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Exotic Elemi with the WSP Monarch and the Stealth

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SOTD 2016-11-17

Today was a test shave, to see whether I’d be happy with just the black aluminum Stealth if I sold the stainless-steel version. I think so, and later today I’ll list the stainless Stealth. I will say that the Stealth is the only slant I thought could be used as a first razor by a DE novice. (I considered the 102 as well, but never went all the way—but I think the Stealth is a real possibility: very comfortable and not inclined to nick. The one caveat that must be emphasized to a novice: use light pressure.)

This morning the soap was Meißner Tremonia’s Exotic Elemi, and I have to say that Elemi really does have an exotic fragrance, unlike my other soaps. And the lather, made this morning with a Wet Shaving Product Monarch brush, was truly excellent:

Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera oil*, Aqua, Potassium Hydroxide, Orbignya Oleifera oil*, Sodium Hydroxide, Macadamia terifolia oil, Glycerin*, Canarium Luzonicum Gray oil, Cananga odorata oil, French Green Clay, Talc, Citric Acid, Simmondsia chinensis oil*, Maris sal, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool.

*Bio – Qualität

A little extra water added during loading, and the lather was superb.

I’m happy with the original aluminum alloy Stealth. It went through a few versions—Joe couldn’t resist tinkering with it—and whatever version I have suits me fine. BBS result in three passes, easily done and with no problems.

A good splash of Leviathan, and the weekend is just over the horizon.

Written by LeisureGuy

17 November 2016 at 9:22 am

Posted in Shaving

4 Responses

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  1. What hair grade is your WSP brush? I’ve been eyeing one of those. Although, these days I find myself reaching for the new breed of synthetics more often than my badger and boar brushes. I am exclusively using JM Fraser’s Original Shaving Cream and Cella Shaving Soap. I have RazoRock P.160 as a back-up. It is very similar to Cella.


    17 November 2016 at 9:59 am

  2. At the time I bought the Monarch, WSP had a smaller range of types available. So far as I recall, this was just a silvertip, perhaps 3-band silvertip. A very satisfactory brush, however.


    17 November 2016 at 10:16 am

  3. A couple of weeks ago I asked you for a suggestion on a aftershave to follow Sweet Gale. You suggested Sandalwood. Good call! I had not used either Sweet Gale or a sandalwood aftershave for quite sometime. Ordered Sweet Gale and D. R. Harris Sandalwood, very pleasant. Thank you! I have used the Sweet Gale a couple of times and have not generated a great lather but am certain I will come up with a combination.


    17 November 2016 at 10:35 am

  4. Make sure you’re loading enough soap. I suggest starting with a damp brush and brushing briskly and firmly until the bubbles are too small to see individually — to the point that you see lather rather than foam. Then maybe load 5 seconds more. You may then have to add a little water as you work up the lather (in a bowl, on your face, on your palm). Practice lathers help since you can experiment with different things: more watter, less water, longer loading, shorter loading.


    17 November 2016 at 11:14 am

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