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Monday shave today

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I didn’t shave yesterday, which was a take-it-easy day, but since we’re seeing other friends today, out came the tools:

The Edwin Jagger synthetic-bristle brush generated an extremely good lather from the Kell’s Original Energy shave stick. As you can see, he perhaps should look to finding better label technology.

The Pils, Swedish Gillette blade loaded, did its usual great job, and New York remains a favorite aftershave.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 May 2010 at 8:26 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. A pretty thorough web search leads me to conclude that de Nicolai no longer makes any aftershave, including “New York” but she does offer an eau de toilette by the same name.

    Do you know if the scent is the same? Perhaps this would substitute adequately for the aftershave? (The eau de toilette comes in a clear bottle with a spray attachment and retails for just under $100. That’s a handsome price but maybe this is an extraordinary scent worth something akin to a king’s ransom! 🙂 Your opinion, please.)

    Fred from Maryland

    2 June 2010 at 4:58 am

  2. Yes, the eau de toilette is the same fragrance, and I think it would work fine as an aftershave. Great stuff. The strengths go like this, from strongest to weakest:

    Perfume (or parfum)
    Eau de Parfum
    Eau de Toilette
    Eau de Cologne (or Cologne)

    Cologne has 3-5% essential oils diluted in alcohol and water, and Eau de Toilette has 6-10% essential oils similarly diluted. One maker’s Cologne can be very little stronger than another’s EDT.

    So if you use a hearty splash of aftershave, just use less EDT and you’re fine.


    2 June 2010 at 7:35 am

  3. Aha: from Wikipedia:

    Perfume types reflect the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent, which in fine fragrance is typically ethanol or a mix of water and ethanol. Various sources differ considerably in the definitions of perfume types. The concentration by percent/volume of perfume oil is as follows:

    Perfume extract (Extrait): 15-40% (IFRA: typical 20%) aromatic compounds

    Eau de Parfum (EdP), Parfum de Toilette (PdT): 10-20% (typical ~15%) aromatic compounds. Sometimes
    listed as “eau de perfume” or “millĂ©sime”.

    Eau de Toilette (EdT): 5-15% (typical ~10%) aromatic compounds

    Eau de Cologne (EdC): Chypre citrus type perfumes with 3-8% (typical ~5%) aromatic compounds

    Splash and After shave: 1-3% aromatic compounds

    Perfume oils are often diluted with a solvent, though this is not always the case, and its necessity is disputed. By far the most common solvent for perfume oil dilution is ethanol or a mixture of ethanol and water. Perfume oil can also be diluted by means of neutral-smelling oils such as fractionated coconut oil, or liquid waxes such as jojoba oil.

    So you could just get the EDT and dilute it with a little water and/or alcohol to make an aftershave.


    2 June 2010 at 7:39 am

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