Another great shave stimulated by a Wicked_Edge discussion
Another BBS shave—and truly that statement is reportage, not braggadocio. I think that after some years of DE shaving, one finds his groove and the daily shave becomes extremely good.
I use Pré de Provence soap because I had read several comments about how it didn’t lather well, and I used the Ecotools because of several questions about whether it performed well (apparently from those who thought that perhaps a strong recommendation still allowed for poor performance from the brush).
Within 15 seconds I was making the microscopic bubbles that indicate the brush is well loaded. I moved brush to beard and fully enjoyed the soft feel as I continued to work up the lather—again getting those stiffish peaks that this brush seems to make. As usual, I started with a very wet brush, holding the tin of soap on its side over the sink and brushing briskly and firmly. I actually didn’t lose much water at all: almost immediately the lather arose and large bubbles gave way to small and then to tiny as I straightened the tin up while brushing.
So this soap lathers quite well for me, and the brush does its usual terrific job. I went off the soap for a while because (as you see) it purports to be shea-butter enriched, and yet the ingredients (on the bottom of the tin) do not list shea butter as an ingredient. That I really did not like, and gave me such a negative feeling about the soap I gradually stopped using it. I understand that the new labels now include shea butter in the list of ingredients, and so one assumes it’s now in the soap. Probably. But I kind of soured on the manufacturer.
Still: it was a fine lather, and the Silvertone razor with a newish Kai blade did a superb job. This really is a good little razor—better, I think, than the Lord L6, the usual inexpensive beginner razor (which costs twice as much as the Silvertone). Three passes, lots of pleasant lather before each pass, and a totally smooth and comfortable shave.
As I rubbed in a good splash of Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet, I realized that again I enjoyed a BBS shave, with no nicks or irritation or other problem. I really do seem to have found my groove.