Using an appropriate soap: Phoenix Artisan Solstice with the Above the Tie S1
Solstice shaving soap, I noticed this morning, has a very attractive fragrance: Sage, Sweetgrass, Cedar, Rose Absolute, and Benzoin Resin. I like it a lot. Perhaps I’ll get the matching aftershave. The soap is everything one could want: easy to load, very good lather, great fragrance, and leaves my skin feeling quite soft and nice (though some credit in this case must go also to the balm).
My Rooney Finest Style 2 is a terrific brush, and I always enjoy using it. Fluffy yet resilient, it loads quickly, makes a great lather, and has ample capacity.
Above the Tie’s S1 slant is quite good for me, though not, I find, quite equal to the X3 and 102, but that probably varies by person. (The S2 is too harsh for me, but some love it, so you see YMMV in action.) Three passes to a smooth countenance, and then a dot of Alt-Eleven balm finished the job.