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Rose shave

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I continue to have problems with lather persistence when I use Mike’s Natural shaving soaps. I thought this morning that I had found a solution. I fully loaded the  Omega 50068 Bambino, a terrific little brush with great capacity, and enjoyed a first-pass lather of wonderful fragrance (rose & cedarwood, as you see) and wonderful thickness. The second pass was also good, though the lather was less abundant. On the third pass, I had to return to the soap. This pattern is very typical for me with Mike’s Natural soaps.  It could be the brush, so tomorrow I’ll use the same brush with a soap that has been reliable, as a check.

Withal, the shave was quite good, and the mass of the Tradere Straight Bar, along with the excellent head design, drove the Gillette Rubie Platinum Plus blade smoothly through the stubble. My take now is that hefty razors help when using a straight bar, but are of no significant help with a slant bar.

The aftershave was a new bottle of Bulgarian Rose aftershave from SaintCharlesShave.com. I inquired about the pricing, since it’s more expensive than her usual aftershaves. She writes:

The Bulgarian Rose (rose otto) is from Bulgaria. It takes approximately 60,000 petals to get one drop of oil.  The oil costs about $100.00 per .08 ounce.    The last bottle I bought I got a great deal on, 3oz for $1485.00.  Ouch.  Beware if you are finding anyone selling Bulgarian Rose, also called rose otto or Rosa Damascena, that is not expensive; that would make me think it is fragrance oil rather than real essential oil.   To give you an idea, a regular bottle of Rose fragrance oil costs about $50.00 for a 16oz bottle, if it were Bulgarian Rose essential oil that same bottle would cost close to $4000.00.

So the price reflects the harvest difficulty, much as does the price of saffron. Both, you’ll note, are more valuable, ounce for ounce, than gold.

I noticed that initially the fragrance from the aftershave seemed muted and not particularly rose-like, but ten minutes later the fragrance was distinctly rose, with a light—not overbearing, but distinct—presence. It strikes me as a wonderful aftershave, though when I first applied it, I thought, “Where’s the rose?”. I suspect that the immediate rose hit I get from other aftershaves is because they use the fragrance oil, a synthetic whose fragrance is available immediately but also is simpler and doesn’t last so long.

All told, a superior shave. I notice that Bulgarian Rose aftershave is not on the SaintCharlesShave.com Web site yet, but I expect you can order from her directly. Tomorrow I’ll use the other rose aftershave she offers, Savory Rose.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 November 2012 at 9:12 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving

6 Responses

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  1. Michael,
    I’m sorry that you’re having such trouble with Mike’s Natural. His soaps, in particular the Rose and Cedarwood, is my absolute favorite soap, period. I never have trouble producing copious amounts of rich, dense, slick yogurt-like lather. I have found success using Zach’s method and with the “dry” brush method popular with MWF. I am so enamored with Mike’s Natural that I have rid myself of every other soap except MWF. Maybe give it a few days your trusty Rooney Finest until you really quit on it.
    As always, a terrific blog!

    Gogo

    1 November 2012 at 9:48 am

  2. I’ll try it next week with the Rooney. In the meantime, I’ll see how the Bambino brush fares with a different soap.

    LeisureGuy

    1 November 2012 at 10:09 am

  3. I love the Tradere SB. Leaves me smoother longer. Richard did an outstanding job. The Bakelite slant is now #2 on my list. Such a contrast between the two. Maybe RAD is finally cured. With the slant do you find the angle is a little bit steeper for you than normal?

    fourcooks2000

    1 November 2012 at 12:12 pm

  4. I haven’t noticed the angle in particular: I just shave so that the razor feels comfortable. I’m using the bakelite slant again tomorrow, so I’ll try to take note.

    LeisureGuy

    1 November 2012 at 12:21 pm

  5. I would like to state for the record that the comment above is the first time I’ve seen the word yogurt to describe lather. I try to imagine lather that is yogurt like, but it doesn’t bring visions of excellence – more slimy and cold.

    James

    1 November 2012 at 12:34 pm

  6. Perhaps the lather in a cold-water shave? 🙂

    LeisureGuy

    1 November 2012 at 12:43 pm


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