29/06/2016

SOTD 29/06/2016

29th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Face Wash
Dr Selby Shaving Cream
Mohawk 5-341 w/Purtech Synthetic
Face Lathered
Rasoir Doncaster & GEM Stainless (3)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Brut Original Aftershave
Sung Homme EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Third run with this French razor with the curious name 'Doncaster' and one which was not quite as smooth as the two previous. Inspection of the blade showed it to be quite dulled for just three shaves, leaving me thinking the angle might be all wrong despite two large shims beneath.

Still, three fun and efficient shaves ...

Enjoyed!

27/06/2016

SOTD 27/06/2016

27th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Face Wash
Old Spice (Vintage) Shaving Soap
Vie-Long American Style w/Haryali Silvertip Synthetic Knot
Face Lathered
Rasoir Doncaster & GEM Stainless (2)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse
Old Spice (Vintage) Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show (Gold Edition) EDT
Pinaud American Bay Rum Hair Tonic

26/06/2016

SOTD 26/06/2016

26th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Face Wash
Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap
Semogue 1305 Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Rasoir Doncaster & GEM Stainless (1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse
Pashana Original Aftershave
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

23/06/2016

SOTD 23/06/2016

23rd June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Parma Violet
Semogue 1305 Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Philips Philite & Gillette Super Thin (Thai) (3)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Puig Quorum Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

What fun! Third run with this Philips, a razor I always wanted when I shaved with double edge razors but only acquired one just the other day ...

Good shave, really dialled in now but that's the end of the blade.

The Semogue seems to have broken in super-quickly, soft and smooth already, and a great latherer.

What fun!

21/06/2016

SOTD 21/06/2016

21st June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's Super Smooth Sandalwood
Semogue 1305 Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Philips Philite & Gillette Super Thin (Thai) (2)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Rose of Bulgaria Aftershave
Anfar Mukhallat Shams (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

Another play with this Philite ...

Yes, it's mild, but it is smooth; forgiving, too, as pressure is needed. Fun!

The lovely creamy sandalwood soap and rose aftershave finished off a day with Anfar's Mukhallat Shams on my wrists, still very present at the far end of the day. It's a heady blend of Taifi rose, sandalwood, patchouli, musk & oudh.

19/06/2016

SOTD 19/06/2016

19th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Face Wash
Lasheba Ghassoul Shaving Soap
Semogue Owner's Club Boar in Cherry
Face Lathered
Philips Philite & Gillette Super Thin (Thai) (1)
Two Pass - WTG & ATG

Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Jovan Musk Aftershave Cologne
Ahsan Scent Black (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

When I used to shave with DE razors I held out a hope that I would one day own a Philips Philite razor, a vintage bakelite razor with a real reputation for smoothness.

Well, I finally own one and it seemed right to try it out ...

So, dropping a known good blade in, one that is certainly very sharp, I set about my shave. I found the razor smooth, yes, but perhaps mild? I had to apply a good amount of pressure to get the razor to do its thing to any degree of satisfaction.

But, it worked and it worked well. Despite the pressure required, the shave was indeed smooth, trouble-free and the results were good. Damn fine shave!

17/06/2016

SOTD 17/06/2016

17th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's 1912 Club Cola
Semogue Owner's Club Italian Barber
Face Lathered
AutoStrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (8)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)

Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Pashana Original Aftershave
Al Afdal Wild Forest Musk (Wrists)
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

I enjoyed this pre-Valet AutoStrop razor so much the other day, I repeated it ... again with a Wickham's soap from their forthcoming 1912 range: Club Cola. It's Club Cola as you know it, but more so; rum and ice alongside.

Quite wonderful!

15/06/2016

SOTD 15/06/0216

15th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Face Wash
Wickham's Imperial Trevor
Omega 10015 Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
AutoStrop 7 O'Clock & GEM Stainless (7)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Balenciaga Portos Cologne (as Aftershave)
Al Afdal Black Leather Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

First go with one of those Czech-made Tiger blades and it was not fun! What a tuggy blade! Two or three strokes ... and I finished off with a GEM blade in a pre-Valet AutoStrop 7 O'Clock. Fun shave!

The Al Afdal attar is a soft, creamy, almost suede leather, like rich Italian leather furniture. Lovely!

13/06/2016

SOTD 13/06/2016

13th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Face Scrub
Wickham's Spice Trade
Omega 10015 Pure Bristle
Face Lathered
Star 1912 (French) & GEM Stainless (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Old Spice Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart Signature EDT
Pinaud Eau de Quinine Hair Tonic

11/06/2016

SOTD 11/06/2016

11th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Shower Gel
Saponeria Artigiana Vegetale alla Mandorla
Omega 10098 Professional Boar
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (6)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse, Alum Wash & Witch Hazel Toner
Pashana Original Aftershave
Haramain Mystique EDT
Pashana Original Hair Tonic

09/06/2016

SOTD 09/06/2016

9th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's Master Lather Parma Violet
Vie-Long American Style Horse
Face Lathered
GEM 1912 'Shortie' & GEM Stainless (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Brut Original Aftershave
Jacques Bogart One Man Show EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

My initial enthusiasm for this brush is starting to wane ... dealing with a horrid tangled mess after shaving is not the way I want to finish. Likewise, the scritch is just not right for me - it feels like a cheapo boar.

Re-knot coming up, no doubt ...

07/06/2016

SOTD 07/06/2016

7th June 2016
Gillette Techmatic 3254971 Patent Anniversary

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Parma Violet
Gillette Standard w/Haryali Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Techmatic 8(1)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
YSL Kouros Aftershave & EDT
Pinaud Clubman Hair Tonic

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the patent granted to the much maligned Gillette Techmatic. What promise, but what a let down ... the Techmatic certainly looks the part, reputedly went into space on the Apollo 11 mission but delivers a shave somewhat lacking.

Whether that is down to the poor stock of blade reels or whether it's just a poor shave, I don't know. What I do know is I have what appears to be a decent blade reel and so having last shaved with it exactly one year ago rolled it around to a fresh piece of blade and got on with my shave ...

I am very happy with this reknotted Gillette Standard brush. I've used the knot from the Haryali synthetic brushes, which has a real badger feel. Curious, as I abhor badger but rather like this knot - it's probably the closest to badger that I've used, certainly more so than Muhle Silvertip Fibre which is the greatest contender.

I am also very happy with the taster that I've had of Wickham's 1912 line of soaps. Parma Violet is quite gorgeous! It's simple, as it should be; works really well with these vintage aromatic fougeres, first experienced with Quorum and today Kouros. Lovely! It's the powderiness, I think ...

So, the shave went okay. Here's to the Gillette Techmatic, a razor which is squarely on the esoteric pile, even for a fellow like me. There is hope, though ... I found that the nice white case (as pictured) is a prefect case for the present Gillette Guard.

05/06/2016

SOTD 05/06/2016

5th June 2016

Cold Water Shave

Bulldog Shower Gel
Wickham's 1912 Citrus Musk
Gillette Standard w/Haryali Silvertip Synthetic
Face Lathered
Gillette Guard (5)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Selin Limon Kolonyasi (as Aftershave)
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

02/06/2016

SOTD 02/06/2016

2nd June 2016

Bulldog Face Wash
Imperial Leather 'Chubby' (Vintage)
Haryali Silvertip Synthetic (Wood)
Face Lathered
GEM Micromatic Open Comb (Early) & GEM Stainless (4)
Single Pass - WTG (Slide)


Hot Rinse, Cold Rinse & Alum Wash
Witch Hazel Toner
Denim Aftershave (Vintage)
Mukhallath Suefi Attar (Wrists)
Pinaud Eau de Portugal Hair Tonic

Damn good, that!