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Another excellent shave

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Excellent, but hard to tell whether it’s the equal of the previous shave. Still, no complaints. I used the Veleiro pre-shave soap again, and I must say I need to get back to using my Thater brushes. This morning the brush felt particularly soft at the tips while still resilient and producing good lather. These are top-notch brushes.

I got a good lather with the I Coloniali rhubarb shaving cream, and it’s quite a nice cream. I took my time working in the lather because I was enjoying the brush so much, then did three passes with the Weber holding a Wilkinson Sword Blade. (Soon I’ll try it with an Astra Superior Platinum, which may well contribute to the exceptional shaves I’ve recently enjoyed. YMMV: it’s a razor blade.)

A little squirt of TOBS A Gentleman’s Aftershave Balm, very nice, and now ready to go, drinking a nice cup of Lapsang Souchong (from Mariage Frères: terrific teas).

Written by Leisureguy

29 March 2012 at 8:11 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

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  1. This is a really wonderful Lapsang Souchong:


    The Eldest

    29 March 2012 at 8:49 am

  2. Your posts are increasing my interest in aftershaves. Can I entice you into offering us some of your favorite recommendations?

    Speaking just for myself, I like balms or gels more than splashes, which are a little too stingy for me. I also have a bias toward the natural, since I am leary of ingredients that appear to be chemical, or at least excessively multi-syllabic, unpronounceable, and thus unknowable. Since I have learned (and confirmed with a dermatologist) that one of the most effective aftershave ingredients is simple Witch Hazel, I’d love to find a good, rich, moisturizing balm that contains Witch Hazel.

    Two that appear in your posts are TOBS after-shave (featured today), and The Shave Den’s aftershave milk. How would you compare these two? And are there any others you find as good? And how would you rank them all?

    If you’ve written about this in a previous post, feel free to steer us there.

    Thanks for keeping up the exploration.

    -Todd O.


    Todd O.

    29 March 2012 at 12:08 pm

  3. I just got my first cake (too big to be called a puck, too round to be called a bar) of MR GLO, and I must say that it gave me excellent face lathering. Here’s my routine, do you suggest anything different?

    Wash hair & beard with shampoo twice.
    Wash beard & face with regular bar soap (Irish Spring).
    Wash beard & oily spots (nose/ears) with MR GLO.
    Load Omega 48 brush with Van Der Hagen Glycerine Shave Soap.
    Face lather.
    1957 Gillette Super Speed Red Tip (it’s worn down to brass in places, it was my dad’s razor till he went to the dark side and got a Fusion) with a new Feather blade.
    3 passes, good results.

    When I used Neutrogena instead of the MR GLO, it lathered OK, but I had to work at it. When I used the MR GLO, I had an excellent thick lather.

    Is this your experience with MR GLO?


    Roger C.

    29 March 2012 at 12:36 pm

  4. @ Roger C: I do indeed get better shaves with MR GLO as the pre-shave soap than I do with others (except, of course, Ach. Brito, which is just MR GLO under another name). I am, however, also enjoying the Veleiro pre-shave soap as well, but it’s very different.

    I don’t care for Irish Spring soap—very drying—but if it’s working well for you, that’s good. Your routine looks pretty good to me. If you ever want the razor restored, check out the Razor Revamp service at

    @ Todd: Good thought. As you’ve doubtless noticed, I’ve used balms in every shave this week and commented on them. That will give you a good start. The TOBS balm today does include witch hazel, as you see in the photo.

    I’ll keep using balms for a while in the daily shave. You didn’t mention the balms I discussed earlier in the week, but I’m unclear whether that’s because those were not of interest or you already have them or what.



    29 March 2012 at 1:01 pm

  5. Thanks, Michael. Yes I saw your other posts on aftershaves this week. Since you didn’t comment much on them, and some seem to be alcoholic splashes rather than balms, I thought I’d ask for a summary of your favorite balms. I’m also hoping you know enough about the ingredients of each to pick out those made with naturual moisturizers rather than chemical ones, and maybe which include witch hazel. But maybe I’m asking too much.

    If I were to go on what’s here, I’d guess the top choices (probably not in this order?) would be: TOBS, Shave Den Milk, then Alt Insbrook. If so, i know the ingredients for the Shave Den milk, but not the others. Can you easily offer them?



    Todd O.

    29 March 2012 at 9:45 pm

  6. Ah. I understand. Well, I don’t get that much into ingredients—that’s another guy. I do look at major components, which is why I recommend Institut Karité’s 25% shea butter aftershave balm: the shea butter. Both Primalan (almond oil) and Alt-Innsbruck are excellent, as is Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte moisturizing lotion (though not sold specifically as an aftershave balm). Intesa is quite nice (and I like the dispenser). The TOBS balm is good. I have a Saint Charles Shave Avocado Balm I’ll use today. Castle Forbes is excellent. I’ll look around and start pulling out balms I like and using them, commenting as I use them. But those above will keep you busy for a while.



    30 March 2012 at 4:42 am

  7. Reblogged this on Preening the Snark.


    Conceptual Muse

    2 April 2012 at 1:58 pm

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