31/03/2016

SOTD 31/03/2016

31st March 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural Brown' Bergamot & Gaiacwood
Macy Associates No.4 w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E2 & Schick (Chinese) (19)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Al Afdal Wild Forest Musk Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Portugal Hair Tonic

With the woody, earthy, muskiness of the Puig Quorum, a drop of Al Afdal's Wild Forest Musk attar on the wrists felt just right - it's smooth, woody, perhaps sweet and a little floral; a walk in the early spring woods.

30/03/2016

SOTD 30/03/2016

30th March 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural Brown' Stone Pine & Cypress
Macy Associates No.4 w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E2 & Schick (Chinese) (18)
Single Pass - WTG


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

29/03/2016

SOTD 29/03/2016

29th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural Brown' Black Pepper & Coriander
Macy Associates No.4 w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E2 & Schick (Chinese) (17)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Azzaro Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau De Portugal Hair Tonic

28/03/2016

SOTD 28/03/2016

28th March 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Old Spice Original Shaving Soap (Vintage)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Red)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready Natural Angle Deluxe & GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

27/03/2016

SOTD 27/03/2016

27th March 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's Super Smooth (Unscented)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (White)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe (White) & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Shibden Spice Bay Rum Aftershave
Haramain Mystique EDT
Pashana American Bay Rum Hair Tonic

... and so, I've reached the end of this little run through my Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe sets. It has been a lot of fun, especially with the matching coloured brushes and a new knot which I have found very pleasant indeed!

26/03/2016

SOTD 26/03/2016

26th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth (Unscented)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Black)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe (Black) & GEM Stainless (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Dolce & Gabbana The One For Men EDT
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Continuing my run through these Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe sets ...

25/03/2016

SOTD 25/03/2016

25th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth (Unscented)
Art Deco w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe (Brown) & GEM Stainless (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Balenciaga Portos Cologne (as Aftershave)
Reeha Oud Factory Dehnal Oudh Najm Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Continuing my run through these Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe sets ...

Just a note about the attar, one which arrived with me recently from a house that I have been keen to try - it's an oudh, Najm something which I do not know the meaning of, but it's an Indian oudh with a really earthy core. Soily animalic rather than that sweet, fruity animalic of softer oudhs.

This one worked just sooooo well with Balenciaga Portos Cologne - pure cat, and all that comes with it ...

24/03/2016

SOTD 24/03/2016

24th March 2016
Ever Ready 1914 Patent Anniversary

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Cologne Fougère
Semogue Owner's Club Bristle in Ash
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1914 Mahoganite & GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne (as Aftershave)
Haramain Jannatul Firdous Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Good golly gosh, that was enjoyable!

I think Le Père Lucien have surpassed themselves with this soap which is pure Cologne with a touch of green. Absolutely perfect, superb scent while lathering and during the shave; superb performance, too.

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to the Ever Ready 1914 who is 102 today! Classy, classy and yet more classy. I picked a really late model, one of the 12 tooth variants in the 1924 Mahoganite case.

What an enjoyable shave.

23/03/2016

SOTD 23/03/2016

23rd March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth (Unscented)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Grey)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe (Grey) & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Original Aftershave
Sung Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Third day of a short run with these Ever Ready Deluxe sets ...

This one is a later version and has a lighter, aluminium handle. The shave was just as excellent and the blade is now well worn in with three shaves ... smooth as she goes!

More to come ...

22/03/2016

SOTD 22/03/2016

22nd March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth (Unscented)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Red)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe (Red) & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Mukhallat Shams Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Second day of a short run with these Ever Ready Deluxe sets ...

Gosh! I'm enjoying them ... more so, the brush. In some respects the brush is related to the Plissoft knot, like a first version as it is not as soft. It is also not as springy and in that we actually find that this is indeed like the Plissoft, but developed; it has addressed all the issues with the Plissoft knot.

Where the Plissoft knot feels like a synthetic and acts like a synthetic, this knot acts like a badger. It has those slightly grabby tips, heavier fibre, it blooms towards that of a badger with use and it most definitely feels like a badger during the lather - on the face, that is.

More to come ...

Meanwhile, a rose day and one which I picked up through the day as my attar kept rolling on and on: a deep, sweet blend of Taifi rose, patchouli, musk, sandalwood & oudh.


21/03/2016

SOTD 21/03/2016

21st March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth (Unscented)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Blue)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Deluxe (Blue) & GEM Stainless (1)
Single 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

... and we're off!!!

Beginning a run through my Ever Ready Deluxe sets and their associated coloured brushes. I have blue, red, black, white & grey as well as a brown case, with a different brown bakelite brush to come.

Good shave. First run with a GEM blade can be quite harsh, but this excellent razor from the late 1940s into the early 1950s tamed it well.

20/03/2016

SOTD 20/03/2016

20th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural White' Bay & Rum
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 (Brass) w/Red Horseman Handle & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Virgin Island Bay Rum Aftershave & Hair Tonic

19/03/2016

SOTD 19/03/2016

19th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Moroccan Rhassoul
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Chromium Set & GEM Stainless (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Al Munawwara Amber Sweet Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

18/03/2016

SOTD 18/03/2016

18th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish
Macy Associates No.4 w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
GEM 1912 (Brass) 'Compliments ...' & GEM Stainless (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jovan Musk Aftershave Cologne
Dana Rapport EDT
Meißner Tremonia Strong & Scottish Aftershave (as Hair Tonic)

17/03/2016

SOTD 17/03/2016

17th March 2016
St Patrick's Day

Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 'Popular' Prototype & GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

Yet another shorty, but tonight it's a straight cap ... still a squat head. Super!

Happy Guinness Day, all!

16/03/2016

SOTD 16/03/2016

16th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade
Plisson Synthetic
Face Lathered
GEM1912 'Minute Man' & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

Once again, ostensibly the same razor as yesterday and the day before that, but under the GEM brand. The 'Minute Man' was sold with a Wall Cabinet set to tack to the wall in your bathroom the same as the Ever Ready.

Again, squat head and curved cap.

Champion!

15/03/2016

SOTD 15/03/2016

15th March 2016

Clubman Country Club Shampoo
Meißner Tremonia Dark Limes
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Star 1912 'Sport' & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Lilac Vegetal
Jaguar Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau De Portugal Hair Tonic

Ostensibly the same razor as yesterday, but under the Star brand. The 'Sport' was sold in cigarette style cases, as per Ever Ready and GEM of the mid-1920s. Squat head and curved cap.

Champion!

14/03/2016

SOTD 14/03/2016

14th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia Salty Sea Sage
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Ever Sharp 1912 & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

Hey! A Schick that shaves ...

The keen-eyed amongst you will have notice that this 1912 is stamped with Ever Sharp on the baseplate. Yes, Ever Sharp of Schick fame. But, you're thinking, Ever Sharp made injectors not 1912s. You'd be right - 1912s are made by the American Safety Razor Corporation.

I guess Ever Sharp looked at the 1912 and thought to themselves, "what a fine razor - we should get ASR to make them for us under license" ... and I guess this was the result.

Well, it was a fine shave! Squat head and a curved cap, much akin to the 'Sport' models of the day which I would estimate as the mid-1920s.

Much enjoyed.

13/03/2016

SOTD 13/03/2016

13th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Bay Rum
Vulfix No.26 Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Kamisori & Gillette Guard (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Kamisori)
Single Pass - WTG (Gillette Guard)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Shibden Spice Bay Rum Aftershave
Arabian Hidden Treasures Dark Woody Musk Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Bay Rum Hair Tonic

12/03/2016

SOTD 12/03/2016

12th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Sheridan's
Fine Accoutrements Angel Hair (20mm)
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (16)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave
hiraa.co.uk K2 Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

With Brut Musk, all that musk and tobacco, an attar of similar standing was called for. hiraa.co.uk's K2 is a really animalistic attar with a musky, earthy, woody base lifted with vetiver & patchouli.

11/03/2016

SOTD 11/03/2016

11th March 2016
Tabac Friday

Tabac Shower Gel
Tabac Shaving Soap
Barbershop Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (15)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Tabac Aftershave & EDC
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

10/03/2016

SOTD 10/03/2016

10th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Martin De Candre Classic
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (14)
Single Pass - WTG


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

09/03/2016

SOTD 09/03/2016

9th March 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Martin De Candre Fougère
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Platinum (Dutch) (1)
Single Pass - WTG


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

08/03/2016

SOTD 08/03/2016

8th March 2016

Trumpers Eucris Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien Rose de Pushkar (Limited Edition)
Fine Accoutrements 'Angel Hair' 20mm
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (13)
Single Pass - WTG


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

Ha! With the somewhat lowbrow aftershave, albeit a nice but lowbrow aftershave, a cheap and cheerful attar was called for. Al Rehab produce good, simple, cheap attars and their Mokhalat Dubai is straight-up dark rose, quite masculine and a really fly follow on from Le Père Lucien's quite classy scented Rose de Puskhar soap.

07/03/2016

SOTD 07/03/2016

7th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Apricot (Limited Edition)
Amphora w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Super Stainless (Dutch) (3)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Balenciaga Portos Cologne
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

06/03/2016

SOTD 06/03/2016

6th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Panna Crema Namaste
Macy Associates No.4 w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (12)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave (Vintage)
Nemat Shahi Darbar Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Oh, Darbar! What can I say about Darbar? It's complex ... it's warm, woody, spicy ... complex.

05/03/2016

SOTD 05/03/2016

5th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock P.160 Professional
Macy Associates No.4 w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Landaw & Wilkinson II (11)
Single Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Brut Musk Aftershave
Nemat Shahi Darbar Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Oh, Darbar! What can I say about Darbar? It's complex ... it's warm, woody, spicy ... complex.

04/03/2016

SOTD 04/03/2016

4th March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Zi Peppino
Semogue Italian Barber (Limited Edition) Bristle
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (7)
One Pass - WTG


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

03/03/2016

SOTD 03/03/2016

3rd March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Tobacco #2
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (6)
One Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Shipr Cologne
Homage to Amouage Epic Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

02/03/2016

SOTD 02/03/2016

2nd March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Tobacco #1
Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (5)
One Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne
Homage to Amouage Interlude Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

01/03/2016

SOTD 01/03/2016

1st March 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Master Lather Parma Violet
Fine Accoutrements 20mm Plissoft
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (4)
One Pass - WTG & Polishing


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal (Vintage)
Nemat Shahi Darbar Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic