Plisson HMW 12 with horn handle, Wholly Kaw Fougère Bouquet, and the X3
The French used a lot of horn in making things because Vietnam was a French colony and horn is a Vietnam resource. This brush is quite nice, though the knot is just a little large for my taste. Still, it does the job, and I have to say that I really like the fragrance of Wholly Kaw’s Fougère Bouquet. Some fougère fragrances seem light to me—hard to detect—but this one is present and distinct without being overwhelming. The soap also makes an excellent lather. The fragrance is described as:
… [M]ain notes of oakmoss, lavender and bergamot and secondary notes of sandalwood, cedar and other woody notes. The base notes include tonka bean, musk and ambergris. Synthetic versions of natural musk and ambergris are used in the blend.
The fragrance oil used is atranol free. Atranol is a chemical found in natural Oakmoss that has been found to be an allergen. Because of this, natural Oakmoss and Treemoss are greatly restricted in perfumes. Veramoss is used making the fragrance oil free of atranol.
The soap comes in two versions, tallow and vegan. Tallow ingredients:
Vegetable Stearic Acid, Beef Tallow, Distilled Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Cocoa Butter, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Lanolin, Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils
Vegetable Stearic Acid, Organic Coconut Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Hydroxide, Glycerin, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils, Fragrance Oils
Since I last visited the site, Wholly Kaw has done a lot. The new label design is extremely nice, and he has an excellent range of shaving soaps, along with aftershave splashes, balms, and toners, and other products. Take a look.
Well-lathered and enjoying the fragrance more than I expected, I picked up the iKon X3 and it did its usual superb job. I know that some say that the X3 is not efficient, but for me it is a superbly efficient razor while being also extremely comfortable: three passes, totally smooth result, no nicks.
A good splash (i.e., multiple sprays into my palm) of Creed’s Green Irish Tweed, also a fougère, and I’m ready for what the weekend offers, which so far is a brilliantly sunny day.