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Working through the soaps and creams: TOBS Grapefruit today, with iKon DLC Slant

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SOtD 9 Mar 2015

Wonderful shave today. I decided to use all my soaps and shaving creams in shelf order. I’m now halfway across the top shelf (which holds 8 tubs).Today was the Grapefruit Shaving Cream that TOBS makes, and it is quite nice. I wet the Rooney Victorian well, then shook it well so that it was just damp. I twirled the tips on the shaving cream to coat them, then brushed my beard to coat it in turn. Then I added a little water to the brush and brushed briskly to build the lather. As it turned out, I didn’t need more water, but it would have been easy to add.

The iKon DLC Slant did a terrific job with a Personna Lab Blue blade, producing a flawless BBS result, but of course it had the advantage of shaving a two-day stubble. A couple of instances have been reported of the DLC coating chipping off, though original purchasers are protected by the warranty. I’ve been told, however, that the B1 coating is much tougher—indeed, one guy bought a B1 head from someone, who simply put the cap and baseplate in a padded envelope and mailed it. When he got it, he could hear the pieces clinking against each other and though, “Oh, noooo.” But when he opened the envelope, they were absolutely unharmed. He says that the B1 coating is more like an anodized finish than a coating that can chip.

A good splash of Floïd for the aftershave. It definitely has a cinnamon kick to my nose, and the level of menthol is quite tolerable: just barely enough to cause a little cooling rather than the Polar Bear Swim Club levels some like.

I left a link out of the previous post, but it’s been added now: about how the US is losing (and not replacing) teachers: a situation that augers poorly for its future.

Written by LeisureGuy

9 March 2015 at 8:46 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I do like Floid, this one and the Blue The bottle looks great on the counter too!

    Mike

    9 March 2015 at 1:58 pm

  2. And it doesn’t strike me as a particularly fragile bottle: if it were dropped on the counter, I think the counter is more likely to break than the bottle.

    I had the same size bottle of Blue Floïd, but I sent it to a middle-school class of boys in a school in Tennessee. For some reason, they had started reading my SOTD posts with great interest (they were not yet shaving, but apparently thinking about it). Their teacher let me know, and that’s when I started photographing the SOTD each day: it was for them. They really liked seeing the photos, and ultimately I sent them the large bottle of Blue Floïd. I gather when they did well, the teacher let them splash on a little….

    By now they must fully be into shaving (this was some years back). Wonder how many took up the DE razor.

    Here’s a post specifically addressed to the class, posted before the bottle went there. (Mr. Golenor had already told me that they were fascinated by Blue Floïd aftershave.)

    Here’s an even better post, with the name of the school

    LeisureGuy

    9 March 2015 at 2:29 pm

  3. Great to hear you followed up on the interest of the boys. It would be interesting to know how many of the boys are using a DE. The bottle of Blue I have was a Fathers Day 2013 gift. I use it on a regular basis and still have a ways to go. My Amber was a Christmas 2014 gift, should be good for a couple of years!

    Mike

    10 March 2015 at 7:10 am


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