Copper Hat brush, WSP Formula T Tobacco, and the iKon open-comb
I’ve not used my Wet Shaving Products Formula T soap in a while, and I forgot how nice the lather is. The Tobacco fragrance is pleasant and relatively mild. The brush is from The Copper Hat, a shaving store in Victoria BC, and it has a Delrin® handle: good heft, pleasant feel, nice shape. I recommend WSP Formula T is you’re open to a tallow soap.
The razor today is an iKon open comb that came also with a bar-guard baseplate. I was moved to use the razor because of this post on Wicked Edge, which shows the same model razor (that had the same finish as mine) after it was polished.
It’s a dynamite razor: extremely efficient and very comfortable. I was thinking of selling it, but not now: totally smooth after three passes, no problems at all, and felt good throughout.
A good splash of Cavendish. I notice that my skin feels extremely good: soft and moisturized. I would think that specific feeling is due to the ingredients in the soap and/or aftershave, plus of course the exfoliation from shaving.
Soap ingredients: “stearic acid, water, tallow, coconut oil, potassium hydroxide, glycerin, butyrospermum parkii (Shea butter), fragrance, & sodium hydroxide.” Tallow and shea butter could account for some of the nice feeling. Note that Formula T is available in a 1-oz travel/sample size, which is handy if you want to try several fragrances.
Aftershave ingredients: “Alcohol, Rose Water, Aloe, Glycerin, Alum, Essential/Fragrance Oils.” The rose water, aloe, and glycerin may also have contributed.
I’ll have to try the Formula T with a different aftershave and see whether I get the same feeling of moisturized skin.