30/05/2016

SOTD 30/05/2016

30th May 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Monsavon  Bol-a-Raser
Semogue 610 Boar
Face Lathered
GEM Contour & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pinaud Clubman Musk Aftershave Cologne
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

28/05/2016

SOTD 28/05/2016

28th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's 1912 Citrus Musk
Ever Ready 500N (Lucite) Synthetic
Face Lathered
GEM Contour II & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Musk Aftershave Cologne
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

26/05/2016

SOTD 26/05/2016

26th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's 1912 Parma Violet
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
Star 1912 (French) & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Ajmal Arabian Musk (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Another shave with one of Wickham's forthcoming 1912 line of soaps: again, the very excellent Parma Violet ...

With Quorum.

You wouldn't have thought ... but, yes.

24/05/2016

SOTD 24/05/2016

24th May 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Parma Violet
Semogue 610 Boar
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Sun Ray & GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Geoffrey Beene Grey Flannel Aftershave
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme EDT
little.gifts African Black Gold Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

What an absolute pleasure to trial run another scent from Wickham's forthcoming 1912 line of soaps: today, Parma Violet.

Merely opening the tub and the immediate area is writhing with that distinctively powdery nose which only gets better and better during the lather. It's strong alright, as is with the rest of the 1912 line. Classy, too.

Super shave with my favourite Ever Ready 1912. Truth be told, I have a bit of a soft-spot for proper florals, be it a good English Rose, French Lavender or Parma Violet ... even Lilac as a classic splash! No, I have a real soft-spot for Parma Violet.

It needs to be pure and unadulterated. Parma Violet is distinct and needs no meddling. Wickham's nailed it! Less is more and that restrain has come through as a pure and classic soap.

Today, I've been enjoying Ted Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme EDT but it is a bit, well, modern? Pepped up with an attar, it's just the ticket! I went with a deep, balsamic and slightly musky number from little.gifts on eBay: African Black Gold.

It worked out well ...

22/05/2016

SOTD 22/05/2016

22nd May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's 1912 Citrus Musk
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (White)
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1924 (Brass) & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Jade East Aftershave (Vintage)
Fragrance of Arabia Black Musk Super Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

What an absolute pleasure to trial run another scent from Wickham's forthcoming 1912 line of soaps: today, Citrus Musk.

I say "Citrus Musk", Wickham's say "Exotic Citrus", but whatever it will be called it is an evocation of those wonderful manly citrus and musk scents from a previous era. Less Pinaud, more Jade East, more Denim.

Flip the coin from Club Cola, what with its sweetness and near feminine vanilla; flip the coin, this is dark, mysterious, adventurous and manly, the more bitter citrus writhing and twisting as you lather up.

... and what a lather. It's thick, smooth and creamy, it feeds, it protects.

I couldn't get enough and so the vintage Jade East came out for an aftershave splash and a good pat of Pinaud Eau de Quinine for the hair.

Great! Really great!

20/05/2016

SOTD 20/05/2016

20th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Super Smooth
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Black)
Face Lathered
Gem Junior Bar & GEM Stainless (6) Shimmed
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Tabac Aftershave & EDC
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

Smooth as ... again.

18/05/2016

SOTD 18/05/2016

18th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Le Père Lucien Cologne Fougère
Vie-Long American Style
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1907 Lather Catcher & GEM Stainless (5) Shimmed
One Pass - WTG (Slide)



Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne (as Aftershave)
Ralph Lauren Polo EDT
Al Afdal Black Musk II Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Smooth as ...

16/05/2016

SOTD 16/05/2016

16th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Old Spice Original Shaving Soap
Semogue 610 Boar
Face Lathered
Ever Ready 1912 Bathroom Set & GEM Stainless (4)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)



Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Chopard Oud Malaki Attar (Wrists)
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

14/05/2016

SOTD 14/05/2016

14th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
RazoRock Santa Maria Del Fiore Firenze
Semogue 610 Boar
Face Lathered
Rasoir Louis & GEM Stainless (3) Double-shimmed
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Alt Innsbruck Cologne (as Aftershave)
Ted Lapidus Pour Homme Black Extreme EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

12/05/2016

SOTD 12/05/2016

12th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Imperial Tonic
Vie-Long American Style (Horse)
Face Lathered
GEM Damaskeene No.7 & GEM Stainless (2)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Novaya Zarya Russian Forest Cologne (as Aftershave)
Jacques Bogart One Man Show EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Super! Just a reminder of Super Smooth after using Wickham's forthcoming 1912 soap so much recently. Super Smooth is still a smashing soap, but 1912 is really quite something ...

Regarding the brush, I think I spoke too soon about it not tangling. I had a horrid knotted mess after lathering up. Combed through with a pet comb, it's now untangled but I don't think I can be bothered doing that every shave.

10/05/2016

SOTD 10/05/2016

10th May 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Club Cola
Vie-Long American Style (Horse)
Face Lathered
GEM Damaskeene Combination Set No.25 & GEM Stainless (1)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave
Van Cleef & Arpels Pour Homme EDT
Al Rehab Mokhallat Dubai Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Ha! The very excellent forthcoming soap from Wickham's ... 1912 ... with a 1912 ... the original 1912, the Damaskeene.

Bloody marvellous!

08/05/2016

SOTD 08/05/2016

8th May 2016

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Club Cola
Semogue 610 Boar
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (4)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Clubman Musk Aftershave
Hamil Zahra Al Khaleej Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Wowzers! Now that's a combination that just works ...

Four days, one pass with a Gillette Guard after lathering up with Wickham's forthcoming and really very excellent 1912 soap. Keeping with the somewhat retro-scent in this soap I went with a good splash of Clubman Musk. Champion!

Hamil Zahra Al Khaleej is a citrus aromatic with white musk, coriander & floral violet which finishes  outas cig ash to my nose. It's fresh, then quite dusty.

04/05/2016

SOTD 04/05/2016

4th May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's 1912 Club Cola
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Face Lathered
Gillette Hybrid Tech & Gillette Silver Blue (3)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Brut Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

My thoughts continue to be: "Oh, my!" ... it's a wonderful soap!

03/05/2016

SOTD 03/05/2016

3rd May 2016

Trumper's Eucris Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Club Cola
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Face Lathered
Gillette Hybrid Tech & Gillette Silver Blue (2)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pinaud Lilac Vegetal Aftershave Tonic (Vintage)
Trumper's Eucris EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

I'm putting Wickham's forthcoming soap through its paces - it's called 1912 and it is really quite special. My first thought was, "Oh, my!".

I'm on my third run with it now and really have it dialled in - it's a wonderful soap.

02/05/2016

SOTD 02/05/2016

2nd May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's 1912 Club Cola
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Face Lathered
Gillette Hybrid Tech & Gillette Silver Blue (1)
One Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave (Vintage)
Oud al Anfar Mukhallat al Badar (Oudh Muqaddas) Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

I'm putting Wickham's forthcoming soap through its paces - it's called 1912 and it is really quite special. My first thought was, "Oh, my!".

The scent I'm enjoying is Club Cola, one familiar to Wickham's fans from the established Super Smooth line, but this time it's more so ... it's so much more defined and so much more integral to the soap; not so much a soap with a scent, truly a scented soap.

The citrus is strong! Not writhing up your nose like fresh lemon spritz, but deep, sublime, perhaps a little mysterious as preserved lemons. That's backed up with vanilla and caramel, a pair of flankers set just right that the lemon remains the Kingpin. Stunning!

I decided to go with a double edge razor - yes, me who derides the use of double edge razors and lauds the single edge, yes, I went with a double edge razor from my somewhat extensive collection of Gillette Techs. I like 'em, you see ... for fondling, like a secret perversion.

Anyway, yes, I went with a double edge razor: the Gillette Hybrid Tech. Gillette Silver Blue strapped in and a super shave was had! I like the Hybrid - it's got the head weight of the Gillette New with all the character of the flat bottomed, twin slotted Tech.

When I used Wickham's 1912 for the first time the other night, it struck me that my initial thoughts were all positive and that often comes across as zealotry, as unbalanced. I went over and over, looking for something negative about this soap, but I'm not finding it - perhaps the first go, the over-paintability could have been better, but with tonight's lathering that's just not so. Over-paintability is just fine. I've really clicked with the soap and it's truly quite something.

Personally, I cannot wait to see what the new scents will be - we know Club Cola is in and we know Spice Trade is in, scents from the Super Smooth range. We'll just have to sit tight and see what Darron has up his sleeve for this range - I gather it's going to be special.

01/05/2016

SOTD 01/05/2016

1st May 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Lasheba Ghassoul Shaving Soap
Art Deco Handle w/Muhle Silvertip Fibre
Face Lathered
Landaw & Wilkinson II (13)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG


Hot Rinse & Cold Rinse
Pashana Original Aftershave
Madani Perfumes Musk al Khastoori Attar (Wrists)
Pashana Original Hair Tonic