Several comparisons made in today’s shave. First was comparing my Otoko Organics experience with that of a couple of others. I used my Rooney Finest and made sure to load the brush fully. I noticed that it takes a little longer with the Otoko before I got the microscopic bubbles, but once there, I had a bucket of lather in the brush. Three passes with no diminution at all in lather quality, and then I lathered my hand a couple of times to see whether the lather would continue to hold up, and it did. This is at variance with the experience of Palpz, for example. Some speculation as to why: I did take a longer time to load the brush than I usually do, so perhaps he did not fully load the brush. There also could be a difference in water quality (my water is relatively soft). And finally, my tub is three or four years old, so the formulation may have changed. But for me, the lather was totally satisfactory and stable.
Second comparison was the heads of the Red-Tipped Super Speed and the Slim Handle. I thought they would feel much alike, and so far as I could tell, they do. I ended up using the Red Tip for most of the shave, which was a good shave but not quite BBS on the left side.
Finally, I got a number of sample aftershaves of a particular fragrance to test, and that’s one shown there. I’ll be testing these over the next few days and see no reason to photograph the test bottles, so no aftershaves shown until I finish.