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Coconut and Avocado

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SOTD 4 Jan 2013

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. 🙂 ).

Written by LeisureGuy

4 January 2013 at 9:43 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Michael – Is this the current production run of the Trumper’s Coconut soap? There have been mixed raviews, of course, of their soaps of current manufacture. If this is Vintage (meaning zi can’t get it), the current one may be a different story, so thought I would check with you.


    4 January 2013 at 12:17 pm

  2. This one is probably 5 years old. I’ve been distressed by the continual reformulations and degradations of some fine traditional shaving products (for example, I understand the current Floris is not what the older Floris was), which is one reason I’ve turned more and more to soaps like Mystic Water, Strop Shoppe,, and the like: those seem to maintain and even improve their quality, while the commercial soaps (doubtless due to pressures from hyper-competitive corporations) seem to be in decline: not all, but certainly a noticeable number.


    4 January 2013 at 12:31 pm

  3. In response to the reformulation comments, have you tried the reformulated Proraso pre/post shave menthol. The new formulation seems to produce a really itchy rash that after using the old formulation for about 2 years never bothered me before. It’s now produced with all natural ingredients which I would have thought were less likely to produce an allergic reaction.

    Tony The Blade

    5 January 2013 at 8:00 am

  4. After finding that Proraso pre/post did nothing for me, I haven’t tried it again. Some write that natural ingredients, having more complex chemicals and proteins, are more likely to trigger allergic reactions than synthesized ingredients, which are in general simpler than their natural counterparts and also not found (in general) in nature. Others, probably based on their own experience, claim the reverse. The simple answer is that a skin reaction indicates the product/substance should be avoided, whether natural (e.g., peanuts) or synthesized. Perhaps by checking the ingredients list you can figure out the prime suspects.


    5 January 2013 at 9:52 am

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