Step 1 of comparison: Creed’s Green Irish Tweed
A couple of things are going on in this shave. First is that I wanted to do a head-to-head comparison of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed shaving soap (currently $80/tub, though I paid $62 but a couple of years ago) and Strop Shoppe’s Special Edition Teakwood with Tallow shaving soap ($16/tub, exactly 1/5 the price—t
hough the Creed soap is available as a standalone puck for $38, just over twice as much. However, the Creed puck is 5.2 oz, whereas the Strop Shoppe packages 8.5 oz of soap in their tub: $1.88/oz vs. $7.31/oz, or 1/4 the price of the Creed soap. And let me add, $42 for an unfinished wooden tub is mighty steep. NOPE: As Tony the Blade points out in comments, the standalone puck is just a regular soap, not a shaving soap.
UPDATE updated: For those who wish to buy the puck alone, the Creed Boutique is currently out of stock, but you can buy it here. Nope: Creed sells their shaving soap only in the bowl: the standalone puck is plain soap, not shaving soap. Thanks to Tony the Blade for the catch. The shaving soap (in a tub) is indeed available currently from Niemann-Marcus.
That said, Creed’s Green Irish Tweed is an absolutely terrific shaving soap, that makes a thick, luxurious lather quickly, and the puck will last a good while.
Another aspect of today’s shave is brush choice. I want to use the same brush on both soaps, and I was about to go with a horsehair brush when a Wicked Edge comment about the Wee Scot made me decide to use that. The Wee Scot is a superb brush, though obviously intended for building the lather on the beard, not in a bowl, and though the commenter had a somewhat jaundiced view of the brush, I was reminded of its excellence by the discussion and went with it. And that was a good idea, based on the lather I immediately worked up.
After three passes the Wee Scot still held plenty of lather should I have wanted a fourth pass, or even a fifth. I continue to prize this brush for daily use.
The razor is a Gillette Slim Handle, though yclept “Aristocrat” because plated in gold—one of several different models awarded the name. Today it carried an Astra Keramik Platinum blade, and it provided an excellent shave.
After three passes, I used a tiny bit of my sample bottle of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed cologne as the aftershave, and it is wonderful: one can see why the fragrance is so highly prized.
A fine shave, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.