I’m trying Aveeno as a pre-shave beard wash following a recommendation on Wicked_Edge. It’s a defoliating facial scrub, so sort of lumpy, but it did seem to leave a slickness. Not sure yet about the beard-softening action, but this is just the first day of the “week with” part of the test.
The flat-top Vie-Long, I’m sorry to say, turns out not to be so good for me as a brush. Not long enough is my guess. At any rate, after the first pass, I switched the a WSP Prince and had no more problems. It’s possible that the residual Aveeno on my face had a lather-killing effect, so I’ll be alert for that tomorrow.
Withal, a good lather ultimately, and the Vetiver is quite nice if a little subdued—I like a nose-grabbing level of vetiver. Three good passes with the Feather AS-D1 stainless holding a Kai blade, resulting in a perfectly smooth face. A splash of Saint Charles Shave Very V aftershave, and the weekend is underway.