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Another BBS shave: ARC Weber and Tabac

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SOTD 10 Oct 2013

NOTE: This shave is from 10 October. WordPress occasionally tells you that’s published a post when in fact it has saved the post as a draft. Drives me crazy, but I figure I’d throw this one up anyway.

Terrific shave today. I’ve settled on the emu-oil formula for my pre-shave beard wash. I really like it: 1/4 c Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap—I use Rose—and 2-3 tsp emu oil. Shake well before each use, and works well in pump bottle.

That Edwin Jagger synthetic in the photo works extremely well—it’ of the new generation of synthetics—and I have to say that I really like the handle. Extremely comfortable, good shape.

Tabac is a tallow-based soap—like various others, it’s quite a hard soap, though some tallow based soaps (Mystic Waters, Strop Shoppe) are soft. I would guess it depends mostly on the drying/curing, though perhaps also on formulation. At any rate, Tabac makes a mighty lather, and I very much enjoyed my ARC (“Advanced Razor Coating”) Weber, which has always seemed to do a sterling job. With a previously used Astra Keramik Platinum blade, the razor cut comfortably and closely, giving that feeling that you couldn’t cut yourself if you tried (a feeling that is best not tested). Total smoothness, no nicks or burn.

A good splash of Tabac, and I’m ready for the day.

Written by Leisureguy

18 October 2013 at 9:39 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Tabac is excellent. Although it’s a personal thing, I’ve always loved the aroma of these excellent products. Love the ARC too.


    18 October 2013 at 5:28 pm

  2. I’ve been pondering a new brush. How are the new synthetics, and this EJ in particular, about shedding? I hate finding long hairs mixed in with the lather on my face.


    19 October 2013 at 6:43 am

  3. None of my synthetics has ever shed a … hair? bristle? … fiber, I guess. From the Ecotools Finishing Kabuki (not really a shaving brush, but works well) to the Mühle silverfiber brushes, the knots have all been solid. The HJM is nice synthetic are fairly low cost ($25 shipped), but any of the EJ, TOBS, Mühle, etc., synthetics will be good now. This latest generation is quite nice indeed.


    19 October 2013 at 6:51 am

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