A no-photo shave
I set up the stuff and forgot to take the photo. So it goes. I’ll use the same soap—HTGAM’s Gondolier—tomorrow.
I did try HTGAM’s pre-shave butter stick. (I was going to link to it, but the site is not cooperating.) It seemed to me to be somewhat of a lather-killer, though I did follow the instructions. I did not better glide, especially on the first pass but also the second. By the third, my lather was done and I had to make new. I was using my Mühle silverfiber synthetic brush, since I thought that brush would be less affected by any oils picked up. I washed the brush out, reloaded, and had a fine lather for the final pass.
If you’re a guy who likes shaving oils, the HTGAM pre-shave is definitely worth a try. My own preference seems to be away from pre-shave oils in general.
The Gondolier shaving soap is excellent, though the fragrance is light. One oddity: nothing on the label of the tin identifies the soap, so anyone who gets it as a gift will know the maker and not the soap. I think the tin probably should carry the name of the soap. And while I’m offering ideas, it would be very nice indeed if a small label on the side of the tin—on the base, not the lid—would carry the name of the soap. This would be a major convenience when the tins are stacked, and I now have quite a few.
Three passes with a Schick Krona holding a Feather blade: perfect smoothness, a couple of small nicks. A good splash of Hâttric aftershave, and I’m ready for the day.