30/04/2016

SOTD 30/04/2016

30th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's 1912 Club Cola
Omega 98 Professional Boar
Face Lathered
Landaw & Wilkinson II (12)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Jade East Aftershave
Ajmal Khaltat Bakhoor Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Oh, my!

Darron kindly sent me a tub of his forthcoming 1912 soap to try out and my first impression was just how similar to vintage soap this one behaves.

Upon arrival, damp brush, 10 swirls in either direction and a quick lather up in a bowl as a test. It quickly became that thick, bound lather in no time. More water and it just built, more, built more. No over-foaminess, just thick and well bound lather.

The next thing to grab my attention was the scent. As with Super Smooth, the scent is citrus over vanilla and caramel. It's Cola. Something different, though - this is quite different! It's really different! Where Super Smooth was a soap with a scent, 1912 is a scented soap. The scent really is part of the soap; genuinely part of its character. More so, too, it's really pronounced. Not as caricature as it was in Super Smooth, it's really mature now.

Oh, my!

For my shave, I went with a big boar and straight onto my face. My 20 swirls gave plenty, the first lather building easily to produce a thick and dense cushion that was rapidly over-paintable. With the first pass done, the re-lather just wanted a splash of water on my face and a second painting with a few swirls got me sorted for the next pass.

I will be using this soap for the coming week and will no doubt have it dialled in really quickly, assessing how it plays over that period. I am really looking forward to it. More to come ...

Oh, my!

29/04/2016

SOTD 29/04/2016

29th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Saponeria Artigiana Vegetale alla Mandorla
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic in Wood
Face Lathered
Schick E & Schick (Chinese) (20)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jovan Musk Aftershave Cologne
Haramain Red African Attar (Wrists)
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

Twenty shaves off this blade! Twenty! Unheard of for me ...

28/04/2016

SOTD 28/04/2016

28th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap (Product of Yorkshire)
Purtech Synthetic in Amphora
Face Lathered
Schick Golden 500 & Schick Platinum (Dutch) (2)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

26/04/2016

SOTD 26/04/2016

26th April 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
NSS English Rose (Original Recipe)
Ever Ready 100T w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Durham Dorset & Personna Pathology (6)
Two Pass - WTG (Sldie) & ATG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Surrati Hajre Aswad Attar (Wrists)
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

25/04/2016

SOTD 25/04/2016

25th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Cella Classic Italian Shaving Soap
Haryali Snakeskin Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Durham Dorset & Personna Pathology (5)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Cologne
Armani Pour Homme EDT
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

Superb! Absolutely superb! I had forgotten what an absolute genius design these razors have - shave down, with the grain and straight back up again, against the grain; the head angled just perfectly.

24/04/2016

SOTD 24/04/2016

24th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Essence of Scotland Mountain Yew Shaving Soap
Haryali Snakeskin Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Stick Schick & Personna (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Musk Aftershave Cologne
Autograph Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Despite the new blade, I'm still not enjoying this Stick Schick. I'm going to set it aside and drop a Chinese Schick blade in - I like those in other razors.

23/04/2016

SOTD 23/04/2016

23rd April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Essence of Scotland Malt & Myrtle Shaving Soap
Ever Ready 500BN w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Stick Schick & Personna (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Special Reserve Aftershave Cologne
Oscar De La Renta Pour Lui EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

After Monday's quite abysmal, rough, tuggy and patchy shave with this razor, requiring three days of Tend Skin applications to deal with the post-shave rash, I tried it again with a fresh blade. Passable. It's not one I'm going to think, "I'll grab the Stick!".

Nope ...

22/04/2016

SOTD 22/04/2016

22nd April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Cella Classic Italian Shaving Soap
Haryali Snakeskin Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Classic Vanilla Aftershave Lotion
Azzaro Pour Homme EDT
Haramain Musk al Ghazal Attar (Wrists)
Pashana Hair Tonic

21/04/2016

SOTD 21/04/2016

21st April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Traditionnel
Haryali Snakeskin Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Novaya Zarya Shipr Cologne (as Aftershave)
Ralph Lauren Polo EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

20/04/2016

SOTD 20/04/2016

20th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap (Product of Yorkshire)
Haryali Snakeskin Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (1)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Herbs of Bulgaria Aftershave
Sung Homme EDT
Haramain Sheikh Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Phew! After Monday's quite horrible shave and with a judicious application of Tend Skin over the last couple of nights, I'm back ... and with a fresh cartridge loaded in enjoyed a really clean shave from this Gillette Guard razor.

Scents today have been wonderful! I absolutely love Sung Homme! It does everything just right for me ... that, and the leathery cambodian oudh attar with notes of patchouli, lavender, sage & vetiver on my wrists, just wonderful!

Haramain Sheikh is a wonderful concoction of lavender, sage, vetiver and patchouli over leathery Cambodian oudh base.

19/04/2016

SOTD 19/04/2016

19th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Rose de Pushkar (Limited)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Black)
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (10)
One Pass - WTG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Swiss Arabian Mukhallat Ghazal Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

After last evening's quite horrid shave, I was very happy to sink into a simple and unfussy shave with a Gillette Guard made quite luxurious with the very smooth, very slick and really quite classy Le Père Lucien rose soap.

Muhkallat Ghazal on the wrists, a lovely blend of caraway, anise, musk, wood, vanilla & spice.

18/04/2016

SOTD 18/04/2016

18th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Monsavon Bol-a-Raser
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech
Face Lathered
Stick Schick & Personna (Vintage) (1)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


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

Sadly, that rather rekindled my distain for injector razors - rough, uncomfortable and patchy, needing a second pass with the grain to get anything I'd call shaved. Lots of polishing and still not a good shave.

17/04/2016

SOTD 17/04/2016

17th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Erasmic Shaving Bowl
Haryali Snakeskin Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic Flying Wing (Seeing Eye) & GEM Stainless (6)
Two Pass - WTG & XTG


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
4711 Cologne
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

... and so ends a week of a quick run-through of my Micromatic collection. Enjoyed, although I remain largely uninterested in this slice of American Safety Razor Corp's history.

16/04/2016

SOTD 16/04/2016

16th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Santa Maria Del Fiore Firenze
Haryali Snakeskin Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic Flying Wing (Plastic Tip) & GEM Stainless (5)
Two Pass - WTG & XTG


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

15/04/2016

SOTD 15/04/2016

15th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Maurer & Wirtz Tabac Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club Italian Barber (Limited Edition)
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic Flying Wing & GEM Stainless (4)
Two Pass - WTG & XTG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Maurer & Wirtz Tabac Aftershave & EDC
Al Munawwara Night Queen Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Minor deviation from my usual routine with a two pass shave as one just didn't cut it with this razor. Very smooth with the head practically flat to my face.

For bed, a drop of Al Munawwara's Night Queen, an attar of night jasmine.

14/04/2016

SOTD 14/04/2016

14th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
L'Occitane Cade
Semogue Owner's Club Boar in Ash
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf (13 Tooth) & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

13/04/2016

SOTD 13/04/2016

13th April 2016

Pashana Original Shampoo
Rolls Razor Shaving Stick (Vintage)
Semogue Owner's Club Boar in Cherry
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic Clog Pruf (17 Tooth) & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

Ahhhh ... that's better!

The Clog Pruf followed the basic open comb Micromatic and improved upon it substantially. This early 17 tooth Clog Pruf was a jot to use. I have to say, it was muted compared to the 1912, but gave a good shave, clean and comfortable. Yes, in one pass.

That'll do me ...

12/04/2016

SOTD 12/04/2016

12th April 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Habitat Shaving Soap (Vintage)
Semogue Owner's Club Boar in Ash
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic (Later Version) & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

While the original Micromatic with the flat base plate is an aggressive razor, the revised version with nubs on the base plate is not - it is a good way of bringing in a fresh blade, giving a mild and forgiving shave, restraining the searing freshness of the edge.

Habitat soap is a fun one. Like an old-fashioned version of the L'Occitane bowl, the soap inside has a clean, fresh, zesty note even today. I'm guessing '80s vintage.

11/04/2016

SOTD 11/04/2016

11th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Old Spice Shaving Soap (Vintage)
Semogue Owner's Club Boar in Cherry
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic (First Version) & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold Edition) EDT
Pashana American Bay Rum Hair Tonic

10/04/2016

SOTD 10/04/2016

10th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Bay Rum
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
GEM Junior Parade & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Shibden Spice Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Pour Homme EDT
Pashana American Bay Rum Hair Tonic

09/04/2016

SOTD 09/04/2016

9th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
OSP Lemon
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
GEM Junior & GEM Stainless (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


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

08/04/2016

SOTD 08/04/2016

8th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Apricot (UKWSS Limited Edition)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
Star 1912 Contract? & GEM Stainless (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jade East Aftershave (Vintage)
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

07/04/2016

SOTD 07/04/2016

7th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Cyprès Boisé
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready1912 'New Improved' & GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show EDT
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

06/04/2016

SOTD 06/04/2016

6th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Cologne Fougère
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready1912 Imperial Deluxe & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Pinaud Clubman Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

05/04/2016

SOTD 05/04/2016

5th April 2016

Pashana Shower Gel
Le Père Lucien Rose de Pushkar
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
GEM 1912 Traveller (Gold) & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Anfar Mukhallat Shams (Wrists)
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

Just a note about the attar, which is a new one to me ... it's a deep, sweet blend of Taifi rose, patchouli, musk, sandalwood & oudh. Perfect with the rose tone of the day.

04/04/2016

SOTD 04/04/2016

4th April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Unscented
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
GEM 1912 (Gold) & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave (Vintage)
Oils of Arabia Majmoua Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

... a new attar: Majmoua from Oils of Arabia. It's an Indian blend of green vetiver, pandanus, champa, musk, sandalwood & rose; quite different to, yet comfortingly quite the same as my other Majmoua attars. This one is lighter and more refreshing than, say Nemat and certainly not at heavyweight as one I have had via Paradise Perfumes & Gems.

03/04/2016

SOTD 03/04/2016

3rd April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Bay Rum
Fine Accoutrements Angel Hair (20mm)
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (9)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Shibden Spice Aftershave
Haramain Muntaj Attar (Wrists)
Pashana American Bay Rum Hair Tonic

Super shave! First run with Wickham's limited run of this Bay Rum soap, one which I was blessed to try out as a pre-market test. It's a straight-up Bay Rum. Quite lovely!

Wanting something just that little bit more spicy, I turned to my attars and selected a mukhallat from Haramain: Muntaj, a warm luxurious blend of saffron, rose, frankincense, jasmine & oud. Just the ticket!

02/04/2016

SOTD 02/04/2016

2nd April 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Sandalwood
Fine Accoutrements Angel Hair (20mm)
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pashana Original Aftershave
Haramain Sheikh Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

01/04/2016

SOTD 01/04/2016

1st April 2016
Ever Ready 1924 Patent Anniversary

Bulldog Face Wash
Meißner Tremonia 'Natural Brown' Bitter Almond & Texas Cedar
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 'Sport' & GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Jovan Musk Aftershave Cologne
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme EDT
Al Munawwara Musk Himalaya Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau De Quinine Hair Tonic

Happy anniversary to the 1924!

Heavyweight musk aftershave with an exotic edged perfume, I still wanted more ... turning to my attars, I picked Al Munawwara's Musk Himalaya: a woody, earthy, vetiver musk, picking up on all the other scents and just putting down more background.