Edge (Vintage) (1) X
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (8)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Clubman Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Although the Schick Golden 500 is pictured, with the vintage Schick Krona Edge blade I managed a mere handful of strokes before switching to the Schick E and that lovely Chick blade.

Something was wrong as it felt tuggy and I could see that it was not actually shaving me, rather reminding me of my previous experiences with Schicks. I knew this razor can shave me, so I'll put it down to either being too used to the Schick E or the blade, which I'll leave in and try another day.

22/02/2016

SOTD 22/02/2016

22nd February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Sandalwood
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (7)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT

21/02/2016

SOTD 21/02/2016

21st February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Lasheba Ghassoul Shaving Soap
Omega 10098 Professional
Face Lathered
AutoStrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (9)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Shibden  Spice Aftershave
Montale Cafe Intense Attar (Wrists)
Clubman Bay Rum Hair Tonic

19/02/2016

SOTD 19/02/2016

19th February 2016

Tabac Shower Gel
Tabac Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club Boar in Cherry
Face Lathered
Landaw & Wilkinson II (10)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Aftershave & EDT
Clubman Bay Rum Hair Tonic

18/02/2016

SOTD 18/02/2016

18th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Cyprès Boisé
Barbershop Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pino Silverstre Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

17/02/2016

SOTD 17/02/2016

17th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Traditionnel
Mohawk 5.341 w/Purtech Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

16/02/2016

SOTD 16/02/2016

16th February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien Rose de Puskhar
Macy Associates No.4 w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave Cologne
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Al Munawwara Tea Rose Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Nailed it! Single pass shave to my regular standard with a Schick razor! That is improvement!

I cannot say just how good Le Père Lucien Rose de Puskhar is - it truly is the perfect rose and a seriously refined shaving soap. Sheer luxury! That, and the reknotted Macy brush is a real darling ...

Al Munawwara's Tea Rose is simple and straight up attar of the eponymous rose. It's rose. Nothing more, nothing less.

15/02/2016

SOTD 15/02/2016

15th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Old Spice Shaving Soap
Barbershop Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold Edition) EDT
Ajmal Arabian Musk Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Old Spice is a classic! It's a spicy, masculine blend which is often copied and so rarely got right. Not a copy, but along the same lines, Ajmal's Arabian Musk is a complex spicy, masculine blend: Jasmine, ylang ylang, geranium, clove, nutmeg, musk, patchouli & cedarwood are all in there.

14/02/2016

SOTD 14/02/2016

14th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's South Sea Spray
Macy No.4 w/ Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Selin Lemon Cologne
Armani Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

13/02/2016

SOTD 13/02/2016

13th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Sheridan's
Macy No.4 w/ Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve
Vermeil Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

12/02/2016

SOTD 12/02/2016

12th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Club Cola
Macy No.4 w/ Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Landaw & Wilkinson II (9)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Vanilla
Puig Quorum EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

11/02/2016

SOTD 11/02/2016

11th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Imperial Tonic
Macy No.4 w/ Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Landaw & Wilkinson II (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Original
Puig Quorum EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

10/02/2016

SOTD 10/02/2016

10th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's English Lavender
Macy No.4 w/ Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
AutoStrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Herbs of Bulgaria Aftershave
Sung Homme EDT
Al Afdal Black Musk II (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Ahhh ... champion!

09/02/2016

SOTD 09/02/2016

9th February 2016

Eucris Shower Gel
Wickham's English Rose
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Personna (2)
Two Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Al Rehab Mokhalat Dubai (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

I'm going to have to call it a day with this Schick ...

It's gone from passable to bad, sadly, with me having to pull two passes to get what I would call shaved; one with the grain and one against to get to where I would with a single pass with a Gillette Trac II by way of example.

Alas, that against the grain pass has left me with a rash of ingrowers up my neck and so tonight I made just a single with the grain pass (with a slide) and there are patches that simply will not shave no matter what angle or how many times I go over. Against the grain, I can shave them but it's a heavy price to pay.

I'm going to put it aside for a few days to recovery and have another go with one of a generous number of blade types sent to me by a forum pal. I like Gillette Platinum Plus, but experience is showing me that I can only get maybe three shaves from them; Personna I don't like. I have a good variety to try out, but it'll be in a short while.

08/02/2016

SOTD 08/02/2016

8th February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's Spice Trade
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Personna (1)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


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

Starting a run with my Wickham's soaps ...

Fifth run with this Gillette Platinum Plus and the last time, I thought it was starting to get a little rough. Part way through my first pass, I swapped it out for a fresh Personna blade. Yes, it'd come to the end of it's life for me, giving a patchy shave with a tugging feeling unless excessive pressure was given.

Finishing the shave with a couple of passes on a fresh blade, clean, smooth and looking forward to seeing how this Schick plays out with the Personna.

07/02/2016

SOTD 07/02/2016

7th February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia Dark Limes
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Gillette Platinum Plus (4)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal (Vintage) Aftershave Cologne
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

06/02/2016

SOTD 06/02/2015

6th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Santa Maria Del Fiori Firenze
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Gillette Platinum Plus (3)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Alt Innsbruck Aftershave Cologne
Al Haramain Mystique EDT
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

I'm really starting to get the measure of this razor now and it fits well with my "not too close" regimen. I think with a few more shaves I will have nailed it and be getting the desired results from a single pass.

Meanwhile, lovely to use the Santa Maria Del Fiori Firenze soap again. Lovely scent and a gentle tingle from the mint. Perfect partners with Alt Innsbruck.

05/02/2016

SOTD 05/02/2016

5th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Bitter Almond & Texas Cedar (Natural White) Tester
Ever Ready 500N w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Gillette Platinum Plus (2)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Tabac Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Different strategy tonight, once with the grain and once against gave me a good shave. I'd like to get this to the same one pass that I usually do but after just two shaves I think progress is very good ...

04/02/2016

SOTD 04/02/2016

4th February 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Guaiac & Bergamot (Natural White) Tester
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Gillette Platinum Plus (1)
Gillette Trac II (Bakelite) & Wilkinson Sword II (8)
Two Pass (Schick) - WTG & WTG (Slide)
One Pass (Gillette) - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Passable shave with the Schick, something which this dedicated Schick-hater really can call progress! I finished up using a Gillette Trac II. All good 'til tomorrow ...

I'm determined to make Schicks work for me this time.

03/02/2016

SOTD 03/02/2016

3rd February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Panna Crema Namaste
Amphora w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Gillette Trac II (Bakelite) & Wilkinson Sword II (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Herbs of Bulgaria Lavender Aftershave
Sung Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

02/02/2016

SOTD 02/02/2016

2nd February 2016

Eucris Shower Gel
NSS English Rose (Original)
Ever Ready 500N Lucite Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Trac II (Bakelite) & Wilkinson Sword II (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Trumper Eucris EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

01/02/2016

SOTD 01/02/2016

1st February 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Savon Des Volcans Donkey Milk & Mint
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Aramis & Wilkinson Sword II (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold Edition)
Al Aneeq White Oudh Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Picking up on the complex spiciness of Old Spice, Al Aneeq's White Oudh is a really fly blend of cardamom, juniper, lavender, rosemary, floral cashmere, leather, white oudh, sandalwood, cedarwood, leather, moss, musk, amber & balsamic ... and not a million miles away from the classic Old Spice!