WSP Monarch, Van Yulay After Dark, Fine Superlite slant with Derby blade: Success
Thanks to Larry for recommending using a Derby blade in the Fine Superlite.
But first, the prep. My Wet Shaving Product Monarch brushes are extremely good, and the more I use Van Yulay soaps, the more I like them. The formulation varies from soap to soap. After Dark has these ingredients:
Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Castor, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Coconut-Emu-Babassu-Olive-Argan-Jojoba-Oils, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Liquid Silk, Bentonite Clay, Essential Oil, and EO’s and Fragrance.
At the link above she explains the particular benefits of the various ingredients. Note that neither soap nor aftershave is vegan: both contain emu oil.
Cinnamon, leather, cypress, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, patchouli, lavender, mandarin orange, musk, benzoin, vanilla, apple, cedar and bergamot. Compared to Carlos Santana Fragrance.
And now my thanks to Larry for suggesting I try a Derby blade in my Fine Superlite, which has been for me nick prone, unlike the Merkur vintage white bakelite slant on which it was modeled. This morning I got no nicks at all, and moreover the razor feel was very much like the feel of the white bakelite slant. Now I see what Fine means about the two razors being the same—or almost the same, since a brand that works well for me in the white bakelite was very nicky in the Fine. But with the Derby blade, I got a comfortable and very efficient shave.
A splash of After Dark aftershave (and Van Yulay’s aftershaves are also interesting) and the weekend draws nigh.