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Rooney Style 2 Finest, Van Yulay Puros la Habana, and Edwin Jagger

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The third of my first Rooney collection: Style 2 Finest. (Style 2 comes only in size 1.) It easily made a really fine lather from Van Yulay’s Puros la Habana shaving soap:

Stearic Acid, Aloe Vera, Coconut Fatty Acid, Castor, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Babassu-Manteca-Argan-Abyssinian-Coconut Oils, Kokum & Cocoa Butters, Calendula, Extracts, Poly Quats, Sodium Lactate, Allantoin, Silica, Liquid Silk, Bentonite Clay,Tobacco Absolute, and Fragrance.

Manteca is lard, so not a vegan soap. The lather is really excellent, though, and the aroma of a fine cigar is unmistakable. You know, I could go a long way just using Van Yulay shaving soaps. So far as I can tell, they are all good (though the formulation varies from soap to soap—e.g., some are vegan, some are not) and the range of fragrances is impressive. I also like the ingredients she uses; at the link above, she describes the purposes of some of the ingredients, to wit:

· Abyssinian Oil – Provides layers of moisture and is well known as quality oil. Its unique properties help to form an effective barrier against your skin drying out, adding luster to dull and lifeless skin.

· Bentonite Clay – Gives an extra creaminess and silkiness to the shave soap. Generally, white clay’s natural absorbing, detoxifying and exfoliating properties makes it an indispensable ingredient in shaving products.

· Coconut Fatty Acid – excellent lathering and conditioning when used in shave soap.

I’ve not used my Edwin Jagger for a while. This one has the fluted black-rubber handle, which is nicely grippy. The EJ head is still excellent, and I got a very smooth result without problems.

I got a sample of Van Yulay’s aftershave balm in the Puros la Habana fragrance, and it did the job. Its ingredients are:

Water, Aloe Vera, Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, BTMS, Stearic Acid, Emu Oil, Glycerin, Abyssinian Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Allantoin, Par d Arco, Ylang-Ylang, Tea Tree, Hydrolyzed Oat, Holy Basil, Liquid Silk, Germaben II, and Fragrance.

Her comment on the ingredients:

· Tea Tree – To prevent bacteria to grow & help with ingrown hairs.
· Argan- Provides a high content of vitamins & provide moisture.
· Hydrolyzed Oats – Protective, moisture binding and coating on the skin.
· Holy Basil – Excellent to close pores and make an even tone.

Note that the balm, too, is not vegan: it contains emu oil.

Written by LeisureGuy

1 April 2017 at 8:34 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. How do you think the EJ89 head compares with The Standard razor head for you? They look alike, but the Merkur HD looks like the Weber head but I don’t think those two shave alike at all.


    2 April 2017 at 10:52 am

  2. As I recall, I found the Standard as comfortable but a little more efficient. I’ll do a side-by-side comparison next week and report.


    2 April 2017 at 11:08 am

  3. A side by side comparison will be interesting. I find The Standard Razor to be a bit more aggressive than my EJDE89L. Many describe the Standard Razor as being mild, but I would describe it as middle of the road. Yesterday, I finally got around to using Loctite 242 on the threaded stud to bond it to the top cap. I always saw that as a weak point of the design of the Standard Razor, in that the aluminum threads could wear at the top cap with extended use, but now it should be resolved.


    2 April 2017 at 11:44 am

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