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Glorious shave

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SOTD 14 Jan 2013

Truly exceptional shave today, and I’ll be running an experiment this week.

Following the shower, I rubbed a small dab of The Shave Den’s Pre-Shave Balm into my beard. This seemed to work once or twice before when I tried it, but then it didn’t seem to work, and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing different. So I decided another week on, week off, another week on experiment was in order. It certainly seems to be good stuff—from the description at the link:

Our unique, and highly rated preshave balm has a warm, rich scent of sandalwood and oakmoss.

Ingredients; Shea Butter, Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Vitamin E, and fragrance

When I then washed my beard with the glycerin soap (right now I’m using Whole Foods 365 glycerin soap), I didn’t try to really wash my beard but more to lay down a light layer of soapy lather by rinsing lightly, and then I immediately applied the lather.

The Ecotools brush has zero problem in loading from the Mitchell’s Wool Fat shaving soap. I do not wet the soap beforehand—seems completely unnecessary to me: I wet it with the wet brush when I start loading the brush. Vigorous and brisk brushing for about 15-20 seconds at most, and I bring the brush to my wet, washed beard and brush briskly and firmly to bring up the lather. Because the Ecotools is so soft, firm brushing feels quite good, and I think it’s the combination of firmness and brisk action that produces the interesting lather I get with this brush.

Perhaps because it’s so enjoyable, I notice that I prolong the lathering when I use this brush, which may help contribute to the quality of the shave. At any rate, after three passes with the Merkur 37G (now out of production) holding a Gillette 7 O’Clock SharpEdge blade, I had a totally BBS face. It felt terrific even when I rinsed it, and it feels terrific now.

A good splash of Pinaud Coachman aftershave, a gift from a reader, and I’m ready for the day.

Absolutely no trace of razor burn and again no nicks—will I ever be able to test that Clubman styptic?—and while I cannot be for sure that the Shave Den’s Preshave Balm was a significant factor—well, that’s the point of the 3-week-test protocol. (BTW, she does offer a menthol version of the balm as well.)

Written by LeisureGuy

14 January 2013 at 8:34 am

Posted in Shaving

11 Responses

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  1. I’m finding as I continue my wet shaving journey some products really stand out as special, and I find myself returning to them over and over, rather than maintaining a real rotation. The MWF soap has proven to be one of these- especially in cold weather, I’ve found nothing that feels better than MWF. Truly an excellent soap!

    Jeff Beyea

    14 January 2013 at 8:37 am

  2. It is good, isn’t it? But I have to ask: have you tried one of Strop Shoppe’s Special Edition soaps? (I like the tallow formula.)


    14 January 2013 at 8:46 am

  3. Have you revisited the 1st gen Tradere OC lately? I find it to be an incredibly close shaver, but still ironing out the method to avoid micro-nicks.


    14 January 2013 at 9:35 am

  4. It is still misplaced from the move. It will turn up, I’m sure, but right now I can’t find it.


    14 January 2013 at 9:54 am

  5. I haven’t tried anything from Strop Shoppe- but I was just thinking I’d like to try another soap, so I’ll put that on my list. I am finding that I prefer soap to cream, for some reason. It’s not that I don’t get good lather with creams, as I do, but there’s just something about a good soap that I can’t quite put my finger on.

    Jeff Beyea

    14 January 2013 at 11:24 am

  6. Same here: soap lather seems to help my shave but shaving cream lathers seem to somehow get in the way—and yet when I try a shaving cream, I often enjoy it immensely. I think immediately of Nancy Boy and J.M. Fraser, two shaving creams that I dote on. Still, I somehow favor soaps more.


    14 January 2013 at 11:33 am

  7. J Dogg

    14 January 2013 at 1:46 pm

  8. Interesting. I’ll give it a go.


    14 January 2013 at 2:16 pm

  9. I second the Haslinger. It is flat-out wonderful for me.

    BTW, if you need help creating nicks so you can test the Clubman styptic, have your people call my people. We can fix this. 🙂


    14 January 2013 at 10:17 pm

  10. Is J.M. Fraser Original still in production? I’m finding it out of stock everywhere I look.


    15 January 2013 at 9:48 am

  11. I sure hope so. It’s a great shaving cream.


    15 January 2013 at 10:44 am

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