Coconut and Avocado
Another terrific shave—it would seem to get boring (and possibly is, for you the reader), but somehow for me it’s still a wonderful pleasure.
Let me comment especially on the brush: the Vie-Long 11737C “Bombitoo” boar brush, which costs but $15. It is a totally terrific brush, from handle shape and size to knot capacity and characteristics. Wet it well before you shower and simply let it sit beside the sink. When you’re ready the shave, the knot will feel like horsehair: softer and wonderful at making lather—and indeed I did get a wonderful lather from Geo. F. Trumper’s Coconut Oil shaving soap: fragrant, thick, abundant, and very nice indeed to beard and skin.
Once again I had a peculiar feeling of immunity—as though I could do not wrong and no harm with the razor—this time with the Gillette 1940’s Aristocrat razor shown. (Previously, I had the feeling with the Apollo Mikron.) I ran the razor, holding a Swedish Gillette blade, swiftly and smoothly over my beard, three passes, with no sign of nick or burn, and getting again a BBS shave. I’m not sure whether it’s these razors or I’m just getting good at shaving, but I have to say I enjoyed the sensation and the shave. The lather, I’m sure, was a significant help. (This razor, BTW, is the very one pictured in the photo on the cover of the book.) For me, the 1940’s Aristocrat has the exactly right amount of aggressiveness: not too mild, not yet harsh, and quite efficient.
Since Trumper’s Coconut Oil lather seems to moisturize my skin nicely, I decided to continue in that direction with a balm and used Saint Charles Shave Avocado Oil balm. I point out that she sells all her aftershaves in sample sizes if you want, so I encourage you to try out a few, including some splashes, which have a very nice feel on dry-down.
And would you believe that there are men who hate the morning shave? They don’t know what they’re missing—literally. If every blog reader would give one such man a copy of Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving, a lot of men would be made happier (including me, of course. 🙂 ).