Maggard’s brush and open-comb razor, with Nuávia shaving soap and Leviathan aftershave
A very fine shave, starting with a fine lather. I gave the 24mm Maggard synthetic brush three shakes, and the loading was easy. Nuávia is a very good shaving soap, but TBH you can easily find other artisanal soaps at much lower prices that match its performance. (Nuávia costs just over $60/jar.) Also, the ingredients are not so interesting as one might expect:
vegetal stearic acid, coconut oil, shea butter, calendula extract and added glycerine
Compare with one of Van Yulay’s vegan soaps:
Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Glycerin, Coconut-Castor-Olive-Oils, Cocoa Butter, Calendula Extracts, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, BTMS, Allantoin, Silica, Kaolin Clay, EO’s and Fragrance
Or with the Crown King soap I used recently:
Potassium Stearate, Glycerin, Potassium Cocoate, Aqua, Potassium Kokumate, Sodium Lactate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Potassium Castorate, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Cocoa Butterate, Potassium Avocadoate, Parfum [Fragrance]
And those are just two soaps I picked more or less at random. Check out the ingredients of any good artisan soap—e.g., Meißner Tremonia, Barrister & Mann, Chiseled Face, Mickey Lee Soapworks, Stirling Soap Company, LA Shaving Soap Company, and on and on.
Still, the lather was excellent and the Maggard V2 open-comb on their MR7 handle is a very nice razor, comfortable and efficient: three passes to a BBS result.
A good splash of Leviathan aftershave, and we will soon be in weekend territory.