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Puros la Habana and the iKon X3

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A very satisfying shave. I do like Van Yulay soaps, and since she sells conveniently packaged samples, I suggest you try a few. (Conveniently packaged = you can load the brush directly from the sample) As is common with soaps containing clay, I had to add a little water during loading, and I got an exceptional lather. Puros la Habana has a wonderful cigar fragrance. Ingredients:

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,” as used here, means lard—i.e., the pig equivalent of tallow. And the soap is excellent.

I enjoy this Rooney butterscotch Emilion, and I have to recognize its contribution to the lather. A veyr nice knot, with hooked tips.

The X3 came in for some harsh words on Wicked Edge, but it remains for me one of the best razors I have. I returned to the stock cap, but put the head on an Above the Tie Kronos handle (for no particular reason). More blade feel today for some reason, but a very smooth result and a very comfortable shave.

A good splash of Chiseled Face Sherlock, and we move into the middle of the week.

Written by LeisureGuy

2 August 2017 at 8:55 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. If I’m not getting Great shaves with a particular razor, I stay away for two weeks and try again. The results always have me saying, ” that was a great shave! I wonder what I was doing wrong before”. It is usually operator error. The X3 is a fine razor.


    2 August 2017 at 9:14 am

  2. Yeah, I have the feeling that he didn’t really give the razor a chance. He seemed too eager to dismiss it. But I don’t know how many decades it took me to learn patience, and I am still a remedial student in many areas.


    2 August 2017 at 9:57 am

  3. After a number of months of use I decided to relegate my X3 to the “enjoy it once in a while” shelf. It has too much blade feel and requires too much concentration for me to use it frequently. I have tried different blades with it. My current favorites are the Ikon 102 slant and the good old Merkur 34C.

    George P.

    3 August 2017 at 6:10 am

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