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SOTD 24 June 2013

Really fine shave today. The brush with the Snoo is my new Wicked_Edge brush, with a badger+horsehair knot. It’s a very nice brush indeed, made by Vie-Long. The shaving soap is new to me, and I’ll be using it more. This morning I got a good lather despite the puck slipping around in the tub (purchased separately from Mama Bear). The fragrance is good, but I need more experience.

My vintage German slant did a fine job with a three-pass shave, and finish of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed makes a good start to the week.

I did indeed use a Jlocke98 pre-shave. I finally got my bottles and mixed up four types. (I am also interested in grapeseed oil and avocado oil and almond oil). I used 1/4 c Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap and 2 tsp of the oil. Here they are, just after mixing and shaking:

Pre-shaves shaken

After they settled overnight, the soil separated somewhat, just like the (hazelnut) oil in my Martin De Candre shampoo, shown at the left. So these are “shake before using” mixes.

Preshaves settled

The one I used this morning was the emu-oil mix. It seemed to work well. I’ll use it for the week, then try a different one for a week.

Written by LeisureGuy

24 June 2013 at 8:52 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. So I want to know if you’ve noticed this or if I’m overreacting or if I ought to contact Juan at about my reddit shave brush.

    I have to comb my brush quite a bit after each use. The center of my knot tends to fall in on itself and does not immediately spring back into form after washing the soap out. I have to actually comb tangle out. I tried not pushing on the brush at all but am having a lot of pro lens picking up any soap that way. Is this a quality of horse? This is my first horse brush so I do not know.


    24 June 2013 at 6:04 pm

  2. I definitely would contact Juan. I think he would happily do an exchange. If you can get a good photo of what’s happening, that would be good to email with your request. Tell him I suggested it. Let me know how it goes. The brush sounds defective to me, and sending it back will help them learn about the defect to avoid it in future brushes.


    24 June 2013 at 6:25 pm

  3. I’ve since contacted Juan at your behest and am awaiting his reply about the brush but I’m also curious your thoughts on the Stirling soap. I’m getting my brother in law a kit for his upcoming birthday and I want to include both a soap and a cream. The cream will be unscented as he isn’t large on scented things but I know he’s a fan of pine scents and I’m thinking about getting him the Stirling Coniferous scent in addition to a Semogue brush and a Slim adjustable.

    How do you feel the Stirling will match up as a beginner soap?


    24 June 2013 at 7:33 pm

  4. I’m still learning this soap. Yesterday’s lather required refreshment, so I’ll hold off for now. But let me highly recommend Special 218 from, a soap that comes as a shave stick or in a tub. Absolutely terrific, and if you look back at earlier shaving posts, you’ll see that I use it every February 18. (You can also just search for the name.) And to cut shipping costs per item, I recommend that you order for yourself the Mocha Java shaving soap, which I think may be available only as a shave stick.


    25 June 2013 at 5:42 am

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