Omega S10005, Dead Sea, the 37G, and Cade
This shave is in solidarity with an airman stationed in Saudi Arabia who just is getting Merkur 37C and was wondering whether it would work as a daily razor. It depends on on various things, of course—beard, skin, prep, blade, and technique—but I could easily use my own 37G daily. So I brought it out to shave a one-day stubble this morning.
The Dead Sea is geographically close to Saudi Arabia (and it’s a very good shaving soap), so that’s what I picked, and the Omega synthetic is, for me, an excellent brush: still soft, but a different feel from the Plissoft/angelhair synthetics. The Dead Sea shaving soap has a fragrance of Lemon, Rosemary, Cannabis, Saffron, and Sandalwood—quite pleasant—and these ingredients:
Aqua(Water/Eau), Stearic Acid, Cocos Nucifera(Coconut) Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Myristic Acid, Fragrance(Parfum), Lanolin, Maris Sal(Dead Sea Salt), Aloe Barbadensis(Aloe Vera) Extract
It makes quite a good lather if you are careful with the water: with this soap, it doesn’t take much.
Three passes with the 37G left my face BBS and without a nick. The reason I have a 37G is that I loved my 37C so much that I decided to get the razor in gold. The Merkur slant seems to suit many, which is probably why Merkur has made it for decades. Now, of course, there are clones that offer the same feel and performance: Stirling (when in stock), The Holy Black’s SR-71 slant, and the German 37 from Italian Barber (which has the additional advantage of being a three-piece design—the others all are two-piece razors, with handle affixed to the baseplate—so you can swap handles and even buy the head by itself ($12)).
A few sprays of l’Occitane Cade into the palm of my hand and then applied to my face, and I’m ready for the day. Tonight is President Trump’s first State of the Union address to Congress, which should be interesting. (It’s also worthy of note that the President is constitutionally required to report to Congress, which indicates that the founders thought Congress was more or less in charge, and certainly Congress controls the purse-strings. When President Trump says that he will spend billions more on the military or billions to build a border wall, those are aspirational statements: he cannot spend any money until Congress authorizes it.)